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Breakfast Sandwiches in Seattle Worth Waking Up Early to Get

BEC, smoked fish, biscuits, and beyond

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Scrambled eggs, ham, and tarragon cream cheese on a bagel at Porkchop & Co.
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, comfort food has been sought after any time of day. But in the morning, few things beat a well-made, portable breakfast sandwich, stuffed with eggs and bacon or vegetarian options. Around town, many cafes have leaned into the dish, with one longtime diner adding it to the menu for the first time. Here’s a list of some of the best around, with a focus on takeout and delivery.

A number of Seattle restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the King County’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Sunny Up

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656 NW 85th St
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 297-6212
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This breakfast-focused food truck bounces all around the city, but regularly pops up these days at Chuck’s Hop Shop in Greenwood. On the menu is a range of fantastic options with playful names inspired by powerful women, including the Frida Avokahlo (with avocado, egg, and fontina) and the Nina Smoked Salmone (with nova lox, dill cream cheese, and pickled red onion).

2. Martino's

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7314 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 466-5911
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After a four-year hiatus, this Phinney Ridge meat lover’s destination officially returned in 2021. Though the famed Santa Maria tri-tip sandwich is still a fan favorite, the restaurant also serves some killer breakfast options Sunday mornings, including the Boss Hogg (bacon, Kurobuta ham and Tillamook cheddar on toasted brioche). Open for takeout via phone and online preordering, and limited dine-in service.

3. Porkchop & Co.

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5451 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 257-5761
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Great bagels aren’t as rare as they used to be in Seattle, with a proliferation of new spots — but the bagel-based breakfast sandwich can still be hard to come by. This Ballard diner has things covered with a selection of satisfying options, including the Major Briggs: scrambled eggs, ham, and tarragon cream cheese.

4. Morsel

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5000 University Way NE suite d
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 268-0154
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It’s hard to beat the biscuits at this U District gem, which serves the buttermilk creations on their own, or in sandwich form. For the latter, the “fast break” with bacon, egg, cheddar, and roasted tomato jam is a popular option. Delivery is available via GrubHub and Chownow.

5. Schmaltzy's Delicatessen

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928 NW Leary Way Suite #102
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-1413
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The Frelard deli from the popular food truck Napkin Friends serves up pastrami, corned beef, lox, and latke-pressed options. There are also breakfast sandwiches served all day, with egg and applewood smoked bacon on challah buns.

6. Old Salt

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3621 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 294-3331
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Fremont’s acclaimed Manolin has shifted temporarily into a coffee and bagel pop-up, serving breakfast sandwiches with lox and other smoked fish sourced from local purveyors, as well as spreads such as kimchi cream cheese. It regularly sells out of its selections, available for takeout Thursday through Sunday, so diners will have to be quick on those Tock reservations.

7. B~side

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421 E Thomas St
Seattle, WA 98102

A short but sweet menu of breakfast and lunch items greets diners at this cozy Capitol Hill spot, including one of the more satisfying egg sandwiches in town. It’s served with a generous helping of egg, country ham (with a mushroom option), Beecher’s cheese, and pickled daikon.

8. Glo's

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1621 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 324-2577
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One of Capitol Hill’s most iconic breakfast spots is now offering many of their all-day breakfast dishes for both takeout and local delivery via apps like DoorDash and Caviar. It’s recently added breakfast sandwiches to the menu, served on grilled sourdough with an option to add hollandaise on the side for dipping.

9. Rubinstein Bagels

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2121 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 550-1666
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Andrew Rubinstein has been baking his popular bagels around town for years, but only recently opened a fixed location. This allows him to roll out a slate of new items, including some compact, well-crafted breakfast sandwiches, which can be customized with different bagel flavors (salted rosemary is a solid option), fried or scrambled eggs, and applewood bacon.

10. Westman's Bagel and Coffee

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1509 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98122

One of the city’s early bagel hits, this walk-up takeout window on Madison is a great early morning stop, featuring a selection of delectable spreads, as well as egg sandwiches and smoked fish options (the whitefish on an everything bagel is a popular item). Nearby Post Pike Bar & Cafe also features sandwiches with Westman’s bagels, with takeout cocktails, too.

11. The Crumpet Shop

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1503 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-1598
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This Pike Place icon has been slinging up English-inspired sweet and savory crumpets for more than 40 years, and recently reopened for to-go orders. Favorite crumpet-based breakfast sandwiches include the egg topped with wild smoked salmon and cream cheese, and the Green Eggs and Ham (blended with pesto).

12. Fat's Chicken and Waffles

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2726 E Cherry St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 602-6863
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The stars at this Central District favorite are right in the name, and most popular as a knife and fork dish. But diners with strong appetites shouldn’t sleep on the decadent breakfast biscuit sandwich, which features the famed fried bird, with an egg, sausage gravy, and bacon on top. Open for takeout and delivery through DoorDash.

13. Post Alley Pizza

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1123 Post Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 382-8475
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Though pies are the primary draw for this Pike Place classic, the restaurant also slings some stellar sesame English muffin sandwiches on Wednesday mornings. In addition to a gooey BEC and sausage versions, there have also been vegetarian variations, as well as a sandwich with cashew butter, bacon, roasted delicata squash, and hot honey.

14. Husky Deli

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4721 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 937-2810
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The longtime deli/market/sweets shop in West Seattle has an excellent selection of breakfast sandwiches and burritos, including one loaded with capicola, smoked mozzarella, scrambled eggs, and Aardvark hot sauce on grilled rustic bread or sourdough.

15. Hi Helen

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18th Ave SW & SW Holden St
Seattle, WA 98106

Critics have been raving about this pop-up, and with good reason — the sandwiches are faithful recreations of East Coast deli favorites, stuffed with fluffy eggs, sausage (or bacon) on freshly baked poppy seed rolls. Tickets sell out fast via Instagram each week, but the operation recently moved from West Seattle to a SoDo commissary kitchen, so capacity should increase soon.

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1. Sunny Up

656 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA 98117

This breakfast-focused food truck bounces all around the city, but regularly pops up these days at Chuck’s Hop Shop in Greenwood. On the menu is a range of fantastic options with playful names inspired by powerful women, including the Frida Avokahlo (with avocado, egg, and fontina) and the Nina Smoked Salmone (with nova lox, dill cream cheese, and pickled red onion).

656 NW 85th St
Seattle, WA 98117

2. Martino's

7314 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

After a four-year hiatus, this Phinney Ridge meat lover’s destination officially returned in 2021. Though the famed Santa Maria tri-tip sandwich is still a fan favorite, the restaurant also serves some killer breakfast options Sunday mornings, including the Boss Hogg (bacon, Kurobuta ham and Tillamook cheddar on toasted brioche). Open for takeout via phone and online preordering, and limited dine-in service.

7314 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

3. Porkchop & Co.

5451 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Great bagels aren’t as rare as they used to be in Seattle, with a proliferation of new spots — but the bagel-based breakfast sandwich can still be hard to come by. This Ballard diner has things covered with a selection of satisfying options, including the Major Briggs: scrambled eggs, ham, and tarragon cream cheese.

5451 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

4. Morsel

5000 University Way NE suite d, Seattle, WA 98105

It’s hard to beat the biscuits at this U District gem, which serves the buttermilk creations on their own, or in sandwich form. For the latter, the “fast break” with bacon, egg, cheddar, and roasted tomato jam is a popular option. Delivery is available via GrubHub and Chownow.

5000 University Way NE suite d
Seattle, WA 98105

5. Schmaltzy's Delicatessen

928 NW Leary Way Suite #102, Seattle, WA 98107

The Frelard deli from the popular food truck Napkin Friends serves up pastrami, corned beef, lox, and latke-pressed options. There are also breakfast sandwiches served all day, with egg and applewood smoked bacon on challah buns.

928 NW Leary Way Suite #102
Seattle, WA 98107

6. Old Salt

3621 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103

Fremont’s acclaimed Manolin has shifted temporarily into a coffee and bagel pop-up, serving breakfast sandwiches with lox and other smoked fish sourced from local purveyors, as well as spreads such as kimchi cream cheese. It regularly sells out of its selections, available for takeout Thursday through Sunday, so diners will have to be quick on those Tock reservations.

3621 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

7. B~side

421 E Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98102

A short but sweet menu of breakfast and lunch items greets diners at this cozy Capitol Hill spot, including one of the more satisfying egg sandwiches in town. It’s served with a generous helping of egg, country ham (with a mushroom option), Beecher’s cheese, and pickled daikon.

421 E Thomas St
Seattle, WA 98102

8. Glo's

1621 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98102

One of Capitol Hill’s most iconic breakfast spots is now offering many of their all-day breakfast dishes for both takeout and local delivery via apps like DoorDash and Caviar. It’s recently added breakfast sandwiches to the menu, served on grilled sourdough with an option to add hollandaise on the side for dipping.

1621 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98102

9. Rubinstein Bagels

2121 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Andrew Rubinstein has been baking his popular bagels around town for years, but only recently opened a fixed location. This allows him to roll out a slate of new items, including some compact, well-crafted breakfast sandwiches, which can be customized with different bagel flavors (salted rosemary is a solid option), fried or scrambled eggs, and applewood bacon.

2121 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

10. Westman's Bagel and Coffee

1509 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122

One of the city’s early bagel hits, this walk-up takeout window on Madison is a great early morning stop, featuring a selection of delectable spreads, as well as egg sandwiches and smoked fish options (the whitefish on an everything bagel is a popular item). Nearby Post Pike Bar & Cafe also features sandwiches with Westman’s bagels, with takeout cocktails, too.

1509 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98122

11. The Crumpet Shop

1503 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

This Pike Place icon has been slinging up English-inspired sweet and savory crumpets for more than 40 years, and recently reopened for to-go orders. Favorite crumpet-based breakfast sandwiches include the egg topped with wild smoked salmon and cream cheese, and the Green Eggs and Ham (blended with pesto).

1503 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

12. Fat's Chicken and Waffles

2726 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122

The stars at this Central District favorite are right in the name, and most popular as a knife and fork dish. But diners with strong appetites shouldn’t sleep on the decadent breakfast biscuit sandwich, which features the famed fried bird, with an egg, sausage gravy, and bacon on top. Open for takeout and delivery through DoorDash.

2726 E Cherry St
Seattle, WA 98122

13. Post Alley Pizza

1123 Post Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Though pies are the primary draw for this Pike Place classic, the restaurant also slings some stellar sesame English muffin sandwiches on Wednesday mornings. In addition to a gooey BEC and sausage versions, there have also been vegetarian variations, as well as a sandwich with cashew butter, bacon, roasted delicata squash, and hot honey.

1123 Post Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

14. Husky Deli

4721 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

The longtime deli/market/sweets shop in West Seattle has an excellent selection of breakfast sandwiches and burritos, including one loaded with capicola, smoked mozzarella, scrambled eggs, and Aardvark hot sauce on grilled rustic bread or sourdough.

4721 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

15. Hi Helen

18th Ave SW & SW Holden St, Seattle, WA 98106

Critics have been raving about this pop-up, and with good reason — the sandwiches are faithful recreations of East Coast deli favorites, stuffed with fluffy eggs, sausage (or bacon) on freshly baked poppy seed rolls. Tickets sell out fast via Instagram each week, but the operation recently moved from West Seattle to a SoDo commissary kitchen, so capacity should increase soon.

18th Ave SW & SW Holden St
Seattle, WA 98106

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