Ambiance? Check. Local-approved? Check. A menu worth waking up early for? A resounding check. Round up your crew, pull up a chair, start with a hot cup of coffee, and chow down on some of Seattle’s best brunch.
Americana | 219 Broadway E | 206-328-4604
If you’re a sucker for comforting classics, Americana has perfected and elevated them. The Seattle Slam features all the best brunch hits: eggs your way, bacon or chicken sausage, and two rotating pancakes of the day. The kitchen also dishes out a variety of omelets and scrambles, including a gluten-free corned beef hash with potatoes, butternut squash, two poached eggs, and a side of toast. Brunch is served all weekend long from 9am-3pm.
Shingletown | 2016 NW Market St | 206-782-5182
Head to Ballard’s Northwest-fresh pub for a fancy-schmancy Sunday brunch. Between 10am and 3pm, nibble on Shingletown’s chicken and waffles (a Belgian waffle and fried chicken thigh with house-smoked almonds, a hint of thyme, and topped with corn and agave sauce plus smoked paprika maple syrup). The Cronut’s foster is another true standout. A croissant-donut crossbreed is sprinkled with brown sugar, cinnamon, house-smoked almonds, and served in a dark rum sauce with butter. Alternatively, choose from a variety of dishes centered around a perfectly poached Arzak-style egg.
Local 360 | 2234 1st Ave | 206-441-9360
Local 360 does brunch right, and lucky for Belltown dwellers, they serve it up seven days a week (9am-3pm). All the bases are covered, from sweet treats to savory favorites. Try staples such as the PB&J bon bons, seasonal waffle (currently a Washington apple rendition), or rabbit sausage biscuit sandwich, or commit the weekday special lineup to memory. You’ll find an extensive menu of cage-free egg dishes, buttermilk biscuits, brunch cocktails, and a popular mimosa bar where you can fill up by the glass or the pitcher.
Lowell's Restaurant | 1519 Pike Pl | 206-622-2036
Come for a brunch feast, stay for the hard-to-beat Elliott Bay view. The former features essentials such as fan-favorite breakfast tacos with housemade chorizo, house-cured wild salmon lox with pickled red onions, several combos with the works, and sweet and seasonal delicacies (including the current offering: lemon zest-ricotta berry pancakes). Eggs Benedict enthusiasts will delight in the extensive list of unique renditions, from Northwest Dungeness Crab to Alderwood Smoked Fresh King Salmon and beyond.
Sweet Iron Waffles | Multiple locations
Find Seattle’s Liege-style waffle bar in downtown, Capitol Hill, or at Safeco Field during Mariners games. The two brick-and-mortar locations press a unique batter made with authentic Belgian pearl sugar to create perfectly crisp waffles. Order yours sweet (everything from chocolatey to fruity or even in ice cream sundae form) or savory (with cheese, herbs, bacon… you name it).
The Wandering Goose | 403 15th Ave E | 206-323-9938
Southern comfort comes to Capitol Hill brunch-goers at the Wandering Goose in the form of biscuit sandwiches. Sample everything from traditional to extravagant. Before you leave (with a full and happy stomach, of course), pick up some of the Goose’s homemade honey from rooftop hives. Perfect for topping toast or a homemade biscuit of your own… though Chef Heather’s are worth a visit any day.