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The Place: Shadowland 4458 California Ave SW, 420-3817, WEST SEATTLE

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm for brunch, Standard menu till 2am.

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Shadowland's Brunch Boasts a Beautiful Bennie

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The Place: Shadowland 4458 California Ave SW, 420-3817, WEST SEATTLE

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am-3pm for brunch, Standard menu till 2am.

Uptown, Downtown or Down Home: An Uptown approach to a Down Home menu. Shadowland does a glitzy take on hearty home-style breakfast with a few classic lunch items thrown in for good measure. It's everything you'd want in a diner, but executed in a high end fashion. The posh booths, the detailed woodwork, and the flood of natural light let you know this ain't your Grandpop's coffee shop. You could liken Shadowland to a pair of pink Chanel cowboy boots - a top-of-the-line interpretation of something seemingly standard.

Bubbles, Bloodies or Black Coffee: All Three. Bloodies are available at this full-service bar, and the coffee is Caffé Vita. But with an entire menu devoted to sparking cocktails, get ready to get your Cava on. The Huckleberry Sparkler - $ 9 (Cava, 44 North, Chambord), the Sparkling Peach Cosmo - $ 9 (Cava, Peach Stoli, Triple Sec, Cranberry, Lime), and the Champagne Supernova - $9 (Cava, Huckleberry Vodka, Blood Orange, Peach Sorbet) are just a few of the bubbly concoctions you'll have trouble choosing from.

Hung-over, Hooked-Up or Hanging with the Family: A nice spot to take your parents or visiting out-of-towners, Shadowland's price points are fair, and boy, will they think you're classy. This is the spot where you take a hook up you are aiming to impress, but don't know well enough to accommodate their specific tastes. There is bar seating and Wi-Fi for solo dining and the wait staff are accommodating, but not up in your grill, making it a great place for heavy conversation and/or gossip.

What's Cooking: Shadowland has a tight but diverse menu for brunch and it wisely covers a myriad of cravings. Let's hope those Chanel boots are comfy and made for walkin', because they are about to take you global. The Smoked Ham Benny $10 (Split English Muffin, poached eggs, smoked ham, fresh made Hollandaise) was one of the best Bennies I've ever eaten and will surely be a candidate for my next "best" list. The eggs were perfectly poached and the scratch Hollandaise was outstanding. The Ginger Bread Pancakes $9 (Short stack Gingerbread pancakes, pineapple) were amazingly hearty, not too sweet, and bore the crunchy exterior one can only achieve using cast iron. If you are craving Mexi-brunch they have Huevos Rancheros $10 (Mexican style fried eggs, skillet potatoes, fresh pico, avocado).

Those who prefer things "lunchy" will be impressed with the very American Shadow Burger $11 (Fresh ground Wagyu beef, sharp Cheddar, caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato, garlic aioli - Add bacon or egg $2), the Hawaiian Sliders $9 (Hawaiian sweet rolls, grilled Spam, fried egg, NY Cheddar), and the menu surprise, Pho $10 (Rice noodle, beef broth, aromatics, cilantro, Thai basil, bean sprouts, beef or chicken) make for quite a satisfactory culinary trek right on the corner of California Avenue and Oregon Street.

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