The Most Important Meal of the Day

These breakfasts will get you out of bed

Fluffy pancakes. Sizzling bacon. Bubbling mimosas. Whatever your preferred brunch or breakfast item, the Eastside has great spots for a hearty morning meal or that sweet spot that’s not quite lunch and not quite breakfast. We asked readers about their favorite spots, and picked some of our own.

Braised brisket hash from Woodblock. Photo by M.H. Gallagher

Braised brisket hash from Woodblock. Photo by M.H. Gallagher

Woodblock, Redmond
A newer restaurant on the scene, Woodblock has been making waves in Redmond. The restaurant began brunch service last August. Try the Woodblock Benedict with housemade pork belly or salmon cake on an English muffin, covered in Hollandaise and served with potatoes. Or go with a classic Croque Madame. 16175 Cleveland St. Suite 109, Redmond 

DERUmarket, Kirkland
Breakfast changes daily at this artisan restaurant in Kirkland. Check the chalkboard for specials Monday-Friday mornings and Saturdays for brunch. The menu rotates to fit seasonal produce. DERUmarket prides itself on its use of fresh, local ingredients, and breakfast foods are no exception. 723 Ninth Ave., Kirkland

Brown Bag Cafe, Kirkland
This cafe in Kirkland has a rich history that began in Carnation. When the Carnation restaurant opened in 1979, it served hungry loggers who were stopping by for a hearty breakfast as early as 4 a.m., and while they were eating, owner Ward Myers would pack them a brown bag lunch to get them through the day. Ward’s stepson Alex purchased the restaurant in 1989. The Original Brown Bag Cafe was sold in 1994, but the Kirkland location keeps its traditions alive. From heavy country breakfasts to lighter dishes like the Light and Healthy breakfast — a side of fruit, two eggs, and a slice of toasted homemade bread — the Brown Bag has something for everyone. Try the fresh hash browns. The restaurant goes through 10,000 potatoes a month. You can get them deluxe with bacon bits, cheddar cheese, and scallions. 12217 Northeast 116th St., Kirkland
Editor’s note: Brown Bag Cafe is currently closed.

The Commons, Woodinville
This weekend brunch spot in scenic Woodinville also serves breakfast throughout the week. The menu has some surprises, like the crispy-bruleed French toast with local berries and honeyed fromage blanc. It also has the standby Classic Breakfast Sandwich — where the combination of white cheddar, bacon, aioli, and a fried egg is packed onto a croissant. Substitute gluten-free bread for the food allergy sensitive. 14481 Woodinville-Redmond Road N.E., Woodinville

Chace’s Pancake Corral, Bellevue
Kick it old school with this Bellevue institution. With its Western theme and cozy interior, there’s more to Chace’s than pancakes. While you’re there, say hi to Rainbow the parrot — a kitschy statuette perched near the ceiling. What to try? The pancakes, of course. Especially the potato pancakes served with sour cream. 1606 Bellevue Way S.E., Bellevue

Maltby Cafe. Photo courtesy The Maltby Cafe, via Facebook

Maltby Cafe. Photo courtesy The Maltby Cafe, via Facebook

Maltby Cafe, Snohomish
Readers overwhelmingly love this small-town eatery in an old schoolhouse. This place has racked up some serious breakfast accolades. Under the same ownership since 1988, the cafe is the product of love and hard work from owners Tana Baumler, Barbara Peter, and Sandra Albright — friends who met playing soccer in the ’80s. Diners rave about the house-made corned beef. 8809 Maltby Road, Snohomish

Salish Lodge and Spa, Snoqualmie 
What’s better than honey from heaven? Watch as a server drizzles fresh honey onto your biscuit. There’s truly nothing else like it. Best of all, the honey comes from Salish’s own apiary, on the lodge grounds. Get the Country Breakfast, and come prepared to eat. It’s a four-course meal that includes everything from pancakes to muffins to fruit with in-house Devonshire cream. The country breakfast is a tradition and has been served at the location for more than 100 years. In 1916, travelers stopped at Snoqualmie Falls Lodge tired and hungry from crossing the pass. Now, at the renamed Salish Lodge and Spa, the tradition continues. Even more scrumptious than the food? That view of the rushing falls out the window.

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