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The 8 Best Breakfast Spots in Seattle

Published On 03/03/2015 Published On 03/03/2015
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Know what's better than digging into a great brunch? Digging into said brunch on, like, a Tuesday... aka having breakfast, which is why we rounded up Seattle's eight best places to score AM eats. Every. Single. Day. Feast your eyes:

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The Burgundian Tavern

Wallingford
What you're getting: Chicken & waffles
This badass beer bar in sleepy Tangletown serves all-day breakfast from 10am-4pm every day, with highlights including Fried Chicken & Waffles with three pieces of boneless fried fowl on top of a bacon waffle with country gravy & bourbon maple syrup; a Biscuit Benedict with your choice of two eggs (any style) and meats like applewood ham from a "single muscle," two words that'll be preceded by "you don't have a" if you eat too many of said b-fasts.

The 5 Point Cafe

The 5 Point Cafe

Belltown
What you're getting: The Mess
This dive-y 24/7 spot is Tom Morello's least favorite Seattle bar, but it may be our favorite, not only because of its motto (“alcoholics serving alcoholics since 1929”), but also because it's serving solid breakfast foods all day, and if you actually get there between 6-9 in the morning they (rather subversively) serve bacon pancakes and quick-fried mini donuts, plus cheap wells and $2 drafts during the morning happy hour.

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Roxy’s Diner

Fremont
What you're getting: The 2x2
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 -- there're even $2 mimosas! We recommend the 2x2 Breakfast, which gets you a little bit of everything: your choice of two pancakes or slices of French toast, two eggs any style, two slices of bacon, and two links of sausage for $10.95.

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Hi-Spot Cafe

Madrona
What you're getting: Mexi-fries
The Hi-Spot Cafe in Madrona serves breakfast daily from 8am-2:30pm. You can’t go wrong at this quaint spot with the Mexi-fries, which are potatoes with sautéed onions, carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes, olives, and green chiles with three-cheese sour cream and salsa -- basically, everything.

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Portage Bay Cafe

Various locations
What you're getting: Something from the Breakfast Bar
With three locations in Roosevelt, Ballard, and South Lake Union, it’s never hard to “eat like you give a damn.” We love the pancakes because they gets you unlimited access to the fully stocked berry bar, but we can also recommend pretty much everything else on the menu. Roosevelt and South Lake Union serve breakfast from 7:30am-11:30am Monday through Friday, but Ballard serves it all day.

Geraldine's Counter

Geraldine’s Counter

Columbia City
What you're getting: Geraldine's Casserole
Deep in Columbia City, Geraldine’s Counter serves breakfast all day. This spot’s hearty fare includes Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs and Geraldine’s Casserole, which has hash browns, sausage, pepper jack, cheddar, eggs, cream, and pico de gallo. Geraldine’s Counter has received countless accolades from local media, so rest assured, you’re in good hands here.

5 Spot

The 5 Spot

Queen Anne
What you're getting: French Toast
Way up the hill in Queen Anne is a breakfast spot well-worth the hike (or gas). The 5 Spot serves its New Orleans breakfast menu from 8:30am-3pm and includes delectables like its Bananas Foster Bread Pudding French Toast (pecan and raisin studded bread pudding dipped in cinnamon and custard) and Treme Tumble (roasted yams and potatoes sautéed with collard greens, andouille sausage, house-cured tasso, bell peppers & onions).

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The Wandering Goose

Capitol Hill
What you're getting: The Hangtown Fry
From the heaping bowl of awesome called Hangtown Fry (fried oysters, pork belly, poached eggs, etc.), to biscuits covered in warm gravy, The Wandering Goose is your Southern-style breakfast go-to. Find the naturally lit space off 15th in North Capitol Hill and be sure to try the Old Dominican hangover helper (a daily squeeze crafted at the chef’s whim) if it’s that kind of day. Or any kind, really.

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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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