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I just learned that Harvest Vine will no longer be serving weekend brunch, with the occasional exception of special holiday weekends like Easter. The last regular weekend brunch will be served on Sunday, December 28. This is a real loss since so many brunches consist of badly cooked, rubbery, overstuffed omelets and other similar mediocre fare. So what are the Seattle alternatives to the usual boring brunch menus? Dim sum, yes, but I wish Seattle had better quality dim sum. There are some acceptable options in Seattle, but they suffer by comparison to the best dim sum in other West Coast locales like the Greater Vancouver, BC Area, the Bay Area, and the Greater Los Angeles Area (particularly the San Gabriel Valley). When people have asked me to recommend a weekend brunch in Seattle, I would often suggest Revel for its interesting Asian fusion fare and Harvest Vine for its breakfast-inflected take on Basque pintxos. Yes, I know that some feel that the food at Harvest Vine isn’t as good as it was when Chef Joseba Jimeniz de Jimenez was cooking there. But my wife and I would often enjoy spending a lazy weekend morning or early afternoon at the bar at Harvest Vine, eating things like Huevos a la Flamenca with Spanish chorizo, Serrano ham and piquillo peppers, and Calabaza Relleno con Morcilla (blood sausage stuffed delicata squash with poached egg and piquillo vinaigrette), and bacalao (salt cod) croquettes, accompanied by a glass or two of cava. Alas, no more. .
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