Tacoma is on the rise as a top destination in the Northwest. Over 3.2 million people visited the “City of Destiny” last year. That number is projected to grow. If you plan on visiting Tacoma sometime soon, you’ll want the best experience possible.
As you pack your trip full of destinations like the local museums, nature reserves and live music venues, make sure to start your day off right with the most important meal of the day. Here’s a guide to some of the best places to grab breakfast in Tacoma!
Whether you’re a vegan or just trying out a plant-based diet, you know how difficult it is to find a good breakfast place. Most breakfasts consist of bacon, eggs, and sausage after all.
But not at Viva.
Viva shakes up the breakfast game by offering plant-based breakfasts without sacrificing any of the flavors. Try out the biscuits and gravy, made with walnut breakfast sausage. Or for something sweet, chow down on the French Toast Brulee.
For all things healthy and delicious, head to Viva at 2602 N Proctor St D.
Tacoma’s got so much to see. If you’re in a hurry, you can’t see it all. But you can still have a fantastic and filling breakfast. How? Stop into Shakabrah!
In addition to a full-service restaurant, they’ve also got a cafe for when you’re on the go. Thanks to the handy menu board flowchart out front, it’s easy to determine the kind of service that will be the best fit for you.
And you’ve got options. From homestyle cuisine like biscuits and gravy to brunch favorites like huevos rancheros, there’s one thing for certain. You won’t make it out of Shakabrah hungry.
If you’ve got a full day touring Tacoma, start it off right by stopping into Shakabrah Java at 2618 6th Ave.
Dirty Oscar’s Annex
Tacoma is known as “The City of Destiny.” When in Tacoma, you’re destined for a fantastic breakfast if you visit Dirty Oscar’s Annex.
Enjoy tasty treats like Cinnamon Toast Crunch french toast, or pancakes stuffed with cheese and potatoes. But if you’re in the mood for something a bit more crafty, then you’re in luck.
Dirty Oscar’s boasts craft cocktails like moonshine mimosas, spicy bloody mary’s, and spiked coffees. You can even create your own sampler of moonshine!
Located at 2309 6th Ave.
There’s no way you should visit Tacoma and skip out on all of the delicious seafood the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Enjoy a posh breakfast on the waterfront at the Lobster Shop. 4015 Ruston Way.
They’ve got everything you need to satisfy your seafood cravings. From poached salmon to oyster shooters, to chilled prawns. You can have it all! Come for the buffet-style brunch, and enjoy the waterfront views.
The Pacific Northwest, in many ways, is in stark contrast to the Deep South. So if you’re from the South, and are visiting the Tacoma area, you might feel a little homesick. That’s where Southern Kitchen comes in.
Craving classics like corncakes and grits? Come on down to Southern Kitchen, located at 1716 6th Ave. Along with rib-sticking breakfasts, you’ll have a side of good ol’ southern charm and hospitality.
Pao’s Donuts & Coffee Shop
What do Homer Simpson, most children and pretty much any person with functioning tastebuds have in common? They all love donuts!
Pao’s Donuts & Coffee Shop located at 6919 6th Ave, is a family owned local favorite. You may recognize the aesthetic from your childhood. It is a former
In addition to some of the freshest and fluffiest donuts in Tacoma, Pao’s offers tasty treats like scones and muffins. Be sure to bring your appetite! And also bring your spare change, because Pao’s is cash only.
Craving something heartier than donuts? Go for biscuits instead! And when you’re in the Tacoma area, the best place to go for biscuits is Biscuit House located at 9702 South Tacoma Way #102.
You can rely on the fact their biscuits and gravy are amazing. But if you’re feeling adventurous, try out the Sunshine Pizza. It’s made with Biscuit House’s flaky and famous biscuit crust and is topped with sausage gravy, ham, cheese, and eggs.
Don’t settle for leftover pizza for breakfast. Head to Biscuit House for their rendition on breakfast pizza instead!
Marcia’s Silver Spoon Cafe
Don’t blink, or you’ll miss out on this hidden gem. Marcia’s Silver Spoon Cafe is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Sixth Ave, but it’s a breakfast spot you won’t want to skip out on. Here’s why.
Marcia’s Silver Spoon Cafe has that classic diner feel that everyone knows and loves. It’s cozy, familiar, and there’s no way you’ll leave on an empty stomach.
So if Tacoma is a city that’s new to you, you can still find the small-town comforts of a diner at Marcia’s Silver Spoon Cafe at 2601 S Tacoma Way.
Anthem Coffee and Tea
One of the most famous things out of the Pacific Northwest is coffee. If you’re visiting Tacoma, you might think you’re missing out on all of the Pike Place fanfare for coffee. But in reality, you couldn’t be more wrong. That’s because Tacoma’s got a number of amazing coffee shops and roasters.
Anthem Coffee and Tea is a small chain from the South Sound that not only handcrafts coffee beverages, but serves loose leaf tea, beer and wine. Try out favorites like the Grown-Ups Chocolate Milk (Marbled Cold Brew), or the Cuban Espresso.
We love their amazing cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting along with their savory scones. Try any number of their breakfast sandwiches. Most of their baked good are prepared by hand at their Point Ruston location.
With a hip, cozy ambiance to match their delectable coffee drinks, Anthem cements itself as “the place to be.”
Hob-Nob Restaurant & Lounge
Looking for a no-frills breakfast spot? Check out The Hob-Nob, located next to beautiful Wright Park.
Hob-Nob’s got everything you want in a diner: friendly staff, delicious food, and ginormous portions. What more could you want? A top of the line Bloody Mary?
Turns out, they have that too! Stuffed with all the goodies including olives, asparagus, and celery, Hob-Nob’s Bloody Mary is almost a meal in itself!
So when you visit Hob-Nob, save room for drinks with your breakfast!
Ready To Grab Breakfast in Tacoma?
From down-home diners to seafood buffets, there’s no shortage of places you can go for breakfast in Tacoma. So don’t come to Tacoma for the amazing scenery. Come for the best breakfast spots!
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