So I have done a few brunch blogs, I’ve featured a few restaurants, but I’ve never formally done a best brunches blog. And in a city where Brunch is a way of life I feel I’ve sinned in some way. I’ve always tried to emphasize that travel doesn’t need to break the bank. I also have a rule that I don’t like to wait more than 30 ish mins for brunch because Sorcha + no coffee/ food = monster.
Unique: Brunch MUST be something to write home about. There will be no big chains such as I-HOP or Applebees in this post. I like to support local businesses when I brunch.
Affordable: Brunch should be the start of your day, you do not want to go broke before you even get your day going! I believe in affordable travel.
Service: I am a stickler for good customer service. A great food experience can be ruined by a poor customer experience.
Delicious: You should walk away from brunch feeling too full and happy from all the fun you’ve had with your friends.
Note: Some of these places are notorious brunch haunts in Portland others are more off the beaten path. I don’t subscribe to the idea that if others like it it must be good so this list is a mishmash of great yelp finds, serendipitous happenings, and recommendations from friends.
Ah the Swedes! Walking into Broder is like walking into an IKEA catalogue (I love Ikea) . It’s painfully Swedish but in the best ways. Sleek and quirky decor, cozily laid out its great place for brunch for 2-4 people. Offering a wide range of dietary and preference options my all time favorite is their “Lost Eggs.” A buttery, creamy eggy, baked dish with a healthy topping of cheese and panko. I imagine this is what home tastes like for a Swedish person. I also highly recommend the white peach Bilini and the hot chocolate on the less alcoholic spectrum. At an average of $12 for food and drink per person Broder is a really unique experience.
La Petite Provence
Bonjour! Croissant! Omelette! We’ve exhausted all of my French at this point but, La Petite is a transportive experience. I walk in and I am instantly in Paris. Creating decadent French food and baked goods! Average costs of $10-13 per person, superb customer service, combined with a stapled and rotational menu make La Petite a MUST visit when coming to Portland. It is my families favorite place to brunch when they’re in town. I recommend the brûlée oatmeal and the chef’s omelette. Note: their portions are very generous and for a small extra charge you can do “Split” meals on many of their dishes. It’s great for a couple on a budget!
I have three words, Flap Jack Attack….That’s all you really need to know.
I’ve posted about Interurban before so I’ll let that article do most of the describing but even a few months later it’s still a favorite spot of mine. So affordable, so delicious. Running an average of $10-12 per plate it’s a great experience. They open at 10 and I have never had to wait more than 15 minutes for a table.
Tasty N Son’s
I love me a good Shakshuka. Tasty and Son’s is part of a small conglomerate of American New style restaurants. With heavy Mediterranean vibes they offer family sized shareable portions. Combining the best that the Pacific Northwest has to offer with a distinctively Israeli flare Tasty and Son’s gives a vibe of community, modernism and taste. This is a great place to go with a small group of friends to break bread and have great conversation in between mouthfuls.
At the end of the day there are so many awesome brunch places in this city. I could go on for years but these are my favorites. You’ll find some in big magazines and others you may not have heard of. I am ALWAYS looking for suggestions so if you have any PLEASE share in the comments and I’ll check them out!