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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100 Pound Clam
The seafood at 100 Pound Clam in South Lake is great. Just know you’ll be eating it next to a screaming two-year-old and a dad wearing Sperry’s.
Homegrown South Lake Union
Homegrown is a local sandwich chain that Gwyneth Paltrow wishes she came up with. This one’s in South Lake Union.
Li’l Woody’s South Lake Union
Li’l Woody’s in South Lake Union is an extremely reliable burger spot.
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FlintCreek Cattle Co.
FlintCreek Cattle Co. is a slightly upscale restaurant in Greenwood with excellent steaks and a Happy Hour burger worth traveling for.
The Other Coast Cafe
Other Coast Cafe is a mini sandwich chain for hot and cold baguette sandwiches. This one’s in Capitol Hill.
Red Mill Totem House
Red Mill is where you go for a casual burger in Ballard. And onion rings. And milkshakes.
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Glo’s is a no-frills Capitol Hill diner serving giant pancakes and perfect hash browns. Just expect a line to eat them.
Lola is a Mediterranean spot in Belltown that falls in that useful middleground between casual and upscale.
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.
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