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The Dish: Frelard's Most Hospitable Brunch

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Silencing the bear.
It's not hard to find Midwestern transplants living in Seattle. Just ask, and a lot of Space Needle elevator operators, dog walkers, and Zumba instructors will admit to having relocated to the Great Northwest from Grand Rapids, Dayton, or Milwaukee. Here's a basic stereotype about Midwesterners that's often spot on--if they're going to be nice, they're going to be nice to everybody. Not just to adults, but typically to children, and usually to animals. And while there's something distinctly Seattle about the aesthetic of The Dish on Leary Way, it's pretty easy to imagine sister versions of the place in Indiana or Ohio.

Regulars seated at the counter and servers tend to go out of their way to welcome kids--no huffs or eye rolls. If you're carrying a toddler toward the entrance, it's not uncommon for someone to open the door for you. And for someone else to tell you your kid is cute. And for a third person to nod in agreement.

Cut from the same cloth as other well-worn brunch spots like the 14 Carrot and Senor Moose, the Dish hasn't changed its menu or looks in good long while. Customers lined up outside the front windows, holding mugs of coffee while waiting for a weekend table confirm that the place must be doing something right.

Everybody says that service can make up for mediocre eats, but The Dish is one of those restaurants that has a gracious staff and thoughtful food. There are buttery scones, triple egg scrambles, and Canadian bacon. Oh, don't forget the kids menu starring a blueberry pancake shaped like a bear and dressed with banana rounds for eyes, a strawberry for a nose, and an apple slice for a mouth.

The Dish offers a lunch menu with a lot of well-constructed melts, dips, and burgers. But with breakfast served all day, it's hard to pass on the sweet and savory morning side of the menu. There are a lot of plates with Tex-Mex ingredients, like salsa, black beans, and tortillas on the list, alongside button-popping portions of house-made biscuits and gravy and corned beef hash.

Diced red potatoes and scones cozy up to buildable omelets stuffed with Swiss, sausage, spinach, and the other usual suspects. Meticulously arranged fruit plates lighten things up, with melon, berries, and oranges circling a carafe of yogurt tinged with gingery honey.

To make matters better, the once cash-only Dish accepts now credit cards. No more running across the street to the Fred Meyer ATM while your annoyed brunch date or squirmy kids twiddle their thumbs.

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