Food & Drink

Seattle's Best Brunch Spots, According to 9 of the 206’s Best Chefs

Published On 08/25/2015 Published On 08/25/2015
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Ma'ono Fried Chicken and Whisky
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1. Monsoon 615 19th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

Monsoon serves up Vietnamese food paired with cocktails built using spirits from the Eastside distillery, including the chartreuse/lime/Thai basil Green Monster.

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2. Matt's in the Market 94 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

You'll find this bar/restaurant hybrid inside Pike Place Market, where you can order seasonally changing dishes made with lots of local ingredients. It’s a bit of a labyrinthine path to find it, so you aren’t going to just stumble in unless you were looking for it, and they seem to like it just fine that way. Call ahead and get yourself a big table in front of the window so you can watch the sunset over Puget Sound.

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3. Sitka & Spruce 1531 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

After a six month hiatus, this hyper-locally-sourced grubery's moved to spruced (!) up L-shaped digs on Pike/Pine; the new high-ceiling'd, window-walled space boasts a butcher-block communal table, and an open stainless steel appointed kitchen from which

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4. Chiang's Gourmet 7845 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Chiang's exterior doesn't amount to much (its building was formerly a fast-food restaurant) and the interior resembles any average Westernized Chinese restaurant with bare walls, white tablecloths, and large, lazy Susan-equipped round tables, but the place is often packed with locals there for dim sum and family-style dinners. The long and winding menu features standout dishes like house-made Shanghai noodles, five-star chicken, and sizzling rice soup.

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5. 99 Park 99 102nd Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 (Bellevue)

Helmed by Old Sage and Hitchcock vets, this casual fine-dining destination is bringing composed takes on Northwest-y eats like Neah Bay halibut-rapini, razor clam-uni, and Washington oysters to Old Town Bellevue.

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6. Ma'ono Fried Chicken & Whiskey 4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 (West Seattle)

Ma'ono means flavor. Flavor means Hawaiian cuisine. This Junction joint is helmed by island native Chef Mark Fuller, who sources ingredients from the Northwest and the Pacific Rim to bring Seattle authentic Hawaiian dishes like poke and the beef- and sausage-based Loco Moco. It wouldn't be a visit to Ma-ono, however, without a round of chicken, twice-fried and umami spiced, and a least a little taste of their 40+ bourbons, ryes, single malts, imported, and domestic whiskys, either on their own or in a house cocktail.

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7. Cafe Presse 1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

With mutliple international soccer jerseys hanging in frames, French menus, and endless options for wine and coffee, Cafe Presse is is the ultra-European answer to Seattle's boom in trendy coffee shops. One would think at first glance that the menu came straight from Paris, with entirely French names and dishes like simple baguette sandwiches, charcuterie plates, and sirloin steak-frites (that's steak and fries, obviously). It's merely the appearance of the American dollar sign that separate this place from the real thing.

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8. Norm's Eatery & Ale House 460 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103 (Fremont)

A staple in Fremont, Norm's serves up classic American comfort food (burgers, etc), and is pouring brews from 14 taps. Known for being dog-friendly and people-friendly!

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9. The Fat Hen 1418 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117 (Ballard)

Contrary to its name, The Fat Hen is rather small -- dainty, even -- with white wainscoting and marble-topped tables. The daytime eatery is a sunny neighborhood nook, popular for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch, with only 20 seats available. Under Italian ownership, the Seattle favorite offers a menu featuring the best of Italian and American eats, in addition to French pastries delivered daily from Honoré bakery right across the street. The cafe serves a full breakfast menu of classic morning dishes (mimosas included), but the kitchen's standout mainstay is the "egg bake" -- two eggs baked in a pool of rich house-made tomato basil sauce, served to each guest in an individual cast iron skillet topped with generous portions of ham, mozzarella, pork sausage and mushrooms.