Here are some first meal options on the weekend if you are seeking a change from the traditional American brunch fare of scrambled eggs, pancake and toast.
1) Sitka and Spruce – Regardless of the ongoing funky weather in Seattle, Sitka’s seasonal menu has transitioned into spring by serving up some dishes at room temperature that taste light, yet don’t skimp on flavor or quantity. Similar to dinner, chef and owner Matt Dillon likes to infuse traces of North African spices into his repertoire such as the Yakima asparagus inundated with chopped pistachios, olive oil, spices and chopped soft boiled egg. My other personal favorite right now is the black cod lox with pickled carrots, dill, and creme fraiche. By the window, I notice a glass barrel where they are preserving oranges and lemons which will be used on many of their dishes. I reckon they may have used a little of the preserved liquid concoction on the cod lox.
Usually, I fall into a steep food coma after brunch, but not so at Sitka. Food comes out as ready tapas-style and presentation is always picture-perfect. I like sitting at the communal table or grabbing one of the bar seats facing south. There is an abundance of windows and good people watching. For more on Sitka and Spruce, click here: Prominent Chefs’ restaurants
2) Revel – Kimchi ramen, kalbi burger, and shrimp egg foo yong are some of the options at Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi’s urban Fremont culinary oasis Revel. If you start getting cold feet and want to revert to a more standard American fare, rest assured. Revel’s “Two eggs, bacon, scallion potato hash, toast” dish is the epitome of iconic brunch comfort food and the sausage patty with quince and spicy maple syrup is a subtle twist to the patty favorite. Don’t miss out on the kimchi bloody Mary. To read more on Revel brunch, click here: Revel brunch feature article
3) Ma’ono- I deplore driving over bridges to get my eats on so I decided to ride my bike instead. As I walk in, I immediately notice how the modern zen interior contrasts the loudness of this West Seattle joint. I actually cannot imagine the restaurant being any louder. Not great for the ear drums, but good if you are in a big group or don’t want to feel self-conscious in keeping your voice down.
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