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The Place : Bacco Cafe , 86 Pine St., 443-5443, DOWNTOWN

The Hours: Daily, 7am-3pm

**See Also: Brunch at the Baranof is Best Served Wet

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For Bacco's Best Brunch Go Back in Time

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The Place: Bacco Cafe, 86 Pine St., 443-5443, DOWNTOWN

The Hours: Daily, 7am-3pm

**See Also: Brunch at the Baranof is Best Served Wet

Uptown, Downtown, or Down Home: Uptown in the heart of downtown. This boutique eatery has the waiting list and prices you'd expect in a semi-tourist trap location.

Bubbles, Bloodies, or Black Coffee: The bubbles are fine and served with fresh juice. The bloodies are quite basic. The coffee is Fonte and great in both the drip and espresso varieties. Freshly-squeezed juices have been a selling point of Bacco's for years. On the day of my visit however, our server rattled off a list of fruits they were out of. Considering their address is technically in Pike Place Market, it's somewhat ridiculous they should ever run out of pears.

Hungover, Hooked-Up or Hanging with the Family: This spot is tiny and accommodating, but a large group would require quite a wait. It took almost 30 minutes to seat our party of two on a Monday morning. Kids are welcome, but they will most likely be sitting on a high stool or shoulder-to-shoulder with another patron.

This wouldn't be my first choice for hungover dining: It's bright, crowded and full of people planning their "visits" around downtown Seattle. If you and/or your hook-up are the type of people who don't really care about food but get off on throwing money around --and you're within walking distance of the scene of the crime-- by all means, enjoy Bacco.

What's Cooking?: Honestly, I'm not really sure. What was once a go-to for perfect Eggs Benedict was either having an off day or has completely derailed.

Though the crab was outstanding, the rest of the Dungeness Crab Benedict (Dungeness crab meat, slices of Hass avocado on multi-grain English muffin) left much to be desired. My request for a medium poach was met by a completely cold, runny yolk. The Hollandise sauce was (thankfully) scarce, bland, below room temp and startlingly similar to the one served at the Baranof. I'd wager a tidy sum my English muffin never saw a toaster. The accompanying house potatoes were sad and unseasoned. And, of course, it cost $15. The Roasted Vegetable Quiche (roasted pepper, onion and tomato with gorgonzola cheese -$10.50) wasn't much better. It came to the table cold as well, with some under-dressed wilted greens.

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