With a 10 a.m. game Sunday, get up and get situated early.
The way the Hawks have been playing, nearly anything could happen Sunday, Jan. 17, when they face the Carolina Panthers at 10:05 a.m. If you want to be sure to score breakfast without having to fire up the waffle iron at home, here are 12 picks. To avoid being shut out, arrive plenty early or choose one of the places that’s taking reservations (and make one ASAP).
1102 N. 34th St., Seattle, 206-829-8372, fremontdock.com
The scene: This family-owned roadhouse/diner/sports bar is old Fremont all the way, with nothing fancy but two dozen TVs. Seahawks games, the Dock says, bring “pandemonium,” probably helped along by the fact it gives away a trip to Vegas for each one — and this Sunday, a trip to Hawaii, too.
The breakfast: The country skillet, containing “everything but the kitchen sink”: ham, sausage, bacon, onion and mozzarella layered over hash browns with two eggs and toast.
Day-drinking index: 8 out of 10, with lots of potent Hawktails like the You Mad Bro? — house-made spicy Bloody Mary mix with tequila, various garnishes and a Coronita served trash-can style.
The 5 Point Café
415 Cedar St., Seattle, 206-448-9991, the5pointcafe.com
The scene: Hard-core drinkers and cheapskates fill this 24-hour joint near Seattle Center. Some may even realize the Seahawks are playing on the four flat-screens.
The breakfast: The giant chicken-fried steak must have come from Birdzilla, served with sausage gravy, two eggs, hash browns and toast.
Day-drinking index: 11 out of 10 for this vodka-and-whiskey kinda bar (not necessarily together, but that wouldn’t be out of the question for some of the clientele).
J & M Cafe
201 First Ave. S., Seattle, 206-402-6654, jandmcafe.com
The scene: Established in 1889, this high-ceilinged, well-worn Pioneer Square classic has seen crazier things than a playoffs crowd, but it still readily gets raucous. Trash-talking’s encouraged, and the 12s get almost as loud here as at the stadium.
What to order: The BLT’s the closest thing to breakfast, but the Reuben’s the winner here, with house-made corned beef and sauerkraut.
Day-drinking index: 10 out of 10, with blue shots abounding and a 100-ounce self-chilling beer tower on almost every table (on special: Coors Light $23, micros $28).
2217 N. 56th St., Seattle, 206-632-9175, facebook.com/Lenys-Place
The scene: Locals and lifers who have fond memories of Coach Knox and Curt Warner hang here in Tangletown. That screaming you hear from a block away is because Rainier and other domestic beers cost just a buck every time the Seahawks score a touchdown. Here’s to a high-scoring game.
The breakfast: The regulars swear this is the best burger around (and many normal people agree). Heck, add a fried egg for a buck. It’s breakfast.
Day-drinking index: 8 out of 10. If Russell Wilson has a multiple-touchdown game, folks may burn through quite a few kegs.
Beardslee Public House
19116 Beardslee Blvd., Bothell, 425-286-1001, beardsleeph.com
The scene: This busy contemporary pub from restaurateur John Howie is in a new retail-and-apartment development in Bothell. The tables are made from a 200-foot red sequoia that gave its life for the complex — cheers to it.
The breakfast: The pork-and-veal bratwurst with sauerkraut and stout-infused mustard on a pretzel roll, all made in-house.
Day-drinking index: 4 out of 10, with the beers brewed on premises and a Bloody Mary with house-made charcuterie more for savoring than downing.
Bellevue Brewing Co.
1820 130th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, 425-497-8686, bellevuebrewing.com
The scene: Beer geeks and those who want to avoid the crowd around Bellevue Square will hit this large-scale brewery with its two 60-inch flat-screens and giant projector (with 12s under 21 also allowed).
The breakfast: The best beer sponge is the giant nachos with the usual Tex-Mex filling; for a buck more, top it with chorizo, turkey, lamb, beef or pork.
Day-drinking index: 7 out of 10, with the beer-belly crowd downing pitchers of IPA or 425 Pale Ale.
Rookies Sports Bar and Grill
3820 S. Ferdinand St., Seattle, 206-722-0301, rookiesseattle.com
The scene: Rookies calls itself “a locally owned rock ’n’ roll sports bar with Midwestern charm located in Columbia City,” and the neighborhood’s very happy to have it. The equipment: 14 flat-screen TVs, including a 70-incher and a tiny one over the urinal in case you can’t wait for a commercial.
The breakfast: The 10 a.m. Burrito and the Chicken in a Biscuit are the most popular brunch items.
Day-drinking index: 4 out of 10, with $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas all day, but a kid-friendly policy keeping things down to a dull roar.
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310 Terry Ave. N., Seattle, 206-971-0717, bravehorsetavern.com
The scene: Already a favorite South Lake Union brunch spot, this comfortable, capacious Tom Douglas pub is a fine place to watch a game, especially for Amazonians who may have slept in their cubicles the night before. The equipment: nine TVs plus a giant projector.
The breakfast: The eggs Benedict is popular, but get the corned beef brisket hash with pickled Hungarian peppers, served with two eggs over easy, smashed fried potatoes and toast.
Day-drinking index: 6 out of 10 — a tamer crowd of those who pace themselves, noshing on deviled eggs and pretzels while carrying on conversations during the game.
121 S. King St., Seattle, 206-420-3015, qualityathletics.com
The scene: Call it a neo-sports bar. This stylized Pioneer Square place from restaurateur Josh Henderson has tasteful vintage trophies, a shiny wall of lockers and a door with a ping-pong-paddle handle. The menu’s accordingly upscale.
The breakfast: Mancakes, a pancake stack topped with pork from the game-day roast pig and demiglacé (available to all genders).
Day-drinking index: 7.5 out of 10, with 250-plus Bloody Marys served per game amping up the uproar.
912 12th Ave., Seattle, 206-325-5409, rheinhausseattle.com
The scene: One of the busiest bars in the city, this Capitol Hill Alpine-themed beer hall should be at full capacity — that’s 437 people indoors and 100 in the heat-lamped biergarten).
The breakfast: The breakfast sandwich with sausage, scrambled eggs, tomato and obatzda cheese on a pretzel pita requires little elbow room to eat, which will come in handy when you’re packed in like sardines.
Day-drinking index: 9 out of 10, with $6 cocktails and $8 Bloody Marys, plus beers by the liter flowing (just remember the order: “Beer before liquor, never sicker…”).
2219 Fourth Ave., Seattle, 206-441-7966, spitfireseattle.com
The scene: Larger-scale and higher-end than most, Belltown’s Spitfire opened as an “alternative” sports bar but now seems like a normal sports bar, especially when stuffed with screaming Seahawks fans. The equipment: 22 42-inch flat-screens, two 150-inch and a 100-inch projection one to boot.
The breakfast: Breakfast menu served until 11, then lunch, so plan accordingly.
Day-drinking index: 7 out of 10, with Spitfire saying, “We don’t let people get carried away, but everybody has fun.”
722 E. Pike St., Seattle, 206-328-7666, 95slide.com
The scene: This was the loudest sports bar on Capitol Hill last weekend, with the crowd spilling to the rooftop to watch the game alfresco. Stop whining. The Seahawks were playing in minus-6 degree temperatures.
The breakfast: The house pulled-pork sandwich, smoked on that very same rooftop, served on a pretzel bun with a side of fries or tots.
Day-drinking index: 8 out of 10, with a younger crowd downing endless pitchers of Coors Light.