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Brunch in Seattle – the meal of weekend champions

Brunch is that magical meal that bridges breakfast and lunch. Brunch allows you to sleep in for as long as you need to, and gives you the rest of the day to go on adventures (along with the energy to fuel them). It’s that special time when both pancakes and paninis as viable food options. Brunch can do no wrong.

Luckily Seattle restaurateurs are fully aware of this fact and have blessed us with options aplenty for indulging in one of our favorite past times. Being an ardent brunch fan myself, I’ve eaten my way through a considerable few. And so without further ado, my top five picks for best brunch in Seattle, in no particular order.

Toulouse Petit – Lower Queen Anne

A dramatic space inspired by New Orleans with high ceilings, hardwood floors, towering French windows, blown glass light fixtures, and intricate décor, Toulouse Petit is always a treat. And that’s not even taking into account a menu that ranges from Cajun to classics. Try the spicy shrimp creole and eggs over creamy grits, or crème caramel French toast with caramelized pears, fresh strawberries and cream. Then there are the beignets. Light, fluffy pastries dusted with powdered sugar served with chicory coffee dipping sauce fit to please the sweetest of palettes. Prices average about $6 to $15, and breakfast happy hour goes Monday through Friday from 8am to 11am, when most things are a breezy $9. Bon Appetite!

Skillet – Ballard, Capitol Hill, Seattle Center

Touted as street food due to its beginnings in a vintage trailer, Chef Josh Henderson came up with Skillet to feed eager Seattleites with American-inspired meals prepared with care. With a truck on the move throughout the city and three brick and mortar restaurants, Skillet’s signature classics are readily available. Try doughnut holes made to order and coated in powdered sugar, fried chicken on waffles, or really anything slathered in the fan favorite: Bacon Jam. Hours and prices vary.

The Dish – Ballard

Wholesome, simple, home cooked deliciousness. These are words that describe pretty much anything set in front of you at this family-owned Ballard joint. Only open from 7am to 1:45pm, The Dish specializes in brunch – from their French toast and fried potatoes, to their giant plate-sized biscuits, to their innovative omelets. As far as omelets go, we recommend the “My Favorite” – because a. bacon b. curry c. you get say “I’ll take my favorite” and it won’t be weird. Plates are roughly $10.00, and your table will come with homemade strawberry jam.

The Wandering Goose – Capitol Hill

For a charming mid-morning sit-down in Capitol Hill, nestle into a seat at this tiny, whimsical café and order up some of the best southern comfort food in Seattle. Try Bubble and Squeek , Hangtown Fry or Grits and Grillades. But if you’re going in for their crowning glory, their Biscuit Sandwiches deserve your full attention. Flakey, fresh, and house-baked, the biscuits come topped with anything from honey to fried chicken and gravy. Full stomachs and happy hearts are guaranteed to follow.

Portage Bay – Roosevelt, South Lake Union, Ballard

A Seattle staple, Portage Bay serves a mouth-watering brunch that is local, organic, and sustainable using fresh ingredients from local producers in and around the Seattle area. Start with a round of berry-lemonade mimosas and fair-trade coffee, and move right along to Swedish pancakes, cranberry pecan French toast, or the world’s best Farmer’s Hash bursting with potatoes, fresh herbs, pepper bacon and basil sausage. Their mantra? “Eat like you give a damn.” When we are here, we do. Oh, we do.

With that, stay in bed an extra hour this weekend and then go out for brunch. Your weekend will be happier for it.





Image. Photo by Food Hipster 206.

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