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After about a decade in Seattle, I've developed a few favorite places for breakfast. I list them below, in the hopes that people will respond by identifying a few of their own favorites:

5 Spot/Coastal Kitchen/Atlas Foods
Very good scrambles and french toast.

Madison Park Cafe
Great blintzes, scrambles, and french toast. Service can kind of suck if you draw the wrong server, though.

Palisade for Sunday brunch
Tasty banana/macadamia pancakes, whacked-out benedicts (on a scone), and "salady" brunch buffet.

El Greco
Just tried for the first time this weekend. Excellent french toast, and a good chrorizo and manchego omelet.

Orig. Pancake House (Kirkland)
Good waffles and pancakes.

Maltby Cafe (Snohomish)
Amazing, great big, dairy-packed breakfasts of all sorts. Particularly like the country benedict, served on a remarkable biscuit, and gigantic cinammon rolls.

So, whatcha got?


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  1. c

    My vote has to go to the Longshoreman's Daughter in Fremont...incredibly toasty blueberry buckwheat pancakes, fresh OJ, and (of course) real maple syrup. There's often a hefty wait on the weekends, but the service moves quickly. And on the weekdays, it is a wonderfully quiet way to start the morning.

    Oh, and the egg dishes look terrific, although I've been unable to stray from the pancakes since I first tried them last fall. But among other things, I've tasted, the whole-wheat challah toast is nothing short of gorgeous, and the strawberry jam in a pot on each table is vibrant and delicious.

    1. Brasserie Margaux in the Warwick Hotel does a fantastic breakfast. Their quiches and ommelettes/scrambles are particularly good and everything is served with basket of hot from the oven pastries.

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      1. re: tighe

        We ate breakfast at Brasserie Margaux yesterday (Sunday). My husband said his eggs benedict w/smoked salmon was the best he's ever had. The complimentary fruit and assortment of warm pastries they give everyone are SOOO tasty. I had the white egg omelet with artichokes, spinach and chevre. Wish I could eat there every Sunday.

        1. re: KathyR

          We almost went there too.....I wonder why we both thought of that ;).

          I was worried that it was going to require that I get dressed up, which I didn't feel like doing. Was it dressy?

          1. re: Lauren

            I've never thought of BM as being dressy and you can always depend on some jeans and t-shirt clad hotel guest to make you look good by comparison. I've never worn anything nicer than khakis and a button-down and they still seem happy to see me....

            1. re: Lauren

              We had no one to compare ourselves too. There were literally no other patrons, which makes me worry about the place. But as tighe said, since it's in a hotel, I'm sure many folks eat there in very casual clothes before their day of sightseeing.

          2. re: tighe

            How expensive was it, at least approximately?

            1. re: BradS

              If you go to their web page (link below) you can look at their menus for breakfast and brunch. I wouldn't say their prices are cheap, as breakfast goes, but not expensive either.

              Link: http://www.margauxseattle.com/welcome...

              1. re: tighe

                Stayed at this hotel six years ago, and ate breakfast there. Since then, I've tried many places in Seattle for breakfast, and must admit that they still make it on my top ten list.

          3. my favorite seattle breakfast is served at glo's in capiol hill, hands down. if you blink you might miss it, and go on the weekend between 10 and 3 and you'll be waiting a while for a table, but once you're in you can't help but be delighted. the scrambles and omelettes are divine, my usual sidekick swears by the eggs benedict. don't overlook the seasonal pancake specials, either. (i'd skip the vegetarian biscuits and gravy, the only thing we've tried there that has been good but not great.)


            1. It's been a year or two since I was a regular, but I have had really good workingone's breakfasts at the Salmon Bay Café, 782-5539, 5109 Shilshole NW, North end of Ballard Bridge. Across the bay (Salmon Bay, dontcha know) from Chinooks, breakfast all day and bnring the family. Definitely a working-person’s sort of hangout, the Home Fries are hash browns done right, and the daily specials can be truly amazing. In Spring I've had pancakes made with Fresh local strawberries, in summer,Yakima apricots.
              I'm a little afraid there might have been a change of owners, but this one is worth a trip and maybne the new owner's understood the neighborly/neighborhood vibration that was the genius of the place.
              see also post series around 2/13/03

              1. Hands down, I go with Sunday brunch at Kingfish. The eggs benedict on crab/catfish cakes are to die for; they have the tastiest scrambled eggs and buttermilk biscuits almost as good as my father's.

                After that, I vote for (in order)1. Cafe Campagne, especially for the poached eggs on brioche in the red wine and foi gras sauce, dear lord; 2. Le Pichet; 3. Cafe Besalu, not for full breakfast, but for coffee and an outstanding pastry, oh yeah; 4. Chinooks.

                I've had tons of people recommend the Hi Spot, but I found the food way underseasoned. El Greco I liked quite a bit; they could stand to fear salt a little less, but it's a situation easily rectified. Salmon Bay Cafe is quite good too.

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                1. re: Bunny-Bunny

                  You and I are on the same page, I consider those recs absolutely Seattle's best breakfast! I might drop Chinook (and I haven't heard of Besalu) and add Macarina or Tom Douglas's Greek place and my neighborhood favorite St. Cloud's.

                2. I have to vote for Louisa's Bakery and Cafe, at 2379 Eastlake. It's not at all a formal dining experience---you order at a counter when you come in, and someone finds you with the food a little while later. The omelettes are huge and delicious. Even the bacon cheddar is a revelation: so much bacon! such good bacon! The warsaw potatoes (kielbasa, sauerkraut, potatoes, cheese) take a while to be prepared but are awesome. I never even think about trying to finish my plate. Great baked goods too, made on site (or so it would appear), including my favorite cinnamon rolls in Seattle, with a moist chewy dough that is just perfect. I used to like 14 Carrot Cafe down the street, and while I think the food's still decent there they've gotten overpriced and just don't even compare in value to their competitor down the street (and are understaffed as well). I don't think I've gotten past the omelettes and warsaw potatoes, so I can't comment on pancakes or even say for sure whether they have them, though I'd suppose they must. Oh, the smoked salmon omelette is great too. And the butter-soaked, rosemary-spiced potatoes! I need to try some of these others places mentioned here but it's so hard...

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                  1. re: BradS

                    I have to agree about Louisa's. We lived in Eastlake until a year ago and I still miss being able to just walk down on Sunday mornings to feast. I am an egg or potato breakfast person and I wholeheartedly agree with the omlette and Warsaw potatoes recs. The one additional menu item that I would recommend is the biscuits with cream gravy, only served on Sundays. I grew up on this type of morning treat (transplanted from southern Louisiana) and this tastes as good as my dad's.

                  2. The Dish

                    St. Clouds

                    727 Pine


                    Le Pichet

                    1. If you're not afraid to step a little bit out of town, there are several excellent places. The Sunbreak Cafe in Auburn is rapidly becoming legendary for its ample and delicious meals, including breakfast. Unless you're Reuben from Star Search, get the half-order. Trust me: It'll be plenty. Get there early, or plan on waiting in line a while.
                      A pleasant drive to east King County is the Black Diamond Bakery in Black Diamond. Incredible breakfasts, and consider the half-order here too. (And, by the way, if you're a motorcyclist like me, it's a great ride on some excellent medium-speed roads to the Black Diamond Bakery).
                      In Tacoma, try Knapp's at 26th and Proctor. Awesome breakfasts at unbelievably low prices.
                      And finally, down near Orting at the High Cedars Golf Course, they have a super diced ham scramble with hash browns. It's worth the drive! And they throw in one of the best views of Mt. Rainier from anywhere!
                      Bon appetit!

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                      1. re: Mike

                        I can't believe I just read thru all the recommendations for a good Seattle breakfast and no one has mentioned Mae's Phinney Ridge?? Maybe it's for the best...I don't even want to describe it, because I wouldn't want the lines to get longer.

                      2. I just came home from a holiday in the UK - Been trying to find a place around Seattle that serves an English Breakfast - anyone know any?

                        1. I just came home from a holiday in the UK - Been trying to find a place around Seattle that serves an English Breakfast - anyone know any?

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                          1. re: Frankie

                            Try the Crumpet Shop - 1503 First Avenue in the Pike Place Market. Owner is so polite and always glad to see you.

                            Great crumpets topped with anything you might desire (plain butter, marmalade, eggs...) They also have rolled oats, wonderful scones and of course, a proper British tea.

                            1. re: Frankie

                              Also the Queen Mary on NE 55th Street north of U-Village. I haven't been back since I lived in the neighborhood years ago, so my recollections are no longer specific. I do remember that it was good!

                            2. Cafe Campagne always has my vote, but if you're in my neighborhood, Geraldine's Counter in Columbia City has a nice Bacon, Egg & Arugula Sandwich. And stop by the Bakery across the street for some coffee & pastries.

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                              1. re: kerryog

                                I think Seattle breakfast spots are mediocre and dull - Portland brunch is where its at.

                                But I will say that Geraldine's Counter is a good spot! One of the very few I actually get a little excited about.

                              2. The Dish in Fremont/Ballard. Fantastic scrambles, fresh juices, freezer jam on the tables.

                                Easy Street in West Seattle for one of the cheapest breakfasts in town and great people-watching.