Brunch isn't just for hip singles and childless couples who have time to stand in line. These six spots offer a dynamite weekend brunch that passes the family-friendly test, with kid perks such as giant cinnamon buns, cornflake-encrusted waffles and an in-house bookstore.
Pomegranate Bistro, Redmond
Redmond lays claim to several good Indian restaurants, but it also happens to have one of the best brunches on the Eastside. And fortunately, the huge, bustling space at Pomegranate Bistro can fit everyone, though lines aren’t uncommon on weekends. What’s the draw? Well, for starters, the giant cinnamon bun that’s the size of your child’s head. The kids' brunch menu includes a choice of either a pancake platter (served with bacon and fresh fruit) or a “TV brunch” that includes a scrambled egg, piece of bacon, fresh fruit and toast and jam (jams are homemade and swoon-worthy). Adults, meanwhile, can try dishes such as artisan French toast made with a merengue-nut streusel and sour orange curd, or hash with roasted root vegetables, herbs, eggs and corned beef. Remember: everything here is super-sized, so plan to share
— and save.
Details: 18005 N.E. 68th St., Redmond
190 Sunset, Edmonds
Edmonds' vibrant downtown and waterfront offer lots of family fun; fuel up first with a brunch at the new kid in town: 190 Sunset. Owned by Tom Budnick, the slick spot turns into a fun adult hangout at night, but has been getting rave reviews for brunch, too. The morning menu stars a ”build your own Benedict” option; buttermilk pancakes with caramelized bananas and amaretto-maple sauce; and biscuits and gravy. Or make a meal out of the sides, from housemade pastries and biscuits to thick cuts of bacon and sausage.
Details: 190 Sunset Ave., Edmonds
No one can resist a restaurant that specializes in waffles — especially when they’re this good. With a locations in Belltown and Capitol Hill, Sweet Iron Waffles serves up fluffy brioche concoctions in original Belgian style that get topped with sweet delights like Nutella, chocolate, and even an entire ice cream sundae! Savory choices for waffles range from brie and basil to roast turkey breast and Havarti cheese. There are also yogurt and chia parfaits and waffles to take home, dipped in chocolate and/or frozen for later. The fun-casual interior is bright and perfect for families.
Details: 1200 Third Ave., Seattle; 1415 10th Ave., Seattle
Feed Co Burgers, Seattle
This Central District outpost of the flagship Redmond spot just added brunch to its burger-centric menu. Kids will dig items such as Cornflake-crusted French toast while parents can indulge in more gourmet options like steak and eggs with mushrooms, onions and Gruyere. Adventurous eaters should try the Loco Moco, a Korean dish of charred bok choy rice topped with a bim (rice) patty, fried egg, gravy and togarashi spice. It’s comfort food at its best. The counter service is fast, and there are plenty of tables at which to feast.
Details: 1190 24th Ave., Seattle
Cycene Kitchen, Seattle
Combine a visit to Pike Place Market with brunch at this new southern spot where you can order at the counter, but cozy up in a comfy booth or a window-side table. Orders arrive fast (so no long waits for impatient kiddos) and the menu includes sandwiches and grits, layered or topped with the likes of Cajun sausage or thick-cut ham. Children will likely go for the double-grilled cheese sandwich. Follow up with ice cream from Shug’s Soda Fountain next door if you have room, or market-shopping to walk off the calories.
Details: 1523 First Ave., Seattle; 206-617-6838
Books and brunch go together like bacon and eggs and, if the kids get bored as you linger over your mimosa, they can mosey over to the bookstore: Raconteur is located inside Third Place Books. The restaurant just started offering brunch inside the beautiful space with a vaulted roof, with a menu including Belgian waffles, egg dishes, chicken and waffles, corned beef hash, burgers and more. Kids can also make a meal of cheap sides: sausages, coffeecake and twice-baked potatoes. Be sure to check out the events before heading over. Many famous authors make the rounds here and a reading could be a highlight of your post-brunch afternoon.
Details: 5041 Wilson Ave. S., Seattle
If your brood isn’t into a long, sit-down meal, a stop at a local bakery for treats to eat there or take to a local park makes a good brunch-lite option. Here are three of our favorites:
Le Reve: Queen Anne doesn’t often draw people outside of the neighborhood, but the locals know that they have one of the city’s finest bakeries. Specializing in French pastries in a charming location that looks like a Queen Anne home, Le Reve turns out savory and sweet croissants to rival any in the city, as well as a fine Croque Madame and Croque Monsieur. Also find tarts, cakes, cookies and a darn delicious kouign amann. 1805 Queen Anne Ave. N. #100, Seattle
Fuji Bakery: Interbay, the no man’s land-like stretch between Elliott Avenue and Nickerson Street, is the original home of Fuji (there’s also a spot in the ID), a Japanese bakery serving Asian-influenced items like green tea croissants, melon pan or azuki bean donuts. You can also stick with French classics such as clafoutis or pomme turnovers. Or, for kids, the PB&J donut. 1030 Elliott Ave. W.
Byen Bakeri: Interbay is also home to this sweet bakery that recalls Seattle’s Scandinavian roots with baked goods such as stollen, kringle and cardamom raisin rolls. 5 Nickerson St., Seattle