When you’re a kid, the first thing you think of when you wake up on Easter morning likely has something to do with your Easter basket filled with chocolate bunnies and the vast amount of other treats that hopefully fill your basket. As you get older, you still may crave a good piece of chocolate but your mind is more likely to wander to the savory spread you’ll enjoy when you head out for Easter brunch. Once the last egg of your Easter egg hunt has been scooped up, visit one of these brunch-time favorites to claim your own treasure. After all, you can’t live on chocolate bunnies alone.
3506 Stone Way N.
Seattle, WA 98103
When Joule opened in 2007, it quickly became a hot spot for people craving a new, modern take on the traditional cuisine of Korea. Fast forward six years and owners Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi are still working their magic in the kitchen – only in a new neighborhood. Late last year, Yang and Chirchi re-opened their very stylish restaurant in the Fremont neighborhood and their fans followed. The comfy new digs sports Tiffany blue interiors, a wide open kitchen and an outdoor fire pit. Swing by at brunch and start your day off with a kick (thanks to some potato vodka) with the Joule Bloody Mary. Add some eggs into the brunch mix and you’ll find that the housemade chorizo, oysters and Chinese celery make for a great omelet. If you still have room, don’t miss out on the sesame waffle with the chicken fried steak.
Boat Street Cafe
3131 Western Ave., Suite 301
Seattle, WA 98121
Owner Renee Erickson has become known for her restaurants that seem to cast a magical spell over their diners. It’s not only the beautiful food that comes out of the kitchen but it’s also the delightful environs that she creates within her restaurants. Boat Street is one of those charming spaces that you’ll find tucked away just off a busy thoroughfare and it’s the perfect place to nestle in for a leisurely and scrumptious brunch. The main dishes are certainly a high point in any meal you’ll have at Boat Street Café, but the desserts are so good that it may be worth starting your brunch with a dessert – like the bread pudding with rum cream or the huckleberry cake with whipped cream. With your sweet tooth satisfied, you may want to move on to the roasted Alaskan true cod that’s set off perfectly with roasted blood oranges and tremiti olives. Whatever order is delivered to your table, you’ll no doubt fall under Boat Street’s spell.
The Coterie Room
2137 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
Chefs Brian McCracken and Dana Tough have been, on many occasions, referred to as wunderkinds. The praise started rolling in with their wildly popular Spur Gastropub and it doesn’t seem to be letting up. The chefs continue to garner high praise with their most recent venture, The Coterie Room. If you want to see – and taste – what all of the buzz is about, then your morning/afternoon would be well spent settling into a booth (with stunning chandeliers overhead) and trying to narrow down your favorites on the duck egg brunch menu. For starters, you may want to opt for the duck egg Florentine perched on a toasted brioche. But you’ll also find the braised shortrib hash (topped with a duck egg) competing for your attention. And a visit wouldn’t be complete without bubbles or your favorite cocktail and you’ll find that the bar at The Coterie Room is as impressive as the kitchen.
1802 Bellevue Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
If you yearn for that experience of having brunch with your family and friends some place where you can be present in each other’s company while sharing lovingly prepared food, then La Bete is the place for you. It’s that same experience that chef Aleks Dimitrijevic had growing up; spending time in the kitchen with his mom and extended family – and it’s the same vibe that exists on Capitol Hill at La Bete. Dimitrijevic turns out dishes from an open kitchen where guests can watch the intimate dance of La Bete’s team as they prepare the dishes that will soon delight. You’ll find plenty of reasons to while away the afternoon here including sitting down to the pork cheek goulash with herbed buttermilk spaetzle that comes with a sinful dollop of crème fraiche. Or become the envy of your fellow brunchers and order the La Bete Deluxe – a mouthwatering Painted Hills burger that comes with mushrooms and other fixings plus a side of tasty fries.
99 Union St.
Seattle, WA 98101
You would be hard pressed to find a lovelier view to gaze at while lingering over your Easter brunch. Set in the luxurious Four Seasons hotel, Art Restaurant has sweeping views of Elliott Bay, the nearby Islands and (weather permitting) the Olympic Mountains. And just as spectacular as the view out the window is the food from chef Kerry Sear’s kitchen. Enjoy the view when you arrive because once the beef short rib benedict with a red wine reduction hits your plate, you may find it difficult to peel your eyes away to look at anything else. There are other benedicts that will vie for your attention including the fried chicken benedict with waffle and some rich maple syrup – not to mention the more traditional eggs benedict rounded out with some smoke shoulder bacon. With this food and this view, you just can’t go wrong.
Jenise Silva is a freelance writer in Seattle who has studied culinary, visual and performing arts. She penned the financial planning guide Women & Money, and has been writing about food and the arts for a number of years. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.