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10 Best Places to Grab Breakfast in Tacoma

Breakfast in Tacoma

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!

Viva 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.

Shakabrah Java

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.

Lobster Shop

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.

Southern Kitchen

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.

Biscuit House

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!

If this list left you hungry for more, great! Check out these restaurants for the best lunches and dinners.

Coffee Drink Restaurants

Tacoma’s Best Coffee – Manifesto Coffee Now Open

Manifesto Coffee Single Origin Whole Bean House Blends

Manifesto Coffee Satisfies Your Daily Caffeine Dose

Manifesto Coffee Espresso Bean Roaster

Manifesto Coffee hit the ground running when their dynamic team opened  doors in October 2016,  emphasizing what’s important to many when it comes to coffee. This shop focuses on superbly roasted beans, and offers Fair-Trade, Organic, Single-Origin Coffee. The coffee has a rich full-bodied flavor that might have you going back for a second Americano. Before you get trapped by winter storms, stop by and pick up one of their original house blends. Hours of operations are 6 AM to 5 PM pm on weekdays and 8 AM to 5 PM on weekends. Manifesto Coffee is located on South 11th Street in Tacoma’s Hilltop Neighborhood

Meet the Masterminds

Behind the bar Manifesto Coffee

Manifesto Coffee is a casual coffee shop, co-owned by Israel Hickey and Jack Saffle. This pair has taken their combined coffee expertise and collaborated with a couple close counterparts to create their version of the corner coffee shop. Israel the Head Roaster, lets the beans speak for themselves. His skillful roasting brings out a rich aroma and full bodied flavor profile. I had a moment to discuss the details with Jack. He shared with me in all honesty how for him this local coffee joint embodies all things Tacoma. This is a place for Skaters, Dungeon and Dragons folk and the alternative locals. Not only is this a space to drink amazing coffee, but its a place to collaborate and share their love of Tacoma. With coffee at their core, it’s not hard to see why Manifesto Coffee is the next up-and-coming neighborhood attraction.

The Main Event, Single Origin Espresso

Manifesto Coffee Single Origin Whole Bean House Blends

Establishing themselves in the Fair Trade Organic scene, Manifesto Coffee is available at Harbor Greens, the Tacoma Boys 6th Ave, Puyallup and Lakewood locations, Stadium Thriftway, and Dave’s Meat and Produce. Whats more, their variety of blends have unique flavor profiles which are highlighted in the charismatic names.

Sumatra Takengon has a truly decadent taste. This Single Origin blend has a sweet flavor profile that highlights strawberry, cinnamon, and hibiscus. Consequently the name take-n-gone showcases its popularity as this house original has flown off the shelves. Alternatively, Ethiopia Yirgacheffe hits more floral notes, embodying elderflower, honey and melon for a smooth taste. Indeed spice is not forgotten with the Mexico Chiapas. This spicy bright coffee has notes of cedar and tobacco. No doubt this coffee will transport drinkers somewhere warmer. Finally Nicaragua San Juan De Rio Coco has rich apricot, hazelnut notes. This cup of Joe goes perfectly with your favorite chocolate pastry. If you aren’t sure what caffeine hits the spot just ask your barista for a recommendation.

2 Ways to Enjoy

For most of us, coffee helps us to speak to other humans in the morning. The first way to try this new local coffee shop is to of course stop by and get caffeinated. Not everyone takes their coffee black. For this reason, Manifesto Coffee and 1022 have you covered. The syrups on the espresso bar are made from scratch by the craft cocktail professionals at 1022 on South J Street. They are coupled with seasonal, organic flavors that in my opinion are some of the best blended syrups around. Moreover, the second way to enjoy is to grab a bag of beans from your local grocer and perk up with a french press.Considering that you’re already in the neighborhood, go grab some java from these local experts. Tell them Clever Neighbor sent you and you seek caffeine!

Manifesto Coffee
Address: 1003 S 11th St, Tacoma, WA 98405
Phone: (360) 775-9834
Hours: 6AM–5PM

Clever Neighbor Coffee Family Food Tacoma

Drive Thru Donuts in Tacoma But Bring Cash

Pao's Donuts and Coffee Shop

Donuts from a Drive Thru!  I must have crashed and gone to heaven!

If you have a hankering for donuts in Tacoma, check out Pao’s Donuts and Coffee Shop in Tacoma’s West End (making the West Slope Historic). You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your car—they have a drive thru window! Bring cash though because credit cards are not welcome. However the inexpensive pricing will have you searching your seats for change (I speak from experience).

A fresh selection of Old Fashioned donuts in Tacoma at Pao’s Donuts and Coffee Shop

Pao’s Excels in its Simple Approach

I am impressed with the pricing, the simplicity and the excellence in their offerings. Eating at Pao’s has changed what I accept as a good donut. The owners have been there to serve me each time I go. They are quick let me know which donuts are fresh, and which are discounted day old donuts. I was hesitant in ordering an espresso from a donut shop, but I must say, my double tall latte was well made. Pao and his wife seem to take pride in their work, and the community has noticed . Pao’s was voted Best of the South Sound in 2016.

Pao’s was voted Best in the South Sound for 2016.

Family Business

The atmosphere may seem familiar to you. Pao’s is a former Dunkin Donuts. Pink donut boxes, stacked high behind the counter. Pictures of Pao’s children are on the walls, some with giant donuts. You get the feeling that Pao’s is not just a business—but a means to an end—a vision of what America can be and is.

Local To Tacoma

Pao’s is just off Highway 16 on 6th avenue, on the way toward Titlow Beach, where grown men once wrestled octopi. Tacoma Community College is nearby as is the Tacoma Musical Playhouse.  There are lots of things to do in Tacoma, but stopping here in a must!

Do you like musicals? Check out this 5 disk Boxset.

An assortment of syrups illuminated in Pao’s drive thru window, by the late day sun.

Don’t Forget The Cash!

Next time you’re cruising the streets, looking for some donuts in Tacoma, check out Pao’s Donuts and Coffee Shop. You won’t be disappointed–unless you forget your cash!