Brown Bag Cafe

Written by on September 23, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Kirkland

Brown Bag Cafe

How I heard of this place: I first walked by the Brown Bag Cafe when I was living in Redmond and felt the desire to try the quaint establishment, set in a house in the middle of town. When I first set a time to try it, I found it to have shut down and the space was for lease. I found that the restaurant also exists in Kirkland so made a point to try it on my next brunch outing with friends. This was my second time at the Cafe.

Brown Bag Cafe Foyer

Type of cuisine: Small town, diner food at it’s best. Large portions which can take you through a minimum of two meals, often four!

Brown Bag Cafe Menu Note

Ambiance: Large, open space with 1950s appliances, wooden crates and trinkets used as decor.

Brown Bag Cafe Host Spot

Wooden tables and chairs surround the space in pairs, fours as well as seating for larger parties.

Brown Bag Cafe Seating

Windows can be found around the perimeter of the restaurant, where most diners are seated.

Brown Bag Cafe Dining

The average age of diners is probably closer to 50 years.

Brown Bag Cafe Decor 2

What I ordered: Having had one of their skillets (and a pancake) the last time, I had to relive the delicious experience and opted for the spinach, Swiss & bacon skillet ($11.95): fresh steamed spinach and sauteed mushrooms, mixed with crispy real bacon bits and topped with lots of melted Swiss cheese, served over scrambled eggs and a huge mound of hash browns, with a side of homemade English muffins, buttered. My dining companion wanted to sample a lunch dish because he had tried the Brown Bag breakfast items in the past. After hearing suggestions from our server, he went with her favorite: the Reuben ($10.99). Homemade light, caraway rye grilled with loads of sauerkraut, lean corned-beef and tangy Swiss cheese.

On a return visit 7 July 2015:¬†My¬†family returned for a quick bite to eat while in the neighborhood, and found ourselves enjoying large brunch at the BBC. For me, Eggs Benedict Croissant ($10.95): a “traditional” with Canadian bacon, served with hash browns and seasonal fruit garnish.

Brown Bag Cafe Benedict Croissant

For my husband, “The Big Growler” ($12.95): 8 ounces of breaded and well-seasoned country-fried steak grilled golden, served with country gravy, two eggs, hash browns and toast.

Brown Bag Cafe "Growler"

What I loved: I loved my skillet! The extra cheese atop a large helping of hash browns and fresh sauteed vegetables…Delicious.

Why I loved it: I love the huge portions that can take me days to finish! I love the generous helpings of cheese on each dish. I love the down-home comfort and goodness of the food and the ambiance.

Brown Bag Cafe Eggs Benedict Croissant

Cost: Average ($8-$12 for each Texas-sized entree)

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