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The 7 Best Breakfasts in Tacoma

Check Out The Top Tacoma Breakfast Places


The best breakfasts in Tacoma range from greasy spoons to quaint cafes to places that make pretty good nighttime spots, too. While Tacoma's restaurant scene has boomed in the last fifteen years and continues to add tasty new options all the time, many of the best places have been around a while.

Southern Kitchen

From the outside, Southern Kitchen is nondescript and you may even accidentally drive right on by. The building is a small, red corner building on 6th Ave, and while it is not large, its size helps keep the down-home feel to this place. You will not feel like you are eating at a corporate chain restaurant because you aren't, and bonus: the food is pretty unique too. While you will find breakfast favorites such as eggs, omelets, bacon, hashbrowns, and pancakes, you'll also find southern treats such as home fries, grits, catfish, chicken fried steak, and real biscuits and gravy. Top it off with a glass of sweet tea or mango lemonade.

1716 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98405




Paddy Coyne's

For a breakfast unlike any other in Tacoma, check out Paddy Coyne's traditional Irish breakfast favorites. You might need a bit of a lesson to learn the breakfast lingo, but here's a start: bangers are grilled sausages; rashers are a type of Irish bacon; and black and white pudding are not desserts, but types of sausages. This warm and cozy restaurant in downtown Tacoma features other breakfast favorites from eggs, omelets, corn beef hash, Irish oatmeal, and more. Better yet is that you can have all this with a champagne or rum mimosa or a bloody Mary.

815 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402




Puget Sound Pizza

What? A pizza place for breakfast? You heard me right, and even though the service here can at times be lackluster, the breakfast features some pretty dang tasty options. The breakfast burritos are large and sumptuous, cheap mimosas make everything better, and their potato dishes shake breakfast up a bit. Don't expect your average hashbrowns here, but instead baby red potatoes. You can get breakfast here until 1 p.m. on weekends just in case you crawl out of bed a bit late.

317 South 7th
Tacoma, WA 98402



The Hob Nob

Just near Wright Park on the edge downtown, The Hob Nob has been a Tacoma staple for over 35 years and is known for its breakfasts and its ever-flowing coffee. This is the place to go if you want straight-up breakfast, but it's not the best place to go if you are a vegetarian or watching your weight. Sausage gravy, eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy, skillets, and other meat or egg dishes are enjoyed here by all breakfast fans. The location provides a good view of the always-lovely Wright Park.

716 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98405



The Lobster Shop

You may have guessed that a waterfront seafood spot does not offer your traditional meat and eggs breakfast. The Lobster Shop on the Waterfront in Tacoma serves up brunch buffet-style and you get a lot of variety. Oh, yes, and a lot of seafood. Salmon in many incarnations, cod, shrimp, shellfish galore, catfish, and rock shrimp cakes are just some of the highlights here. Got someone to impress or bribe? Want to splurge and tired of the same old breakfast? The Lobster Shop is a great brunch destination and offers up beautiful water views, too.

4015 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA 98402




Old Milwaukee Café

Don’t come here if you don’t have time to spare because chances are you will wait. Old Milwaukee Café on 6th Avenue is popular, but it’s popular for a reason, and the wait is worth it. Portions here are generous, and the food includes popular wild blueberry pancakes, eggs, and meat dishes. The restaurant is cozy, quaint, and intimate. The only downside is that Old Milwaukee Cafe is closed on Sundays, which is a real bummer for lazy Sunday breakfast fans. 

3102 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98406



Shakabrah Java

Located on 6th Avenue as well (6th Ave just knows how to do food right, morning, noon, or night), Shakabrah Java is another top spot for breakfast in Tacoma. Be sure to try the French toast , but all breakfast favorites here are tasty—omelets, bacon, huevos racheros, and hash browns are just some of the usual breakfast offenders that make the pilgrimage here worth it. Another perk is that this restaurant serves tofu dishes, making it a good option for vegetarians. The atmosphere is cozy, but not fancy.

2816 6th Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98406


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