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Start Your Day Right at the Best Breakfast Places in Tacoma


When it comes to things to do in Washington State, visiting restaurants tops many people’s lists. Everyone typically looks for restaurants for lunch or dinner. But what about breakfast?

Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. In Tacoma, that statement is taken seriously. Restaurants of all kinds are putting out mouth- watering, eye-catching, and unforgettable breakfasts. While breakfast is usually eaten in a hurry, some of the best restaurants in Tacoma are turning it into a meal to sit down for and savor.

Here are 8 of the best places in Tacoma to grab your morning meal.

Pao’s Donuts & Coffee Shop
6919 6th Avenue

Donuts and coffee are an iconic combination, not unlike peanut butter and jelly or macaroni and cheese. Pao’s Donuts & Coffee Shop is the perfect place to grab a quick bite before taking off for a busy day. The food is simple and affordable, while being incredibly delicious. While they specialize in donuts, Pao’s also offers a selection of other breakfast treats, such as muffins and scones.

The Hob Nob Restaurant & Lounge
716 6th Avenue

The Hob Nob has been around for more than 35 years. Located near the gorgeous Wright Park, this neighborhood restaurant is well-known for its classic diner breakfast menu. Enjoy the view of Wright Park while savoring one of their eggs’ benedicts, skillet breakfasts, omelets, or country breakfasts. There’s waffles, pancakes, French toast, and scrambles. The food is tasty and the portions are large. If you’re a fan of classic breakfasts, Hob Nob is definitely worth checking out.

Southern Kitchen
1716 6th Avenue

This rather hidden, unpretentious restaurant brings the goodness of the Deep South into the Pacific Northwest. Whether you’re from the south, or simply love authentic Southern cuisine, then this place is for you. In addition to breakfast staples like pancakes and eggs, you’ll also find crispy fried catfish, chicken fried steak, corncakes, grits, and biscuits and gravy.

Lobster Shop
4015 Ruston Way

Located along Tacoma’s dynamic Waterfront, the Lobster Shop offers a different take on breakfast. This popular restaurant is open for brunch on Sundays – and it’s a treat you simply can’t miss. Food is served buffet style with a wide array of delicious options to choose from. Much of what the restaurant has to offer is seafood, including prawns, salmon, oysters, mussels, crab legs, and more. If you’re looking for the usual breakfast fare, you can get pancakes and made-to- order omelets, too.

C.I. Shenanigan’s
3017 Ruston Way

Here’s another Sunday brunch place on the waterfront that you simply shouldn’t miss. A staple in the city since 1983, C.I. Shenanigan features a brunch buffet spread that’s always a gastronomic adventure, as they often come in different themes. The food includes the restaurant’s classic offerings of seafood and steaks, as well as freshly-made desserts, all prepared the Northwest Cuisine way.
There’s an oyster bar and champagne to cap off your first meal of the day.

Dirty Oscar’s Annex
2309 6th Avenue

Dirty Oscar’s Annex has some of the most unique and eclectic breakfast menus in Tacoma. Snack on bacon candy and elk tatchos. Enjoy some bacon stuffed pancakes, elk hash, or a hipster eggs benedict – complete with tomatoes, spinach, burrata cheese, tarragon and sherry vinaigrette, and Habanero salt. Dirty Oscar’s also offers a great cocktail menu from which you can craft your own mimosas and moonshine combinations.

Shakabrah Java
2618 6th Avenue

Shakabrah Java serves breakfast fare all day. There are scrambles, omelets, biscuits and gravy, and huevos rancheros. The restaurant is best known for their oversized pancakes, which some describe as the size of a large plate. In addition, people also flock here for the Shaka potatoes – russet potatoes sautéed with a custom seasoning blend. You can select from a long list of toppings and customize your very own potatoes.

Viva Tacoma
2602 N. Proctor Street

In a world where breakfast consists of bacon, sausage, and eggs, finding a great place to eat as a vegetarian or vegan can be rather difficult. Viva has solved that problem for Tacoma residents and visitors by offering a menu free from dairy and eggs. The food here is also gluten-free and GMO-free, perfect for those with dietary restrictions. Even non-vegans will find Viva’s offerings truly flavorful, filling, and satisfying. Try the Mexican tofu scramble, buckwheat pancakes, and biscuits and gravy for a truly healthy way to greet the day.

You’ll never run out of places to go and things to do in Tacoma. If you’re looking for a home near the city’s best amenities, we know where to find the right one for you. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me, Lori Lewandowski, at 253.617.5922 or leave a note here.