Portage Bay Cafe

One of my favorite places for a healthy and fulfilling breakfast is a cafe in Ballard called the Portage Bay.  They officially opened the summer of 2009.  Most of their food is supplied from local organic farms such as Bluebird Farms organic grains, Full Circle organic farm, and Great Harvest organic bakery.  Portage Bay’s unique breakfast menu has a wide range of organic pancakes, omelettes and scrambles, and many different types of eggs benedict.  I chose the Classic Benedict($12) and it was very tasty.  An english muffin, poached eggs, homemade hollandaise,grilled black forest ham with a side of organic local herb-roasted red potatoes. The grilled ham added a nice smokey flavor to the benedict.  

The Classic Benedict - Portage Bay Cafe

The Classic Benedict - Portage Bay Cafe

I love a classic benedict but next time I should definitely try their Southwest Benedict that has slices of cheddar-black bean-jalapeno cornbread, poached eggs, house-smoked tomato, sauteed spinach, and roasted red pepper coulis.  The cornbread would be an interesting twist to the eggs benedict.  Their apple juice was very tasty…All their juices are fresh squeezed which is a major plus.  I like apple juice a lot and I am used to having Tree Top apple juice everyday, but fresh squeezed tops it off.  Not also is most of their food sourced organically, they also have many additional healthy options such as gluten free pancakes to Isernio’s “chicken” basil sausage.  I can’t wait to come back again and try their Wild Berry Compote French toast…slices of graham-cracker crusted challah French toast, vanilla custard, wild berry compote, and whipped cream($12).  Also, the Prosciutto Omelette sounds great…organic baby spinach, prosciutto, topped with mushroom, Rogue creamery smoky bleu cheese, and organic sun-dried tomato cream sauce($13).  Portage Bay Cafe is located at the far end of NW Market St in Ballard.  If you get the chance to go for a leisurely walk, be sure to check out the Ballard Locks and Golden Gardens..it’s only a couple minutes away.  Overall, Portage Bay Cafe happens to be one of my favorites for all around healthy, organic, and tasty breakfast places in the Seattle area. 

Portage Bay Cafe - Ballard

Portage Bay Cafe - Ballard

Portage Bay Cafe website:  http://www.portagebaycafe.com/Portage_Bay_Cafe/Seattle_Breakfast,_Brunch,_Lunch_%26_Catering__Portage_Bay_Cafe.html

Address:  2821 NW Market, Seattle, WA  98107  (Ballard location)

Hours:  Mon-Fri 7:30am – 11am (Breakfast), Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm (Lunch), Sat-Sun 7:30am-2:30pm (Brunch)

Contact:  206 783-1547


5 Responses to “Portage Bay Cafe”

  1. I’m always a bit skeptical of Organic branding… great to hear that there is an organic and local place that has quality food and is reasonably priced!

  2. FuzzyBirdie Says:

    Prosciutto Omelet??? baby spinach… mushrooms… SD tomatos??? ok i’m sold.

  3. surfseatown Says:

    Hmm…never been here before. Must be new. Looks like the food is pretty good. I see that it’s located near Stone Gardens, so a lot of climbers must go there for hearty breakfast fare. I’ll have to mosey on down there the next time I’m in Ballard.

  4. belltowngirl Says:

    Portage Bay Cafe has excellent food! Stone Gardens? Where is that located?

  5. surfseatown Says:

    Stone Gardens is great! They have climbing walls for all skill levels and offer reasonably priced lessons too. The community is wonderful. Their address is:
    2839 NW Market Street
    Seattle, WA 98107
    (Next to the Ballard Locks)

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