South Sound Brunch

Brunch. The mouthwatering combination of breakfast and lunch invites diners to gather mid-morning until mid-afternoon to sip bright mimosas and spicy Bloody Marys and devour brioche French toast swimming in syrup. With a growing number of restaurants attracting customers with their signature brunch offerings, it’s no surprise even dinner-only establishments are opening their doors for the beloved meal.

Netshed No. 9 
3313 Harborview Drive 
Down by the water is the popular Netshed No. 9. Diners wait in line for an indoor table or dine al fresco, savoring the fluffy sourdough and ricotta pancakes and Portuguese sausage-stuffed biscuits. If you like it hot, try the house-made hot sauce on your favorite dish. If you have room left over, order the maple bacon cinnamon rolls. If you don’t have room, order it anyway for later!

Kelly’s Café and Espresso 
7806 Pioneer Way 
Buzzing every weekend, Kelly’s Café and Espresso serves diners homemade favorites. Try the corned beef hash: shredded corned beef tossed with golden hash browns and green onions. For a spin on a classic, try the green eggs and ham: eggs scrambled in homemade pesto, with ripe tomatoes and salty ham topped with Parmesan cheese.

Devoted Kiss Café
8809 North Harborview Drive
With pastries from Essential Baking Company and Cutters Point handcrafted coffee, Devoted Kiss Café has some of the best local offerings paired with hot plates and a scenic view. Favorites include roasted pulled pork eggs Benedict and spring vegetable and egg burrito with pepperjack cheese. 

Photo courtesy Darby’s Cafe via Facebook

Darby’s Café. Photo courtesy Darby’s Cafe via Facebook


New Moon Cooperative Cafe
113 Fourth Ave. W.
Catering to both meat-eaters and vegans, New Moon Cooperative Café serves up delicious plates every day of the week. Try the Nisqually, with wild-caught smoked salmon, spinach, and chevre omelet, or the Cali, two eggs atop herbed rice medallions with layers of bacon, avocado, and green onions. For vegans, there’s the Wildcat — marinated tempeh sautéed with onions, peppers, and mushrooms towering over rosemary garlic home fries.

Iron Rabbit Restaurant and Bar
2103 Harrison Ave. NW.
A family friendly restaurant on Olympia’s Westside, Iron Rabbit takes a creative spin on classics such as the Thai Benedict, two poached eggs and tomato slices steaming over rice and spring greens with coconut curry sauce. Another crowd pleaser is the Mediterranean Lamb Omelet, with lamb sausage, sundried tomatoes, red onion, chevre, and kalamata olives.

Darby’s Café
600 Franklin St. S.E.
With vibrant colors plastering the walls and rich flavors on the plate, Darby’s Café is a brunch mecca for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. The restaurant starred in Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Choose from one of the popular dishes, like the Oysters Creole: hand-dipped chicken fried oysters, grilled red pepper, and poached eggs on an English muffin smothered in a creamy creole sauce. Another winner is the Violet Tendencies Scramble, bacon, red cabbage, beets, red onion, and blue cheese scrambled with either eggs or egg substitutes.


The Hangar Inn. Photo courtesy Mikal W. via Yelp

The Hangar Inn. Photo courtesy Mikal W. via Yelp

Crockett’s Public House
118 E. Stewart Ave.
Also seen on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, Crockett’s Public House boasts a slew of original recipes. Go for the Dungeness crab hash with crispy Yukon gold potatoes, onions, red peppers, Brussels sprouts, poached eggs, and a tangy lemon hollandaise. If you’re in the mood for a classic dish, opt for Crockett’s Biscuits and Gravy, house-made spicy sausage gravy slathered on fair scones and sprinkled with chives.

The Hangar Inn
16919 Meridian Ave. E.
Watch small planes take off and land from Thun Field while you enjoy your brunch at The Hangar Inn. Try the omelets with a variety of fillings and combinations. A favorite is the Monte Cristo omelet, with juicy ham, turkey, and cheese served with crispy hash browns and toast. The combination omelet is another local favorite, with salty ham, cheese, diced tomatoes, onions, crispy bacon, sausage, and mushrooms.

Charlie’s Restaurant & Lounge
113 East Main St.
A local watering hole, Charlie’s is your spot for good old-fashioned country cooking. Don’t miss the signature breakfast special, Gayle’s prime rib hash. Chunks of prime rib and crispy red potatoes sit beneath two eggs, paired with a homemade biscuit. For something sweet, try a griddle favorite, two slices of hand-dipped French toast with eggs and crispy bacon.


Lobster Shop
4015 Ruston Way
Voted one of South Sound magazine readers’ favorite brunch spots, this restaurant is a must visit. Every Sunday you’ll find chilled prawns, crab legs, smoked salmon, oyster shooters, steamed clams and mussels, made-to-order omelets, and a carving station with prime rib and ham. You won’t even want dinner.

Montamara. Photo by Rachel Coward

Montamara. Photo by Rachel Coward

Montamara Kitchen
2208 N. 30th St.
Situated in Old Town, Montamara serves up tasty Bennys (eggs Benedict) and brunch classics six days a week. Try the California Benny. Crisp bacon, fresh tomatoes, creamy avocado, and poached eggs stand tall on a toasted English muffin, finished with house-made hollandaise. Another favorite is the Croque Madame, grilled ham and melted Gruyere on ciabatta served with sunny-side-up eggs and velvety béchamel.

Dirty Oscar’s Annex
2309 Sixth Ave.
Although known for its evening scene, Dirty Oscar’s Annex knows a thing or two about brunch. A dish to try is the smoked pork and chorizo bowl, with black beans, Mahon cheese, roasted chilies, onion, avocado, salsa verde, cilantro, juicy eggs, and tortillas. For a sweet and crunchy treat, try the Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast with candied pecans and cinnamon whip cream.


The Windmill Bistro. Photo courtesy Yelp

The Windmill Bistro. Photo courtesy Yelp

The Windmill Bistro
16009 60th St. E.
The Windmill Bistro sits near the Windmill Garden Nursery, offering diners charming service and delicious fare. Try the Windmill scramble with eggs, smoked salmon, home fries, ripe tomatoes, pesto, and Brie paired with a fresh scone. Another favorite is the breakfast dip — grilled sourdough with two over-hard eggs, chicken fried steak, and cheddar cheese served with house gravy.

The Buttered Biscuit
1014 North St.
The Buttered Biscuit, with homemade pastries as its specialty, offers local favorites as early as 6 a.m. Stop in for house favorites like the Angelia wrap, a tortilla chock-full of artichokes, avocado, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, scrambled eggs, cheddar, and mozzarella finished with a dollop of sour cream. The house-made biscuit is featured in dishes like the Aristotle, a mile-high biscuit topped with poached eggs, gyro meat, zucchini, tomato, feta, Swiss, tzatziki, and Parmesan, topped off with hollandaise, made with real butter and heavy cream.

Federal Way/Des Moines



28201 Redondo Beach Drive S.
With its panoramic view of the Puget Sound and Olympic mountains, Salty’s offers the best of the Northwest, with breathtaking scenery and fine cuisine. You’ll be spoiled with classic hot breakfast dishes, a carving station, seasonal fruits, salads, seafood bar, baked specialties, and a chocolate fountain. Opt for the made-to-order crepes with brandy-soaked Yakima Valley cherries, or All Spice and Whiskey-soaked Washington apples.

Biscuits Café
35105 Enchanted Parkway S.
Biscuits Café has been serving satisfied customers since 2014. Choose from classic or sweet potato waffles with golden chicken tenders for your chicken and waffles. If you’re craving chocolate, indulge in the chocolate chip pancakes, topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup!

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