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Where To Have Breakfast For Dinner

Breakfast for dinner can mean a few different things. It can mean that the only food you have at home is two eggs, some sriracha, and the end of a loaf of bread. It can mean you’re so many boxes of Cookie Crisp deep that you can’t see straight, because they were an impulse buy stemming from all the sprouted wheat you had to eat as a child. But it can also mean something a bit more exciting: going out to a restaurant and eating eggs and pancakes and bacon and other delicious things normally consumed before noon. Yes, breakfast for dinner can be awesome if you know where to go. Enjoy your fried chicken and waffles, egg sandwiches, and nighttime French toast.

THE SPOTS

North Star Diner

Greenwood
8700 Greenwood Ave N

Our favorite diner in the city. We appreciate the excellent food here, and we also appreciate the gold glitter booths and the entire wall devoted to framed photos of astronauts. Best of all, North Star’s breakfast menu is available 24 hours a day, so awesome corned beef hash benedicts and pancakes can be yours at 7pm if that’s when you want to be eating stuff covered in hollandaise or maple syrup.

Café Presse

1117 12th Ave
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Sometimes, a grilled ham and cheese sandwich topped with bechamel and a fried egg is a necessary day-ender - and Cafe Presse is where you want to get this. The croque madame is available at night, as are the two-egg omelette and the baguette topped with melted chocolate (technically a thing you could eat for breakfast, so we say it counts). Order a side of crispy fries with lemony mayo, or live with your mistake.

Witness

Capitol Hill
410 Broadway E
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Witness is a Southern bar with delicious cocktails that feels like it belongs smack in the middle of Georgia - just with less pollen and sweet tea going on. They also happen to have the best chicken and waffles in the city. You want to fight us on that one? Back off.

Lost Lake Cafe isn’t the best diner in the city, but it does serve great breakfast food 24 hours a day. The interior looks like a stone-lined living room from the ’60s, with big booths and an old-fashioned diner counter tossed in. Order the corned beef hash or a cheesy breakfast sandwich on an English muffin, and you might as well add a Bloody Mary for good measure.

Photo: Lost Lake Cafe

Skillet’s the kind of diner where you’ll find mason jar cocktails and pancakes with lemon zest butter and berry compote. It’s also the kind of diner that serves ridiculously good homemade biscuits with pork sage gravy, and that’s what you should be getting for dinner. Add poached eggs on top, stir, and the day will really turn around for you.

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Sure, we love spending an hour at Li’l Woody’s doing burgers and beers with our friends. But the Capitol Hill location also has a particularly great breakfast sandwich: two fried eggs, bacon, tomato, cheddar, and rooster (sriracha) mayo, all on a potato bun. Add some avocado and queso fries and you’ll be in business. The egg sandwich-eating business. Which we’re not sure is a real business, but it should be.

There’s a time and place for thick, fluffy waffles, but there’s also a time and place for thin waffles with crispy edges and just the right amount of chew. The time is now, and the place is Fat’s. Their fried chicken has a well-seasoned, herby crust that tastes delicious covered in syrup and Hennessy-infused butter. And if something good happened to you today, invest in some pimento cheese poutine on the side.

You’re an adult. Which means if you want to be eating a Belgian liege-style waffle covered in nutella, strawberries, whipped cream, and powdered sugar by yourself at 6pm while still in your work clothes, you’re free to do so. Waffles can’t tell time.

Homegrown

1531 Melrose Ave
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Homegrown is a viable choice for a kind-of-healthy lunch when you want a salad that doesn’t taste like farm grass, or a light sandwich with local ingredients. But one of the best things about this place is that you can get their breakfast sandwiches - with things like applewood-smoked bacon, runny eggs, and roasted garlic aioli on fresh bread - at any time. Well, not literally. They close at 8pm. So you can get them for an early dinner.

Photo: Homegrown

Speaking of breakfast sandwiches, Assembly Hall has some good ones, too - whether you’re grabbing a basic BEC with maple mustard, or a sausage sandwich with American cheese in between two pancakes.The breakfast burrito isn’t a bad route to take, either, and you should definitely get a hash brown with anything and everything you order. Even a smoothie.

In case you didn’t know, NBA star Nate Robinson has a fried chicken restaurant in Seattle. The wings here aren’t great (unless you’re sticking with the spicy boneless ones), but the Belgian waffles are delicious - especially covered in syrup and honey butter, or used as buns for the fried chicken sliders with maple aioli. And the mac and cheese is good enough that it’s worth pretending that’s a normal breakfast food, too.

Square Knot Diner

6015 Airport Way S
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Square Knot Diner is not the place for smoked salmon benedicts with dill creme fraiche and duck fat potatoes. It’s the place for sitting at the counter, glancing at a TV that’s probably playing some muted sports, and eating fried eggs with bacon, shredded hash browns, toast, and maybe even a couple of flapjacks. If you’re not looking for anything fancy, it’s a great stop.

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