Breakfast in Seattle – First Stop, Toulouse Petit
Ah breakfast…that wonderful meal of the day that we all know we should partake in, each day, every day. Our health, physically and mentally require it for maximum fuel, capacity, even calorie burning. But, alas we in our lightening fast society hardly take time for this all-too-important meal, and when we do it tends to be a pastry, breakfast sandwich, or just your favorite coffee drink.
The funny thing about breakfast, though, is that whether you eat at home or out at a restaurant, it can sometimes be one of the great experiences, sources of some of the best conversations, and if a parent, breakfast can be one of the dearest memories in a child’s life.
One of the fun ways to see a new city, or wrap visiting family, especially if visiting from out of town, is to go out for breakfast. Usually, this becomes the proverbial “ribbon” wrapped around a nice visit with loved ones, and we can be back to our busy lives.
When in Seattle, there are a bunch of great breakfast spots, but I am going to focus on 3. Three of my absolute favorite, plus a quick list of 7 or more that are great, and certainly should be explored.
First Stop – Toulouse Petit
I want to introduce you to a taste of the South. Not redneck south, but Cajun/Creole south. The south that includes New Orleans and the rest of the Bayou’s great cuisine.
A dear friend invited me for brunch to Toulouse Petit on Lower Queen Anne a while ago and let me tell you, this place is simply amazing. Rich, dark, energetic interior greets you as you begin to take in the sights and sounds of a place that feels partly transported outside of the Pacific Northwest. Now, I have never been to Louisiana, but some how I feel that this restaurant has done a great job of capturing some of that hospitality and commitment to detail.
Although not just a breakfast spot, this great restaurant brings a killer line up of brunch dishes. I had the Spicy Shrimp Creole with eggs served over creamy grits, which was a great combination of perfectly cooked shrimp and eggs over lightly sweet, creamy southern-style grits.
We also ordered the beignets…simply put the pillows of an angel.
My friend ordered the Snake River Farms Kurobota Ham with housemade hollandaise and crispy potatoes.
You can certainly order other items like Cajun Meatloaf, Andouille sausage scramble, Duck Confit Hash and dozens of other great dishes including french toasts, pancakes, and all kinds of omelet choices. Most of the sausage is local, but made “creole” style and is simply dynamite.
Make sure you get some good strong black coffee or one of their signature espresso drinks or morning cocktails to wash down this rich, dreamy breakfast.