Recipe Rants: Best Breakfast in Seattle

February 7, 2011

Daily Post, Recipe Rants

The Portage Bay Cafe--Seattle, WA

My wife, Michele and I are exploring the Pacific Northwest this weekend. As my rabid readers, friends and fans know, I am up in Alaska while Michele and the kids are still in Denver till next summer before they move North and it is tough to be apart.

We quickly booked to attend an executive leadership seminar in my old college town–Portland, OR, and when it was over we jumped at the chance to see everything we could in the next 72 hours. We visited a lot sights and ate at some great places.

One of our favorite things to do is seek out ‘off the beaten path’ places to grub. We decided a long time ago to eat at the national chains only as a last resort.

On Saturday we found: The Portage Bay Cafe in the University district in Seattle. It was one of the best breakfast’s we have ever eaten!

The Portage Bay Cafe’s philosophy says it all:

Eat like you give a damn.

And as the old saying goes– put your money where your mouth is… Eating at the Portage we did just that.

First, the food was so fresh! The cafe uses only organic ingredients from local farms and you could taste the difference right away.

Michele and I both had the Rancher’s Breakfast:  (Menu Listing) Three eggs any style, your choice of pepper bacon, black forest ham or Isernio’s Italian chicken sausage and two organic pancakes or two slices of homemade challah French toast. 13 dollars

It was very good. But what impressed us was the toppings bar. It was a scrumptious delight of fresh fruits, whipped cream, butter, and other fixin’s for your french toast and pancakes. We watched in awe as other patrons loaded up their plates with these fresh offerings that tasted like they were just picked this morning.

The Portage Bay Cafe: Toppings Bar

While the wait was about 45 minutes, it was well worth it. You can immediately tell that The Portage Bay Cafe is a local favorite and for good reason.

We thought the prices were reasonable. For some reason every time Michele and I dine out the tab is always the same–around 40 bucks. That was the same for The Portage Bay Cafe.

The service was top notch and the restaurant was very clean, even on a very busy Saturday morning.

I would recommend this place to anyone that is visiting Seattle and it is only minutes from the City Center (Space Needle).

Let us know your favorite places to dine. We would love to hear from you.

Robert Forto | Team Ineka | Alaska Dog Works | Mushing Radio | Dog Works Radio | Denver Dog Works | Daily Post


Robert Forto is a musher training for his first Iditarod under the Team Ineka banner and the host of the popular radio shows, Mush! You Huskies and Dog Works Radio Shows

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Robert Forto is the owner of Dog Works Training Company in Alaska, a canine behaviorist, mushin' down a dream, sports nut and radio show host. Robert writes a lot about his observations in Alaska, pop culture, music, and of course dogs!

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