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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The Seattle Brunch Guide
Whether you’re looking to faceplant into some pancakes or host a birthday brunch, here are the best places in Seattle for your favorite weekend meal.
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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.
Brave Horse Tavern
Brave Horse Tavern is a bar in South Lake Union with good food, boozy jello shots, and shuffleboard. It’s hard to have a bad night here.
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