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Vital Breakfast Spots to Know in Seattle, Summer 2019

The most important purveyors of the most important meal of the day

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Breakfast at Morsel and Bean consists of biscuit sandwiches and coffee.
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Brunch is a big deal in Seattle (and Eater has it covered with maps of essential and hot new options), but is breakfast a lost art? It’s tough to find a true breakfast ‘round these parts, one that’s available on weekdays, starts before 10 a.m., and provides the most important meal of the day.

It’s not impossible to find, though. Here’s a round-up of restaurants that are doing right by eggs, pastries, yogurt, and more, all squarely in the morning hours.

Note: Map points are ordered geographically and are not ranked by preference. What great breakfast spot have you enjoyed recently? Show it some love in the comments or send us an email.

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The Fat Hen

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This small neighborhood cafe will start your day off on the right foot. Fans love it for the simple food, lovingly crafted, with the likes of housemade yogurt, Benedicts, and homemade pastries a-plenty.

Morsel’s U District cafe, generally mobbed, demands a bit of patience whether diners are staying or just driving through. The menu is concise and enticing, with a variety of biscuits and biscuit sandwiches plus an array of stellar spreads.

Cafe Turko

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Bright, colorful Cafe Turko is excellent any time of day, but its mother-in-law’s breakfast plate (available all day, blessedly) is the star of a menu that also includes several superb Turkish omelets. Naturally, it all pairs well with a Turkish coffee. Bonus: Much of the menu is naturally gluten-free.

Volunteer Park Cafe

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Set on a leafy corner of North Capitol Hill, Volunteer Park Cafe does outstanding comfort food like banana brioche French toast, a daily quiche, and plenty of sandwiches. Pros pair their meals with a pastry, all of which are enormous and quite impossible to resist.

Cafe Barjot

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Sweet little Barjot in this quiet corner of north Capitol Hill does the day’s first meal right. Everything is simple and made from scratch, with plenty of seasonal offerings. Whether its a bowl of granola or a more hearty breakfast sandwich, Barjot does everything well. They also make every guest feel like family, which further wins hearts.

The Wandering Goose

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A perennial Eater 38 member, Wandering Goose dishes out massive pastries (oh, those cinnamon rolls...) along with Southern-inflected skillet breakfasts and biscuit sandwiches. It’s worth braving the perpetual lines.

Glo’s Cafe

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Glo’s is a Seattle institution. Just ask the perpetual crowd outside over steaming mugs of coffee, waiting to squeeze into the minuscule restaurant for a bite of coffee cake or a massive omelet or those famous eggs Benedict. Breakfast starts at midnight on the weekends, 7 a.m. on weekdays.

Bang Bang Cafe

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Unassuming Bang Bang Cafe is all about the staples of New Mexico — the restaurant even flies in hatch chilies. The cafe offers a surprising array of food, with many items made in-house (like the fennel-turkey sausage) and great options for vegans. At breakfast, the Albuquerque-style breakfast burritos with green and red chiles are a must.

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Cafe Presse

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Cafe Presse does it all, with service from 7 a.m. ‘til 2 a.m. every day. On the early end, the “petit dejeuner” menu includes such simplicities as a buttered baguette, yogurt with walnut and honey, and eggs with mayonnaise and cornichons. Sometimes simple is best, though, and the unfussiness of it all has won over legions of fans.

Honest Biscuits

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There are plenty of places to get breakfast in Pike Place Market, and they tend to be fairly sub-par. Honest Biscuits changes that with its gut-stuffing, fluffy, brick-sized monsters baked with local ingredients like Bavarian Meats bacon and Beecher’s Flagship Cheese. There are also biscuits and gravy and some rad biscuit sandwiches, all of which are guaranteed to keep even the hungriest diners full until late afternoon.

Ba Bar will fill the belly with comforting pho and congee, the likes of which its owners ate growing up in Vietnam. These dishes are best complemented with a selection from the restaurant’s excellent pastry program and washed down with a drink from the espresso bar.

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Jack's BBQ

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Let there be breakfast tacos, Texas-style. Every weekday, this barbecue hotspot serves tacos with potatoes, eggs, cheese and a choice of smoked brisket, beef belly, or sausage. Diners can pick up individual orders, or call ahead for enough to feed the office.

Georgetown comfort-food specialist Hudson starts weekday breakfast at 7 a.m. with options like the classic eggs-toast-hash-browns combo, breakfast tacos, and chicken fried steak. And here’s a rarity: It’s possible to substitute a vegetarian sausage at no extra charge.

The Fat Hen

This small neighborhood cafe will start your day off on the right foot. Fans love it for the simple food, lovingly crafted, with the likes of housemade yogurt, Benedicts, and homemade pastries a-plenty.

Morsel

Morsel’s U District cafe, generally mobbed, demands a bit of patience whether diners are staying or just driving through. The menu is concise and enticing, with a variety of biscuits and biscuit sandwiches plus an array of stellar spreads.

Cafe Turko

Bright, colorful Cafe Turko is excellent any time of day, but its mother-in-law’s breakfast plate (available all day, blessedly) is the star of a menu that also includes several superb Turkish omelets. Naturally, it all pairs well with a Turkish coffee. Bonus: Much of the menu is naturally gluten-free.

Volunteer Park Cafe

Set on a leafy corner of North Capitol Hill, Volunteer Park Cafe does outstanding comfort food like banana brioche French toast, a daily quiche, and plenty of sandwiches. Pros pair their meals with a pastry, all of which are enormous and quite impossible to resist.

Cafe Barjot

Sweet little Barjot in this quiet corner of north Capitol Hill does the day’s first meal right. Everything is simple and made from scratch, with plenty of seasonal offerings. Whether its a bowl of granola or a more hearty breakfast sandwich, Barjot does everything well. They also make every guest feel like family, which further wins hearts.

The Wandering Goose

A perennial Eater 38 member, Wandering Goose dishes out massive pastries (oh, those cinnamon rolls...) along with Southern-inflected skillet breakfasts and biscuit sandwiches. It’s worth braving the perpetual lines.

Glo’s Cafe

Glo’s is a Seattle institution. Just ask the perpetual crowd outside over steaming mugs of coffee, waiting to squeeze into the minuscule restaurant for a bite of coffee cake or a massive omelet or those famous eggs Benedict. Breakfast starts at midnight on the weekends, 7 a.m. on weekdays.

Bang Bang Cafe

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Unassuming Bang Bang Cafe is all about the staples of New Mexico — the restaurant even flies in hatch chilies. The cafe offers a surprising array of food, with many items made in-house (like the fennel-turkey sausage) and great options for vegans. At breakfast, the Albuquerque-style breakfast burritos with green and red chiles are a must.

Bang Bang Cafe/FB

Cafe Presse

Cafe Presse does it all, with service from 7 a.m. ‘til 2 a.m. every day. On the early end, the “petit dejeuner” menu includes such simplicities as a buttered baguette, yogurt with walnut and honey, and eggs with mayonnaise and cornichons. Sometimes simple is best, though, and the unfussiness of it all has won over legions of fans.

Honest Biscuits

There are plenty of places to get breakfast in Pike Place Market, and they tend to be fairly sub-par. Honest Biscuits changes that with its gut-stuffing, fluffy, brick-sized monsters baked with local ingredients like Bavarian Meats bacon and Beecher’s Flagship Cheese. There are also biscuits and gravy and some rad biscuit sandwiches, all of which are guaranteed to keep even the hungriest diners full until late afternoon.

Ba Bar

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Ba Bar will fill the belly with comforting pho and congee, the likes of which its owners ate growing up in Vietnam. These dishes are best complemented with a selection from the restaurant’s excellent pastry program and washed down with a drink from the espresso bar.

Bill Addison/Eater

Jack's BBQ

Let there be breakfast tacos, Texas-style. Every weekday, this barbecue hotspot serves tacos with potatoes, eggs, cheese and a choice of smoked brisket, beef belly, or sausage. Diners can pick up individual orders, or call ahead for enough to feed the office.

Hudson

Georgetown comfort-food specialist Hudson starts weekday breakfast at 7 a.m. with options like the classic eggs-toast-hash-browns combo, breakfast tacos, and chicken fried steak. And here’s a rarity: It’s possible to substitute a vegetarian sausage at no extra charge.

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