For sure, brunch typically draws upon the bleary-eyed, ‘last night was ridiculous,’ weekend crowd of fun-chasers and late-risers. But that doesn’t mean you can’t hunt down a healthy enough brunch spot that won’t set you back further on your clean eating kick.
Seattle’s riding that trending brunch wave, and fortunately there’s a rising wave of healthier brunch spots cropping up in more recent days. Try out one of these for size next time you get a late start on your day, or just didn’t feel like cooking at home.
Portage Bay Café sources local fruits, veggies, coffees, and baked goods from over 20 local food producers in the Seattle area. This community shop supports smalltime brands making a big time healthier difference. Go to their University District location on the weekend and you’re bound to run up against an out-the-door line of perpetually hungry, underfed undergrads trying to go feast mode. If you’re a fish-lover, you’ve gotta opt for the salmon benedict. And the 3 bears porridge is a high-fiber win with added sweetness from the three-berry puree mixed in.
This top-rated farm-to-table brunch spot shares a neighborhood with legendary rocker Dave Matthews. No freaking joke. You just might spot the world-renowned celeb strolling to a nearby Starbucks while on your way to Tilth. You’ll know when you get there – the smells alone could wake a bear out of hibernation. Try order up a game-changing French Omelet (foraged & forged mushroom, chimichurri, pickled shimeji) or St Jude’s Albacore Tuna Croquette (charred green onion, arugula, pickled, sultana).
Hidden away up on 15th Avenue in Capitol Hill, Ada’s Technical Books sounds more like a spot you’d look for engineering textbooks than a healthy and trendy cafe-combo-bookstore. It’s true, Ada’s is a bit snug. They don’t have a huge cafe menu, and the small number of options is 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.
Of course any individual with their wits about ’em isn’t going to automatically assume Mexican food’s healthy—greasy quesadillas and bloated burritos likely come to mind. But at Gorditos, you can opt for the healthier variation on the south of the border cuisine. Nothing quite beats some southern spice to kick off your day! Bonus: Gorditos is completely trans-fat free, makes their beans without lard or oil, grills their meats, and whips up their salsas from the freshest tomatoes and chilies this side of the border.
Pioneer Square used to be a place you’d avoid before the crowds woke up, but if you want a seat at London Plane, it’s worth waking up early. This perennially-packed spot is on the corner of Occidental Park, meaning you can also enjoy a stroll before or after your meal. Brunch can be fancy and indulgent, or simple and savory: try a simple biscuit with seasonal preserved spread, or their house-made bread with a daily rotating menu of options (if you see the tomato jam, don’t miss out). Their ‘Day’ menu technically covers breakfast, brunch, and lunch, but it’s diverse enough that everyone at the table will find something delicious to enjoy.
From within the heart of Belltown, you can find this gem of local color—literally though, these foodies source ‘the majority of their ingredients within a 360-mile radius of Seattle.’ After you finish enjoying their specialty ‘Hangtown Fry’ (open-face bacon and caramelized onion omelette, creole spiced oysters, celery root remoulade) or maybe opting for the lighter equally enjoyable homemade bowl of oats (with a side of their rabbit sausage), consider taking a stroll over to the Space Needle—within easy walking distance from the hip and happening Belltown area.
Over in the Roosevelt Area and a decent walk from the lovely Green Lake Park area (phenomenal spot for a four-mile walk when the clouds part, and the sun breaks through), Sunlight Café is the pride and glory hippie brunch/dine-in spot of the Greater Seattle Area. Their top nosh is the steamed veggies and rice with their lemon tahini dressing. Every bite brings you that much closer to achieving some sort of healthy food-induced nirvana. For real though. Your table might collect some unwanted crumbs during peak hours, which is surprising considering you won’t want to waste a single delicious morsel! Kick off your day here and let the good vibes roll.
Known around town as one of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants, you can bet the brunch at Cafe Flora is going to knock your socks off. No sausage or bacon, but you probably won’t miss it either. Instead, your options will include a waffle with blood orange compote and ginger mascarpone, vegan biscuits and gravy, or the forager scramble with a tofu option to replace eggs. Told you that you wouldn’t notice the lack of meat.
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