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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Sunny Up

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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).

Martino's

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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.

Porkchop & Co.

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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.

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.

Schmaltzy's Delicatessen

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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.

Old Salt

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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.

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.

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.

Rubinstein Bagels

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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.

Westman's Bagel and Coffee

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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.

The Crumpet Shop

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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).

Fat's Chicken and Waffles

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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.

Post Alley Pizza

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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.

Husky Deli

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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.

Hi Helen

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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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Sunny Up

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).

Martino's

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.

Porkchop & Co.

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.

Morsel

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.

Schmaltzy's Delicatessen

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.

Old Salt

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.

B~side

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.

Glo's

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.

Rubinstein Bagels

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.

Westman's Bagel and Coffee

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.

The Crumpet Shop

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).

Fat's Chicken and Waffles

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.

Post Alley Pizza

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.

Husky Deli

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.

Hi Helen

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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