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José Perez opened Villa Escondida at 219 Broadway East, Suite 15 only a few months ago, in the old spot where Torteria Barriga Llena used to be. His mom and wife cook the food from cherished family recipes. (Image Courtesy: Villa Escondida)

3 new (and affordable) brunch spots on Capitol Hill

The quest for a great brunch in Seattle can lead to long lines, ridiculously expensive mimosas, and overall anxiety if you have more than a few people in your party.Capitol Hill is full of great restaurants, but it can be a nightmare to get a table at some of the most popular spots. Here are three new restaurants on Capitol Hill where you can easily grab a table while also getting some great food.

Villa Escondida. José Perez opened this tiny, tucked away spot at 219 Broadway East, Suite 15 only a few months ago, in the old spot where Torteria Barriga Llena used to be. His mom and wife cook the food from cherished family recipes, and are happy to talk to you about the methods and spices they use to create everything so authentically.

Villa Escondida serves breakfast Monday through Saturday starting at 7am, but they're closed on Sunday. (The restaurant is completely family-owned and operated, so it's the only way they'll get a day off.) You'll find Mexican classics likes Huevos Rancheros on the menu (for $7.95), but there are also standbys like pancakes and biscuits and gravy if you're looking for some more standard breakfast fare.

Villa Escondida219 Broadway E., Ste. 14
Seattle, WA 98102

Cafe Barjot. The little brother of Capitol Hill favorite, Bar Joe, Cafe Barjot is the latest creation from owner Wylie Bush. Joe Bar turns 17 years old this month and Bush decided it was time to expand, with a new spot down the street. Located at the spot where Chico Madrid used to be, Cafe Barjot features homemade baked goods: a departure from the beloved crepes at Joe Bar.

Chef and kitchen manager Maegan Rasmussen has spent the last few months furiously concocting delicious recipes like currant scones, eggs baked on prosciutto, and banana bread with big chunks of walnuts. Everything on the menu is less than ten bucks and they open up at 6:30 a.m. every day of the week. You order at the counter and grab your own table, so Cafe Barjot makes for a casual brunch.

Cafe Barjot
711 Bellevue Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98102

Cafe Solstice. Making its triumphant return to Capitol Hill, Cafe Solstice is bright, open, and friendly. It started as a coffee cart on Capitol Hill back in 1994, but then moved to the University District for the first brick and mortar store. The Cafe Solstice location on Capitol Hill opened about a month ago and has more than 3,000 square feet, so there's plenty of room for bigger parties. It opens at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. on the weekends.

General Manager Sarah Schafer recommends the granola and yogurt with Moroccan-spiced honey as a great pick-me-up breakfast. "Our main concern is really community and building relationships with our customers," Schafer told me. "Oftentimes, they become family and friends and there's this whole lineage that's created. It's sort of like a Cheers vibe."

Cafe Solstice
925 E. Thomas St.
Seattle, WA 98102

COMING SOON: Both the Canterbury Ale House and Sur 16 will have brunches starting very soon. Canterbury is already open and serving lunch and dinner, they plan on having brunch consistently by the end of July. Sur 16 will open in August.