Eat & Drink
Seattleites have a reputation of staying indoors all week (especially in the winter) and than all at once, like hibernating bears, we wake up on Saturday morning and venture out for breakfast.
It’s up for debate whether that reputation is accurate, but one thing is true, Seattle loves breakfast. There are even guides and books on the best places to eat at the break of dawn.
Here’s a list of some cool breakfast spots that have held the test of time. Share your favorites too!
Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge – Lower Queen Anne
Breakfast Served 8am-3pm
There is a long connection between New Orleans and Seattle. During the great migration thousands of Louisianans made the trek to the Pacific Northwest.
Today, restaurants like Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge remind of us that in the south, breakfast is truly an opulent affair. At Toulouse Petit, diners can indulge in everything from buttermilk beignets to Creole crawfish, shrimp, and andouille with eggs. Warning: You may endure a self-induced food coma along with a distinct “N’awlins accent.
Geraldine’s Counter – Columbia City
Breakfast Served – All Day
Open: Tuesday - Sunday
To call Geraldine’s Counter popular is an understatement. On most weekends the line is out the door. If you’re up for having “breakfast for dinner” you can enjoy the same experience Tuesday through Saturday evenings without the hassle of the crowds. Most people rave about the French toast, the seasonal pancakes (I’m still thinking about those pumpkin pancakes I had last fall) and the corn beef hash. The servings are hearty, the coffee is strong, and Columbia City is a cool area to walk off some of those delightful calories afterward.
Portage Bay Café – University District, South Lake Union & Ballard
Breakfast & Brunch – 7:30am-2:30pm
Trip Advisor ranks Portage Bay Café as the 5th best restaurant in the United States. When it comes to brunch, Portage Bay can definitely hold its own. The breakfast/brunch bar is a feast for the eyes and the stomach, with organic fruit and other toppings to go atop your pancakes, french toast, oatmeal, migas and an entire menu of other options. The Portage Bay Café menu changes based on the season. No matter the day you can expect a wait, but a lot of people, myself included, believe it’s well worth it.
The 5 Spot – Queen Anne
Breakfast & Brunch – 8:30am-12am
This Queen Anne neighborhood spot on top of the hill offers a casual, family friendly atmosphere and great breakfast options from traditional offerings (eggs benedict, omelets, pancakes) to the more adventurous (polenta and collard green hash, Rumble in N’awlins.)
Easy Street Records & Café – West Seattle
Breakfast - 7am-3pm
There aren’t many record stores that sell vinyl these days, and there are even less that also serve breakfast! Easy Street is a must visit for those who love the nostalgia of roaming the record isles, while enjoying a hearty breakfast with some signature dishes like the “Woody Guthrie Omelet” or the “James Brown,” a heaping portion of crispy hash browns topped with diced ham, sausage, veggie links, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, red onions and sweet peppers. Yum.
Patty’s Eggnest – Ravenna, Ballard, Everett, Arlington, Wallingford
Breakfast - Ravenna 7-3pm Daily, Other Locations Times Vary
If you’re looking for that quintessential diner experience, Patty’s Eggnest is the perfect option. They offer huge portions of everything, including bacon. And people rave about the orange juice! One note, many of Patty’s Eggnest locations don’t take debit cards, so bring cash.
Luna Park Café – West Seattle
Here’s a little history lesson, Luna Park was an amusement park many years ago! The décor of this little gem of a café offers entertainment on the walls with interesting knick knacks and little jukeboxes on each table (that work.) There’s often a wait on the weekends which is to be expected, but I’ve never had to wait more than 20 minutes for a table.
What are your favorite breakfast spots? Let us know!