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Seattle's 26 best Boozy Brunches: A hood-by-hood guide

Published On 04/23/2014 Published On 04/23/2014
26 Boozy Brunches
Chona Kasinger
Lost Lake
The 5 Point
Chona Kasinger
Toulouse Petit
Skylark
Blue Star Cafe & Pub
Chona Kasinger
Cafe Racer
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1. Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge 1505 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

This varnished wood paneling, accented stone walls, and deep red furnishing ooze laid-back '70s style at this modern take on old-school diners in Hilltop. A late-night haunt to most, Lost Lake really shines in the breakfast and burger departments with their dreamy hollandaise-heavy benedicts and the secret sauce that tops the ground beef on the handful of specialty burgers. There are, however, comforting house mains like pot roast that stands toe-to-toe with mom's and Brit-approved fish & chips.

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2. The Pine Box 1600 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

The Pine Box, simultaneously cool and a bit creepy given being located in an old mortuary, is more famous for its cocktails than the building's actual history. Here, they always serve a choice of at least two local ciders, along with cocktails, 30-plus taps of extremely well-curated West Coast-heavy brews, fancy brunch, and other delicious bites.

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3. Smith 332 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 (Capitol Hill)

Dig into rustic pub fare, craft cocktails, and an "uncommon" beer selection at Smith in Seattle. This Capitol Hill area fave run by the proprietors of other Emerald City hotspots Linda's, King's Hardware, and Oddfellows Cafe, is known for their dependable menu of elevated and seasonal New American dinner and brunch selections. The warm and welcoming woodsy, lodge like interior provides the perfect setting for hearty and unique farmhouse style dishes and drinks.

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4. Manhattan 1419 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

The guys behind Po Dogs/ Grim's/ Auto Battery offer a menu of southern-inspired steakhouse-style eats, plus delectable seafood options, which you can enjoy in their plush, rustic space.

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5. Linda's Tavern 707 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

A classic pub in Seattle, Linda's prides itself on being "a nice place for nice people".

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6. Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub 4301 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

Hale's is where the history is (and uh... beer); as the creator of the first microbrewed pale ale in the Northwest, there is little room if disappointment over the amount of brews they're cranking out a month.

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7. 9 Million In Unmarked Bills 3507 Fremont Pl, Seattle, WA 98103 (Fremont)

This laid-back Fremont boozer has a spacious patio and serves up specially crafted 'tails using fresh ingredients like muddled lemons & oranges, orange-spiced black tea-infused whiskey and rhubarb bitters.

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8. The Backdoor at Roxy's 462 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103 (Fremont)

The Backdoor's menu of American fare is only part of the attraction here, with an extensive selection of bourbon and rye available at the bar. This, combined with the house-made bitters, means that the assortment of signature cocktails is serious business.

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9. Norm's Eatery & Ale House 460 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103 (Fremont)

A staple in Fremont, Norm's serves up classic American comfort food (burgers, etc), and is pouring brews from 14 taps. Known for being dog-friendly and people-friendly!

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10. The 5 Point Cafe 415 Cedar St, Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)

It's hard to argue with this quirky's dive's tagline: "Alcoholics serving alcoholics since 1929" -- these guys have been serving boozy concoctions way under the radar since just before the end of prohibition, and it shows. The same goes for its heaping breakfasts of chicken & biscuits, plate-sized pancakes, and vegetarian hash and endless selection of classic burgers, sandwiches, and classic American comfort foods that make an ideal pair for a pint or specialty cocktail.

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11. Hattie's Hat Restaurant 5231 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

This American eatery serves up classic dishes with a twist (like their Voodoo Burger with Cajun spices!) and is known for their legendary brunch, with their signature Rosemary Mary.

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12. King's Hardware 5225 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

King's Hardware is decked out with taxidermy and stocked with regional brews, but the rustic pub's main attraction is its tasty and creative burger options, like the peanut butter and bacon-based After School Special. Aside from classic and specialty burgers, there are hot wings, onion rings, and similar greased-up "sidekicks" on the menu. You can bring your beer and burger outside and chill on the patio, or stay inside and challenge your friends to a round of skee-ball.

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13. Hi Spot Cafe 1410 34th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Madrona)

With a patio that's open all Summer and fresh eats like a chicken sausage scramble and a salad nicoise, The Hi Spot is your go-to for a reshreshing brunch in Madrona.

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14. Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge 601 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98119 (Queen Anne)

Toulouse Petit specializes in Cajun-kissed, French Quarter fare, and it does so in a dining room ripped right out of smoky New Orleans fantasy: curling wrought iron, heavily plastered walls, mosaic tiled floors. Considering the city of inspiration, shrimp and crawfish makes many cameos, in seriously spicy jambalaya, over creamy corn grits, or floating in a the dark roux of seafood gumbo. Southern poultry dishes (buttermilk-fried, cheri) and French-leaning steaks break up a seafood-heavy menu. Beignets topped with powdered sugar are just as sweet cast in morning light coming through dramatically arched windows as they are by evening candlelight with a dessert chianti. To ensure utter seduction, there’s always the voodoo rum punch (light and dark rum, cranberry, orange, pineapple, lemon, ginger beer, orange bitters).

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15. Paragon Restaurant & Bar 2125 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (Queen Anne)

With open mics and weekly music showcases galore, Paragon offers live music five nights a week, and dishes that range from catfish to prime rib.

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16. Skylark Cafe & Club 3803 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106 (West Seattle)

Skylark combines great cocktails, happy hours, and all of your favorite bar eats (Cheesesteaks! Bacon-cheddar burgers! Fried pickle chips!) with all-things music. From karaoke nights, to open mics, to a whole range of musical acts -- plus the occasional burlesque performance -- Skylark has your musical needs covered.

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17. Easy Street Records & Cafe 4559 California Ave SW, #200, Seattle, WA 98116 (West Seattle)

This combo coffee shop, record store, and diner is serving up some of the best brunch in West Seattle... with a side of vinyl.

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18. El Chupacabra 2620 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 (West Seattle)

This beachfront version of the Phinney Mextaurant features a very similar patio, and is decked with all sorts of funky South-of-the-border art. They're serving up traditional comida like burritos/tacos/tortas stuffed with various meats, like sautéed shrimp, and more.

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19. Ma'ono Fried Chicken & Whiskey 4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 (West Seattle)

Ma'ono means flavor. Flavor means Hawaiian cuisine. This Junction joint is helmed by island native Chef Mark Fuller, who sources ingredients from the Northwest and the Pacific Rim to bring Seattle authentic Hawaiian dishes like poke and the beef- and sausage-based Loco Moco. It wouldn't be a visit to Ma-ono, however, without a round of chicken, twice-fried and umami spiced, and a least a little taste of their 40+ bourbons, ryes, single malts, imported, and domestic whiskys, either on their own or in a house cocktail.

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20. Blue Star Cafe and Pub 4512 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103 (Wallingford)

Blue Star is a neighborhood favorite (voted by MSN!), and their claim to fame may be the fact that they're serving up over FORTY different egg dishes, which makes them a no-brainer for brunch. But don't stop there, you can also score classic diner eats like club sandwiches and burgers at this Wallingford hang-out.

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21. Ivar's 1001 Alaskan Way, Pier 54, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)

Ivar's is a classic waterfront fish house serving lunch and dinner on Elliott Bay.

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22. Georgetown Liquor Company 5501 Airport Way S, Ste B, Seattle, WA 98108 (Georgetown)

This vegan and vegetarian restaurant's motto is, "Strong enough for a carnivore, made for an herbivore." And with items like seitan steak and a tofu chicken caesar, they're definitely aiming to cure you of your meat-loving ways. Stop by for their famous brunch, where you can chow down on things like "skits n' gravy", made with vegan biscuits.

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23. Square Knot Diner 6015 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108

This Roosevelt diner focuses on serving classic American eats like club sandwiches, hot wings, and more. Their focus on homemade food and creative desserts (Applesauce carrot cake! Triple-chocolate cake frosted with chocolate butter cream!) set them apart from your average greasy spoon.

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24. Cafe Racer 5828 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 (University District)

Cafe Racer is friend to any and all patrons who arrive on two wheels, plus the rest of University's denizens as well, serving up great cocktails and American classics. With frequent live music and a moto decor, CR is sure to become your next hang out.

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25. The Atlantic Crossing 6508 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 (University District)

This pub is your go-to for all things Sounders-related. But when they're not busy offering up a top-notch spot to watch the match, Atlantic Crossing is serving up decidedly British items, like a Scotch egg for breakfast, and a Guinness beef stew for lunch/dinner.

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