Brunching My Way Through Portland

April 10th, 2014 by David Shin
Meurette Benedict at Petit Provence

Meurette Benedict at Petit Provence

Here at McBru, we often host out-of-town clients for meetings and events. And since Portland has a reputation as a “foodie” capital, these visitors often ask for advice on where to eat and drink to experience the best of Portland. That’s where I come in: I eat and drink across the city so you don’t have to, then recommend the best!

One area in which Portland excels is brunches. Here, brunches are served any day of the week, with weekend lines resembling those you’d see at Disneyland. That means that the best times to go for brunch to avoid a long wait are on the weekdays. Personally, I enjoy venturing out of my neck of the woods (Northeast Portland) to try the many options in different neighborhoods—here are a few I love, listed by their geographic area!

North Portland

Sweedeedee: This restaurant, located on N. Albina, is a tiny place that packs a flavorful punch (along with a side of hipster). Expect simple brunch fare, well made, and absolutely delicious. Waiting 30 minutes may be the norm. Dish to Try: Potato Plate—fingerling potatoes, smoked trout, baked egg and salsa verde.

Equinox: This restaurant, just off the main stretch of Mississippi Ave. on Shaver, boasts an outdoor garden patio, perfect for those spring and summer outings. Dish to Try: Zander’s Craving—Crème brulée French toast.

Tasty N’ Sons: For a few years now, Tasty N’ Sons has been the place to go for brunch. The restaurant, located on Williams, showcases slightly haute cuisine at reasonable prices. Your wait time may be lengthy, however. Dish to Try: All of it!

Northeast Portland

Petite Provence: Located in the Alberta Arts district, this boulangerie and patisserie also serves brunch, with a delectable array of sweets and desserts on display. Dish to Try: Meurette Benedict—eggs benedict with a burgundy reduction in place of the hollandaise.

Screen Door: Located on Burnside, this unassuming restaurant serves up delicious Cajun fare and breakfast with a Southern twist. Caveat Emptor—the line for brunch may be extensive, but worth it. Dish to Try: Chicken and Waffles!

Grain & Gristle: This is one of my favorite brunch spots with outdoor patio seating, located on NE Prescott. Dish to Try: You can’t go wrong with their rotating seasonal menu!

Southeast Portland

Broder Café: Located in the Clinton area, this cute spot is a Scandinavian restaurant serving up items from smorrebrods to bords. Dish to Try: Baked egg skillets and bords.

Roost: For slightly upscale fare without the wait, Roost offers a quiet atmosphere on Belmont, with attentive service. Dish to Try: Steak with onion rings, horseradish mustard cream, and fried eggs.

Accanto: Located on Belmont, the sister restaurant to famed Genoa, serves Italian-influenced fare. Waits aren’t as crazy, and the food is divine. Dish to Try: Ricotta doughnuts and duck hash.

Olympic Provisions: Possessor of the infamous Portlandia “MEAT” sign and purveyor of meats and sausages, Olympic Provisions serves up a delicious brunch. Of the two locations, I am biased toward the one on SE Washington. Dish to Try: “Flapjack Attack” Benedict.


Mother’s Bistro: Mother’s serves all around good food from its historic storefront in downtown Portland. Dish to Try: Most dishes!

Which brunch spots do you love? Did I miss any that should be featured? If so, I’ll make a date to try each one you recommend and report back on the dish to try..

Happy brunching!

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