Breakfast in Tacoma
Some would say that Tacoma lacks in the breakfast department, but I beg to differ, you just have to look a little harder. Breakfast happens to be one of my favorite meals. There is something to be said about a steaming cup of coffee and lots of pig fat first thing in the morning! Here is a rundown of some of our favs;
Southern Kitchen: Leper is right in his assertion that one visit will make you a regular. This is the only breakfast spot in Tacoma that I have discovered that feels like you’re in your neighbors’ dining room. Everyone is super friendly, the sweet tea is sweet and served in huge Mason jars, the prices easy on the eyes, and the catfish is a great way to start the day! Really good sausage gravy too!
Paddy Coynes: This pub does a killer breakfast on the weekends, albeight a little bit spendy. I have had the Irish Sea Frittata and the Galway Toast on several occasions and have been very pleased. Seafood was not overcooked, healthy portions, and the Galway Toast infused with orange with marmalade with an Irish coffee makes for a happy morning! Hubby digs the Corn Beef Hash, no skimping on the portions.
Puget Sound Pizza: Best sought out after a heavy night of partying :). Cheap mimosas and the Shuster Parkway scramble filled with eggs cheese, sausage, potatoes, onions, and bell peppers does wonders at soaking up the vestiges of a sour belly. My favorite is the Pirate Spuds, filled with veggies and cheese . . . . I can’t wait till they make a breakfast pizza!
Alfred’s Café: I don’t know if they still have the Monte’ Cristo on their breakfast menu but it is the best in Tacoma! Have not been there in a while, but if you can ignore the sports bar ‘tude, and feel the love in the food, you will be just fine.
Marcia’s Silver Spoon: A hole in the wall on South Tacoma Way, please do not pass by this place for breakfast. The pancakes are huge, the grits are delicious, and everything else rocks. Known for having almost everything made from scratch and well recognized among foodies, Marcia’s cannot be missed. The grease is a little thick, and the service can be spotty, but it’s totally worth the trip.
Hob Nob: I used to love the HobNob and looked forward to holding their huge mugs of coffee every Saturday morning, but have not been back for a while. All the sudden the sausage gravy tasted like glue, the pancakes got smaller and the seafood was overcooked. On a last chance attempt I ordered a taco skillet with no jalapenos as they like to make my lips all puffy. My skillet arrived heaping with jalapenos. On the second attempt, I was about to take a bite, when I noticed the chopped tomato still had the label on it. Ick. So sad, I used to love this place!
Affairs Café: The best pancakes in Tacoma are actually in University Place. If you don’t mind the drive to Bridgeport, please go eat the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with raspberry syrup, so good! The owner Gay Landry is very sweet, and her food is fabulous. Definatly not your greasy spoon, a bit on the fancy side, which is great for a girls brunch, or breakfast with the parents. The have huge skillets like the Puget Sounder full of crab and shrimp, and I dig the crab cakes benedict too.
Hope this helps! Let me know your findings!