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Weekend brunch and/or breakfast around Seattle

Looking for different breakfast/brunch places to meet up with friends. I'd like to be able to enjoy a good meal with a nice selection of vegetarian options for my friends. I would however not like to be given the evil eye when we are leisurely finishing our drinks talking and catching up.

I will admit I'm not a fan of the Chow Foods I've tried most and have been unhappy with all, their breakfast items are lacking in flavor to me. I have tried and enjoyed Kingfish Cafe, Geraldine's Counter, Salty's, El Camino, Firefly-Lumette, and of course Portage Bay to name a few.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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  1. I'd suggest the Wild Mountain Cafe. They've some unique items on their menu, lots of veggie and meat options, and the homey atmosphere makes it a nice place to linger. Good bloody marys, too.


    1. i believe dim sum is always the best brunch option, especially if you've got a group and want something different. that said there's no place i'm wild on currently, though i like jade garden in the ID and have heard good things about a place way down on mlk called joy palace (haven't been yet though).

      otherwise, i'd go with the boat street cafe for beautiful brunch classic. on the more greasy spoon but solid and comforting tip, i also like hattie's hat in ballard.

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      1. re: donita.reason

        Imperial Garden, in the Great Wall Mall, in Kent. It is SO worth the drive.

        1. re: dnamj

          This place is great... has a bit of a Hong Kong feel.

        2. re: donita.reason

          you might want to try calling Joy Palace before going down there. I think it might be the place i went looking for once and found a boarded-up building.

        3. If you are okay with all vegetarian, Cafe Flora in Madison Park has an excellent brunch.

          If you like Salty's, then the buffet at 67(?) at the Edgewater will knock your socks off. Buffet plus an entree. It's too much food but really good.

          1. Check out Persimmon in Fremont. You can review their brunch menu on the website. Fantastic breakfasts and you get to linger over coffee (or whatever) while they cook it all up - definitely not a rushed place. I just adore the corned beef hash and they do have a vegetarian version.


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            1. re: Janer

              I absolutely love the food at Persimmon, but the last time I went we waited an hour to get our food after ordering. It was around 1pm, and the place was not that busy. Additionally, they were out of at about half of the items on the menu. I like to linger over my brunch... but only after I've eaten something.

            2. Zias is a really good place to eat and is frequented by many for meetings, so the evil eye in very rare.

              1. 35th St Bistro in Fremont. Really good food, a nice space, a full bar, and an unhurried atmosphere. Oh, and outdoor seating when it's nice.

                1. Blackbird Cafe in West Seattle (On California Next to the restaurant Mission, just north of Admiral) is wonderful! I had a phenomenal veggie Biscuits and Gravy, and Eggs Up, cooked beautifully (Half basted)

                  1. Thanks to everyone so far these suggestions are great, looks like a lot of great new places to try for brunch.

                    1. B&O Cafe in Capitol Hill (Belmont & Olive) has a great brunch but parking can be tricky. Julia's (either of the locations) is also good for brunch.

                      1. If you haven't been to the Hi-Spot in Madrona, I've found it a great place to go with a group or just a friend and linger.

                        1. I haven't been yet, but my mom loved the corned beef hash at brunch at Ebb & Flow on 45th (where the beeliner diner used to be--no longer owned by Chow and a totally new menu).

                          1. It looks as if you're a West Seattlite. Have you tried Easy Street? I love the place. Loud music, great food, good coffee, diner style service (they call you "honey" and appreciate it if you grab your own Tabasco when the place is busy). If you're looking for a romantic or calming or mellow atmosphere, this isn't the place, but if you like your hash browns crunchy and your eggs scrambled with whatever you can think of, this is a great place.

                            1. I usually don't like hotel food, but the Edgewater has a yummy crabcake eggs benedict that i just love. plus you get a nice view. :o)

                              1. I absolutely LOVE Portage Bay Cafe. Its located in the University District. The pancakes are so yummy there - I am a bit of a pancake snob (usually only like ones that my mom or grandma make) but theres are fantastic. They have great breakfast and lunch!

                                I also recently ate a Library Bistro downtown for breakfast. It was surprisingly excellent! A bit on the pricey side for breakfast but well worth it. The three of us thoroughly enjoyed our meal. In fact, my friend said it was the best omelet he has ever had.

                                If you are looking for a greasy spoon then I am partial to Pete's Eggnest on Greenwood Avenue. The portions are HUGE but excellent. My husband swears that no one makes a better egg.

                                Best of luck to you!

                                1. Love, love, love Coastal Kitchen in Cap. Hill. There's always a wait--rain or shine--but we've succeeded in impressing many out-of-towners with brunch here.

                                  1. I've enjoyed Etta's for brunch last weekend. I had a much-to-much for me corned beef hash on Saturday. Comes with poached eggs, potatoes/home fries with habanero ketchup and fabulous toast. Had to throw in the sticky bun for good measure.