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Nov 28, 2005 07:54 PM

Seattle Best Breakfast

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Where to go for a hearty breakfast with great coffee? Hole-in-the wall local spots preferred. Thanks!

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  1. Circa in West Seattle has great breakfasts on the weekend (I'm not sure if they do breakfast every day). They serve hash browns done to perfection, and some unique breakfast items on the menu. Be aware that it can get busy, and they don't take reservations.

    Link: http://www.seattleweekly.com/features...

    1. The place I go for breakfast every time I am in Seattle is Portage Bay Cafe in the University District. Not a hole in the wall, but wonderful organic and creative food.

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      1. re: Lauren

        Portage Bay Cafe is really great. All organic food, but not too pricey. I agree, though, that it is not a hole in the wall.

        1. re: PortageBayFan

          I'vev only eaten at P-Bay Cafe once, but it was disgusting and inedible. Off day, perhaps, but the screaming kids would probably keep me out of the place even if the food was super yummy.

          If I was charging those prices for breakfast, I'd have asked me what was wrong with my food--they seemed a lot more interested with turning the table than anything else.

          1. re: allisonw

            My partner, her parents and I went to Portage Bay Cafe this morning for the first time and it was EXCELLENT. Every dish we had was superior. Very fresh, very tasty, very fast. The coffee was hearty & perfect - not over brewed or burned at all. We had:

            Corned Beef Hash & Vegan Hash - both excellent, with lots of vegetables but still hearty yet not heavy.

            Prosciutto omelet - savory and delicious. Salty but not overpowering or heavy. Small thin squares of prosciutto, with spinach, light fluffy omelet, and a light mushroom gravy on top. Potatoes were excellently seasoned.

            What free Rice flour Pancakes - amazingly good! My partner said if she hadn't been told they were rice she wouldn't have known. The best part is you can take these or any other pancake or french toast, etc, up to their toppings bar with a wide variety of toppings, including NOT sweetened fruits like raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, also whipped butter, fresh whipped cream, real maple syrup, nuts, etc.

            Also, very fair price. Each dish was 9-12 dollars, and there was a TON of food. We got there right before the long wait started - we got there about 10 on a sunday and only had to wait about 15 min, but soon the sidewalk was packed with people wanting to get in. There were kids, but none were unruly. And the service was good as well - there were so many servers we could pretty much get whatever we wanted right away and some one was always checking in on us.

            A new favorite! We will definitely be returning.

            Portage Bay Cafe
            4130 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

      2. I've always been partial to Dish, on NW Leary Way in Frelard. Also the Athenian Cafe in the Market, though the breakfasts there are secondary to the view and ambience.

        1. Not a hole in the wall, but all of the Chow Foods restaurants (local chain) have great breakfast: 5 Spot on Queen Anne Hill, Atlas in U Village, Coastal Kitchen on Capitol Hill and many more.

          I'm also partial to Mom's in U Village. Not sure about their coffee though since I don't drink it.

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          1. re: Lisa

            I have to semi-disagree about the 5 Spot, which I otherwise like. Some of their specials (mostly, their specialty large pancakes) are soggy and inedible. If you stick to pigstrips and cackleberries, you'll be okay. Sigh -- I do miss the Western Coffee Shop. . .

            1. re: Robert

              Me too, I used to work there! I still make the hashbrowns at home.

              1. re: 00ranger

                I hope you'll step out to RECIPES and leave us the goods...

              2. re: Robert

                I really like their pancakes, maybe they've gone down hill since I was last there a few months back but I have always thought their pancakes were good. Specifically that they weren't dry as many others can be that having been said they do sacrifice a little fluff. I'm also no pancake aficionado; Eggs Benedict is my specialty.

                The hashbrowns are to die for!

            2. Hi-Spot Cafe has great coffee, pastries and hearty breakfast options. I love this place... and breakfast spots should always be in a little converted house.

              Link: http://www.hispotcafe.com/b_menu.html

              Image: http://www.hispotcafe.com/images/port...

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              1. re: starflyer

                You're going to think I'm making this up, but I worked here, too!
                I didn't even live there a year and I washed dishes in every restaurant in town.