As anyone who’s been woken up at the crack of dawn by a hungry dog can tell you, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you’re tired of the same first date dinner-and-drinks dance, why not meet a local early bird for brunch? A morning meal is a great way to break out of a dating rut, and mimosas and omelets can be just as romantic as any candlelight dinner. To assist in your quest for true puppy love, we’ve assembled a great list of dog-friendly brunch spots in Seattle that are sure to impress. All of the following restaurants are dog and vegetarian-friendly, so there’s no chance you or your date will miss out.
Portage Bay Cafe offers a wide selection of classic favorites, a sleek atmosphere, and plenty of space for your furry friend to stretch out and meet some new pals. The trendy brunch spot is famous for its breakfast bar: after ordering one of their delicious griddle items, they offer a toppings bar stocked with fresh and organic fruit, nuts, and whipped cream. In addition to the SLU spot, Portage Bay has locations in Ballard, 65th Street, and Roosevelt, so there’s no excuse for missing out. We recommend the Bananas Foster French Toast and the West Coast Benedict. You can maybe even save some maple pork sausage for your hounds if they’ve been extra good.
Citizen Coffee is a hip, rustic cafe and bar that sits just a few blocks away from the Space Needle and Seattle Center. Boasting a constantly updating list of tasty breakfast cocktails, Citizen is a great place to begin a day of fun in the park with your date and your dog. Citizen is a great meet-up place as well, perfectly situated in between some of Seattle’s liveliest neighborhoods; never fear if your Wowzer match lives across town, Citizen is perfect for meeting in the middle. Our breakfast favorites are the Cowboy Egg Casserole and the signature Citizen Crepe, and be sure to order whatever new cocktail they’ve dreamed up.
Legendary Seattle breakfast spot Biscuit Bitch is a favorite for tourists to the Emerald City, but don’t let the crowds scare you off. Biscuit Bitch has earned its reputation as one of the premier morning eateries of Seattle, and your pup will feel right at home in the comforting, friendly atmosphere. Advertised as the antidote to the dreaded Seattle Freeze, Biscuit Bitch seeks to offer a bit of Southern charm with a staggering selection of biscuits and gravy. We recommend the fun to eat and fun to say Bitchwich, as well as the Smokin Hot “Seattle” Bitch, a Seattle style hotdog atop the gravy-smothered biscuits.
If you’re feeling sick to death of the standard breakfast fare, venture over to Ballard to find Sazon Kitchen, a Mexican and Mediterranean brunch spot that is newly open. Offering far more than the boring old huevos, Sazon offers authentic Mexican food for breakfast— certainly a rarity in Seattle. Sazon also offers significant Meditaranian options, featuring some killer seafood dishes. A great spot for a first or second date, this trendy spot is still below the radar. Show off your well-honed palate by ordering Rox’s Signature Eggs.
Important to note that this cozy spot only offers brunch on the weekends, but the wait will be rewarded. Nearby Cal Anderson Park in artsy Capitol Hill, Marmite offers traditional French cuisine, so polish up your pronunciation. Owned and operated by a husband and wife team, Marmite radiates love and romance, making Marmite perfect for a dog-friendly dalliance. The menu at Marmite reflects a true commitment to organic, locally-grown food and will change to reflect what’s in season. We recommend getting the Black Cap Raspberry and Oat Buttermilk Pancakes, or the Salmon Kedgeree. Hurry, before they’re gone!
There’s no excuse for rubbery eggs or cold cereal now, so join Wowzer and share the best breakfast Seattle has to offer with someone special.