Boat Street Cafe's Best Brunch

There are breakfasts, and then there’s Boat Street Cafe & Kitchen's Rustic Cornmeal Custard Cake.
Allison Austin Scheff  |   March 2011   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
Boat Street Kitchen Breakfast
There are breakfasts, and then there’s this breakfast

There’s really no better place to meet friends for brunch than at the Boat Street Cafe & Kitchen, which is tucked away on the far reaches of Belltown near the foot of Queen Anne Avenue North. Cool light spreads through the loft-like space; it’s the kind of place where crisp white linens, freshly cut tulips and a scone on a plate magically transform into a bucolic scene from a still-life painting.

There’s a casual approach to seasonality—subbing apples for plums, say, in those scones—but, otherwise, chef/owner Renee Erickson’s menu doesn’t change much. And I’m thankful for that, because I adore the Rustic Cornmeal Custard Cake ($10.50), served as a thick and creamy pie wedge that arrives in a shallow pool of maple syrup with a juicy pork sausage alongside. It’s soft, warm, completely indulgent—and if I could eat it every day (and somehow still be able to fit into my pants), I would.

Belltown, 3131 Western Ave; 206.632.4602; boatstreetkitchen.com

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