For kids, Easter eggs are crafted from chocolate, painted in pastels, or molded from plastic and stuffed chock full of saccharin surprises. As with Halloween candy, the pleasure comes not just from the colorful treats themselves, but the act of procuring them, hunting down eggs hidden in tall grass and tucked behind sofa cushions. In the spirit of this egg-centric holiday, we’ve crafted an epicurean egg hunt that highlights Seattle’s tastiest egg dishes. Whether you prefer them poached, fried, or scrambled with salsa, these savory eggs are worth searching for.
Heather Earnhardt’s fluffy biscuits beckon eaters in the know to this Southern comfort café in Capitol Hill. These buttery beauties pair perfectly with eggs. Try the authentically awesome biscuits and gravy — either sausage or mushroom — topped with poached eggs. Or opt for the breakfast sandwich stuffed with eggs, cheese, and country ham.
In the heart of Ballard, chef Paul Osher’s locally sourced spot serves breakfast daily. He makes a mean shakshuka, the tomato-based Middle Eastern baked egg dish. Two slow-poached eggs are served in a spiced tomato sauce with kale, feta, and toast. Personalize your plate with the additional add-ons — bacon, chorizo, cauliflower, or chickpeas.
Known for his local seasonal cuisine, James Beard Award-winning chef John Sundstrom puts a Pacific Northwest spin on eggs Benedict. An English muffin is topped with the region’s delectable Dungeness crab, spinach, and chive hollandaise. Served in a lofty, industrial chic space, these are some of the most elegant eggs in town.
Chilaquiles, aka the cure for the common hangover, are the specialty at this Capitol Hill Mexican joint. Essentially breakfast nachos, this traditional dish is composed of tortilla chips simmered in sauce then topped with fried eggs, cilantro, and onions. Barrio rotates the chilaquiles choices daily. Past offerings have included pineapple pork habanero, chicken tinga and mango, and succulent carne asada.
Make like a kid at Madrona’s popular daytime diner, where they bring Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham from the page to your plate. Three eggs are scrambled with pesto, Monterey Jack cheese and ham for a delicious rendition of the literary classic. Try them, try them — like Sam, we’re sure you’ll like them.