The 7 Best Breakfasts in Tacoma

Chik-un and Waffles at Viva Tacoma
Kristin Kendle

Tacoma is a breakfast and brunch kind of town, with delicious greasy spoons, quaint cafes, bakeries and even upscale restaurants all jumping into the ring with a variety of morning meal menus. While Tacoma's restaurant scene has boomed in the last 15 years and continues to add tasty new options all the time, many of these breakfast joints have been fixtures on the scene for a while. Even so, when a new kid moves onto the block, Tacoma is always open to a new breakfast option.

Breakfast and brunch are popular in T-Town so this list is by no means all your breakfast options. Branch out. Explore your culinary options, but if you aren't sure where to start, then these seven breakfast spots are all-around safe bets.

Shakabrah Java

Located on 6th Avenue (6th Ave just knows how to do food right, morning, noon, or night), Shakabrah Java offers a menu that is pleasantly varied and yummy—omelets, bacon, huevos racheros, and hash browns are just some of the usual breakfast offenders that make the pilgrimage here worth it. Shakabrah is known for its magical potatoes. Order them as a side to your breakfast of choice, or get them on their own with completely customized toppings. Another perk is that this restaurant serves tofu dishes, making it a good option for vegetarians. The atmosphere is cozy, but not fancy.

2816 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98406

Original Pancake House

Original Pancake House is not one of the places that's been in Tacoma for generations, but as soon as it opened, crowds flocked here for the amazingly fluffy pancakes. In fact, if you go there any given weekend morning, you'll likely be greeted with a wait, but it's worth it. The pancake menu is expansive, but there are also plenty of egg dishes, waffles, and other breakfast favorites.

601 S Pine Street
Tacoma, WA 98405

Dirty Oscar's Annex

Dirty Oscar's Annex serves up some of the most unique breakfasts in T-Town with an eclectic mix of choices, most often with creative twists on traditional favorites. Try chicken and waffles with a bacon-stuffed waffle, a pancake stuffed with cheese, sausage, and potatoes, or Cinnamon Toast Crunch french toast. Dirty Oscar's also has a mean list of breakfast cocktails, including mimosas made with moonshine (Dirty Oscar's is known for its moonshine) or a spicy bloody mary.

2309 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403


If what you seek is breakfast for the dietary restricted, Viva is your place. The entire menu is gluten free, GMO free, and dairy free, and while that might make some hesitate—the food is really good! Menu items change periodically, but breakfasts include veggie scrambles with tofu-based "eggs," pancakes, and basics like muesli.

2602 N Proctor Street #D
Tacoma, WA 98407

Southern Kitchen

From the outside, Southern Kitchen is nondescript and you may even accidentally drive right on by. The building is a small, red corner building on 6th Ave, and while it is not large, its size helps keep the down-home feel to this place. You will not feel like you are eating at a corporate chain restaurant because you aren't, and bonus: the food is pretty unique, too. While you will find breakfast favorites such as eggs, omelets, bacon, hashbrowns, and pancakes, you'll also find southern treats such as home fries, grits, catfish, chicken fried steak, and real biscuits and gravy. Top it off with a glass of sweet tea or mango lemonade.

1716 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98405

Puget Sound Pizza

What? A pizza place for breakfast? You heard me right, and Puget Sound Pizza's breakfast features some pretty dang tasty options. The breakfast burritos are large and sumptuous, cheap mimosas make everything better, and their potato dishes shake breakfast up a bit. Don't expect your average hashbrowns here, but instead baby red potatoes. You can get breakfast here until 1 p.m. on weekends just in case you crawl out of bed a bit late.

317 South 7th
Tacoma, WA 98402

The Hob Nob

Just near Wright Park on the edge of downtown, The Hob Nob has been a Tacoma staple for over 35 years and is known for its breakfasts and its ever-flowing coffee. This is the place to go if you want a straight-up breakfast, but it's not the best place to go if you are a vegetarian or watching your weight. Sausage gravy, eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy, skillets, and other meat or egg dishes are enjoyed here by all breakfast fans. The location provides a good view of the always-lovely Wright Park.

716 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98405

The Lobster Shop

You may have guessed that a waterfront seafood spot does not offer your traditional meat and eggs breakfast. The Lobster Shop on the Waterfront in Tacoma serves up brunch buffet-style and you get a lot of variety. Oh, yes, and a lot of seafood. Salmon in many incarnations, cod, shrimp, shellfish galore, catfish, and rock shrimp cakes are just some of the highlights here. Got someone to impress or bribe? Want to splurge and tired of the same old breakfast? The Lobster Shop is a great brunch destination and offers up beautiful water views, too.

4015 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA 98402

Old Milwaukee Café

Don’t come here if you don’t have time to spare because chances are you will wait. Old Milwaukee Café on 6th Avenue is popular, but it’s popular for a reason, and the wait is worth it. Portions here are generous, and the food includes popular wild blueberry pancakes, eggs, and meat dishes. The restaurant is cozy, quaint, and intimate. The only downside is that Old Milwaukee Cafe is closed on Sundays, which is a real bummer for lazy Sunday breakfast fans. 

3102 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98406

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