With Seattle’s array of world-class dining options a short drive away, Bellevue residents enjoy convenient access to a wealth of fine brunch spots. But it’s not necessary to travel far from your Bellevue apartments to enjoy a good brunch—Bellevue is a city of its own. The next time you’re looking to spend a weekend morning catching up with friends over a mouthwatering late morning meal, keep these options in mind.
Cactus uses fresh Pacific Northwest ingredients to prepare appetizing Mexican-inspired dishes. South-of-the-border twists on traditional brunch classics here include a masa-and-fruit waffle and sauteed spinach-avocado benedict. The hatch green chile biscuits and tortilla soup are other brunch menu items with great reputations. Located a 10-minute walk from AMLI at Bellevue Park, Cactus serves brunch from 10am to 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Old-school vibes reign strong at Chace’s Pancake Corral, an ideal Bellevue brunch destination for anyone after a classic stack of pancakes or waffles. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and egg dishes are also served here, with side offerings including bacon, hash browns, and sausage patties. There are no brunch cocktails, but coffee, tea, and fresh juice are served seven days a week.
Fresh seafood and savory eggs dominate most plates at Eques, Bellevue’s Hyatt Regency restaurant. The atmosphere is upscale, but it’s easy to get your money’s worth brunching on Eques’ breakfast buffet if you like salmon omelettes. Mimosas cost three dollars a pop during brunch happy hour. Eques, a five-minute drive or 15-minute walk from AMLI at Bellevue Park, was voted one of the best brunch restaurants in the country by OpenTable in 2015.
This trendy brunch destination feels straight out of Berlin or Brooklyn, but boasts the added advantage of fresh PNW ingredients. Brunch menu items include avocado toast, malted waffles, pork belly benedict, and curried lentil hash. The cocktail menu contains two different Bloody Marys, a unique marriage of rum and cold brew called The Bitter Awakening, and a creamy wine drink called Fleur de Three. Order a flight of mimosas, and you’ll receive glasses of champagne splashed with pineapple, orange, and guava juice, respectively. You’ll find Lot No. 3 in the Bellevue Towers, a ten-minute walk from AMLI’s Bellevue apartments.
Popular Vietnamese restaurant Monsoon hosts a Dim Sum brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Choose from a selection of dumplings and buns, papaya salad, bahn mi sandwiches, traditional Vietnamese soups, duck fit, and vermicelli noodles while enjoying Monsoon’s classy, modern atmosphere. Even the Bloody Mary at Monsoon has an Asian twist. It’s made with pho broth. This Main Street restaurant is less than five minutes’ walk from AMLI at Bellevue Park.
Wild Ginger’s Bellevue outpost opened last October, but just started serving brunch in December. The format here is largely build-your-own brunch, with Asian rice and egg bowls acting as the base to which you add protein, veggies, and sauces of your choice. Other brunch items include dim sum favorites shumai, shrimp dumplings, and BBQ pork steamed buns. Wild Ginger’s brunch beverage selection is as healthy as they come, featuring coconut water and cold-pressed juices. Wild Ginger Kitchen is located on 4th Street, right across the park from AMLI’s Bellevue apartments.
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