Seattle cares about food and loves its breakfast. A quality list of breakfast/brunch places includes Café Presse, Portage Bay, Kingfish Cafe, The 5 Spot, Glo’s and Toulouse Petit in addition to these three standouts: Bastille in Ballard, The Dish Cafe in Fremont, and Volunteer Park Cafe in Capitol Hill.
If you’re looking for a leisurely break from the Ballard Sunday Farmers Market complete with pre-lunch cocktails in a visually beautiful setting, try Bastille Café & Bar. This French-infused black and white café incorporates veggies and herbs from its own rooftop garden into the menu (try the house made granola and fresh fruit, smoked king salmon with pickled Chantrelle mushrooms, soft egg and arugula, or the classic croque monsieur), has wonderful service and is not out of the question for those dining with children. If you can plan ahead, make a reservation. It does get busy but it’s worth the wait.
Next door to Ballard in Fremont, you can find 2011’s “Best Breakfast” in Seattle according to Seattle Weekly at The Dish, but only between 7am and 1:45pm (closed on Mondays, opens at 8am on Sundays.) This casual and cozy breakfast/lunch joint has all the homemade and delicious usual suspects to choose from and draws quite the crowd. Free coffee is served for those waiting patiently and happily outside and the down-to-earth service is always with a smile.
In North Capitol Hill, stop into the warm and inviting Volunteer Park Cafe, order your coffee, house made pastry or something more substantial at the counter from the savory local, sustainable menu and find a seat at the long communal table. The vintage charm and amazing comfort food will work their magic and you will find your day off to a great start.