It’s a utility move, but if you’re organizing a brunch with nine of your friends who all have different demands (and plot twist: someone’s bringing their kid), and you need to literally please everyone, head for Portage Bay. They source their ingredients locally, their menu is almost as extensive as The Cheesecake Factory’s, and with any order of pancakes or french toast comes a trip to the breakfast bar, which is the holy grail of sweet brunch toppings. You can also just have a trip to the buffet for your meal, in case you just wanted a pile of whipped cream for breakfast.
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Jack’s is an American spot in South Lake Union where you can have a reliable BBQ sandwich.
Pho Bac is a great Vietnamese spot in South Lake Union that serves pho, banh mi, and noodle bowls.
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Calozzi’s Cheesesteaks is a small shack on the side of the road in Georgetown serving authentic Philly-style cheesesteak sandwiches.
Some Random Bar
Some Random Bar is the perfect Belltown bar-with-food to keep in your back pocket for a first date or night out with the gang.
Bellevue Brewing Company
Bellevue Brewing Company is a pretty standard taphouse in Bellevue with American pub food and homemade beer.
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Glo’s is a Capitol Hill diner serving giant pancakes and perfect hash browns. Just expect a line to eat them.
Oddfellows Cafe & Bar
Oddfellows is a French Bistro, espresso bar, and old-school grocery store in Capitol Hill. It’s good for a lot of things, but especially brunch.
Lola is a Mediterranean spot in Belltown that falls in that useful middleground between casual and upscale.
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