There are few things better than a lazy Sunday morning. One thing, however, is a lazy Sunday morning spent with chicken & waffles. Or sandwiches smothered in bacon jam. Or cereal crusted French toast. You get the idea.
But being lazy means not going too far to get those things, which is why we -- the helpful people that we are -- have found the very best brunch spots in 14 different Seattle neighborhoods. Well, 14 and a half. Laurelhurst and the U-District are the same thing, right? Anyways, here's the list:
Brimmer & Heeltap Posted up in the old Le Gourmand spot (do we still need to remind people of this after almost 5 years?), B&H boasts 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 housemade noodles, sausage, pork gravy & a sunnyside egg, buttermilk fried quail mascarpone grits, and hot-puffed black rice with mango and coconut milk.
Watson's Counter t's only been open for a few months and it's already plagued by the interminable wait times that have become commonplace at Ballard brunch spots. That said, WC is definitely worth it thanks to a playfully eclectic mix of daytime offerings that include a Loco Moco with a fresh ground house-blend of chuck, brisket & pork belly over rice that's topped by house-made gravy & a fried egg on top; Korean poutine with Beecher's cheese curds & brisket; and our favorite (obviously!) -- French toasted encrusted with Fruity Pebbles or Frosted Flakes.
The Lakehouse 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 as well as The Lakehouse, which boasts a stunning black and white dining room, and an equally attractive brunch lineup featuring things like Belgian waffles with seasonal fruits & berries, vanilla chantilly cream & maple syrup, and a Dungeness crab & avocado “Benedict.” But you don't really need to know that since you're getting the cocoa coffee flour pancakes topped with blueberries, yogurt, walnuts & sticky toffee.
Tilikum Place Cafe A classic Seattle brunch destination, the constantly packed TPC does the usual brunch stuff -- eggs Benedict, a Fry Up with eggs, bacon, sausage, baked beans on toast with a tomato -- but it also serves the city's quintessential (and increasing hard to find) brunch item: Light, fluffy and delicious Dutch Babies, which you can get either sweet or savory. Provided you're willing to wait at least 20 minutes for 'em to bake.
Nue This not-so-nue (thank you, thank you) destination for international street food isn't messing around when it comes to morning-appropriate 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. Stateside 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 still buzzed-about Asian-inspired spot is the only place in the city to get crazy brunchables like pho-braised beef potstickers, Hong Kong-style charcoal waffles, and open faced golden brown omelettes with Gruyere and potato "crunchies." Terra Plata This 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 seriously amazing stuff to eat, like shrimp & grits with parmigiano, poblano, chili flake, smoked tasso ham; a mouthwatering buffalo burger; biscuits & gravy with chorizo; and more. So, you know, it still gets on our list.
Fat's Chicken & Waffles Opened a couple years ago by the guy behind one of Seattle's best burger spots (hint: It's 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, along with a can't-miss biscuit sandwich with fried chicken breast, a fried egg, bacon & gravy. They’ve also got a delicious eggs Benedict with fried green tomato, a pimento cheese BLT, and oh so much more.
Can Can Kitchen & Cabaret 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 like 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.
Conversation If you want your diners to actually talk to each other, as the name of this brand new restaurant in the Thompson Hotel suggests, you probably shouldn't make them want to stuff their faces with crawfish n' shrimp grits with corn, a 63-degree egg & jalapeno, poached egg n' crab, or fried quail and waffle crisps with Korean chili & strawberry glaze. Just sayin'.
TARSAN I JANE Tarsan i Jane was renovated last year, transforming its former barn-like interior into a sophisticated space that matches the refined, locally-sourced Spanish-style food that's chosen for you by the chef. What hasn't changed is the Sunday prix fixe menu of five constantly rotating courses that ends with a huge pan of what is probably Seattle's best paella.
Bistro Shirlee The latest jewel in the crown of Seattle's reigning food Queen, Renee Erickson, this French-ish establishment in the old Saint Helens Cafe space is named for Erickson's mother and is serving a range of brunch classics on the weekends: Eggs Benedict with housemade english muffin, cured ham & hollandaise, a croque madame with ham, gruyere, bechamel, & a fried egg, and more. Oh, and by more we mean everything from assorted pastries, to cheese plates, and a burger with red onion jam on brioche that'll pretty much make you forget about everything else we just laid out.
Biscuit Bitch Boasting the same "trailer park to table" eats that you'll find at its other (relatively nearby) locations, BB's Southern-inspired "big ass" biscuits-based menu is not to be missed -- especially in a 'hood more focused on late night drinking than late morning eating. There's seven kinds of biscuits & gravy, including the Straight Up Bitch with sausage gravy; the Smokin' Hot Bitch that adds cheese, a hot link, and jalapenos, or the egg topped Easy Bitch -- something you should only say when ordering the aforementioned dish.
Toulouse Petit This warm NOLA-inspired spot complete with curling wrought iron, heavily plastered walls, and mosaic tiled floors has a huge, and boastful (seriously), brunch menu that starts with The City's Best Fruit Plate and just goes, and goes, and goes from there. Ten different eggs Benedicts, nine different omelets, a half dozen Creaole breakfast plates… you get the idea. Not sure you ordered the right thing? Don't worry. There's a bunch of day drinking options (a breakfast margherita) to help you drown your sorrows. Oh, and if you can't make it on the weekend, TP does breakfast happy hour Monday through Friday.
Junebaby So no, we couldn't pick between James Beard Award-winning chef Edouardo Jordan's two restaurants a couple blocks away from each other. Besides, 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 crawfish biscuits & gravy (served with hotlink & bacon) so good you won't mind that they don't start serving until 11am.
Salare Housed beneath a nondescript apartment block on the northern edge of Ravenna, this bright and airy restaurant is serving up an array of accolade-heavy 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 porchetta hash with peperonata, sunflower romesco & a fried egg; quiche with morel mushrooms, Walla Walla onions, fromage blanc & chives, and French toast, bourbon anglaise & strawberry.
Burgundian 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 by pairing tons craft options with an all-day breakfast menu. A classic Dutch Baby with powdered sugar & lemon, chicken & waffles with sausage gravy, and a 7 ounce chicken fried ribeye with eggs all make this spot a perfect brunch destination.
Rock Creek Sadly, this cavernous seafood spot no longer does its raucous "hip-hop brunch" but man, does it still do brunch. Everything from cinnamon rolls with orange cream cheese anglaise, toasted pecans & cocoa nibs, to braised short rib Hash with yukon potatoes, red pepper, fennel, poached eggs & pickled shallots. Plus, since this is one of Seattle's best places for ocean-based eats, at least two types of oysters on the half shell.
Ma'ono Fried Chicken So let's face it: Ma'ono is basically the best place to go in West Seattle no matter what time of day it is, and brunch is no exception thanks to a variety Hawaiian-inspired classics like Poke (try the octopus), and SPAM Musubi (basically SPAM sushi), plus its famous fried chicken which comes with your choice of honey mustard, maple syrup, or a chili sauce that will definitely wake you up on Sunday morning. Oh, and if that's not enough, they've got a whole lineup of more traditional morning eats (French toast, corned beef hash, breakfast sandwiches, etc.) if you're feeling less adventurous.
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Bradley Foster is a former Thrillist editor who is too lazy to try and make cereal encrusted French toast at home. And too lazy to wait in line for it at Watson's Counter. What is he going to do?!?!