Here are some brunch spots sure to satisfy and help your lazy weekend get off to a great start.
Portage Bay Cafe
391 Terry Ave North
Seattle, WA 98109
Portage Bay sports three locations, including Ballard and the University District. All three are airy and light, with urban metal and wood interiors. For gluten free and vegan diets, you have a world of options on the menu. Portage bay uses ingredients from local, organic and sustainable farms. Their eggs are from a cage-free farm in Olympia, and their coffee is organic and fair trade. Their chai is from Harmony Chai on Orcas Island, and is featured in their chai and soy milk steel cut oatmeal. Pancake lovers? From the vegan and gluten-free banana pancakes, to organic apple and whole wheat, and Swedish, you can head over to the Toppings Bar to load your plate up with fresh fruit, nuts, whipping cream and organic maple syrup to suit your fancy. Or you might want to try the lemon curd or cinnamon twist french toast. There are staples like three egg omelets, Eggs Benedict, and the Rancher’s breakfast – with eggs, ham or sausage, pancakes or french toast. Splurge and enjoy a mimosa – they come in several flavors. Or polish it off with chamomile tea.
Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge
601 Queen Anne Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98119
Recently voted by UrbanSpoon as one of the top 10 restaurants in Seattle, and ranked by a CNBC survey as one of the top 10 happy hours nationwide, the breakfasts at Toulouse Petit are nothing to sneeze at either. With a nod to the French Quarter in New Orleans, the Toulouse Petit has large windows, rod iron appointments and French style tables and chairs. Two of the wooden tables in the restaurant are carved with the Tree of Life, and a Hamsa Hand can be found on the wall, bringing good energy to this funky little Queen Anne destination. Order up a big basket of hot beignets to get your motor running. Then try the Dungeness Crab and Asparagus Scramble, with Toulouse potatoes. Or for an indulgence (it is the weekend, after all) order the Créme Caramel French Toast with brulet pears and fresh strawberries. In true Big Easy fashion, you can get the Creole Breakfast, with classic biscuits and gravy or Crawfish Etouffée over creamy Corn Grits. There’s no end to specialty drinks, including the pomegranate mojito, Toulouse hurricane, and Creole bloody mary, to name a few.
2000 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
The winner of the 2010 Open Table Outstanding Restaurateur Award, Lola’s chef, Tom Douglas is no stranger to Seattle restaurant connoisseurs. Lola’s Greek-inspired menu draws visitors and locals alike. Conveniently attached to Hotel Andra, Lola’s large windows and cozy booths encourage you to stay a little longer over your meal. First, try the made to order doughnuts. Small, hot and fresh, you can shake them up with cinnamon sugar, then slather them with vanilla mascarpone cheese and jam. If you brought your appetite, try Tom’s big breakfast: Tom’s big breakfast: egg, octopus, brussels sprouts, parsnip, bacon and mustard seed yogurt. Or try the roasted mushroom omelette with goat cheese, melted leeks, bacon, garlic fried potatoes and a side of toast. Not as hungry? The house made granola with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit is delightful. There are Greek kebabs, of course, like lamb, chicken or salmon, with sides like dill yogurt and fig. And there are staples like pancakes and steel cut oatmeal for those not quite as daring. French champagne by the glass, a Lola Mary spicy bloody mary or Ginger Mint Spritzer, with house made ginger syrup are favorite thirst quenchers.
1502 Queen Anne Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
A kitschy little enclave at the top of Queen Anne, you never quite know what the decor will be. Rotating five times each year (hence, 5 Spot), the theme, menu items and accoutrements change from Northwest, to down South, to Southeast at the restaurant’s whim. Diner style, the place is a throwback to the ’50s, complete with its neon sign out front. Good, basic comfort food and a few specialties in the mix, try the Diced Ham Scram, with cheddar and scallions. The Huevos Rancheros comes on a bed of black beans, with corn tortillas, cheddar cheese and two salsas. Or you can try Kathryn’s special – buttermilk pancakes with real maple syrup, bacon and two eggs any style. Biscuits and gravy are a 5 Spot standard, as well as fresh squeezed juices and their morning bloody mary.