Boom Noodle's Chicken-Fried Steak

Sometimes, the breakfast menu at family restaurants can seem just a bit too repetitious. After all, how many variations of French toast and pancakes can you possibly stomach? It’s fun to change it up once in a while. At Boom Noodle’s University Village location, the only one opening on weekends at 8:30 a.m. (great for early risers), try favorite breakfast foods served with an Asian twist!

The “chicken fried steak”, for example, consists of a katsu chicken cutlet served with shiitake mushroom gravy over rice and an optional fried egg. The portions are large enough to share, but the flavors aren’t really all that heavy; the Boom Benedict, in turn, is made with char siu pork, poached eggs, an English muffin, and a miso hollandaise. The restaurant boasts several different types of eggs, as exemplified by the Pad Thai Omelet, which contains eggs, bean sprouts, onions, chicken, tofu, cilantro, chili flakes, peanuts and rice noodles.

Kiddos can order a bento box breakfast for just $4.95; this compact delight includes an egg, rice or hash browns, and dollar-sized Boom pancakes flavored with yuzu. Boom also offers several freshly squeezed juice blends, such as cucumber mint fizz, yuzu lemonade, Pike Street pear, and Pine Street apple – all of which are more fun than just orange juice. The restaurant offers a tasty blend of the exotic and the familiar; in addition to the more unfamiliar fare, you can get something as simple and universal as as a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal.

2675 NE Village Lane, Seattle, 206-525-2675.

– Hsiao-Ching Chou