It’s no secret that Portlanders are passionate about their brunch. Waiting in line on weekend mornings is just part of the fun. If it’s a little cold and rainy, that favorite dish at the end is just that much more delicious. So grab your favorite latte on the way to keep you warm, and queue up at one of these eight beloved bruncheries.
This popular popup recently added a brick and mortar location. They’ve kept their prix fixe format: one drink, one savory dish and one sweet dish for $22. Be sure somebody at your table orders the funnel cake! So. Much. Yum.
Southern-inspired decadence in the heart of the Pearl. Butterscotch Chip and Bacon Pancakes? Yes, please! But what we really love here is the drink list. Don’t miss the gin and cucumber shrub hangover cure called “But Did you Die?” or the Cafe Du Monde spiked coffee cocktail.
They have a Bloody Mary bar. And it has over 80 hot sauces. Need we say more? OK, Pork Belly Benedict. Go.
This Nordic fave now has several locations but we still love the original on Clinton street. It’s small and cozy and every seat has a full view of the kitchen. Of course, this means a line. But any item on the menu is worth it. Share a Broder Bord and don’t forget to get at least one order of the aebleskiver (Danish pancakes that resemble doughnut holes).
If brunch is synonymous with fried chicken and waffles in your mind, this is the place. The shrimp and grits and oyster po-boy are also totally on point. If you can, visit on a weekday and skip the line.
With all-star alums from Portland’s dining scene (Ava Gene, Café Castagna, Le Pigeon), you can’t go wrong here. But what makes Tusk really stand out is its focus on vegetables and its complex Middle Eastern flavors. Be sure to try the pastries. We’re still dreaming about the Pistachio Gooey Butter Cake.
For some of us, no brunch list would be complete without Dim Sum. It’s true, Portland isn’t thought of as a Dim Sum destination but we do have quite a few worthwhile options. Whether you’re a connoisseur or a newbie, the Har Gow (shrimp dumplings) and cha siu bao (pork buns) are sure to delight.
Portland is in love with biscuits. PBS serves them up warm and dense. Slather them in honey butter and jam. Mop up your gravy. Or go for the impressive Reggie Deluxe. No breakfast sandwich will ever satisfy you again.
In a town with so many choices, maybe yours is simply the closest to your front door. Or the place around the corner that somehow never has a line. We’d love to hear about your favorite brunch spots. Because in this case, there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. Happy brunching!