Food & Drink

The 8 Best Breakfast Spots in Seattle

Published On 03/03/2015 Published On 03/03/2015
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The 5 Point Cafe
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Geraldine's Counter
5 Spot
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1. The Burgundian Tavern 2253 N 56th St, Seattle, WA 98103 (Wallingford)

At The Burgundian Tavern, the maxim "beer is for breakfast" is dutifully maintained, and the power hour specials run Monday through Friday without fail. The always-available selection of craft beers and ciders, as well as the extensive cocktail menu, both stand to prove that no time is a bad time for drinking. Serving AM eats all day, the Tavern is an ideal late brunch spot with plenty of classic American egg dishes featuring utterly Burgundian touches like sour beer vinagrette or bourbon smoked maple syrup. Power hours at the bar include a selection of foods best enjoyed in tandem with copious amounts of alcohol (wings, soft pretzels, steak with beer cheese), and the kitchen stays open until midnight on the weekends. Whether you're looking for fries with fennel-beer-mustard, or a house-curated barrel aged cocktail, The Burgundian offers judgement free indulgence just about all the time.

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2. 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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3. Roxy's Diner 462 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103 (Fremont)

From East Coast breakfast specials to pretty much every kind of bagel and beyond, this old-school Jewish deli-style spot is failsafe for breakfast.

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4. 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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5. Geraldine's Counter 4872 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118 (Columbia City)

Deep in Columbia City, Geraldine’s Counter takes breakfast very seriously. Closed daily at 3pm, the place serves a hearty brunch menu of classic American comfort food, offering six omelette specials in addition to every egg, pancake, bacon, or French toast combination that one might possibly crave (that is to say, a bacon egg sandwich on French toast is not out of the question). For those who, for whatever reason, might choose to abstain from sausage-topped buttermilk pancakes or homemade biscuits with bacon and gravy, there is a lunch menu as well, with plenty of soups, salads, and Geraldine's famous "Columbia City Corned Beef Sandwich," all of which is served in a dining room enclosed by walls of exposed red brick and floor-to-ceiling windows.

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6. 5 Spot 1502 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (Queen Anne)

Brimming with kitsch, Seattle's 5 Spot boasts a cuisine that draws from all points of the continental U.S.. Several times a year, the chefs at this eccentric eatery reinvent the menu in order to focus on a new region in the United States, in an attempt to pay homage, through community meals, to the cultural diversity embedded in American history. At any given time, the restaurant will (simultaneously) offer New England clam chowder, Southwestern carne asada, a Southern chicken and waffle special, and a West Coast fish taco plate. In addition to the overwhelming cultural amalgam of entrees, the Queen Anne's hilltop locale boasts late night eats until midnight daily, and an early bird special on breakfast items. 5 Spot's major crowd pleaser, however, is its "Sunday Night Fried Chicken, " served family style, every Sunday, with biscuits, gravy, and mashed potatoes.

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7. The Wandering Goose 403 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 (Capitol Hill)

The Wandering Goose is a sparsely decorated but warmly furnished Southern comfort food restaurant in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. With natural sunlight illumination and fried chicken Friday, you'll feel at home. Which, of course, will make it hard to leave.

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