Seattle magazine’s early-rising team of food experts tout their favorite spots for the most important meal of the day (and the weekend).
If you head to one of Portage Bay Café’s three airy Seattle locations, where the servers sport T-shirts with the company’s tagline—eat like you give a damn—consider stretching beyond your usual order and don't hesitate to bring a friend with food sensitivities. Try the thin, sweet (gluten-free!) take on Swedish pancakes, slathered with lingonberry butter ($11.50), or the vegan banana pancakes ($12.50), made with a surprisingly delicious blend of hemp milk, rice flour, bananas and brown sugar. Those shirts should read let them eat cakes. Three locations in Ballard, South Lake Union and Roosevelt; portagebaycafe.com J.T.
Light, bright, casual and very family friendly, Fiddlehead Fine Foods & Café is a cheerful eatery at the West Seattle Junction that serves up satisfying breakfast (and lunch) fare every day of the week (except Mondays). You can’t easily go wrong with the menu, which ranges from house-made cherry macadamia granola ($7.50) to pork hash doused in a creamy roasted garlic sauce ($12.95). But it’s the spanking good cheesy grits, gussied up with bacon, shallots, tomatoes and braised greens ($10), that really float our boat. West Seattle, 4310 SW Oregon St.; 206.708.7891; fiddleheadfinefoodsandcafe.com A.B.
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