It is no secret that Portland, Oregon is a foodie’s paradise. With an incredible amount of local ingredients in the region plus a host of talented chefs, expect numerous delicious dining options, including late breakfast and brunch. Check out this list for our top 10 brunch options in the city.
Described as a ‘finer diner’, Dime Store is a new addition to Portland’s downtown culinary scene that offers guests a daily breakfast and lunch plus a weekend brunch. Opened this year by Dayna McErlean, this vibrant diner comes complete with retro-style furniture and a checkerboard-patterned floor, and serves delicious American cuisine made with the freshest farm ingredients available. Some tasty highlights from the brunch menu include baked French toast with oat streusel, maple syrup, whipped butter, and berries and eggs blackstone, which is a buttered English muffin topped with sliced tomatoes, bacon, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce. Delicious alcoholic beverages are also available, including boozy milkshakes.
Part of Portland’s culinary scene since 1903, Besaw’s is a beloved and cosy restaurant located in a 19th century building in the Alphabet District. With breakfast served everyday until 3pm, this venue is a great spot for late-risers looking for some delicious breakfast fare. The menu focuses on seasonal and sustainable ingredients procured from local sources, including the garden in the back, and features a host of options from egg dishes to items from the griddle to house specialties. Mouth-watering dishes to note are the oatmeal pancakes with dried cranberries and the corned beef hash with poached eggs and a biscuit. Besaw’s is a friendly place that will sate many brunch lovers’ hunger, including those looking for gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Beast is an exquisite farm-to-table restaurant owned by chef Naomi Pomeroy who is also the winner of the 2014 James Beard Award for ‘Best Chef Northwest’. This warm and inviting restaurant offers prix-fixe dinner and brunch menus. Brunch is served on Sundays only, with seating at 10am and 12pm. The four-course menu changes each week to highlight the freshest products from local farmers’ markets. Past delectable offerings include spiced apple clafoutis with maple-glazed house bacon plus whipped mascarpone; and Beast hash, which consists of braised beef cheeks, delicata squash, orange cauliflower, black garlic hollandaise, confit baby potatoes, zucchini, red pepper, and a poached duck egg.
Owned by chef Lisa Schroeder, Mother’s has been part of Portland’s culinary scene since 2000 and features mouth-watering American cuisine. Inspired by comfort food, the menu includes a host of refined homemade classics, all of which are made using the best Pacific Northwest ingredients available. Luckily, isn’t just relegated to the weekend at Mother’s, but is available Tuesday through Sunday. Highlights include stuffed frittata with bacon and cheddar and biscuits and country sausage gravy served with two eggs. The restaurant also offers vegetarian dishes and an array of drinks.
Wanting to create a place where they could share the food of their country, a group of friends from France opened La Provence in Lake Oswego, Oregon in 1996. Today it includes Petite Provence, which has three locations throughout Portland. A lovely boulangerie and patisserie, these venues serve a tantalizing array of baked goods plus full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Diners can opt for a baked treat with their coffee or go for something heartier, like risotto cakes made with bacon, asparagus, mushrooms, red onions, and basil topped with poached eggs accompanied by Provençal potatoes and butternut squash. There are also sweet options, including the bread pudding soufflé with apricots, goat cheese, and apple crème anglaise.
Located in the Montgomery Park area, Rae’s Lakeview Lounge is a lovely bar and restaurant serving American cuisine for lunch and dinner plus weekend brunch. Diners can choose to sit indoors or outside while enjoying a variety of sweet and savory brunch items in this laid-back atmosphere. Noteworthy dishes include the Dutch baby pancake topped with strawberries and crème fraîche and the westover omelet stuffed with Pacific shrimp, roasted red pepper, caramelised shallots, homemade crème fraîche and topped with avocado. With so many tasty food options and cocktails, including bottomless mimosas at an affordable price, diners will love this neighborhood gem.
Established in 2012 in northern Portland, Sweedeedee is a sweet café featuring American cuisine. This charming establishment is a real delight complete with vintage furniture and a friendly atmosphere that serves breakfast, lunch, plus an array of sweets seven days a week. Ingredients are procured from local sources, and the menu offers diners a tasty array of items, such as corncakes served with eggs, bacon, braised green. A visit to this restaurant would not be complete without trying a baked good or slice of pie, including the salted honey pie with an all-butter crust.
A part of Portland’s culinary scene since 2010, Tasty n Sons features creative American cuisine in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Owned by chef John Gorham, this family style restaurant and bar offers brunch aficionados a chance to take delight in their favorite meal every day. The menu changes daily in order to highlight the freshest seasonal ingredients available. Past dishes have included sweet biscuits served with huckleberry compote and whipped cream; the fall muffin with chanterelles, fromage blanc, mesclun greens, tomato jam, and a fried egg; and pork cutlets with an egg and sautéed spinach. With the success of its first location, this restaurant has expanded into two locations.
Located in the heart of the Alberta Arts neighborhood, Tin Shed Garden Café is a welcoming restaurant that serves American comfort food to hungry diners seven days a week. With an emphasis on quality ingredients, the breakfast menu has something for everyone, including meat lovers, vegetarians, vegans and those who are looking for gluten-free options. Within an art-infused space that features artworks by local artists, diners can enjoy a host of delicious plates, including eggs Benedict with roasted veggies, poached eggs, and homemade hollandaise sauce and sweet potato French toast with powdered sugar, fruit compote, and maple syrup. Tin Shed Garden Café is a place to take the whole family; they have a children’s menu complete with baby food, and even welcome dogs with a dog-friendly menu.
Established in 2007 in the Woodstock area, Toast is a delightful neighborhood venue serving brunch seven days a week. A cozy and friendly place, this restaurant focuses on local, seasonal, and natural ingredients. Whether diners are seeking something sweet or savoury, they will not be disappointed with the menu, which includes French toast topped with vanilla bean crème fraîche, pear chutney, and maple syrup and eggs Benedict topped with ham, tempeh, poached eggs and homemade hollandaise sauce. For those wanting an adult beverage, there are several brunch cocktails and hot drinks available as well.