Tacoma, WA is the place to be for a delicious breakfast. With all the little cafes, bakeries, greasy spoon diners, and upscale dining available, you’ll be spoiled for choice each and every morning. Let’s make things a bit easier by going over the best restaurants in Tacoma to grab a delicious breakfast.
- Shakabrah Java
2618 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA
Shakabrah Java, located along 6th Avenue, offers a delicious and diverse menu that features bacon, omelets, hash browns, and huevos rancheros. The place has become famous in Tacoma for their potatoes, so be sure to get a side of them no matter what. You could also just have potatoes for breakfast, which are sold with a range of toppings. Shakabrah also has breakfast options for vegetarians and vegans.
- Original Pancake House
601 S Pine Street, Tacoma, WA
The Original Pancake House is a Tacoma fixture that’s been around longer than anyone can remember. The delicious and fluffy pancakes remain classic crowd pleasers. It may take a while to work through the queue, but the end result is worth it. Along with an almost endless choice of pancakes, the Original Pancake House also serves waffles, egg dishes, and other breakfast essentials.
- Dirty Oscar’s Annex
2309 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA
Dirty Oscar’s has what you need if you want something unique and original. Their dishes all have a creative little twist to them. Try the chicken and waffles stuffed with bacon or the Cinnamon Toast Crunch, their take on French toast. Wash it all down with a Bloody Mary or breakfast mimosas made from moonshine.
2620 N Proctor Street, Tacoma, WA
Viva la breakfast! This is the place to head to if you want your breakfast GMO-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free. While that may not be to everyone’s liking, trust us when we say that Viva is still among the best restaurants in Tacoma. The menu changes throughout the year, but their breakfast staples are constant. That includes vegetarian scrambles with tofu-based “eggs” as well as standard muesli.
- Southern Kitchen
1716 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA
Southern Kitchen’s “down-home” feel is everything a corporate chain isn’t. It’s the place you’d want to go to if you’re looking to eat local with a comforting, unpretentious atmosphere. Even better, you’re eating something truly special. There are the obvious choices like omelets and bacon, of course, but there’s also catfish, grits, home fries, biscuits and gravy, and chicken fried steak.
- The Hob Nob
716 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA
Head over to Wright Park, and you’ll come across The Hob Nob. The restaurant has been a staple of Tacoma for generations and has earned a solid reputation for offering delicious breakfasts and coffee. The only downside to The Hob Nob is that there are almost no vegetarian options. That’s not an issue, though, for those who don’t mind the endless array of biscuits and gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage, and other egg and meat dishes.
- The Lobster Shop
4015 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA
As you might have guessed, The Lobster Shop is a seafood place, so you’re not going to get the traditional breakfast you expect. What you do get is a prized catch of a buffet brunch with salmon, rock shrimp, catfish, and more in the offing. That’s to say nothing of the excellent water views you get while with your meal.
- Old Milwaukee Café
3102 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA
The Old Milwaukee Café is the kind of place that’s perfect if you have time on your hands. There’s often something of a queue, given how popular the place is – a popularity that’s well earned. Enjoy pancakes, eggs, French Toast Slam, and all the classic American comfort food you can down. The only thing wrong with the diner, if you could call it a problem, is that they close on Sundays.
- Puget Sound Pizza
317 S 7th Street, Tacoma, WA
Pizza for breakfast? Don’t mind if we do. The breakfast burritos at Puget Sound Pizza are as delicious as they are big, and the potato dishes add some variety to the usual breakfast fare. Puget Sound Pizza also serves breakfast until well past lunchtime – at 1 p.m., in fact – on weekends. Linger over burritos and mimosas because you can.
- C.I. Shenanigan’s
3017 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA
Speaking of brunch, check out C.I. Shenanigan’s Sunday Brunch Buffet, one of the best in Tacoma. The themed buffet includes surf & turf options, fresh made desserts, and a carving station. There’s an oyster bar and champagne, if you want them, too. Reserve before heading out.
- Pacific Grill
1502 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA
For an upscale brunch experience, Pacific Grill’s weekend “Boozy Brunch” menu serves everything from Tempura Bacon to Oysters on the ½ Shell to Rice Porridge made of basmati rice, and the Hot Mess, a plateful of certified Angus beef, pastrami, braised cabbage, sawmill gravy and two “cage-free” eggs. Wash down your breakfast feast with bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas. Pacific Grill also offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, as well as impossible meat substitutes.
- Le Sel Bistro
229 St Helens Avenue, Tacoma, WA
Known for their French-inspired brunches, Le Sel Bistro has a formidable brunch menu divided into sections entitled Curiosities (lamb, eggs, and grits), Benedicts (five kinds including Dungeness crab), Brioche French Toast, Salad, Omelets, Sandwiches (with the classic Croque Madame), Coffee, Loose Leaf Teas, Juice, Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Breakfast Cocktails (the Fuzzy Navel, for example, is a mix of OJ, vodka, peach, and cherry). Unless you want to ask the house for recommendations, browse the menu so you can make up your mind about what to order before heading out. The bistro is open for brunch Wednesday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Breakfast, Tacoma Style
This is by no means a comprehensive list of the best restaurants in Tacoma as far as breakfasts go. These 12 restaurants are just great places to grab something filling and delicious to start the day with. From breakfast with a view at The Lobster Shop, to a vegetarian breakfast at Viva, to something totally original at Dirty Oscar’s, to so much more, there’s a Tacoma restaurant waiting to serve you.
If you’re thinking of moving to a place with plenty of dining options, consider Tacoma, WA. Get in touch with me, Lori Lewandowski, your an expert Realtor, in Tacoma to find your dream home here. Give me a call at 253.617.5922 or send me an email at lorilewandowski(at)gmail(dotted)com.