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Space Needle–a Seattle Brunch

Posted by joeabbott on July 9, 2017

Well, the Space Needle has been a Seattle institution since opening in 1962 and just as the restaurant up-top has always revolved, allowing for a changing view, the quality of food coming from the kitchens has likewise changed. I can’t speak for the early days, but when I got to town in 1989, dining at the ‘Needle had already taken on a form over substance sorta vibe … or, said more clearly, you went there to have dined at a revolving restaurant, not for the food.

I can happily say that’s no longer the case. It may have been excellent for a while, but my outing there yesterday confirms there’s still a lot of goodness coming out of the stoves and off the cooktops at the Space Needle restaurant: the Sky City.


My mother treated my younger brother and his family, along with Suzy and me, to a very fine brunch at the Sky City. I won’t try to detail all of the menu offerings, but will speak from firsthand experience about my meal!

Before our meal started, our prompt waitress brought out beverages of our choice and baskets of scones with a crusting of coarse sugar. The OJ I got tasted like oranges were squeezed right there in the kitchen and had someone told me they were picked from the tree just that morning, I wouldn’t have been surprised. Perhaps I’m jaded by the Tropicana juice we get from the local Safeway, but that was a good juice and the scones weren’t bad. Suzy retains her Scone Queen title in this area, but the Sky City bakers have nothing to be ashamed of.

I started the meal proper with a little something called a Malted Waffle, which was a quarter of a ~4” Belgian waffled covered with strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream that was so fresh it set a standard for the rest of the meal. The waffle was crisp, the berries flavorful, and it really left you wanting more … but I wasn’t left wanting for long! Very shortly my The Benny arrived.

The Benny is their version of an eggs Benedict that wasn’t the best I’d had (a little something I enjoyed in New Orleans retains that title) but I’d order it again in an instant. Proper poaching of the eggs, a Canadian bacon flavorful enough that I reluctantly shared a snipped with Suzy, and a hollandaise sauce that you could have stood a spoon up in if you’d have had a deep enough dish. Or had the restraint to keep from using the spoon to shovel that tastiness into your mouth! Altogether it was a dish worthy of being the second best I’ve had. Hardly notable but they served that with enough cubed potatoes that I had a hard time eating them all … but a boy’s gotta do what a boy’s gotta do. I ate ‘em!

I finished my meal with a rhubarb and strawberries cobbler that had a thick, crunchy topping and a nice, tart center. While I was starting to feel the burden of all the food that came before it, I polished off my dessert and thought it a fine way to finish a fine meal. All I was missing was a place to lay down to nap as I let it all settle.

So, that’s my review of the Sky City Brunch served atop the Space Needle. A revolving restaurant is no longer the novelty that will draw you to this restaurant; a delicious menu and excellent food can now be your lure!

I hope you can make it and enjoy as much as I did. Thanks for dropping in.


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