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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Meat & Bread
Meat & Bread is a great option for interesting and upscale takeout sandwiches in South Lake Union.
Shake Shack is a counter service cheeseburger institution in South Lake Union. Prepare for lines.
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Aqua is a Downtown waterfront seafood restaurant that’s perfect for impressing people who need to be impressed.
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.
Pane Pane Sandwiches
Pane Pane is a tiny shop downtown serving great baguette sandwiches. Get the teriyaki meatball banh mi.
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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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