1. Nice to meet you again Brenda’s SF

    Brenda's SF

    Brenda's SF

    Hangtown Fry

    Brenda's SF

    Crawfish Beignet

    Brenda's SF

    Dungeness Crab Beignet

    Brenda's SF

    Pork Belly with cheesy grits and a poached egg

    Brenda's SF

    Shrimp and cheesy grits

    Brenda's SF

    Brenda's SF

    I fell in love with Brenda’s a few years ago after one of those much-needed morning savory meals. The space was half its current size and the wait was 4 times as long. Not sure if that math makes sense, but the wait was worth it to experience the delicious Flight of Beignets, hangtown fry, and the fried chicken benedict. The meal was exceptionally memorable and I have been yearning to come back.

    During my most recent SF trip to visit family and friends, we were finally able to make it back. My excitement was like being a kid in Toys-R-Us. We went on a Friday morning right before the lunch rush and were able to be seated within 10 minutes…. Victory! I needed a few minutes to settle in, as I was overjoyed with happiness. They’ve really hooked up the space to give it an updated classic New Orleans feel.

    For our order, of course we went with the Flight of Beignets that we modified to consist of 3 beignets filled with dungeness crab (special for that day), crawfish, and apple. We wanted to re-live the previous dining experience but unfortunately the benedicts are only available during the weekend (sad face emoticon). But no worries, as we got the hangtown fry, and since I was feeling special, we ordered the pork belly and cheesy grits.

    The beignets were just as stellar as I remembered. They are one of San Francisco’s best sweet and savory combinations that I’ve had. The hangtown fry was good, with oysters that were plump and plentiful, and bacon that added a smoky flavor. The pork belly cheesy grits were alright. I had high expectations but the dish just fell short. I expected the dish to completely harmonize and be better refined.

    In all, I’m so happy to have gotten reacquainted with Brenda’s. It’s definitely worth trying, especially for the savory brunch lovers. San Francisco is a food playground and the beignets are a must play. 

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  2. A Picturesque Brunch at the SAM

    Taste SAM

    Taste SAM

    SAM Taste

    SAM Taste

    Taste SAM

    Taste SAM

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    Pike Place Seattle

    If you’re feeling city, artsy, and hungry, try a day at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). The brunch at the Taste Restaurant, located on the street level of the SAM, is as delicious as it is convenient.  Since we are dormant SAM members, we made it a priority to spend a weekend day exploring exhibits and using our membership discount for some sustainable food. 

    The TASTE brunch experience was tasty. The dishes are locally sourced from the area’s best suppliers right to your table. I ordered the Croque Madame since I was feeling like something buttery and savory. It included gruyere, smoked ham, and a sunny side egg on top of a brioche bun. I savored every bite for as long as I could. My fiancée went with a festive pork belly succotash. The pork belly was very nicely executed on a bed of squash, beets, and fennels. It was an artistic display of earthy components that reminded me of confetti.

    Though our dishes at the Taste were good, I regretted not ordering the chicken and waffles. Every time one passed by, I couldn’t help but stare and drool at the beautifully constructed work of art. Nevertheless, the brunch experience compliments a day at the museum very well. I consider it one of the better brunches in the Seattle downtown area.

    After the museum, we visited DeLaurenti at the Pike Place Market to munch on the best cookie in Seattle….the massive chocolate chip cookie with whole hazelnuts. If you haven’t had it, check it out! 

    TASTE Restaurant on Urbanspoon

  3. Brunchin’ at the Arabica Lounge

    Seattle Arabica Lounge

    Seattle Arabica Lounge

    Shoutout to food models Voss and Kirsten of Neon Nightmare Vintage, and Alicia

    Seattle Arabica Lounge

    Seattle Arabica Lounge

    Chemex

    Seattle Arabica Lounge

    Pastries

    Seattle Arabica Lounge

    Armadillo (spinach, feta, and onions)

    Seattle Arabica Lounge

    Omelet with fig and goat cheese

    Seattle Arabica Lounge

    Soldier eggs with lava crystals and prosciutto wrapped toast

    Seattle Arabica Lounge

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    Seattle Arabica Lounge

    Arabica Lounge is definitely one of Seattle’s most fun and eclectic eating experiences. The coffee is top notch and the Arabica Lounge is creating quite a buzz with their distinctive brunch and pastries. The setting is creatively cool combining mid-modern and rustic vintage furniture with artistry decor. The owner’s passion is to provide a space for enjoyment, relaxation, and socialization along with delectable food.

    With all the artistic personality bursting in the space, the innovation has also translated into their dishes. The menu is French inspired with a commitment to quality ingredients and presentation. Arabica Lounge is one of those places where I wanted to order everything on the menu and in the pastry window.

    For our meal, we ordered the soldier eggs with prosciutto and the omelet with fig and goat cheese. The soldier eggs dish was visually impressive and whimsical with toy soldiers scaling egg-carton mountains. The presentation was imaginative and Instagram worthy. It was fun dipping the prosciutto wrapped strips of toast into the soft-boiled egg yolk. The deep fig with goat cheese omelet was a stand-out as well. The figs were sweet and nicely contrasted the savory goat cheese in the omelet.   

    We also sampled from an assortment of pastries inspired by the chef’s worldly influences. My favorites were the cardamom shortbread cookie and the armadillo. The cardamom cookie had a nice light flavor with a bit of a bite. The armadillo was a flakey savory pastry filled with spinach, feta, and onions. Also, the Arabica Lounge provides a good selection of gluten free and vegan options to accommodate all patrons.

    During our dining experience, we saw a wide variety of people coming into the Arabica Lounge. From old-time Capitol Hill residents to hipster-cool students, the experience and food appeals to everyone. We had an awesome time and the staff is super friendly and welcoming. Brunch is everyday. 

    Arabica Lounge on Urbanspoon

  4. Good Morning Lola!

    Lola Seattle Brunch

    Seattle Lola Brunch

    Seattle Brunch Lola

    Seattle Brunch Lola

    Seattle Lola

    During the evening, Lola is Tom Douglas’ modern take on Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. In the morning, Lola is one of Seattle’s most flavorful, well-executed brunch spots. 

    At Lola, you can treat yourself to one of its many standout items on the menu. My favorite dish is the Eggs Benedict. The dill gives the hollandaise sauce nice character that compliments well with the perfectly poached eggs and tasty biscuits. It also comes with a side of garlic smashed potatoes that were cooked and seasoned with herbs very nicely. These potatoes could probably be one my favorite side dishes.  The other dishes ordered were the omelet and the pancakes with sausage and vanilla mascarpone. My other go-to item at Lola is their made-to-order donuts (not pictured) that come out nice and warm with jam and mascarpone. So good!

    I liked Lola so much that I made it #2 on FH206 brunch picks in Seattle.  As a side note, you can make reservations for Lola on OpenTable to avoid the wait.

    Lola on Urbanspoon

  5. Wondering about the Wandering Goose?

    Wandering Goose

    Wandering Goose Seattle

    Wandering Goose Seattle

    Wandering Goose Seattle

    Wandering Goose Seattle

    Hangtown fry

    The Wandering Goose Seattle

    Wandering Goose

    Wandering Goose

    Wandering Goose

    Wonder no more….. The Wandering Goose is the newest Southern inspired brunch spot where many Seattleites have been filing in, week in and week out. Located on the eastside of Capitol Hill, the Wandering Goose is a charming vintage breakfast café that serves food in a setting that is both a socially relaxed dining experience and a delectable grab-and-go spot.

    After realizing we had to join the queue and order at the counter, our first thought was to quickly claim a table as the restaurant was pretty packed. For our order, we went with the recommendations of the hangtown fry and the veggie plate. The hangtown fry was an intricate combination of savory tastiness served in a skillet of fried oysters, pork belly, a poached egg, and potatoes. The veggie plate was a delicious option as well, as we got try the mac & cheese (my weakness), and have our veggie fix of collared greens and peas. To top it off, the veggie plate also came with the shop’s signature biscuit.

    The Wandering Goose definitely hits its mark by serving food that is comfortable, affordable, and satisfying. The Friday Supper will be next on my list of wanders. 

    The Wandering Goose on Urbanspoon

  6. Plowing My Brunch at Plow

    Plow San Francisco

    Plow San Francisco

    Plow San Francisco

    Ready to plow

    Plow San Francisco

    Plow brunch fresh pork sausage, eggs your way, potatoes, and almond pancakes

    Plow San Francisco

    Dungeness crab scramble

    Plow San Francisco

    I plowed through my brunch at Plow in San Francisco.  Plow is one of the most poppin’ weekday brunch spots in the city.  The food is new american that is done very well, fresh, simple, and flavorful.  Plow makes this section of Potrero Hill a foodie’s paradise.

    The Plow breakfast gives you the best of both words (sweet & savory) with fresh pork sausage, almond pancakes (or lemon), eggs your way, and the crispiest flavorful potatoes you can have.  We also got the dungeness crab scramble which was delicious as well.  I’m glad I was able to plow here. 

    Plow on Urbanspoon

  7. Viewtastic Brunch at the Cliff House Bistro

    Cliff House Bistro

    Cliff House Bistro

    Popovers for breakfast

    Cliff House Bistro

    Eggs San Francisco (rendition of Eggs Benedict)

    Cliff House Bistro

    French Toast with Apple and Bacon

    Cliff House Bistro

    Seafood Omelette

    Cliff House Bistro

    Viewtastic from the table

    Cliff House Bistro

    The Cliff House Bistro is one of San Francisco’s most fantastic and viewtastic brunch experiences. It provides classic old school California charm with a warm nostalgic feel. 

    The brunch started off with fresh buttery popovers that were so amazing. Then for the main course we had the Eggs San Francisco (their version of Crab Eggs Benedict) and the French Toast with bacon. I must say, the Eggs SF was way too delicious with fresh meaty crab, perfectly poached eggs, and a nice sauce. I was sad to have to share half of it with my fiancee, nevertheless the French Toast with bacon was a good choice too. It’s wonderful to have a good meal and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I can live this lifestyle everyday.

    The Cliff House Bistro was great recommendation from my fiancee’s uncle and aunt. It is the Nordstrom Rack version of the Cliff House Sutro, but still had first class in food, service, and views. 

    Sutro's at the Cliff House on Urbanspoon

  8. Oeufs plats, jambon et fromage (Baked eggs and ham on some gruyere)

Sausage served on radicchio, oranges and candied walnuts

Pate

Older folks enjoying their Sunday

Younger folks hippin’ out the spot.

Le Pichet 
Le Pichet comes pretty real in Seattle. We came here because of our upcoming Europe trip and it being highly recommended by the homies Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert.
Le Pichet is a charming, rustic, French restaurant located in Pike Place Market. The prices are reasonable and has a full audience of diners from the OGs to the hip 20 somethings. For brunch we got the two baked eggs with ham and guyere’ which sounded fancy and tasted nicely. Also we got the pater and sausage with radicchio. A wonderful dining experience that is quite different from any other Seattle spots.  
Also their fromage game is solid and they serve Cafe Vita coffee! 
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    Oeufs plats, jambon et fromage (Baked eggs and ham on some gruyere)

    Le Pichet

    Sausage served on radicchio, oranges and candied walnuts

    Le Pichet Pate

    Pate

    Older folks enjoying their Sunday

    Older folks enjoying their Sunday

    Le Pichet

    Younger folks hippin’ out the spot.

    Le Pichet Signs

    Le Pichet 

    Le Pichet comes pretty real in Seattle. We came here because of our upcoming Europe trip and it being highly recommended by the homies Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert.

    Le Pichet is a charming, rustic, French restaurant located in Pike Place Market. The prices are reasonable and has a full audience of diners from the OGs to the hip 20 somethings. For brunch we got the two baked eggs with ham and guyere’ which sounded fancy and tasted nicely. Also we got the pater and sausage with radicchio. A wonderful dining experience that is quite different from any other Seattle spots.  

    Also their fromage game is solid and they serve Cafe Vita coffee! 

    Le Pichet on Urbanspoon

  9. 

Alcove Cafe & Bakery
The perfect hip social LA brunch spot with outdoor seating. Why not dine with your sunglasses on, I love it. A people watching like environment and the crowd is plentiful. We ordered the steak benedict, crab benedict, and the poached eggs over lox. All dishes were good but not the best LA has to offer. I would recommend going here for a solid brunch and the whole hanging out experience.
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    Alcove Cafe & Bakery

    The perfect hip social LA brunch spot with outdoor seating. Why not dine with your sunglasses on, I love it. A people watching like environment and the crowd is plentiful. We ordered the steak benedict, crab benedict, and the poached eggs over lox. All dishes were good but not the best LA has to offer. I would recommend going here for a solid brunch and the whole hanging out experience.

    Alcove Cafe & Bakery/Big Bar on Urbanspoon

  10. KTCHN DTLA
This is the LA brunch spot to be at. It’s a hip crowd with a hipster approach to food. I believe it has a rotating menu serving a handful of dishes each day, keeping your pallete on its toes. I had the high quality country fried steak with fried eggs and some pickled garnish. Very big fan! Please note, this spot is located in the back of an office building. 
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    KTCHN DTLA

    This is the LA brunch spot to be at. It’s a hip crowd with a hipster approach to food. I believe it has a rotating menu serving a handful of dishes each day, keeping your pallete on its toes. I had the high quality country fried steak with fried eggs and some pickled garnish. Very big fan! Please note, this spot is located in the back of an office building. 

    KTCHN DTLA @ The Gorbals on Urbanspoon

  11. Egg Slut
I had the turkey sausage with fried egg on Brioche… Oh my…this experience was well enjoyed.  Also try out Commissary next door for some solid coffee.
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    Egg Slut

    I had the turkey sausage with fried egg on Brioche… Oh my…this experience was well enjoyed.  Also try out Commissary next door for some solid coffee.

    Egg Slut Truck on Urbanspoon

  12. Serious Biscuit
Why so serious?  Cause these breakfast sandwiches are the truth.  I usually go with the Zach which is the fried chicken egg bacon biscuit with tabasco gravy.  However its quite hefty.  So my go to is the sausage fennel with egg and pepper relish (pictured).  Seriously one of the best breakfast sandwiches in Seattle.
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    Serious Biscuit

    Why so serious?  Cause these breakfast sandwiches are the truth.  I usually go with the Zach which is the fried chicken egg bacon biscuit with tabasco gravy.  However its quite hefty.  So my go to is the sausage fennel with egg and pepper relish (pictured).  Seriously one of the best breakfast sandwiches in Seattle.

    Serious Biscuit on Urbanspoon

  13. Ham cracklins with black truffle fondue

King Crab Hash
Corned Duck Hash




The Coterie Room (brunch)
The McCrackens have got the Coterie Room Cracken!  The food is really good, clean, and detailed.  The cooking technique is modern, innovative and progressive.  
And the space! It is infused with decadence, exquisiteness and tons of character in each detail, this ought to be one of the most beautiful dining experiences in Seattle.  
Extensive Yelp Review
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    Ham cracklins with black truffle fondue

    King Crab Hash

    Corned Duck Hash

    The Coterie Room (brunch)

    The McCrackens have got the Coterie Room Cracken!  The food is really good, clean, and detailed.  The cooking technique is modern, innovative and progressive.  

    And the space! It is infused with decadence, exquisiteness and tons of character in each detail, this ought to be one of the most beautiful dining experiences in Seattle.  

    Extensive Yelp Review

    The Coterie Room on Urbanspoon