The Bryant Corner Cafe & Bakery has a new name but a long history.
The cafe, formerly the Sunflour Bakery and Cafe, sits in the Ravenna-Wedgwood-Bryant orbit on 65th Street, in the same building where, years ago, there was a drugstore that co-owner Sara Swanson and her siblings would frequent for comic books and Popsicles.
That familial touch continues today, with a cafe geared more toward the family-with-kids crowd than the mimosa brunch bunch. It’s a place where neighbors can meet over eggs and pancakes, read the newspaper and spend some precious weekend time. The cafe is expecting to open for dinner by summer’s end, and the owners are currently soliciting menu suggestions from patrons.
The menu: Expect traditional brunch fare with a Pacific Northwest flair, like the Dungeness crab cake ($10.95) or the smoked salmon scramble ($9.95). The eggs Benedict ($9.95 regular, $11.95 with salmon and avocado) and eggs Florentine ($9.95) are topped with the cafe’s signature hollandaise. One hot ticket is the corned-beef hash ($9.95), brined in-house and then grilled with scallions, roasted peppers and potatoes. Weekday lunch-goers can order burgers, sandwiches and salads from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with breakfast offered all day long. Baked goods like scones and cinnamon rolls, along with coffee drinks, can be ordered to go. (There are also gluten-free options for the wheat-sensitive.)
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What to write home about: The French toast, made with thick slices of homemade orange wheat bread and slathered with Oregon marionberries, is delightfully heavy on crushed berries, with a subtle whisper of orange zest throughout. The half-order ($6) is enough for one; the full order ($9.95) could handily feed two. The egg lover should look for the California omelet ($9.25), a three-egg beauty that’s kept light with sliced avocados, springy scallions, chopped tomatoes, melted cheddar cheese, and served with a side salad.
When to skip: If you’re looking to dine in a hurry, this isn’t the place for you on a weekend — especially on Sundays, when there’s a waitlist — although it’s fairly sleepy the rest of the week.
The setting: A homey, family-style cafe with eclectic art and décor, and free Wi-Fi for the loungers.
Summing up: An order of smoked-salmon-and-avocado Benedict ($11.95), a half-order of marionberry French toast ($6), along with an americano ($2.75) and a drip coffee ($2.25), fed two, and came to $22.95 before tax and tip.
Katrina Barlow: 206-464-3251 or firstname.lastname@example.org