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The 5 Best Seattle Brunch Spots
Seattle insiders say these restaurants will satisfy your midmorning cravings.
Don't miss out on the brioche French toast at Café Pettirosso, a coffee cart-turned-cafe in Capitol Hill.(Colin Bishop)
When it comes to the most important meal of the day, Seattle's thriving foodie scene offers a lot of options. Whether you want a steaming cup of local coffee or the greasy scramble of the day, your stomach will become an evangelist for these great rise-and-shine spots.
Tilikum Place Café
Tilikum Place Café is a go-to brunch spot for Seattleites. Snag a seat at the window for a view of the Space Needle and watch the monorail go by. This super cozy spot has a quaint, almost European, feel – perfect for a romantic date.
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Tracie Kahikina, head concierge at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, loves the cafe's beignets (which rotate on and off the menu), and adds that the Dutch baby pancakes and the Tilikum Fry Up (an egg, bacon, sausage, baked beans and tomato on toast) are also crowd-pleasers.
Be sure to make a reservation to avoid a long wait. The cafe serves brunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekends.
The London Plane
The London Plane(Kyle Johnson)
Jessica Gomes, VIP coordinator at Hotel 1000, is a fan of Pioneer Square's The London Plane and its James Beard Award-winning chef Matt Dillon. "They make their own preserves and their own pickles, and they have floral arranging, so you can walk in and pick out some flowers to bring to the table with you, which really sets the tone," Gomes says. "They have a rotating seasonal menu, but I love the avocado toast, which has avocado, curry and fennel, which are things I'd never put together but, oh my gosh, it was so right and so delicious."
Breakfast is served daily until 3 p.m.
Serious Pie & Biscuit
Serious Pie & Biscuit(Todd Rotkis, Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen)
"Serious Pie & Biscuit is another great spot," Gomes says of the always hopping South Lake Union establishment from local celebrity chef Tom Douglas.
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With more than a dozen tasty dishes to choose from – including a biscuit sandwich with fried green tomato, bacon, remoulade and egg, or another with house peanut butter, ripe banana and honey – the restaurant has a big-as-your-head breakfast option for every palate.
"On the mezzanine, if you get seated up there, you're actually looking onto the bakery," Gomes says. So as you enjoy your breakfast sandwich, you can watch people below making the biscuits, in all their buttery, flaky glory. "It's delectable," she adds.
Brunch is served on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Café Pettirosso(Colin Bishop)
A favorite of Alexis Beeton, chief concierge at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle, is Café Pettirosso, a coffee cart-turned-cafe in Capitol Hill. "It's very quaint – definitely a bit of a hole in the wall," she says. "It's always worth a stop to get one of their homemade eclairs." The cafe makes its baked goods fresh each morning.
Kyle Poirier, W insider at the W Seattle, says it's a good place to grab a bite "if you want to hang out where the locals go." He loves Café Pettirosso's brioche French toast. Stuffed with apple pie filling and served with candied almonds and bourbon maple syrup, it's a sweet morning must-have.
Factor in coffee beans from Lighthouse Roasters and you've got the makings of a most delicious morning.
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Brunch is served every day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge
Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood near the Space Needle, is a favorite of Lara Dennis, concierge at the Kimpton Alexis Hotel Seattle. The Big Easy-inspired spot serves up inventive Cajun cuisine in a fun, lively environment.
"Their fried oyster eggs Benedict is one of my favorite meals in the city – just incredible," Dennis says. And, she adds, "their mimosas are served in a full-sized pint glass, so I don't think there's a better way to start the day."
Brunch is served Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with happy hour brunch from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. On weekends, brunch is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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