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Trade Winds Tavern in Belltown serves French toast with berry compote and fried oyster omelettes for brunch.
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The Hottest Brunches Around the Seattle Area, August 2021

From a retro Belltown bar to egg sandwiches at a newly reopened Capitol Hill classic, and much more

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Trade Winds Tavern in Belltown serves French toast with berry compote and fried oyster omelettes for brunch.
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Brunch in Seattle is a key part of the dining scene, whether it’s a weekend hangover cure, a pick-me-up, or just a leisurely way to spend the early afternoon. Given that this meal is perpetually oh-so-hot, Eater presents the Seattle Brunch Heatmap, collecting the restaurants that either opened recently with outstanding midday dishes and drinks, or are older establishments that have newly revamped their brunch game to great effect, listed from north to south.

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This long-running Korean street food staple returned to its Fremont home pre-pandemic, sitting in a brand new building. Brunch dishes include a red curry shakshuka rice bowl with chorizo, black lentil, and a poached egg, matcha mochi waffles, and star chef Rachel Yang’s famed bing monkey bread. It’s a lively approach that’s made this spot a draw for years.

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Bing monkey bread at Revel
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Rasai Indian

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Fremont’s newest modern Indian restaurant enlivens classic brunch dishes with a few surprise touches. There’s a masala cheese omelette, as well as avocado naan, salmon Benedicts, and — for those looking for something sweeter — a pain au chocolate with Madras coffee foam. The offerings are elegant, but approachable, and always beautifully plated.

Saint Bread

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Stained glass-lit Saint Bread is a Portage Bay shrine to carbs. Though the bakery doesn’t serve a dedicated brunch, there’s certainly no rule against late-morning weekend gorging on smoked trout toast, okonomiyaki tortillas, and all manner of pastries, not to mention the excellent steamed egg sandwich on melonpan.

Volunteer Park Cafe and Pantry

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This Capitol Hill mainstay recently reopened under new ownership as an all-day hybrid coffee shop, bottleshop, and corner market. The popular pastry case is still in place with a variety of intriguing treats from head baker Crystal Chiu (formerly of Canlis), and there are seasonal toasts galore, plus a hearty breakfast sandwich influenced by East Coast delis that’s a specialty from new manager Melissa Johnson.

Finch and Pine

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Vegetarian, vegan, and pescatarian diners will find plenty to love about Finch and Pine, a new neighborhood cafe on Capitol Hill. Northwest-sourced mushrooms, shellfish, and produce make up the menus here. Brunch is served on Sundays with dishes like peach gazpacho, wild huckleberry pancakes, an heirloom tomato salad, and baked eggs (plus bellinis, mimosas, apricot Aperol spritzes, and other brunch cocktails).

Trade Winds Tavern

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After five years, Belltown’s award-winning gastropub No Anchor is no more — but the proprietors have replaced it with a retro sports bar. In addition to stellar cocktails and beers, there’s a substantial brunch menu on the weekends, featuring items such as Benedicts, French toast, and Monte Cristos, as well as a tempting fried oyster omelette. Proof of vaccination required for entry.

The Melo Cafe

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Pocket-sized coffee shop Melo Cafe in the Central District is a hidden gem for brunch lovers. The cafe specializes in juices and espresso drinks, paired with pastries, empanadas from Rapa Nui Foods, and Umami Kushi’s okazu pan. But the true highlights are the waffles, glorious Belgian beauties topped with a variety of sweet and savory options.

Fat's Chicken and Waffles

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After sticking to takeout and delivery only for 15 months, this Central District favorite has reopened for its highly popular dine-in weekend brunch. Just as always, the stars are the restaurant’s namesake sampler, with two pieces of chicken served alongside fried green tomatoes, cheese grits and garlic toast. There are also mimosa carafes on offer for $22.

Fried chicken on top of waffles at Fat’s Chicken and Waffles in Seattle
Fat’s Chicken and Waffles recently reopened for dine-in service.
Fat’s Chicken and Waffles

Beacon Hill’s outstanding Filipinx restaurant is a veritable dining destination, and brunch is no exception. Served Wednesday through Sunday, the daytime “tanghalian” meal involves seasonally rotating dishes like adobong lechon kawali (pork belly with shishito) and totsong talong (fried eggplant with tofu and fermented black beans). The cocktails are excellent, too.

Dat Creole Soul

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Pro hoops player-turned-flight-attendant-turned-chef Hampon Isom serves up fantastic comfort dishes influenced by his New Orleans roots at this Des Moines restaurant spun off from a popular food truck. That includes a new Sunday brunch with beignets and quiche with andouille sausage and mushrooms, best washed down with peach mimosas or bloody marys.

Revel

A top-down image of Revel’s monkey bread on a plate
Bing monkey bread at Revel
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This long-running Korean street food staple returned to its Fremont home pre-pandemic, sitting in a brand new building. Brunch dishes include a red curry shakshuka rice bowl with chorizo, black lentil, and a poached egg, matcha mochi waffles, and star chef Rachel Yang’s famed bing monkey bread. It’s a lively approach that’s made this spot a draw for years.

A top-down image of Revel’s monkey bread on a plate
Bing monkey bread at Revel
Revel/Facebook

Rasai Indian

Fremont’s newest modern Indian restaurant enlivens classic brunch dishes with a few surprise touches. There’s a masala cheese omelette, as well as avocado naan, salmon Benedicts, and — for those looking for something sweeter — a pain au chocolate with Madras coffee foam. The offerings are elegant, but approachable, and always beautifully plated.

Saint Bread

Stained glass-lit Saint Bread is a Portage Bay shrine to carbs. Though the bakery doesn’t serve a dedicated brunch, there’s certainly no rule against late-morning weekend gorging on smoked trout toast, okonomiyaki tortillas, and all manner of pastries, not to mention the excellent steamed egg sandwich on melonpan.

Volunteer Park Cafe and Pantry

This Capitol Hill mainstay recently reopened under new ownership as an all-day hybrid coffee shop, bottleshop, and corner market. The popular pastry case is still in place with a variety of intriguing treats from head baker Crystal Chiu (formerly of Canlis), and there are seasonal toasts galore, plus a hearty breakfast sandwich influenced by East Coast delis that’s a specialty from new manager Melissa Johnson.

Finch and Pine

Vegetarian, vegan, and pescatarian diners will find plenty to love about Finch and Pine, a new neighborhood cafe on Capitol Hill. Northwest-sourced mushrooms, shellfish, and produce make up the menus here. Brunch is served on Sundays with dishes like peach gazpacho, wild huckleberry pancakes, an heirloom tomato salad, and baked eggs (plus bellinis, mimosas, apricot Aperol spritzes, and other brunch cocktails).

Trade Winds Tavern

After five years, Belltown’s award-winning gastropub No Anchor is no more — but the proprietors have replaced it with a retro sports bar. In addition to stellar cocktails and beers, there’s a substantial brunch menu on the weekends, featuring items such as Benedicts, French toast, and Monte Cristos, as well as a tempting fried oyster omelette. Proof of vaccination required for entry.

The Melo Cafe

Pocket-sized coffee shop Melo Cafe in the Central District is a hidden gem for brunch lovers. The cafe specializes in juices and espresso drinks, paired with pastries, empanadas from Rapa Nui Foods, and Umami Kushi’s okazu pan. But the true highlights are the waffles, glorious Belgian beauties topped with a variety of sweet and savory options.

Fat's Chicken and Waffles

Fried chicken on top of waffles at Fat’s Chicken and Waffles in Seattle
Fat’s Chicken and Waffles recently reopened for dine-in service.
Fat’s Chicken and Waffles

After sticking to takeout and delivery only for 15 months, this Central District favorite has reopened for its highly popular dine-in weekend brunch. Just as always, the stars are the restaurant’s namesake sampler, with two pieces of chicken served alongside fried green tomatoes, cheese grits and garlic toast. There are also mimosa carafes on offer for $22.

Fried chicken on top of waffles at Fat’s Chicken and Waffles in Seattle
Fat’s Chicken and Waffles recently reopened for dine-in service.
Fat’s Chicken and Waffles

Musang

Beacon Hill’s outstanding Filipinx restaurant is a veritable dining destination, and brunch is no exception. Served Wednesday through Sunday, the daytime “tanghalian” meal involves seasonally rotating dishes like adobong lechon kawali (pork belly with shishito) and totsong talong (fried eggplant with tofu and fermented black beans). The cocktails are excellent, too.

Dat Creole Soul

Pro hoops player-turned-flight-attendant-turned-chef Hampon Isom serves up fantastic comfort dishes influenced by his New Orleans roots at this Des Moines restaurant spun off from a popular food truck. That includes a new Sunday brunch with beignets and quiche with andouille sausage and mushrooms, best washed down with peach mimosas or bloody marys.

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