Seven Brunch Spots You Must Try

You’re just going to have to take our word on this — these must-try brunch spots will change your weekend mornings forever.

Red Elm Café:
Hilltop’s neighborhood café, Red Elm, became a fast favorite in Tacoma with its waffle-based concoctions, including the waffle dog and waffled Mozzarella sticks. But the brunch is where Red Elm shines. Order a cup of Caravan Coffee, and dig into a breakfast sandwich. But you’d be remiss not to try the waffle. It is their specialty, after all. Tacoma

Dirty Oscar’s Annex: It’s not much to look at on the outside — or the inside, for that matter — but this Tacoma bar serves up some of the best breakfast we’ve ever had. Order any dish that involves fried chicken, because it is out of this world. Our favorite is the chicken fried steak topped with a fried egg on a bed of crispy potatoes. Tacoma

Hart’s Mesa: There are almost no words …that’s how good this place is. It used to occupy a quaint and unassuming space nestled within Olympia’s residential sector, but it moved early last year to downtown Olympia. If you’re a fan of eggs Benedict, you must try the chipotle Benedict. What really takes this dish to the next level are the fried masa cakes, which replace the traditional English muffin. While you’re at it, get a mimosa. Olympia

Cooks Tavern: You may already know and love Cooks Tavern, but we’d be remiss not to include it in our list. If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, try Cleanup on Aisle 12, which is loaded with spicy veggie hash with poached eggs and fruit on the side. And the pancakes are perfection. Tacoma

Sunbreak Café: Don’t be surprised to find a line out the door on a weekend. This local favorite has been serving up breakfast, soups, and sandwiches that are made from scratch since 1982. Order breakfast (we like the Monte Cristo sandwich served with Ranch and jam), and then get a loaf of banana bread to go. You’ll thank us later. Auburn

Savor Creperie: Located next to UW Tacoma, this gem is a go-to. Though we swear we’ll try something different on the menu, we always revert back to the rosemary chicken with roasted sweet potato. Tacoma

Montamara Kitchen: Located in the heart of Old Town Tacoma, this quaint and cozy restaurant serves up breakfast curated from the freshest ingredients. The chilaquiles are excellent and are served up with crispy corn tortillas piled high with black baked beans, white cheddar, eggs sunny side up, pico, and slices of avocado. Take it up a notch, and add the pulled pork. And the eggs Benedict are hard to beat. Tacoma


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