Breakfast/Brunch in Seattle, WA
Now with three yummy locations around Seattle -- the U.District (address listed above), Ballard and South Lake Union -- Portage Bay is an absolute favorite when it comes to breakfast and brunch in this city. If you're coming to Portage Bay on the weekend, plan to either get there early and beat the crowd or grab a cup of coffee inside and enjoy the wait because it is sure to be hopping. What keeps Portage Bay Cafe so packed for breakfast? We suggest ordering the french toast, pancakes or waffles and finding out yourself -- they arrive at your table pretty plain, but then you can take your plate up to their bar of seasonal fruits, freshly whipped cream, syrups and more to deck out your breakfast with whatever you're in the mood for! Portage Bay Cafe is only open until 2:30 p.m. daily -- no lazy breakfast diners here!
If you're the type of gal who prefers a pastry and cup of coffee for breakfast, rather than a full sit-down meal, then Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle should be at the top of your must-try list. On the weekends, it won't be hard to find Bakery Nouveau -- they open at 7:00 a.m. and there will be a line outside waiting for their mouthwatering, freshly baked pastries. The twice-baked almond croissants are always a hot item and one of the first to fly off the bakery's racks, with it's friend, the twice-baked chocolate croissants following closely behind. You can always order breakfast pastries to-go at Bakery Nouveau or, if you're planning a breakfast or brunch event at home, place an advanced order and they'll have them waiting for you!
Do they really serve French toast in France? It doesn't matter... as long as you have Cafe Campagne in Seattle, why bother traveling halfway across the world to find out! Cafe Campagne, located in Seattle's Post Alley at Pike Place Market, is undeniably the best place to enjoy a champagne-filled, French-inspired brunch -- one that has made best-of lists all across the city. Don't expect to come to Cafe Campagne for brunch and chow down on greasy food that will cure your hangover from the night before -- this is a breakfast with class and the menu proves as much. Plus, in true brunch-style, choose from either breakfast or lunch dishes. We highly suggest making brunch reservations in advance at Cafe Campagne -- they serve brunch from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
You're in the Queen Anne neighborhood on a weekend morning and what is that? Why are people in line on the corner of Queen Anne Avenue North and Mercer Street? Ahh... it's breakfast time at Toulouse Petit! This New Orleans-style restaurant is famous for their delicious food any time of day, but breakfast and brunch seem to be particularly popular -- especially for the crowd looking for a better-that-a-greasy-plate-hangover type of breakfast. During the week, indulge in their Ultimate Breakfast Happy Hour, where most breakfast plates are just $8 (served Monday through Friday from 8:00-11:00 a.m.). Toulouse Petit also seems to be a first date hotspot in Seattle, so invite that cutie you've been wanting to ask out!
To say that Beth's Cafe in Seattle is world-famous is more than an understatement. Made famous by all the Seattle bands who used to spend their pre-fame days and nights at Beth's, eating cheap food, writing songs and drawing Crayon pictures that are posted all around the walls of Beth's, and their amazing 12-egg omelettes that are served on a pizza tray, Beth's is a must-try Seattle landmark. Breakfast is served all day long at Beth's... perfect for those biscuit and gravy or pancake cravings that sometimes happen post-breakfast time. Be prepared however -- Beth's Cafe certainly can fall under the "dives" category -- leave your Sunday brunch best at home.