A few weeks ago I went to visit Wheel in Kirkland. I asked him to take me to Brown Bag Cafe, the place he discovered recently and raved so much about. He told me about the portion size here, and it was only described as gigantic. Breafkast/brunch is my favorite meal, gigantic breakfast/brunch, I had to see it myself.
My friends got the California Breakfast Sandwich, Garden Skillet, Corned Beef Hash, with a side of Apple Cinnamon Sausage. I decided to tackle The Big Mike.
When the food hit our table, it literalyl looked like mountains and mountains of food. It was kind of ridiculous, in a funny and good way.
I ordered The Big Mike with pit ham and banana pecan pancakes. It also had 2 eggs, and hash browns. It was really kind of hard to know where to start when you got that much food. The slice of ham was so giant, it covered half of the plate. I was glad the ham wasn’t dry. My eggs were cooked perfectly. The part that made the breakfast really stand out was the hash browns. They were so yummy. They were sort of in scallop potato shapes, they had a great crust on the outside, and it was so buttery and creamy on the inside. It was one of the best hash browns I’ve had.
The Banana and Pecan Pancakes it came with were giant. They were really thick, about an inch thick for 2 pancakes stacked on top of each other, and really fluffy. They were topped with bananas, icing sugar and pecans, they were delicious, and almost impossible to finish. Actually, it was impossible for me to finish.
I also had parts of my friend’s breakfasts, and they were all really good. The California Breakfast Sandwich had eggs, avocado, sausages and cheddar cheese. It also came with a mountain of their awesome hash browns and fruits. The sandwich was giant, the in-house made bread was toasted perfectly. There was a lot of everything in that one sandwich, I especially loved the avocados.
The Garden Skillet had eggs, mushrooms, zucchinis, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, with melted mozzarella on top. One thing I liked about this dish was the vegetables weren’t cut in tiny little cubes, you can actually see, and really taste them. It was really yummy, really nice with the cheese on top, and it had hash browns at the bottom of the skillet. Another giant dish.
We did end up packing most of our food home. Our theory for the restaurant name was that because they give you so much food, that you have to ‘brown bag’ it home. Sometimes giant food portions for restaurants could just be a gimmick, so I was really glad that the food actually taste great too. They’ve definitely lived up to their slogan: No Sissy Food Here.
Note: Opens until 3pm daily. Unlimited Toast.
Brown Bag Cafe
12217 NE 116th St
Kirkland, WA 98034