We ended up at Portage Bay Cafe in Ballard. We chose this cafe for two reasons: 1) It had great reviews on Yelp! and a local friend recommended we eat here, and 2) We had plans to visit the locks in Ballard, so we thought it best to just drive once and eat there. If you find yourself in Seattle, this was a fantastic place to eat, and they do have locations other than the one in Ballard.
Upon looking at the menu, I opted not to have traditional pancakes, because they had one of my favorite meals on the menu, and it had a little twist to it. It was the Vegetarian Cannellini Bean Benedict. I love poached eggs, and I was looking forward to trying them on top of a bean cake instead of the more traditional english muffin. A bean cake can be considered a pancake, right? I mean it was fried and all. It was also topped with mizuna (a type of lettuce that was quite a bit like arugula) and a chimichurri sauce instead of the usual hollandaise sauce. Here's a picture of my meal:
It was absolutely fantastic! It was so tasty, I could have eaten this again for lunch and dinner that day.
Sam initially opted for an item off of the specials menu. It was a version of a Spanish tortilla. I don't remember exactly what was in it, but I do recall it had some sort of fish mixed into the eggs. This is what it looked like:
Sam didn't like the way his Spanish tortilla tasted, which is what usually happens when we order a Spanish tortilla here in the states. For some reason they just don't taste as good here as they do in Spain. So he changed his order to pancakes of course! Here is what they looked like:
They don't look like much, but they were quite tasty! They also had a toppings bar, and eventually Sam wandered over and added some strawberries and whipped cream to his pancakes. Check them out if you ever happen to be in Seattle.
Portage Bay Cafe