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Once a trend, brunch has officially become a weekend mainstay. College friend group get together? Brunch. Casual second date? Brunch. Out of cereal? In-laws in town? Visiting a new city for the weekend? You guessed it: brunch.
There's good news for those of us not wanting to waste our weekday good habits and relentless HIIT workouts but still want to get in on the midday meal action: Seattle is overflowing with indulgent yet healthy brunch options. From juice bars to stacks of buckwheat pancakes to chef special omelets, Seattle’s got your back in the late morning weekend eatery department.
Soft morning light; the buzz of friendly chatter and the espresso machine; the smell of melting butter as biscuits cook in the oven. Oddfellows on Capitol Hill is the welcoming, eclectically decorated, bright and airy space you’re looking for when you need a little help waking up on a Sunday morning. If you’re looking for something hearty and healthy, check out their Quinoa and French Lentil Bowl or their Baked Eggs. But for something a little lighter, order the Crunchy Tahini Toast. Fitt Tip: brunch doesn’t officially start until 9am, but if you arrive at 8:30am, you can snag a seat, sip on espresso, and skip the massive weekend brunch line.
Portage Bay Café is Seattle’s brunch crowd-pleaser. Oatmeal, breakfast burritos, the Farmer’s Hash — they’ve got breakfast classics nailed down. And as a community-focused and locally-sourced eatery, you’ll feel great knowing you’re supporting the city's small businesses and area farms that are working to make a huge, healthy difference. Head to one of their four locations in the city on the weekend and you’re bound to run into an out-the-door line of hangry locals. Don’t sweat it, though — Breakfast Bar full of seasonal berries, nuts, and other amazing toppings makes it all worth it.
Take your typical, quaint breakfast-and-lunch cafe, add house-cured salami, homemade kimchi, and slow-poached eggs and you’ll get Porkchop & Co, Ballard’s ‘casual and creative’ from-scratch diner. With its concrete floors, exposed beams, and beautifully hand-lettered chalk menu, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a small town butcher shop. Pull up a seat with friends or family, and don’t leave without trying their house-made shrub sodas and Pork Belly Hash breakfast bowl.
If you’re looking for a no-fuss, no-frills spot to grab a post-workout brunch, Juicebox is for you. Set up in Capitol Hill, this uber-healthy juice bar has a simple, well-rounded, sweet and savory weekend brunch menu. Try their Miso Oatmeal or Kraut Toastie if you’re up for something new. But if you're in the mood for something tried and true, order a house-made yogurt parfait or egg scramble. Pair whatever you get with a fresh Turmeric Gold juice and you'll be prepared to crush the day.
A bit rough around the edges, historic Pioneer Square is the perfect neighborhood for a late morning stroll, cornhole in Occidental Square Park, and, of course, brunch. Head to The London Plane for a gorgeous bowl of Coconut Grain Granola with seasonal fruit and honey atop house-made yogurt (or organic almond milk), or their Chicken Milanese with caper aioli and fermented vegetables. Perfect for a romantic morning outing or catching up with a friend, you’ll leave feeling inspired, nourished, and likely with a bouquet of arranged-upon-order fresh flowers under your arm.
Inspired by the amazing street food of Vietnam and taking influences from French culture, the flavors in each dish at Ba Bar are both comforting and surprising. Espresso. Salads. Pho Tai Nam. These may not sound like they go together, but believe us — they do. But don’t take our word for it. Drive by any of the South Lake Union, University District, or Capitol Hill locations and you’ll find swarms of people willingly waiting in the rain for a bowl of Pho Ga or dumplings.
With nearly half of their menu dedicated to ‘Great Bowls of Goodness’, Bounty Kitchen is for the meal-in-a-bowl-lover in you. Hearty, full of flavor and texture, and so good for you — what’s not to love? This bright, eclectic Queen Anne and Denny Triangle spot is a perfect place to gather around the table with friends… or hole up by yourself with a book (we're not here to judge). Our menu favorites: the Gluten Free Griddle Cakes and the Potlicker Bowl. Whatever you choose, make sure you pair your dish with a glass of Mystic Kombucha (on tap!). Oh, and did we mention they serve brunch all day, every day? That's right, you don't have to wait until the weekend to indulge here.
Hidden away up on 15th Ave. in Capitol Hill, Ada’s Technical Books sounds more like a spot you’d look for engineering textbooks than a healthy and trendy cafe-bookstore combo. It’s true — this spot is a bit snug, they don’t have a huge cafe menu, and the options are split between breakfast and lunch choices. But they make up for it in the taste department; their seasonal granola is downright delicious and the Power Salad is perfect all day long. Even better, everything is vegetarian and they have a handful to vegan and gluten-free dishes, too.
Known around town as one of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants, you can bet the brunch at Cafe Flora in Washington Park is going to knock your socks off. No sausage or bacon, but trust us — you won’t even miss them. Instead, your options include the likes of Cajun Mushrooms 'N' Grits with fresh basil, tomato relish, and chives and Beet Avocado Toast paired with an amazing morning cocktail like the Wakey Wakey (cacao nib and Stumptown coffee infused tequila). Add in their huge windows and beautiful indoor plants, and you’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to brunch heaven.
If you’re looking for a cool, creative cafe that nails it in both the ambiance and eats departments, look no further. This plant-filled, airy Capitol Hill spot is focused on serving up seasonal, local, high-quality brunch dishes by way of their veg-forward menu. They have plenty of options sans gluten or meat, like their Breakfast Bowl or Pico de Gallo & Queso Fresco Omelet, so if that’s your thing, there’s no need to stress. And as a bonus, in the warmer months, those floor-to-ceiling windows we love so much open up to patio seating, so you can satisfy your brunch cravings and your body’s need for vitamin D all at the same time.
This charming little spot is so petite you could almost miss it, but don’t because it might just be your new favorite. Tucked away on E Thomas in Capitol Hill, the bite-size cafe has an equally small, but mighty, menu. They offer a weekly-rotating frittata, a rice bowl with fermented and roasted veggies, mimosas, and a “24K beer” (everyone’s favorite Rainier mixed with spicy fermented carrot juice) among other tasty, good-for-you bites. And all at a more than fair price. Plus, it’ll even impress your hipster friends.
This cozy eatery is Seattle’s longest standing plant-based restaurant — and for good reason. The happy hippie spot was opened in 1976 by a group of friends with a passion for good vegetarian and vegan food that has been carried forward ever since. Though the restaurant has moved from its original location on Roosevelt to 9th Ave., they didn’t leave their enthusiasm or good eats behind. Offering delicious brunch items like Tahini Toast and homemade granola, you’ve got more than a few reasons to stop in and see what those 42+ years of fuss are about.
**Updated by Kiley Beck, February 2019