The infamous, candy-colored neon sign, visible from afar atop a small bluff dotted with trees, is Tacoma’s iconic restaurant: Stanley & Seafort’s. Perched just off East Thirty-Fourth Street and surrounded by ribbons of pavement, the beloved restaurant has sweeping views of Tacoma and the waterfront.
Since its founding in 1981 by Seattle restaurant king Richard Komen, Stanley & Seafort’s has been a special gathering place. As the city has grown and evolved around it, the eatery has remained a mainstay for locals. It’s well-known as a dinner spot for special, candlelit meals, but you’d be remiss not to pop in on a weekend for brunch.
It was calm at 10: 30 a.m. when Stanley & Seafort’s opened for the day. The usual dinner crowd wasn’t in for hours, which makes the space feel more intimate — like the views are there just for you. The menu boasts a mixture of lunch and breakfast favorites: oysters on a half shell with house-made Bloody Mary cocktail sauce, salads peppered with Dungeness crab and poached jumbo prawns, American Wagyu Sirloin, eggs benedict, and prime rib hash, to name a few. But a couple of the real brunch showstoppers are the chilaquiles rancheros and the blueberry muffin French toast.
Executive Chef Tony Radelich joined the team at Stanley’s just shy of a year ago, and began in the restaurant industry 20 years ago. He describes the brunch menu as a curation of all of “your favorite comfort foods with a few interesting twists.” Everything on the menu is made from scratch and is sourced locally as often as possible.
The chilaquiles rancheros is one of his favorites. The layered dish is stabilized by three, crisp tortillas and bursts with flavor. The melody of slow-cooked pulled pork, black beans, queso fresco, chipotle tomato sauce, an egg, and diced avocado salsa, off-set by the crunch of the fried tortillas, is truly something special. We recommend it be paired with the Bloody Mary, which is poured in a tall glass with fresh-made mix and garnished with peppers and jumbo green olives.
If you’re feeling a little indulgent, order a plate of the blueberry muffin French toast. The bread is dipped in a ginger
beer batter, fried, and topped in a blueberry sauce, powdered sugar, fresh blueberries, and a good dollop of whipped cream. It’s massive and so satisfying. Cheers forks and share it with a friend, or order it for yourself and chow down. Of course, it’s not truly brunch unless a mimosa is on the table, and
the libation goes perfectly with this French toast: The citrus balances the sweetness. Radelich said you also shouldn’t leave without trying the cured pork loin Canadian bacon, which can be ordered as a side dish.
Stanley & Seafort’s is a special piece of Tacoma, and the thoughtful preparation of every meal is part of what makes the experience so memorable.
“Our team’s commitment to providing world class dining experiences to our guest, along with our extensive menu and the breathtaking views of downtown Tacoma and Commencement Bay all come together and bring something special that creates an atmosphere that is impossible to replicate,” said General Manager Scott Diaz.
Next time you’re musing weekend plans, consider this unmatched staple. Whether you’re a longtime costumer or have yet to walk through its double doors, we’re certain your love for breakfast will reignite at Stanley & Seaforts.