Seattle's Best Brunch Spots, According to 9 of the 206’s Best Chefs
The chef lifestyle is known for long, late hours, so it doesn’t leave much time for eating -- except when it comes to brunch. Chefs LOVE brunch (almost as much as we do), so we decided to ask some of The Town’s best what their favorite places to go are: Here are nine spots where the guys and gals who know about food do their weekend morning eating/drinking...
Chef Ethan Stowell of Ethan Stowell Restaurants (Mkt./Staple & Fancy)
His pick: Monsoon (address and info)
When he leaves his own empire of restaurants, Stowell heads for a long, leisurely morning of dim sum at Monsoon. He’s a fan of the great vegetables at this Vietnamese spot -- and his ability to order a bottle of Grüner Veltliner to accompany them.
Chef Zoi Antonitsas of Westward
Her pick:Matt’s in the Market (address and info)
Pike Place Market
Antonitsas directs brunchers to one of the best Bloody Marys in town -- accompanied by delicious food and a perfect view of Pike Place Market. If that doesn’t cure a hangover, we’re not sure anything can.
Her other pick: Sitka & Spruce (address and info)
Aesthetics are big for Antonitsas (no surprise to anyone who’s been into the gorgeous waterside spot where she works) so she enjoys relaxing and starting the day at this beautiful Melrose Market space. The creative and unique combinations on the menu don’t hurt, either -- she calls them “inspired and lovely.”
Chef Stuart Lane of Cascina Spinasse/Artusi
His pick: Sitka & Spruce (address and info)
Chef Lane also lauds the non-traditional brunch menu down the hill, adding additional praise for the ingredients: “seasonal, local, and really, really good!!”
Chef Derek Ronspies of Le Petit Cochon
His pick:Chiang’s Gourmet (address and info)
When he’s able to rouse himself in time, Ronspies points himself north to this Chinese restaurant in the shell of an old fast-food restaurant. “The dim sum is on point,” he says, as he recommends the chili beef tendon.
Chef Shota Nakajima of Naka
His pick: 99 Park (address and info)
Nakajima hits this Eastside spot for the beautiful patio where he can sip coffee while overlooking the park. He praises the simple, but well-executed brunch menu with just the right twist, adding, “This place makes me feel good every time I go in.”
Chef Josh Henderson of Huxley Wallace Collective (Quality Athletics)
His pick:Ma’ono Fried Chicken and Whisky (address and info)
When Henderson is calling someone one of the best cooks in the city, you’ll want to listen (it’s a title he could vie for himself). “I’ll eat anything he cooks,” Henderson says of chef Mark Fuller, which includes the brunch menu hits of saimin (Hawaiian noodle soup), fried chicken, and loco moco.
His other pick: Cafe Presse (address and info)
It is “so consistently damn good,” Henderson says of this all-day spot. His order is consistent, too: croque madame, frites, butter lettuce salad, and a crisp white wine.
Chef Mutsuko Soma of Miyabi 45th
Her pick:Norm’s Eatery & Ale House (address and info)
Soma is not much of a brunch-food fan, but says that her husband loves Norm’s, as it has everything they both need for brunch: beer and chicken wings for her, eggs and coffee for him. Not to mention their dog Peanut is welcome there, “We give him a few licks of the coffee creamers they keep on the table and he loves it.”
Chef Dustin Ronspies of Art of the Table
His pick: The Fat Hen (address and info)
Ronspies finds everything delicious at The Fat Hen, from the baked eggs to the sandwiches and salads. “The coffee’s good to boot, and you can drink it outside while waiting for a table.” He says that when he and his wife (Shannon Van Horn, the pastry chef at Art of the Table) can get in, it’s their favorite place.
Chef Josh Nebe of Radiator Whiskey
His pick: Ma’ono Fried Chicken and Whisky (address and info)
“If I go to brunch, I go to Ma’ono, PERIOD.” Nebe says, the emphasis his. He is there for the best biscuits, best fried chicken, and incredible apple malasadas. Plus, he and his girlfriend Amanda consider the Spam musubi there to be their “favorite thing ever.”
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Naomi Tomky is a freelance food writer in Seattle and is a big believer in Chinese food for brunch. Follower her on Twitter @Gastrognome and Instagram @the_gastrognome to see if chili beef tendon is on her plate this week.