July 23

Weekend Eats

Fight off the Sunday scaries at these neighborhood brunch spots.

Fast casual lunches and food truck fare have long been the standard in buzzing SLU, but the neighborhood dining scene has leveled up over the years. Weekday business has always sustained restaurants in SLU, and now more establishments are capturing the brunch crowd as residency increases in the area. Easy parking on weekends and less-dense crowds compared to other Seattle hoods makes SLU an attractive place to sip mimosas and nosh on brunch fare.

Check out these five SLU restaurants for your next big brunch plans.

Skillet Regrade
This Seattle classic serves up hearty comfort food in a modern diner environment. The avocado breakfast burrito or the made-to-order doughnut holes are delicious options, but if you’ve never been, Skillet’s fried chicken and waffles are a must-order. 2050 Sixth Ave.

For an elevated dining experience, head to 2120. Its menu is dotted with an assortment of benedicts (the spicy coppa with oven-roasted tomato hits the spot), scrambles, and entrees like an oxtail hash. Plus, oysters! 2120 Sixth Ave.

Jack’s BBQ
Jack Timmons’ Texas-inspired barbecue meatery serves breakfast tacos during the week, but amps up its morning fare on weekends with chilequiles, banana-pecan pancakes, jalapeno-cheddar biscuits, and more. Don’t miss Jack’s Southern-inspired drink menu, too (the Texmosa features sparkling wine and smoked orange juice). 228 Ninth Ave.

Henry’s Tavern
You can find typical breakfast fare like eggs benedict and a classic breakfast with eggs and bacon at Henry’s Tavern, but don’t sleep on the Dutch baby pancakes. Henry’s offers a sweet version (made with house-made lemon curd) and a savory version (served with prosciutto, a sunny egg, brie, creamy gorgonzola sauce, and arugula. 501 Fairview Ave.

Wild Ginger Mckenzie
The Sunday-only brunch at Wild Ginger Mckenzie has a dim sum menu on offer with har gao (shrimp dumplings), Thai rice cakes, shrimp rice rolls, and banana sticky rice. An enticing array of main dishes like the sri lankan string hoppers (a traditional breakfast meal with house made noodles and chicken curry) or the puttu (coconut and rice flour cake with a vegetarian curry sauce and house made sambal) round out the menu. 2202B Eighth Ave.

Story by Ethan Chung and photograph by Ryan Carlson.

At The Center

SLU is the geographical center of Seattle