As I would discover, there is no shortage of awesome sounding places to eat in Seattle. You have dining options for all budgets and whatever cuisine you fancy. I had always planned on visiting the famous (and utterly mobbed) Pike Place Market more than once and while there are a bevy of breakfast options there, my mind was made up on where to eat when I discovered Café Campagne, a casual French bistro located in the Post Alley section of the market.
As we had only arrived the day before, it wasn’t difficult to get up around 8 AM our first morning since our body clocks were still on East Coast time. We arrived at the Café just after 9 AM and while I was initially nervous when we were asked if we had reservations (who needs brunch reservations for 9 AM?) especially since there were numerous tables available, thankfully we were seated without issue.
The interior of the café is straight out of Paris, with vintage posters adorning the wall and that quintessentially Parisian-style furniture and look of the walls. To start I ordered a cup of the chocolat chaud (hot chocolate) which comes topped with Chantilly cream. The menu actually offers a pitcher of it for $8, but fortunately I was able just to get a cup since I wasn’t necessarily in the mood for three cups’ worth.
While there were numerous items on the menu that sounded tres magnifique, I decided to do my new style of ordering multiple smaller items. I chose a side portion of the French Toast Brioche ($5) which is fried in bourbon egg batter, served with maple syrup and topped with fresh fruit. Honestly, this size was perfect for me.
To accompany it, I got a House Made Chicken and Pork Sausage link ($3) and we split an order of the Pommes Frites ($5). Originally we were each going to order our own pommes frites but the waitress advised us that the portions are quite large so we decided against this. It was indeed the right choice.
D went with a long standing favorite of his, the Croque Monsieur ($15). This comes with Parisian ham & Comtè cheese and is served on a house-made pain de mie (honey bread) along with a green salad. It was quickly devoured, needless to say.
Brunch at Café Campagne provided a lovely start to our first full day in Seattle and had amazing food to boot. My only piece of advice is that if you’re headed there, go early since as our meal progressed, more and more people kept streaming in only to be turned away for there were no tables.
1600 Post Alley| Seattle, Washington| 98101