The Place: The Blue Glass , 704 NW 65th St., 206-420-1631, BALLARD

Hours: Starts at 10 a.m., Sundays only.

Uptown, Downtown or Down Home: Down


At Ballard's Blue Glass, Brunch Brims with Class


The Place: The Blue Glass, 704 NW 65th St., 206-420-1631, BALLARD

Hours: Starts at 10 a.m., Sundays only.

Uptown, Downtown or Down Home: Down home taken way uptown. Think Paula Deen grub reinterpreted by a savvy modern chef in approach and portion. The joint itself is elegant and warm, with your choice of bright-as-the-day-will-allow window seating or a few darken corner spots for a more dramatic/romantic vibe.

Bubbles, Bloodies or Black Coffee: All three, all fancy. The coffee is Herkimer, potent and presented in a lovely, ceramic service. The fully stocked bar provides beautiful bloodies. The mimosas were delicious and are made with fresh juice.They did, however, seem a bit skimpy in their toasting flutes. At a joint like this and at this price, to be competitive with other brunch locals, those fizzy delights should be coming out in a highball or pint glasses.

Hungover, Hooked -Up or Hanging with the Family: The Blue Glass is always 21 and over and it's too grown up for kids to enjoy anyway. There's bar seating and wi-fi for solo diners. This is the place to bring a hook-up you are aiming to dazzle or someone you've been trying to take on a real date but can only get to commit to a brunch, as it will most certainly impress their pants right off. But be warned: It is also the kind of spot you'll fight to take possession of after a break-up.

What's Cooking: Holy Hell! This is some good food! The kind that induces you to make ridiculous "nummm-numm" noises while you're eating and think about the next day when you wake up. The #1 Eggs Benedict (Carlton Farms pulled pork with caramelized sweet onion, poached eggs, Hollandaise, potatoes or cheese grits-$11) is one of the most tasty takes on a Bennie I've ever eaten. I would have liked for the pork to have had a sweet hint of sauce--maybe Carolina-style BBQ--to complement the savory scratch Hollandaise, but it was still very satisfying.

The cheese grits are the best I've had in Seattle and the eggs were perfectly poached. The Blue Glass smartly does breakfast sides like Grilled French Bread (semi-sweet chocolate ganache, toasted almonds-$4) and the decadently divine Caramelized Bacon (maple bourbon goat cheese, apple- $7). I didn't sample the Morning Poutine (fries, sausage gravy, cheddar-$7) or the Chicken Fried Pork Cutlet (thyme biscuit, sausage sage gravy- $9 add 1 egg-$2, 2 eggs-$3) on this trip, but I will on my next, as the Blue Glass is the kind of place that once visited, will quickly become a favorite.

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