Chances are, of all the meals you learned to cook during quarantine, brunch wasn’t one of them. After all, Hollandaise sauce is extremely complicated to make, and “bottomless mimosas” don’t feel quite as exciting when you’re drinking them out of a Pike Place mug. If the thought of fishing eggshell fragments out of a cereal bowl for the 22nd Saturday in a row stirs up some negative feelings, you might be interested in these five patios for brunch this weekend.
One of the best summertime brunch experiences in the city is sitting on Terra Plata’s second-story herb garden, snacking on their waffle-cut potato chips dipped in pecorino crème fraîche. For the record, we’re not just saying that because it’s fun to eat potato chips before noon. We’re also saying it because Terra Plata does a lot of other things well, from manchego biscuits with homemade jam to Moroccan steak sandwiches with cumin yogurt. Pair that great food with some cocktails and a breezy, low-key rooftop, and you have a great way to eat breakfast food while getting some fresh air in the process.
It may be a while until you can travel to Hawaii, but until then, brunch at Super Six is a worthwhile stand-in. This Columbia City sister spot to Marination Ma Kai has a bunch of picnic tables outside the restaurant, with even more seating in their parking lot so people can socially distance. You can also place your order online at the table to minimize contact with servers. This means more time to maximize contact with malasadas, Portuguese sausage hash, lilikoi-glazed coffee cake, and loco moco.
This Greenwood spot is our favorite diner in town. That’s because you can order anything from perfect buttermilk pancakes to a corned beef hash brown benedict that tastes like what would happen if breakfast reubens were a thing. Their outdoor space full of picnic tables and plants is also a nice spot to relax with some eggs and a never-ending mug of coffee.
Sawyer is a restaurant in Ballard that’s good at making us rethink the concept of comfort food, like when they think to put mint mornay on a double cheeseburger and matzo balls in a bowl of pho. Breakfast is no different here - you’ll find things here like cinnamon roll monkey bread, a “brunchwrap” (with n’duja queso and rotisserie chicken), and a Greek egg hash with falafel and tzatziki sauce. Note that Sawyer’s brunch is only available on Sundays from 10am-2pm, but there’s plenty of room to sit, from their covered patio to the “Sawyer Food Court” they’ve added just outside of the restaurant.
Can Bar serves one of the best casual brunches in the city, whether you’re looking for a breakfast burrito or just a big leafy arugula salad with pepitas and feta. They also happen to have a superb dog-friendly patio, complete with an ideal balance of seats in the sun and umbrella-shaded tables as well. Just don’t forget a drink from their wide selection of canned beer and cider (as if the name didn’t give that away).