Food & Drink

The Best New Brunches Seattle Got in 2015

Published On 12/29/2015 Published On 12/29/2015
Chop Shop | Jim Henkens

There's nothing better than a lazy, booze-filled brunch... except maybe a brand new lazy booze-filled brunch, which is why we've scoured Seattle for the latest and greatest options, from some of the Town's most notable chefs, a new international eatery, and a whole lot more.

Kraken Congee

Kraken Congee

Pioneer Square

This former pop-up turned Pioneer Square hotspot just got a new Sunday-only brunch full of quirky, Asian-inspired eats including pork, duck, or shrimp Pinch Buns; a range of their signature congees; and "Spapple" fried rice, that features both Spam and apple... hence the name. Oh, and also they've got drinks like the Morning After Meds, which is really just a tall can of Rainier and a shot of Jack.

Eden Hill

Eden Hill

Queen Anne

Opened in the old Entre Amis space this fall, Eden Hill quickly started serving not-quite-breakfast options that mirror the rest of the menu's "avant garde", local-first approach to New American eats. Case in point: pig head croquettes w/ endive, butterleaf, and soft egg, and brioche French toast served with salt block roasted brie.

Stateside

Stateside

​Capitol Hill

This much buzzed about spot in Pike/Pine is giving you a chance to get buzzed over brunchables ranging from small plates like Pho braised beef potstickers, to larger options including Hong Kong-style charcoal waffles, and open faced golden brown omelettes w/ Gruyere and potato "crunchies."

Nue Seattle

Nue

Capitol Hill

This nue-ish (thank you, thank you... hold your applause) international street foodery isn't messing around when it comes to am-appropriate eats from around the globe -- we're talking thin yeast pancakes studded with Dutch pepper bacon from the Netherlands; Flemish-style French fries from... um, not France, presumably; and a linguica, roast beef, and ham sandwich straight out of Portugal.

Fat's Chicken & Waffles

Fat's Chicken & Waffles

Central District

Opened in September by the guy behind one of Seattle's best burger spots (hint: It's L'il Woody's), Fat’s wasn't happy selling its eponymous chicken & waffles for lunch & dinner so it decided to start serving 'em Saturday and Sunday mornings, too, along with a can't-miss biscuit sandwich w/ a fried chicken breast, fried egg, bacon & gravy, a classic eggs Benedict, and more.

2 Doors Down

2 Doors Down

Madison Valley

This burger joint from the people behind the nearby Bottleneck lounge (bet you can't guess exactly how far away it is) is doing a brunch menu that... surprise!... has a burger on it, but also boasts things like French toast, donut holes, and breakfast poutine.

Jim Henkens

Chop Shop

Capitol Hill

Helmed by the talented chef behind the Volunteer Park Cafe, this cornerstone of the relatively new Chophouse Row development has the newest brunch menu in town: highlights of their reworked offerings include the hot ham and Gruyere sandwich, brisket & eggs, and more.

Geoffrey Smith

Bramling Cross

Ballard

The latest spot from Seattle super-chef Ethan Stowell (his third of 2016), this gastropub has been serving brunch for about a week now, so you can probably still be the first person you know to down things like like pork cheek hash w/ kale, potato, chanterelles & a poached egg, or Smoked Trout Benedict w/ spinach, hollandaise & grilled baguette, and then wash it all down with a bottle of La Luca prosecco, plus a pitcher of orange juice, all for only $25.

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Bradley Foster is a former Thrillist editor who's reluctant to go more than 2 Doors Down from his apartment for anything… except brunch.

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1. Kraken Congee 88 Yesler Way , Seattle, WA 98104 (Pioneer Square)

This former pop-up came to be a brick and mortar through an appearance on the TV show “Restaurant Startup.” The Filipino-influence menu offers up several kinds of flavorful rice porridge, like the Pork Belly Adobo. Don't forget to order the spring-roll-like sausage lumpia and leave room for the ube (purple yam) cheesecake.

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2. Eden Hill 2209 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Austin-transplant chef Maximillian Petty brings forward-thinking, creative techniques to this New American restaurant: look for crispy pig head candy bars and foie gras cake batter.

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3. Stateside 300 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

Helmed by a chef who spent the better part of the last decade in Paris and Shanghai before returning... waitforit!... stateside and settling in Seattle, this dinner-only (for now!) spot is slinging things like Cha Ca La Vong with black cod marinated in turmeric & galangal and served on rice vermicelli with fresh dill, mint & cilantro, as well as mini bánh mì.

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4. Nue 1519 14th Ave Seattle, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

Try your hand at some of the best street foods from around the world at this Capitol Hill spot, which offers a menu that touts tasty international dishes like Latvian Smoked Sprats, Trinidad Goat Curry, and Romanian Mititei. A must-try sandwich is the Japanese Katsu: panko-breaded pork loin on crustless white bread with Kewpie mayo and Tonkatsu sauce. With Nue, you have the chance to nosh on rare global eats -- without a passport.

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5. Fat’s Fried Chicken And Waffles 2726 E Cherry, Seattle, WA 98122

Come to Fat's for generous portions of chicken and waffles, along with other Southern specialties, such as fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits.

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6. Two Doors Down 2332 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112 (Madison Park)

Two Doors Down is a cheery family friendly restaurant that serves natural burgers, like the 420 Burger, a monster dripping with Tillamook white cheddar cheese, Swiss, caramelized onions, and deep-fried avocado, and served on a brioche bun with a fried egg in the hole. This place has at least four local ciders on tap at any given time and is outfitted with distractions like Etch A Sketches for the kids.

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7. Chop Shop Cafe & Bar 1424 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

A casual and bright spot in the remodeled Chophouse Row collection, this restaurant boast a New American menu including small plates of pork shoulder and gulf prawns, and market fish or bavette steak mains.

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8. Bramling Cross 5205 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This local pub, run by Seattle superchef Ethan Stowell, serves neighborhood beers and homemade food in a busy atmosphere

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