Where to Find Seattle's Best Breakfast

Staff Writer
From croissants to chilaquiles, here's where to start your day off right

Alexis Steinman

Enjoy croque around the clock at Café Presse.

The most important meal of the day should not be taken lightly. Fuel up on an array of breakfast goodies from cinnamon rolls to chicken-fried steak. With this list of Seattle's Ten Best Breakfast Spots, you'll be sure to wake up on the right side of the morning.  

1. Café Presse

Savor a slice of Paris at this Capitol Hill gem. Nibble on classic French fare like croissants, baguettes slathered with chocolate, or Croque Madames — scrumptious Gallic baked ham n’ cheese drenched with Béchamel sauce and topped with a fried egg. Sip steaming bowls of café au lait while perusing the well-curated selection of newspapers and magazines. Like a typical café Française, Café Presse serves breakfast dishes all day.

2. Wandering Goose

Bring on the biscuits at this Southern comfort spot. Opt for simple fare like a smear of butter and homemade jam or go heartier and top it off with juicy, boneless, fried chicken thighs, pickles, and honey mustard made from rooftop bees. Other Lowcountry-style dishes include fried oysters and eggs with cheesy grits. For breakfast on the go, grab a hand-pie, muffin, and more from the brimming baked goods counter.

Biscuits at Wandering Goose (credit: Foodspotting.com)

3. Silence Heart Nest

A meal at this relaxed Fremont café will nourish both your spirit and your stomach. Run by sari-clad followers of Sri Chinmoy, this tranquil vegetarian restaurant offers a range of delicious dishes including gluten-free and vegan options. Fans worship the gluten-free waffles and breakfast potatoes: crunchy cubes of tuber goodness. The veg-friendly “neat loaf,” a traditional Sri Chinmoy recipe, will wow even die-hard carnivores. 

4. Hudson

This SoDo spot is off-the-beaten-path but on-the-money with delicious eats and drink. Hudson dishes up comfort food with a Southern slant: check out the chicken-fried steak, grits, and their version of IHOP’s 2x2x2 with pancakes, bacon, and eggs. Don’t miss the weekend special of deep-fried French toast. Just off the 99, the Hudson is a tasty pit stop for Sea-Tac trips. Coffee and cocktails start at 7 a.m.  on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends. 

5. Skillet Diner

One of the most popular eateries in town — as witnessed by the weekend lines — is one of the tastiest. Nosh on gourmet comfort like pork belly and cornmeal waffles, gargantuan cinnamon buns, and, the succulent brisket hash. Like a true neighborhood joint, Skillet is fun for all ages, with crayons for the wee ones and superb Bloody Marys for the adults. FYI, Skillet offers free cups of Joe to waiting customers — a welcoming gesture that embodies their hospitable spirit. 

6. Café Besalu

If baked goods are your idea of breakfast nirvana, visit this Ballard bakery. Considered the best croissants in town, and perhaps the U.S. of A., this jewel box creates patisseries as delectable as those in Paris. Highlights include pain au chocolat, buttery almond schnecken, and the creamiest quiche around. This family-run spot attracts quite a crowd; arrive early for best selection and shortest lines.

7. Hi Spot Cafe

Nestled on Madrona’s main drag, the Hi Spot is a classic breakfast spot. This neighborhood hub oozes hominess thanks to its craftsman house locale. There’s something for everyone at the Hi Spot; spandex-clad cyclists savor a brown rice veggie tofu dish next to families scarfing ample three-egg omelettes. In case there’s a weekend wait, enjoy fresh-baked pastries and coffee in the front room for a morning amuse-bouche.

8. Take 5 Urban Market 

For breakfast on the go, hit up this food-forward deli. With their tasty breakfast sandwich, the McMuffin is no match. A butter-slathered, toasted English muffin is topped with scrambled egg, melted cheese, and ribbons of honey-roasted ham. Add arugula to make your's Dr. Seuss green.

9. Señor Moose

Ballard’s beloved Mexican joint is famous for its breakfasts. Regional specialties from our South of the Border neighbors include huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, (aka breakfast nachos), machaca (shredded beef), and amazing homemade chorizo. With Christmas lights and brightly painted walls, every morning is a fiesta at Señor Moose. And if your evening involves too much fiesta, spicy, hearty Mexican fare makes for a tasty hangover cure.  

Chilaquiles from Señor Moose (credit: Facebook/Senor Moose) 

10. Ba Bar

For a Vietnamese-style breakfast, visit Central District’s Ba Bar. From Wednesday to Sunday sample Asian-style dishes like soy and chili hash, caramelized grapefruit and condensed milk, and three kinds of terrific rice porridge. Inspired by Vietnam’s French history, freshly-baked croissants, brioche, and homemade jams are served daily starting at 7 a.m.

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