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The Eater Seattle Brunch Heatmap, a Sizzling Update

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Brunch can get a bad rap. Some restaurants attempt to follow a late Saturday night of service with a bleary-eyed brunch service the next morning. Other places view this leisurely weekend meal as a grim but profitable slog, dishing out uninspired pancakes and eggs while reserving more creative efforts on the dinner menu.

And then there are those restaurants that have become Seattle brunch standards, or simply put as much thought into the morning menu as the nighttime fare. Here now for your weekend consideration are some brand new picks for brunch in Seattle.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Agrodolce

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Bread pudding bites, brandy maple waffles, and fried soft boiled eggs are some of the treasures that await at Maria Hines’ Italian-inspired restaurant. If you are not into standard brunch items, the lamb burger will do you real good. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 2:30.

Ba Bar

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Ba Bar serves hot breakfast Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8 am. You'll find a mix of classic egg dishes and Vietnamese influenced morning dishes like congee. Pastries and coffee are still served daily beginning at 7 am.

Boat Street Cafe

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Where else can you get pate, tomato soup, and a cornmeal rustic cake that likely gives all other pancakes a complex? Renee Erickson has since moved on to open Walrus & Carpenter, The Whale Wins and more, but Boat Street remains a trusty favorite. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10:30 to 2:30.

Brass Tacks

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One of the few places in Georgetown to grab a proper Sunday brunch, Brass Tacks ups the ante with a DJ who spins classic R&B hits while patrons enjoy chicken & waffles (which usually sell out), stuffed brioche French toast and pork belly & grits. There's also the house infused bloody Marie's and fresh squeezed (generous) mimosas. It's a family affair here, so bring the kiddos! Brunch is served Sunday only, 10 to 4.

Cafe Campagne

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There's a reason this Market fixture is perpetually packed for brunch: the oeufs en meurette has legions of devoted fans across the city, though the unfussy French menu is lovely all around. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 8 to 4.

Dot's Delicatessen

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This informal, yet overachieving butcher shop/French bistro counteracts a great hangover with its house made buttermilk biscuit sandwiches, generally filled with some meat (herb crusted steak, bacon), egg and cheddar.

The Fat Hen

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Many believe this north Ballard farmhouse spot has the best brunch in town. The Eggs Benedict (a weekends-only brunch special) are a standout. Brunch is served Tues-Sun 8 to 3.

The Harvest Vine

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Some say Harvest Vine hasn’t been the same since co-owner/executive chef Joseba Jimenez de Jimenez departed, but dishes such as the tortilla espanola and Huevos a la Flamenca (baked eggs with chorizo, jamón serrano, peppers, fried tomato sauce and béchamel) indicate otherwise. For lovers of the Basque region, this spot will make you think you are back in Spain. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 2.

Joule is a brunch lover's delight. For $17, you get access to a rotating buffet (October's featured items such has a chocolate haupia danish, Spam Hawaiian sweet roll and macaroni salad with smoked hazelnut), plus an entree-sized breakfast dish of your choice. Try the porchetta wrapped with house bacon. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 2.

La Bête

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Any restaurant that puts two kinds of waffles on their menu (both sweet and savory quinoa waffles) gets a special place in brunch heaven. Biscuits, eggs, and other decadent offerings are also much raved about. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 3.

Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky

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House corned beef hash, fatty saimin, and French toast with fried chicken nuggets & sausage gravy (not to mention bottomless mimosa) have been giving folks a solid excuse to cross the West Seattle Bridge for years. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 2.

Mistral Kitchen

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The thoughtful brunch menu feels a bit more rustic than chef William Belickis's elegant dinner fare. It's a distinction that seems exactly right on a weekend morning. Perfect place for a power breakfast or brunch, as well. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 11 to 2.

Rock Creek Seafood & Spirits

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A super newcomer to the brunch scene, RockCreek has been killing it on weekends with their scrambles, beet hash (don't miss this dish!), bacon and oyster benedict, pancakes, and lots of other things that are not as remotely seafood-centric as their dinner menu. Surprisingly, there's no line out the door...yet. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 9 to 3.

Schooner Exact Brewing

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One might think they are getting hazed when they are taken to a tap room for brunch. Yes, there’s beer, but there are also waffles and scrambles to go along with your adult beverage. The savory waffle, prosciutto, goat cheese, chives, is a favorite. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 11 to 2.

Sitka and Spruce

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This quintessential Seattle restaurant can take something as simple as a bowl of peaches and yogurt and make it somehow transcendent. However, the menu also contains more intricate, inventive items that showcase grains and seasonal Northwest ingredients. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 2.

Stoneburner

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Released just this past July, Stoneburner's brunch menu offers a bunch of the same dinner items (grains, veggies, pizzas), with the addition of some tasty egg dishes, like polenta hash with chard, sweet onions and poached eggs; porchetta with spicy cauliflower and a fried egg; and baked eggs with prosciutto, red sauce and mozzarella. Bonus: they take reservations. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 3.

Sushi Kappo Tamura

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This Eastlake sushi spot's dive into brunch happened last November, but a lot of folks don't know about it. Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm, SKT offers a lunch platter with three kinds of nimono (a stewed dish), sashimi, entree, miso soup, steamed rice and dessert for $25. There's also a Japanese breakfast platter that consists of the above, but instead of sashimi and an entree, diners are treated to an "egg dish of the day" and broiled wild Alaskan sockeye for $18. Nobody leaves hungry. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 11 to 2.

TanakaSan

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If you're looking for a morning meal off the beaten brunch path, but just slightly (because it's brunch and this is not a time to be adventurous), Tanakasan is a surefire bet. The dim sum-inspired menu is perfect for sharing (if you're Starvation City, population one, order two of everything — trust!). Must eats: buttermilk pancakes with bacon, tea smoked duck sausage, and any of the ramens. There's also a ton of drinks ranging from cocktails to juice to coffee and sake slushies. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 9 to 2.

Tilikum Place Café

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The Dutch babies are the signature items here, but really, everything on the brunch menu is homey and hearty. And the high-ceilinged, lofty space was made for easy breezy brunches. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 8 to 3.

Westward

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Feel like driving your Donzi to brunch? Even if you’re not a boat owner excited about dock privileges, waterfront views are still in play. The new brunch menu hits it hard with winners such as the wood-oven fired Montreal-style bagel served with salmon gravlax and labneh and the bloody mary with savory dill aquavit. Save room for the bread pudding. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 4:30.

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Agrodolce

Bread pudding bites, brandy maple waffles, and fried soft boiled eggs are some of the treasures that await at Maria Hines’ Italian-inspired restaurant. If you are not into standard brunch items, the lamb burger will do you real good. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 2:30.

Ba Bar

Ba Bar serves hot breakfast Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8 am. You'll find a mix of classic egg dishes and Vietnamese influenced morning dishes like congee. Pastries and coffee are still served daily beginning at 7 am.

Boat Street Cafe

Where else can you get pate, tomato soup, and a cornmeal rustic cake that likely gives all other pancakes a complex? Renee Erickson has since moved on to open Walrus & Carpenter, The Whale Wins and more, but Boat Street remains a trusty favorite. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10:30 to 2:30.

Brass Tacks

One of the few places in Georgetown to grab a proper Sunday brunch, Brass Tacks ups the ante with a DJ who spins classic R&B hits while patrons enjoy chicken & waffles (which usually sell out), stuffed brioche French toast and pork belly & grits. There's also the house infused bloody Marie's and fresh squeezed (generous) mimosas. It's a family affair here, so bring the kiddos! Brunch is served Sunday only, 10 to 4.

Cafe Campagne

There's a reason this Market fixture is perpetually packed for brunch: the oeufs en meurette has legions of devoted fans across the city, though the unfussy French menu is lovely all around. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 8 to 4.

Dot's Delicatessen

This informal, yet overachieving butcher shop/French bistro counteracts a great hangover with its house made buttermilk biscuit sandwiches, generally filled with some meat (herb crusted steak, bacon), egg and cheddar.

The Fat Hen

Many believe this north Ballard farmhouse spot has the best brunch in town. The Eggs Benedict (a weekends-only brunch special) are a standout. Brunch is served Tues-Sun 8 to 3.

The Harvest Vine

Some say Harvest Vine hasn’t been the same since co-owner/executive chef Joseba Jimenez de Jimenez departed, but dishes such as the tortilla espanola and Huevos a la Flamenca (baked eggs with chorizo, jamón serrano, peppers, fried tomato sauce and béchamel) indicate otherwise. For lovers of the Basque region, this spot will make you think you are back in Spain. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 2.

Joule

Joule is a brunch lover's delight. For $17, you get access to a rotating buffet (October's featured items such has a chocolate haupia danish, Spam Hawaiian sweet roll and macaroni salad with smoked hazelnut), plus an entree-sized breakfast dish of your choice. Try the porchetta wrapped with house bacon. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 2.

La Bête

Any restaurant that puts two kinds of waffles on their menu (both sweet and savory quinoa waffles) gets a special place in brunch heaven. Biscuits, eggs, and other decadent offerings are also much raved about. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 3.

Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky

House corned beef hash, fatty saimin, and French toast with fried chicken nuggets & sausage gravy (not to mention bottomless mimosa) have been giving folks a solid excuse to cross the West Seattle Bridge for years. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10 to 2.

Mistral Kitchen

The thoughtful brunch menu feels a bit more rustic than chef William Belickis's elegant dinner fare. It's a distinction that seems exactly right on a weekend morning. Perfect place for a power breakfast or brunch, as well. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 11 to 2.

Rock Creek Seafood & Spirits

A super newcomer to the brunch scene, RockCreek has been killing it on weekends with their scrambles, beet hash (don't miss this dish!), bacon and oyster benedict, pancakes, and lots of other things that are not as remotely seafood-centric as their dinner menu. Surprisingly, there's no line out the door...yet. Brunch is served Sat-Sun 9 to 3.

Schooner Exact Brewing