I am up for some fresh reports on the weekend breakfast scene in Seattle. As a starter, here's a report on my three current favorites:
The Luna Cafe: A little cafe, a couple of months new in our neighborhood, Seward Park. The Luna Cafe is located just kitty corner from the Seward Park PCC on Wilson. Luna Cafe is a clean, bright, beautifully designed space in a curving half moon shape. The first time my bf took me there, I was groggy and not too happy about going to a new place, but the coffee, even for my been there done that Seattle coffee palate, was literally the most delicious cup of drip coffee I have ever consumed. I am a drip-coffee-only gal, so this is saying something. Maybe because the coffee was served out of gorgeous Italian hand painted cermaic mugs, but even with my eyes closed, the taste of that coffee was just superb. I happily ate an almond croissant with the coffee and cheered right up. I loved the fact that even though this was a pretty yuppie looking place on the outside, there was a table of older women from the neighborhood sitting together, happily talking and drinking coffee. The next time we went in, there was a group of young men, Orthodox Jews, wearing yamulkes, talking earnestly. On another visit, there was a young man with his child drinking hot chocolate at the table next to us. Nice ambience, nice folks in there.
The third time we went, I had a delicious plate of their breakfast special, light, fluffy scambled eggs with portabello mushrooms, fresh spinach, fresh tomatoes and cheese. It was served with fresh melon and lightly spiced grated hashbrowns for $5.75. Very simple, hot, and delicious. There is something about that place that makes me glad to be a part of the neighborhood.
The Both Ways Cafe: Again, this is a very small neighborhood place, located on the corner of 51st South and Genesee. Picnic tables outside on the sidewalk, usually with families or groups of slow moving folks stretched out on them. Great coffee, very decent breakfast, fabulous biscuits. The best thing about any of the breakfasts is the fact that you can get a fluffy homemade biscuit with honey and butter instead of toast. When I am in the mood for a bacon and eggs, or ham and scrambled, or french toast, that's the place.
Coastal Kitchen: After a couple of overpriced disappointments in the past year, I had a truly fabulous breakfast this morning at the Coastal K, and it was well worth the price of $7.75 for a "Cuban Pete's". Wow...something NEW AND DIFFERENT for breakfast. Cuban Pete's is a plate of eggs scrambled with the most sumputous ingredients, and it tasted unlike any egg dish I have ever eaten. I can't remember all that was in it, but there were small chunks of perfectly ripe avocado, diced sweet potatoes, anchoe (sp?)and some sort of cheese,with other mystery ingredients, served with fried, spiced plantains and flour tortillas. I kept trying to figure out how I could make it at home, but couldn't fathom it. How did they make it so delicious? Usually I can ferret out the recipe just by eating..but not this time. Oh, and we are talking about a MOUNTAIN of food, it would be easy to split the order with a friend. My daughter had the regular pancakes, which were perfectly, perfectly cooked, and my bf had the guava-macadamia nut pancakes and sausage with habanero pepper in it. His pancakes were good,very fruit juicy light, just a little sweet to my taste, and the sausage was hotter than fire in the mouth. We are a family that shares bites!
Okay, your turn, and I would especially like to know about cafes that prepare and serve perfectly cooked pancakes...I have had so many pancakes (including my own) that look perfect golden brown on the outside and are either rubbery tough or just a tad gooey in the middle.
Thanks for reading to the end...sorry to be so long winded, but this chow-ess takes her breakfast very seriously!