Note: Due to the huge interest i keep this list up to date, last update September 1st, 2012
Everyone always asks me where to go for brunch and I always provide my lists of my top bunch places in Seattle, and I would like to share this list with you today. I figured this is a great time to share this list since Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend, why not take your Mother to one of these places.
Here is my list of Seattle top 10 brunch places:
Café Parco – This is my new favorite brunch place these days. I was a little torn about putting it up because this place is not very busy yet, it’s pretty new and not many know about, but it is so good. You can walk up the same day and get a table. But I bet you that in a few months there will be a long line out the door. This is the old Madison Park Café, on a gorgeous day it’s just fabulous to sit outside. I have been at this place about 6 times now since it opened and I have my favorite thing on the menu, it’s the Panino Croccanti, which is two pieces of French toast, layered with rosemary ham and black truffle Sottocenere and topped with a soft egg. It is out of this world. Really everything is awesome on the menu, that is just my favorite.
1807 42nd Avenue East
Vios – This is another favorite of mine these days. They just started service brunch a few months back. This is great family place and they have outside seating as well. Everything on their brunch menu is delicious, but my favorite is the Vios Benedict. It’s benedict on a potato latkes, with greens or ham and Béarnaise Sauce. It’s just delicious. The menu at Vios is small but that is ok I can always find something good here.
903 19th Ave East
Café Campagne– While you are strolling around at Pike Place market this is an excellent place to stop for some amazing brunch. I don’t go here very often but doesn’t mean it isn’t my favorite. I usually have a very hard time with their menu, because they have so many of my favorite things. You can’t go wrong here. But my top three things are; Quiche du jour, House-cured salmon gravlax, or Croque-madame. After you are done here continue your walk at the Pike Place market.
1600 Post Alley
Macrina Bakery & Café– When I moved to Seattle this was on the first place I went to. First you have to know that all baked good, breads and cakes that come out of here are amazing. So any baked good you order for breakfast will be delicious. You have to also remember that their menu is very small but everything is really good. My top three choices would be; Brunch Café Special. Which is an open faced sandwich featuring Zoe’s Applewood Smoked Bacon, over easy eggs, tomatoes, arugula and tarragon aioli on our Giuseppe bread. Served with herb roasted potatoes, Organic Greens Salad and fresh seasonal fruit. Second choice would be Macrina Fried Egg Sandwich, which are eggs fried over-medium and topped with spicy tomato sauce, Muenster cheese, roasted onions and Dijon on grilled potato bread. Served with herb roasted potatoes. And my third choice would be the Brioche French Toast, which is a thick-cut brioche topped with raspberry compote, rose water whipped cream and toasted pistachios. Served with Zoe’s Chicken Apple Sausage.
Macrina Bakery & Café
2408 1st Avenue
Dish – This place is always very buys so expect a wait but the wait is worth the while. This food is good, it is not anything fancy but worth it. They now take credit cards, which is great. I would recommend the Slacker Especial, eggs tortilla chips, enchilada sauce, cheese and second I would get their pancakes.
4358 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Café Presse– A French little café/bar on Capital Hill (same owner as Le Pichet). I think this place is great, it is not for everyone since it is pretty tight but I love it. The coffee is always delicious and the food is great. There is only one thing that I order here for breakfast, I am sure everything else is really good but my favorite is Croque madame which is Croque Monsieur with a sunny side up egg. Yum!
1117 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122-4415
Portage Bay Café– For this place you have three locations to choose from South Lake Union, Roosevelt or Ballard. I used to go to the Roosevelt location all the time until they opened the Lake Union location and now I go there every time. It is much bigger and the line doesn’t get that long. This is another place where the menu is overwhelming. There are just too many choices and everything is great. I think the first few time I always got the waffles or the pancakes so I could use the topping bar with all the goodies, but afterwards I realized that I could not eat for the rest of the day because it was so good. So I now have a different strategy, do not do the topping bar unless you can handle it by only getting up once. So if you have never been have the pancakes or the waffles otherwise I would recommend Chorizo Sausage Scramble with organic bell peppers and tomatoes scrambled with three eggs and topped with queso fresco, sour cream, salsa and fresh green onion. Served with a warmed flour tortilla. And if that doesn’t sound good I would get the Goat Cheese Omelet with organic baby spinach, mushrooms, green onions and Laura Chenel goat cheese.
Portage Bay Café
391 terry ave n
Hi Spot Café– I haven’t been here in awhile but I still remember it as amazing. It was summer so we got to sit outside. First you have to order one of their baked items. They are delicious. Then I would get their Chorizo Scramble with eggs, grilled onions, green peppers, diced potatoes, & mozzarella. Served with green tomatillo sauce & corn tortillas on the side. My second choice would be French Brioche toasts that are thick sliced egg-dipped brioche with almond butter & pure maple syrup. And if none of those sound good I would make my own Customized Omelet or Scramble.
Hi Spot Café
1410 34th Avenue
Voulas Offshore Café – I had never heard of this place until we heard Guy Fieri recommend this place on the food network. We just had to try it out. This place is a diner and nothing fancy but the food is GOOD. Some of the best diner food I have had. There are several things on here that are amazing but my favorite it the Pinata Benedict. It is served with their in-house smoked pork and poached eggs on English muffins, topped with chipotle hollandaise sauce and served with hash browns. But this smoked pork is out of this world. You have to try it out.
Voulas Offshore Café
658 Northeast Northlake Way
seattle, WA 98105
Palisades Waterfront Restaurant– I was debating if I should put this place on my list or not, and my husband convinced me to put it on. He likes it and I do not. It is not that food is bad, it is actually very good. The problem I have with this place is that first it is way too large, second it is very touristy because of the beautiful views, and third which is the most annoying part is that when you order an entrée it comes with the buffet. I usually do not like buffets because either it isn’t very good or you over eat. I never order the buffets and end up just doing a la carte, but at this place you can’t just order a la carte, if you order anything of the menu you also get the buffet. This is totally against my theory. So if you are going to this place go hungry! The portions are large and the buffet is really good, and the view is amazing.
Palisades Waterfront Restaurant
2601 West Marina Place
Seattle, WA 98199-4331
Removed from the list since last update, either due to other places just being better, or food/service got worse:
Coastal Kitchen– This little local place is located in the Capital Hill neighborhood, and the brunch place I visit most often. You know what you are getting every time. The portions are a little big but delicious. What I also like about this place is that every 3 months or so they switch the menu focusing on the varied coastal regions. They also change the décor of the restaurant to the specific city, and their exhibits are by local artists. There are a few things here that are my favorites. I usually get one of these unless one of their specials sounds really good. I either get the Sonora Scramble which is a scramble of Ulis’ authentic spicy chorizo sausage, jack & scallions topped with sour cream. Served with dueling salsas and flour tortillas. The second thing I would get it their amazing Blueberry Pancakes. And then if I am really brave and they have it on the menu I get their French Toast. Of course you can’t forget their coffee cake. You have to get a coffeecake for the table.
429 15th Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98112
Americana (Formerly Table 219) – This was one of those places that a few years ago we just stumbled upon. First time I went there I got the Table 219 Benedict, two poached eggs over potato cakes made with smoked gouda and Canadian bacon and topped with a creamy tomato, mushroom sauce and served with toast, and always get the same thing, since it is delicious. I am sure their other things on the menu are just as fabulous but you will just have to tell me about it.
What is your favorite Seattle brunch spot?