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Where to Get Hearty Weekday Breakfast Dishes in Seattle

The top purveyors of the most important meal of the day serve up enticing waffles, scrambles, and more

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As takeout still reigns during Seattle’s phased reopening, there are plenty of brunch options, but it may be a bit tougher to find a true breakfast around the city, one that's available on weekdays and starts early (before 10 a.m.). Here's a round-up of restaurants that are doing right by eggs, waffles, granola bowls, and more, listed from north to south. It’s also a companion guide to the breakfast sandwich map, which includes smaller pop-ups. Since services shift often these days, if you see any changes, or if there’s a place you’d like to see added to the list in a future update, send us a tip.

All places offer takeout, some delivery, and a handful have onsite seating, with services noted. This should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on local coronavirus cases, please visit the official King County’s COVID 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.

1. The Fat Hen

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1418 NW 70th St
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 782-5422
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This small neighborhood cafe in Ballard has drawn long lines in the past for its simple food, lovingly crafted. On the current menu: cardamom buns, buttermilk breakfast cakes, take-and-bake shakshuka, and salmon toast, all available for takeout.

2. Porkchop & Co.

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5451 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 257-5761
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This Ballard diner sources from local farms for its rotating comfort food menu, along with some stellar bagels. Currently, it has dishes such as breakfast burritos, scrambles, and pork belly hash, as well as bloody mary and mimosa cocktail kits to-go. Available for takeout or delivery via Caviar and Doordash.

3. Morsel

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4754 University Way NE, Seattle
WA, 98105
(206) 268-0154
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This popular U District spot has reopened for daily takeout. The menu is concise and enticing, with a variety of biscuits on their own and biscuit sandwiches, plus an array of excellent spreads. Preorders are available through Chownow.

A biscuit smothered with gravy, topped with an egg, at Morsel in the U District.
Biscuit with gravy and eggs
Lucinda Roanoke

4. 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. Open for takeout.

5. Seattle Biscuit Company

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4001 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 739-5800
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Magically fluffy biscuits cradle outlandish ingredient combinations at this offshoot of the popular food truck in Frelard. Must-try options include the Che, with eggs, bacon, cheese, ham, pickles, apple butter, and sweet onion mustard. There are also grits dishes, served — naturally — with a fluffly biscuit on the side, plus mimosas to go. Available for takeout and delivery via the website.

6. 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. Open for takeout orders.

7. 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 has a tiny dining room, but is now offering many of their all-day breakfast dishes (including hashes and a large selection of eggs Benedict) for both takeout and local delivery via apps like Doordash and Caviar. There are also some mimosa kits.

8. 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 cafe. This allows him to roll out a slate of new items, including well-crafted breakfast sandwiches, topped fried or scrambled eggs, and applewood bacon. Open for takeout and delivery via Toast/DoorDash.

9. Biscuit Bitch

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1909 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 441-7999
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Though it recently closed two locations, this longtime Southern comfort food favorite is still slinging its popular biscuits and gravy dishes for takeout in Belltown, with an emphasis on sandwiches now (the Hot Seattle Bitch comes with grilled Louisiana hot link, cream cheese and grilled onion). Delivery is available via DoorDash.

10. Pioneer Square D&E

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314 2nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 445-7472
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The new pop-up Big Jon’s Breakfast Club launched in 2020, serving omelets, scrambles, and breakfast wraps, and is now a permanent fixture. There’s a waffle dish with smoked maple bacon baked right inside. All items are available daily starting at 7 a.m. for takeout, delivery, and limited dine-in service.

11. Easy Street Records & Cafe

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4559 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 938-3279
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This secret diner inside the city’s iconic record shop serves what’s perhaps West Seattle’s best breakfast and brunch menu — and possibly its cheapest too. Music-themed items available for pickup include for the New Wave-Os Rancheros, the Notorious B&G (biscuits and gravy), and the Johnny Cash special (steak and eggs).

12. Geraldine's Counter Restaurant

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4872 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 723-2080
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This Columbia City classic is famous for its French toast, which is available now for curbside pickup (and limited dine-in service). The diner also has plenty of scrambles, hashes, biscuits, and sandwiches to go alongside mimosa kits. Preorders available on Toast, and there’s limited onsite seating, plus a covered outdoor street plaza nearby.

1. The Fat Hen

1418 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

This small neighborhood cafe in Ballard has drawn long lines in the past for its simple food, lovingly crafted. On the current menu: cardamom buns, buttermilk breakfast cakes, take-and-bake shakshuka, and salmon toast, all available for takeout.

1418 NW 70th St
Seattle, WA 98117

2. Porkchop & Co.

5451 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This Ballard diner sources from local farms for its rotating comfort food menu, along with some stellar bagels. Currently, it has dishes such as breakfast burritos, scrambles, and pork belly hash, as well as bloody mary and mimosa cocktail kits to-go. Available for takeout or delivery via Caviar and Doordash.

5451 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

3. Morsel

4754 University Way NE, Seattle, WA, 98105
A biscuit smothered with gravy, topped with an egg, at Morsel in the U District.
Biscuit with gravy and eggs
Lucinda Roanoke

This popular U District spot has reopened for daily takeout. The menu is concise and enticing, with a variety of biscuits on their own and biscuit sandwiches, plus an array of excellent spreads. Preorders are available through Chownow.

4754 University Way NE, Seattle
WA, 98105

4. 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. Open for takeout.

928 NW Leary Way Suite #102
Seattle, WA 98107

5. Seattle Biscuit Company

4001 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Magically fluffy biscuits cradle outlandish ingredient combinations at this offshoot of the popular food truck in Frelard. Must-try options include the Che, with eggs, bacon, cheese, ham, pickles, apple butter, and sweet onion mustard. There are also grits dishes, served — naturally — with a fluffly biscuit on the side, plus mimosas to go. Available for takeout and delivery via the website.

4001 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107

6. 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. Open for takeout orders.

421 E Thomas St
Seattle, WA 98102

7. Glo's

1621 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98102

One of Capitol Hill’s most iconic breakfast spots has a tiny dining room, but is now offering many of their all-day breakfast dishes (including hashes and a large selection of eggs Benedict) for both takeout and local delivery via apps like Doordash and Caviar. There are also some mimosa kits.

1621 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98102

8. 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 cafe. This allows him to roll out a slate of new items, including well-crafted breakfast sandwiches, topped fried or scrambled eggs, and applewood bacon. Open for takeout and delivery via Toast/DoorDash.

2121 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

9. Biscuit Bitch

1909 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Though it recently closed two locations, this longtime Southern comfort food favorite is still slinging its popular biscuits and gravy dishes for takeout in Belltown, with an emphasis on sandwiches now (the Hot Seattle Bitch comes with grilled Louisiana hot link, cream cheese and grilled onion). Delivery is available via DoorDash.

1909 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

10. Pioneer Square D&E

314 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

The new pop-up Big Jon’s Breakfast Club launched in 2020, serving omelets, scrambles, and breakfast wraps, and is now a permanent fixture. There’s a waffle dish with smoked maple bacon baked right inside. All items are available daily starting at 7 a.m. for takeout, delivery, and limited dine-in service.

314 2nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

11. Easy Street Records & Cafe

4559 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

This secret diner inside the city’s iconic record shop serves what’s perhaps West Seattle’s best breakfast and brunch menu — and possibly its cheapest too. Music-themed items available for pickup include for the New Wave-Os Rancheros, the Notorious B&G (biscuits and gravy), and the Johnny Cash special (steak and eggs).

4559 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

12. Geraldine's Counter Restaurant

4872 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

This Columbia City classic is famous for its French toast, which is available now for curbside pickup (and limited dine-in service). The diner also has plenty of scrambles, hashes, biscuits, and sandwiches to go alongside mimosa kits. Preorders available on Toast, and there’s limited onsite seating, plus a covered outdoor street plaza nearby.

4872 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

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