Brunch at Earls (above) and Lot No. 3’s Smoking Pig Bloody Mary (below)
BRUNCH OF CHAMPIONS ... and adult beverages, too By Haley Shapley the most important meal of the day gets its due at these tasty spots for breakfast and brunch:
CLASSIC DINERS For breakfast, sometimes nothing beats comfort. The wood-paneled Chace’s Pancake Corral knows a thing or two about nostalgia, having served up favorites like banana pancakes and pecan waffles since 1958. You can also get the neighborhood feel at The Brief Encounter, a cozy cafe with a sign proclaiming that “all happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast”—its roots also date back more than half a century.
INTERNATIONAL OPTIONS Enjoy the tastes of other countries’ cuisines at places like Paddy Coyne’s Irish Pub— you can’t go wrong on Saturday and Sunday with the hearty Irish Breakfast, including a traditional plate of bangers, black and white pudding, and more. And, in Factoria, brunch makes the rounds in the form of dim sum—think savory dumplings stuffed with cilantro and shrimp, steamed hum bao, and beef shiu mai— at local favorite Top Gun Seafood Restaurant.
A BEVy OF BRUNCH BEVERAGES The food at Eques, inside Bellevue Place, seriously belies its hotel setting. Pair regionally
bellevue visitor guide 2014
inspired dishes like Snoqualmie Oats Pancakes (with a blood orange cream that might inspire you to lick the plate) with a $3 mimosa or fragrant pear cider. Or sidle up to a DIY Bloody Mary bar on weekends. Speaking of bloody Sunday, at industrialchic Lot No. 3, the morning claims-to-fame are the candied Plate O’ Bacon and seven types of Bloody Marys. And Canadian import Earls brings to the States our northern neighbor’s signature drink: the Caesar (vodka, Clamato, and spices).
GRAB-AND-GO GO-TOS If you don’t have time to linger over a meal, there’s still plenty to be had. Pick up a bagel at Blazing Bagels—there are more than two dozen varieties—or drop into Top Pot Doughnuts, where the sweet smell of sugar and bread coaxes you toward the hand-forged delights. Next door, Jujubeet offers up a minimalist environment and healthy smoothies, which you can also get at Evolution Fresh juice bar (press a button on the counter to get the menu to appear on the wall). Blazing Bagels 555 108th Ave ne, Ste C; blazing bagels.com the Brief encounter 2632 Bellevue Way Chace’s Pancake Corral 1606 Bellevue Way Se earls 700 Bellevue Way ne, Ste 130; earls.ca eques 900 Bellevue Way ne evolution Fresh 545A Bellevue Way; evolutionfresh.com Jujubeet 10602 ne ninth pl; jujubeet.com lot no. 3 460 106th Ave ne; lotno3.com Paddy Coyne’s irish Pub 700 Bellevue Way ne, Ste 100; paddycoynes.net top Gun seafood restaurant 12450 Se 38th St; topgunrestaurants.com top Pot Doughnuts 10600 ne ninth pl; toppotdoughnuts.com
in ahead-of-the-curve Bellevue, fast food goes gourmet with eats that won’t skimp on speed or flavor. Don’t expect to find greasy burgers and flash-fried potatoes at the lavender-painted drive-through stand in Factoria. instead, organic juice bar pours a rainbow array of juiced-toorder blends, ginger teas, and organic coffees. Try the fruity, grapefruit-laden pink Sour or the all-about-veg green Slim, infused with kale and cucumber. A slice may seem just like standard fast-food fare, unless it’s coming from old Bellevue’s mercato stellina. The pizzeria tops quick-fired, brick-oven pizzas with a variety of epicurean fixings: think porchetta, farm eggs, pears, and truffle oil. Want good eats to come to you? Pho cyclo café, on the east side of downtown, brings pho—steaming beef broth swimming with noodles and flank steak—to the people. Banh mi sandwiches, crispy and chewy baguettes packed with charbroiled pork or sautéed chicken, are also available for delivery. For the epitome of grab-and-go gourmet, turn to the food trucks. el maestro del taco devotees line up across from the Crossroads parking lot to order rave-worthy tacos, tortas, and burritos filled with classic pollo and asada as well as cabeza (cheek) and lengua (tongue). And check online to see when skillet street food is in town, serving elevated comfort food—a fried-chicken sandwich topped with jalapeño aioli and kale slaw, or a grass-fed beef burger slathered with smoky bacon jam—from a gleaming Airstream trailer. —Angela Cabotaje el maestro del taco 156th Ave ne and ne eighth St mercato stellina 10000 Main St, Ste 104; mercatostellina.com organic Juice Bar 3727 Factoria Blvd Se Pho Cyclo Café 500 108th Ave ne; phocyclocafe.com skillet street Food skilletstreetfood.com
Pho cyclo café
CloCkWiSe FroM Top leFT: CourTeSy eArlS, CourTeSy pHo CyClo CAFé, CourTeSy loT no. 3
The NEW Fast Food