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The Place: Wild Mountain Cafe , 1408 NW 85th St., 297-9453, Crown Hill

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Wednesday-Monday

Uptown, Downtown, or Down Home:


Wild Mountain Cafe's Brunch Takes the Cake

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The Place: Wild Mountain Cafe, 1408 NW 85th St., 297-9453, Crown Hill

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Wednesday-Monday

Uptown, Downtown, or Down Home: Down home in an actual home. Residing in a converted residence, the nooks and crannies of the Wild Mountain Cafe provide a fair amount of seating without giving up any of their cozy, grandma's house vibe.

**See Also: The Top 5 Eggs Benedict In Seattle

Bubbles, Bloodies, or Coffee Black: The coffee is delicious Herkimer and there is real cream. The bubbles are nice and the juice is freshly squeezed. There is a full bar so whether you prefer a Bloody Mary or Maria, you are covered.

Hungover, Hooked-Up or Hanging with the family: Wild Mountain can seat large parties, but they don't take reservations for brunch, so groups should show up early. The bar area makes for great solo, hungover and kid-free brunching. This is the spot to take a hook-up of whom you are genuinely fond: You're sure to be amenable to joint custody of this place should things go wrong.

What's Cooking?: Gluten gluttons get ready, the fresh baked goods here will blow your mind. The Cinnamon roll's have a simple, traditional glaze and --as evidenced by the photo above-- are irresistible. The coffee cake is magical. It boasts layers of fresh berries and toasted nuts in a moist, spicy cake.

The Wild Mountain's Benedicts rank among our Top 5 in the city. The B.A.T. Bennie ($ 14.75, bacon, sliced avocado & sauteed tomatoes) is fantastic, with eggs so perfectly poached whoever is responsible for them should be teaching a class. The menu has a nice selection of Mexi-brunch fare like the La Cabana ($11.25, available Saturday & Sunday-corn tortillas layered with chicken sausage, green chiles, tomatoes, jack cheese and cumin-seasoned eggs, topped with scallions, fresh cilantro, salsa, sour cream, & served with fresh fruit & toast).

For a more regional breakfast try the Piper's Creek ($10.75, eggs scrambled with cold-smoked lox, chopped tomatoes, capers & cream cheese) that comes with a heaping helping of choices on the side: Two roasted garlic potato cakes and your choice of Dave's organic killer multigrain, sourdough or rye toast. Substitute English muffin, bagel or tortilla .75. Sub homemade coffeecake 1.75. Sub organic tofu for eggs 2.75. Whew.

The potato cakes here are extra special and for your flour-less friends, the Greta Garbo ($15.75- 2 potato cakes instead of an English muffin with Canadian bacon & sauteed spinach) provides a stellar, gluten-free breakfast option.

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