With the launch of our tour of the Pacific Northwest, we’ve been learning more and more about the beautiful cities found in Oregon and Washington—and a lot of our learnings have been based around the region’s incredible food.
When I set out to research this blog post about where to eat in Portland, I did what everyone on our writing team does: I sent an all-staff email to our teams in Boston, Denver and Toronto to see if anyone had any insight to share. Being the company of traveling foodies that we are, I got an overwhelming amount of recommendations that I’ll be organizing and sharing over the course of a few posts.
But first, brunch.
Brunch is a cultural obsession in Portland. In fact, it’s so competitive that it’s easy to find a decent mid-morning meal. “Any place with good online reviews is going to be amazing,” says former Portland resident and Go Ahead Software Developer, Joe. ”Just call ahead to see if there’s a line or get there early.” To help you on your way to an amazing brunch in Portland, here are a few of our favorite places.
Tasty n Alder
580 SW 12th Avenue
This beloved restaurant is helmed by renowned chef John Gorham and boasts a menu made to share family-style. Our favorites include the spicy, Spanish-influenced potatoes bravas and the frittata served in a cast iron skillet. For cocktails, try the Kentucky Peach, a refreshing sip that’s somewhere between a Bellini and an old fashioned.
Bread & Ink
3610 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
This neighborhood favorite specializes in Liège-style waffles, which are chewy and studded with pearls of sugar. Grab a decadently flavored waffle (like bacon, brie and basil) at the Waffle Window outside, or sit down inside for the chicken and waffles with gravy.
2337 East Burnside Street
Since Screen Door is one of the city’s most sought-after brunch spots, anyone with a weekday free is in luck—they serve breakfast all week. Avoid the weekend crowds to get more time to savor the southern-style fare, like the low country shrimp and grits, buttermilk fried chicken and oyster benedict.
Where is your favorite place to brunch in Portland? Tell us in the comments!