Best Ballard Brunch Spots
With its strollable streets, cute local shops, and neighborhood charm, it’s no wonder Ballard is a destination for brunchers all over the city. Here are some of our favorite Ballard brunch spots:
Sabine Café - If Ballard brunch outdoor seating is your thing, grab a seat on the heated covered patio and settle in for one of the most delicious brunches around. The menu includes brunch mainstays, like pancakes and egg sandwiches, as well as Mediterranean-inspired dishes, like Turkish Eggs, Lamb and Chickpea Stew, and Beet Labneh. Craft cocktails turn it into a special event, even if it’s just any old Sunday.
The Fat Hen - The menu at this diminutive brunch spot is small but mighty, with specialty toasts (Welsh Toast, with pineapple chutney, Black Forest ham, beer cheese, cage-free eggs, and herbs is a favorite), variations on eggs benedict (the smoked salmon option is a nod to the neighborhood’s Scandinavian roots), and a destination-worthy shakshuka.
Hattie's Hat - This legendary spot has been serving the Ballard neighhorhood for over 100 years! A beloved "dive bar", brunch favorites at Hattie's Hat include their Bloody Mary's (they offer seven different types to choose from) and Hattie's famous Chicken Fried Chicken smothered in Country Gravy and served with 2 Eggs.
Rachel’s Bagels & Burritos - Sometimes you just want a good old-fashioned bagel (or bagel sandwich) for brunch—but what if your fellow brunchers are in the mood for breakfast burritos? Rachel’s has you covered for both, as well as biscuit sandwiches, a classic Caesar salad, coffee, and more. Casual and fun, this one is ideal for a Ballard weekday brunch.
Sazon - There’s a time and place for precious, dainty brunch dishes, but when you’re craving stick-to-your ribs fare that’s full of flavor, they simply don’t cut it. Luckily, Sazon is ready to serve you heaping plates of chilaquiles, giant breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros, and more. And added bonus: if you’re looking for a vegan Ballard brunch, just ask your server—they’re happy to accommodate!
Stoneburner - On the ground floor of Hotel Ballard, this elegant restaurant isn’t exclusively a brunch spot, but that doesn’t stop it from turning out a Ballard Sunday brunch you won’t want to miss. The hearth-fired Dutch baby takes everyone’s favorite fluffy pancake up several notches, and the lamb burger with onion jam is an elevated take on the classic brunch burger. Salads like asparagus with bonita caesar dressing and furikake, and roast beets with huckleberry, whipped goat cheese, and nuts and seeds may be sold as sides, but they’re the surprise stars of the table.
Wildflour - While several places in Ballard offer gluten-free brunch options, Wildflour takes the guesswork out of the equation by making everything on its menu gluten-free (peanut-free too!). Regulars love their cinnamon roll (which also happens to be dairy-free), and the lemon poppy-seed muffins have become a bakery staple. For something more substantial, go for their sausage, egg, and cheddar breakfast sandwich.
Portgage Bay Cafe - Indulge in all your breakfast favorites at this local outpost of Portage Bay Cafe, located just just 1 minute away from apartments at Ballard Yards. From the mouthwatering French Toast to the fluffy Apple Cinnamon Pancakes, they feature local, organic, sustainable ingredients from PNW farms & distributors.