Hip watering hole with a brunch menu that's Bananas (Foster)
How to become a neighborhood institution brunch in three simple steps: chicken & waffles with bourbon maple syrup; Bananas Foster French toast with a maple caramel sauce; and the obligatory avocado toast, served on Macrina rye bread with a poached egg, shaved shallots, and microgreens. Repeat every weekend as needed.
Can't-miss Vietnamese with a can't-miss bar next door
Helmed by a chef who spent the better part of the last decade in Paris and Shanghai before returning stateside and settling in Seattle, this buzzed-about Asian-inspired spot is the only place in the city to get wildly fun with brunch items like pho-braised beef potstickers, Hong Kong-style charcoal waffles, and open-faced golden brown omelets with Gruyere and potato "crunchies."
Street food and memorabilia from around the world
This not-so-nue (thank you) destination for international street food isn't messing around when it comes to brunch plates from around the globe -- we're talking thin yeast pancakes stuffed with Dutch pepper bacon from the Netherlands; Flemish-style French fries from not France, presumably; and a linguica, roast beef, and ham sandwich from Portugal.
Southern favorites on the far side of the Central District
Opened a few years ago by the guy behind one of Seattle's best burger spots (Li’l Woody's!), Fat’s wasn't happy selling its eponymous chicken & waffles for lunch and dinner so it quickly started serving 'em Saturday and Sunday mornings, too. And along with the chicken & waffles, they’re also dishing up a can't-miss biscuit sandwich with fried chicken breast, a fried egg, bacon, and gravy. Other notable items include eggs Benedict with fried green tomato, a pimento cheese BLT, and so much more.
Nose-to-tail cooking at the tail-end of Ravenna
Housed beneath a nondescript apartment block on the northern edge of Ravenna, this bright and airy restaurant is serving an array of dishes that combine the chef’s Southern background with the farm-to-table principles he learned at Bar Sajor (and his training as an Italian salumist). Expect plates like pork belly with Parmesan brodo, a poached egg, & salsa verde; a chorizo sandwich with scrambled eggs & hollandaise; and beignets with apple butter.
Neighborhood restaurant with a national reputation
One of the best new restaurants in the country, Tarsan i Jane sits in a barn-like space next to one of Ethan Stowell's pizza joints in Frallard. It seems like an odd place for refined, locally sourced Spanish-style food that's chosen for you by the chef, but you'll forget all about that by the time your five-course, prix fixe brunch -- which ends with a huge pan of what is probably Seattle's best paella -- is over.
Easily the most entertaining place to eat in Seattle
The Can Can is now opening the doors to its sultry subterranean lair for matinee burlesque performances that, while "family-friendly," are still pretty steamy. It also comes with an amazing brunch menu, featuring dishes such as crab beignets, Dungeness Benedicts, and bottomless mimosas -- which are never a bad idea. Especially on date night. Or date day... which is why it also made our list of Seattle's best date ideas.
Breakfast all day paired with an excellent beer selection
Though some of Coughlin's lesser known laws -- like only play basketball with Tom Cruise -- are pretty hard to follow, the guy behind this sparse, wood-heavy beer bar had no problem taking the maxim "beer is for breakfast" to heart. He paired tons craft options with a menu that includes breakfast items all day. Their brunch menu also has a classic Dutch baby with powdered sugar & lemon, chicken & waffles with sausage gravy, and a 7-ounce chicken-fried rib-eye and eggs.
"Earth-to-plate" food that's out of this world
The Melrose Market mainstay still boasts one of Seattle's best rooftop patios -- a sprawling, trestle-topped triangle surrounded by an edible garden overlooking a bustling Pike/Pine intersection -- and has some amazing stuff to eat. Don’t skip the banana bread French toast with banana coconut syrup, toasted coconut & spiced Chantilly; the mouthwatering buffalo burger; biscuits & gravy with chorizo; or really anything else offered that suits your appetite.
Vibrant bistro at edge of Ballard and Fremont
Opened four years ago in the old Le Gourmand spot, B&H stands out with a laminated coin floor made with thousands of pennies... which is probably what you're about to spend on next-level bites like "Ramen" Loco Moco with house-made noodles, sausage, pork gravy, and a sunny-side egg, the buttermilk fried quail mascarpone grits, and/or the hot-puffed black rice with mango and coconut milk.
Thrillist's best new restaurant of 2017
Technically Junebaby doesn't do brunch, but this classy Southern-fried spot does do a weekend only "lunch" that includes many of the same flavors, mostly presented in sandwich form (hot link sausage with red sauerkraut & mustard; pulled pork with pikliz & Carolina vinegar sauce), as well as a few more breakfast-appropriate options, including shrimp & grits and fried chicken gizzards with buttermilk dressing so good you won't mind that they don't start serving until 11am.
Small brunch menu. Very big flavors.
This addition to the ever burgeoning Ballard bar and restaurant scene is all about combining the fun of family-style meals with the feeling of being in Spain's late-night tapas joints (they've even got a Hangover Specials section on the menu). And they manage to pull it off even at breakfast time thanks to a small brunch menu that includes brioche bread pudding French toast, and some of Seattle's signature Swedish pancakes with seasonal jam, whipped cream & syrup.
Chef Jason Wilson's stylish new Eastside endeavor
One of Seattle's leading chefs hasn't quite decamped to Bellevue, but does have some plans in the new Lincoln Square expansion. There’s a speakeasy-style bar called Civility & Unrest and The Lakehouse, which boasts a stunning black and white dining room, and an equally attractive brunch lineup featuring things like vanilla brioche French toast with compote & maple candied walnuts, and a Dungeness crab & avocado “Benedict.” But all that will be secondary since you're getting the cocoa coffee flour pancakes topped with blueberries, yogurt, walnuts & sticky toffee.
Gigantic cidery with an all gluten-free menu
This cider-focused drinking/eating establishment (the largest independent cidery in the country) isn't a mainstay on many "best brunch" lists. However, its weekend menu can hold its own against most restaurants in the city, even before you realize their take on the most gluten-heavy meal of the day is entirely gluten-free. We’re talking cinnamon rolls with iced cider frosting, the cinnamon raisin French toast with maple butter and roasted apples, the biscuits & gravy with fried eggs, and everything else.