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Breakfast in Seattle?

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We'll be heading to Seattle tonight for a couple of days and are looking fir some good breakfast recommendations.


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  1. "Tom's Big Breakfast" at LOLA; Sazerac for their spicy approach to greeting the day. (Don't miss their killer Bloody Marys.) For the best ever biscuits and gravy, Emmer & Rye at the top of Queen Anne Hill. (Check their hours, it may be weekends only.) Brunch at the Kingfish Cafe (weekends only) for biscuits that look like sculptures and taste like heaven. During the week, amble into Lowell's at the Market and start with beer and tomato juice so you'll look like a regular by the time your food comes...

    1. Brown Bag. Huge portions. Hearty fare.

      Maltby Cafe. Yummmm. Heart attack on a plate.

      Maltby Cafe
      8809 Maltby Rd, Snohomish, WA 98296

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      1. re: firecracker

        Maltby cafe is not worth the drive. It is passable for seattle breakfasts but will not impress out of towners.

        Lola, Tilicum, or brunch at A Caprice Kitchen are my reccs.

        2000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

        Tilicum Place Cafe
        407 Cedar St, Seattle, WA 98121

        A Caprice Kitchen
        1418 NW 70th Street, Seattle, WA 98117

        1. re: wallyz

          I forgot about Lola. Breakfast is the only meal they do well, but some of the offerings are delicious!

          1. re: firecracker

            There's just too much attitude at Lola. Half the time breakfast comes out luke warm. I don't know of a great place downtown but I find that Urbane in the Hyatt is consistently better.

      2. Tilikum Place Cafe on Cedar Street. Late breakfast on weekdays, call to make sure they open.

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        1. re: Bethwick

          YES! Tilikum Place Cafe on Cedar Street and 5th. in belltown has a great breakfast. a hidden gem, everything on the menu is delish. another good menu i like is Portage Bay Cafe, large portions and all fresh new items weekly, a few locations in seattle. Lola's and Geraldine’s Counter is always good.

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

          1. re: mikeeatsalot

            Think the OP was coming to our fair city in September or October. Hope he/she found your Portage Bay Cafe, Mike. I like it too!

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

            1. re: firecracker

              SO found Portage Bay Cafe (on Terry) online while visiting Seattle last weekend. My breakfast (below) was one of the top meals I ate there.

              Short Rib Breakfast Sandwich
              Braised Painted Hills beef boneless short ribs, served on a
              homemade English muffin with sheeps-milk feta cheese, a
              sunny-side up egg* and a slice of tomato. 11

              1. re: melpy

                This trip I will be downtown without a car, so I will catch Portage Bay next time. The Short Rib Breakfast sandwich sounds like a Bucket List product. Thanks so much.

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

                1. re: Victor Lieberman

                  I had no car. I took 1 bus (don't remember the number) and walked a block or two. Very easy to access. I was staying on 4th and Spring.

                  1. re: Victor Lieberman

                    There are multiple locations I think I went to the one on Terry St.

          2. Breakfast is not the sort of thing you'd ordinarily drive miles and miles for, so this is hard to answer without some clue about where you will be and what you like (and not).
            I'll just give you Voula's, Pete's Egg Nest, Beth's, Lola, and Pancake Chef and wish you luck.

            Pancake Chef
            15215 Military Rd S, Seatac, WA 98188

            1. What's your style, Tonig? What time of day was your best breakfast? You like dives/greasy spoons? Edgy? Linen or gum under? Are you the kind that wants an ambiance calculated to get high prices and swooning endorsements on this kind of Board? Answers'd help get you answered.

              1. I'll echo the comments of others about the difficulty of making recommendations in the absence of more specific information about what you are looking for. A traditional "American breakfast" of bacon and eggs? A light "Continental breakfast" of good pastries and coffee? Without knowing more, my general recommendations would be:

                1. Café Campagne. This wonderful French café, associated with the nearby restaurant of the same name, is in the Pike Place Market area. It serves breakfast Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. My personal favorite is oeufs en meurette, two poached eggs served on garlic croutons with pearl onions, bacon and champignons in a red wine and foie gras sauce served with pommes frites. But there’s plenty else to choose from, including oeufs piperade, which are served in a skillet with red peppers, ham, onions, and garlic, croque-madame, and “French French Toast,” thick brioche fried in bourbon egg batter. The house-made chicken and pork sausage is to die for and I always get it as a side. After breakfast, you can take a stroll through the Pike Place Market.

                2. Cafe Besalu for a world-class croissant, other wonderful pastries, great quiche, and good coffee by a local roaster, Lighthouse.

                3. Geraldine’s Counter. One of the big pluses of going to Geraldine’s Counter is that it will take you to the Rainier Valley, an ethnically diverse section of Seattle that is off the tourist track, that has a personality all it’s own, and that is home to many wonderful places to eat. Although there are many good things to eat on Geraldine’s breakfast menu, the huge draw is the French toast, made with Macrina Bakery batard. It’s pan-fried and oven finished, with a crispy exterior crust and a moist, chewy and textured (not soggy), and flavorful interior. Totally addictive. Whatever else you order, don’t miss the French toast.

                4. Chinook’s at Salmon Bay. Chinook’s, part of the Anthony’s chain of restaurants, is recommended because of its location in Fishermen’s Terminal on Salmon Bay with a great view of the fishing boats – part of the Seattle “scene.” Unfortunately, it serves breakfast only on the weekends, Saturday from 7:30 am to 11:30 am and Sunday from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. You will get a basket of tasty scones with honey-citrus butter while you wait for your food – a nice touch. The food isn’t spectacular, but dishes like the salmon cakes and eggs or the seafood scramble are just fine and pair nicely with the nautical atmosphere. Chinook’s pulls up the image of grizzled fishermen in their yellow foul-weather gear fighting stormy seas to bring you the seafood on your plate. There is, after all, more to the “Seattle experience” than just culinary bliss.

                5. Spring Hill. This will take you into another Seattle neighborhood, West Seattle, which lies west of the Duwamish River and is accessible by the high-level West Seattle Bridge which crosses over the industrial area of Harbor Island (an artificial island) and overlooks the Port of Seattle’s cargo terminals to the north. Spring Hill is located about a block and a half north of “The Junction” where California Ave. and Alaska St. intersect. Your breakfast option here is limited to Saturday and Sunday brunch, served from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Kassler ham benedict is one of the best egg benedicts in town. The corned beef hash with poached eggs is also good. For something more unusual, you can try the special saimin with smoked pork belly, pork-and-ham broth, fish cake, and scallion. They also make a good bloody mary if you’re in the mood. After you meal, you can explore Alki Beach and Lincoln Park. The view of downtown Seattle from the northeast side of Alki Point is stunning.

                6. Harvest Vine. Harvest Vine has survived the departure of Chef Joseba Jimenez de Jimenez without a significant decline in the quality of its Spanish/Basque cuisine, thanks to the steady hands of both Chef’s former wife, Carolin Messier, and his long-time right-hand man, Joey Serquinia. Much to my delight, Harvest Vine has started serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, where you can start off with the addictively wonderful caracolillos or “Carolin’s Sweet Buns,” topped with vanilla bean sugar. The menu options are very far afield from your standard bacon and eggs, and include Huevos Flamencos (baked eggs with asparagus, peas, chorizo, jamon, and fried tomato sauce), Tortilla Española (a potato onion omelet with ali oli), grilled txistorra sausage, Brandada (salt cod potato mousse with oyster mushrooms, fried egg, and hazelnut romesco), and morcilla with panaderas potatoes, any of which I’d gladly order along with a glass or two of cava.

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                1. re: Tom Armitage

                  Tom Armitage, thank you SO MUCH for introducing me to Geraldine's Counter! I did have the french toast, based on your review and I am in debt to you. It is unbelievably scrumptious and paired with the seedless raspberry freezer jam that is on the table, my Sunday was complete at 8:30 in the morning. It is my new 'breakfast place' that I will take all my out-of-town friends (and I live two hours away from Seattle!) Many thanks for the rec!

                  Geraldine's Counter Restaurant
                  4872 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

                2. Had some of the best blueberry pancakes at The Hunt Club in the Sorrento hotel a few years back.

                  The Hunt Club
                  900 Madison, Seattle, WA 98104