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The 7 Best Portland Brunch Spots
These PDX brunch spots will make you wish every day was the weekend.
Head to Café Broder for Swedish brunch favorites such as smoked trout, open-faced sandwiches and baked eggs.(Jeremy Pawlowski)
Portlanders have their favorite places for pancakes, waffles and chicken, or good ol' bacon and eggs. U.S. News asked local experts to share their go-to brunch spots. Here's what they said.
Tasty n Alder and Tasty n Sons
Tasty n Adler and Tasty n Sons(David L. Reamer)
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You can expect to wait in line to get seated, or Heath suggests waiting until the early afternoon, after the rush, to go. "You can still get all the brunch experience without having to wait for two and a half hours," Heath says.
Another option is Tasty n Sons, its sister restaurant in north Portland, says Marcus Hibdon, director of communications and public relations for Travel Portland, the city's tourism organization.
"It's the same owner, a guy named John Gorham, who's a well-known restaurateur and chef in the city," says Hibdon. "He took the idea of a small plate, shared plate tapas-style dining and applied it to brunch. It's the kind of place where you go in with a couple friends, you order a number of small plate dishes, and you share everything. The food coming out of there is amazing. One of my favorite dishes [at Tasty n Sons] is this sausage polenta ragu. That is a soft, kind of creamy polenta with a slice of mozzarella cheese and a spicy sausage ragu on top of it. It's almost like eating a meat porridge, if you will – absolutely delicious."
Brunch is served daily at Tasty n Alder from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at Tasty n Sons from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Pine State Biscuits
"If you are up for it, nothing beats Pine State Biscuits," Welsh says. "Don't make plans for a couple of hours afterward. It is so good."
It seems like only yesterday when Pine State Biscuits brought Southern breakfasts to the Pacific Northwest, but the business is now more than 10 years old and has four locations in Portland. The signature Reggie sandwich is fried chicken, bacon and cheese topped with gravy over a flakey biscuit. You can get the Reggie Deluxe, too, which adds an egg to the sandwich.
Breakfast is served daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Café Broder(Jeremy Pawlowski)
Café Broder is a Swedish breakfast and lunch place. "A really great brunch," Hibdon says.
Think smoked trout, porridges, open-faced sandwiches, baked eggs and aebleskivers (Danish pancakes). And if you're having lunch, there are Swedish meatballs. The restaurant focuses on breakfast "bords": wooden planks on which small dishes of meat, cheeses, fish and other goodies are served. "You can have a bord with egg and trout and biscuit and cheese and jams and cold meat," says Alex Dawes, general manager at the Embassy Suites Portland – Downtown.
Brunch is served daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you're on Portland's east side across the Willamette River and planning to explore the Hawthorne neighborhood, start your journey at Juniors Cafe. As the restaurant claims on its website, it offers "Good food. No nonsense." Look for the Abe Vigoda Greek scramble, or the French toast with bacon crumbles and roasted pecans.
"It's really cool, just classic diner food, but they also have a lot of really great vegan stuff, too," Heath says. "It has an awesome rock-and-roll vibe to it. And it's a great jumping-off point to start walking up Hawthorne."
Breakfast is served weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Screen Door is perhaps Portland's most popular brunch location – if you're measuring by the length of the line to be seated, which sometimes stretches around the block.
"Screen Door is wildly popular, and you can expect a long wait," says Lucas Lee, general manager at Hotel Rose - A Staypineapple Hotel. "But it's worth it if you do."
You can usually walk in and sit down on Tuesdays and Wednesdays without a wait. This is another Southern-themed brunch spot, but with influences of Tex-Mex, French and Creole cuisine.
Breakfast is served weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and weekend brunch is from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Mother's Bistro & Bar
Mother's is the place to go for those special family occasions – or when you just really want a fantastic brunch. The stuffed frittata is a favorite. It's an open-faced omelet with bacon, cheddar cheese and potatoes, topped with sour cream and green onions. Also a favorite among children (and adults) is the crunchy French toast: thick slices of challah bread, dipped in cornflakes and grilled golden brown.
Insider tip: Mother's won't seat you until everyone in your party has arrived. Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekends. It's closed Monday.
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Located in the Pearl District is the Byways Cafe, which has been serving American classics since 1999. Look for the blue corn pancakes, served with honey pecan butter and syrup.
"I had someone describe it as a cross between your grandma's kitchen and truck stop diner," Welsh says. "And that fits it really well."
Breakfast is served Monday through Friday from 7 to 11 a.m., and on weekends from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To experience more of what Portland has to offer, check out the U.S. News Travel guide.
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