No matter what you seek, Seattle has no shortage of restaurants—especially if you seek a superb morning meal. With a penchant for locally sourced ingredients, creative flavor combos and yet a respect for traditional favorites, Seattle’s top breakfast restaurants aim to please. Wake up hungry and be prepared to leave your restaurant of choice satisfied. Whether you’re looking for an upscale breakfast experience or a down-home diner, here are five breakfast spots that are worth checking out that each brings something unique to the table.
Lola is but one of the several Tom Douglas restaurants in downtown Seattle, but this one is known for its breakfast. It’s popular so if you go on a weekend morning, expect a wait. Once you’re in, prepare to be delighted. The menu features a bit of everything, including breakfast platters like the Lola Breakfast (with two eggs, pork-maple sausage or smoked bacon, smashed garlic fried potatoes and toast) or Tom’s Favorite Breakfast (octopus with vegetables, maple yogurt, bacon, egg and toast), as well as simple breakfasts like oatmeal or traditional favorites like omelets. All menu items have a bit of a twist on them so don’t expect anything ordinary! One item worth the splurge is the breakfast doughnuts that are freshly made and served with jam and vanilla mascarpone.
What makes it stand out: Adventurous flavors and breakfast doughnuts!
Location: 2000 4th Avenue
Three words—the breakfast bar! Portage Bay Café is all about local, organic and seasonal ingredients, but nowhere more so than at their breakfast bar. Order pancakes, French toast, oatmeal or other menu items and you’ll get an included trip to the breakfast bar, where you can go to town on fresh fruit, nuts, maple syrup, whipped cream and more. Customize your breakfast in the very best way possible. If that’s not your thing, never fear! The menu also has a stand-up offering of egg dishes, from benedicts to huevos rancheros to migas, as well as other breakfast favorites.
What makes it stand out: The menu has a focus on local, organic and seasonal ingredients. Also—the breakfast bar!
391 Terry Ave N
4130 Roosevelt Way NE
2825 NW Market
900 NE 65th
The best breakfasts sometimes (most of the time!) have something a little bit unique about them. Toulouse Petit takes unique in a Southern direction with New Orleans-style breakfasts! If you’re in the mood for something sweet and small, go for the beignets or Crème Caramel French Toast. For savory, you’ve got a range of choices to suit your every Creole foodie desire—from the Bayou Fisherman’s Breakfast to Andouille sausage with red beans and eggs. Given the many cocktails that originated in New Orleans, don’t miss spiking your breakfast with a little something extra either. The cocktail menu features Sazeracs, Hurricanes and more.
What makes it stand out: New Orleans-style breakfast menu items!
Location: 601 Queen Anne Ave N
The 5 Spot shakes breakfast and brunch up with rotating menus, each with a theme that takes a new spin on your morning meal. The rotating menus are meant to usher diners around the U.S. via their taste buds—one month you might find Southern breakfast, the next you might find Vermont favorites on the menu or our own Pacific Northwest might even end up featured. You never know, which makes this a great spot for breakfast fans who enjoy trying something new.
What makes it stand out: Rotating menus so return visits are always an adventure.
Location: 1502 Queen Anne Avenue N
Biscuit Bitch isn’t where you go if you want ritzy as the restaurant is small and without a lot of seating, but if you want delicious food at great prices in a quirky and creative atmosphere, then Biscuit Bitch is for you. The menu consists of—you guessed it—biscuits, biscuits and more biscuits. Biscuits come in various forms—topped with eggs, cheese, crumbled bacon, a Louisiana hot link, Nutella, or maple peanut butter. The list goes on, as do the extra additions you can add to customize your biscuit experience.
What makes it stand out: A focus on downhome food and a friendly atmosphere.
Location: 1909 1st Avenue