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Aug 27, 2006 09:30 PM

DC Chowhound needs Sunday Brunch recommendations in PDX area


I'm looking for recommendations on a restaurant for this coming Sunday Brunch (labor day weekend). Does not have to be your typical brunch fare, it's just that we are all meeting at 11:00 - Would like something funky and eclectic in close in Pdx or Lake Oswego area. Brunch is going to be for myself, husband, aunt, her partner, my cousin and her boyfriend.


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  1. Make a reservation at Simpatica. It's the best in town IMO, and my partner and I are regulars.

    The menu listed is a sample menu. Today there was an amazing shrimp/sausage/roasted red pepper strata with hollandaise and a salad, the pancakes were blueberry, the syrup with the waffles (which are also amazing) was peach. They have a small drink menu, serve local Stumptown Hairbender Blend coffee (yum) and the juices are fresh. You can also get yummy scrambled eggs with meat and potatoes. Much of the meat is made (like the sausage and ham stuff) by them in their butcher store, Viande.

    Today we had the strata, a cheeseburger (my partner's stomach has no clock), a biscuit with their homemade spiced pear butter and two coffees. Bill was $23. Won't have to eat until dinner... ;o)

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    1. re: JillO

      Just FYI - Simpatica only accepts reservations for parties of eight or more.
      So - my husband and I will go a little earlier than the rest of the party and put our names in for what should probably be about a 45 minute wait on a Sunday around 11....

      1. re: schoenick

        Hey all,

        Thanks for the great recommendations. My husband and I went around 11:00 but didn't get seated til noon. The food was awesome though (and the coffee drinkers amongst us, appreciated the free coffee while we waited)! We each ordered something different and were all pleased with the results.

        The only draw back I can mention is that the hall is a little loud. It was hard to carry on a six way conversation on top of the echoing in the hall. Otherwise, it was a great experience and I would recommend again.

        1. re: schoenick

          So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reporting back, we really appreciate that around here.

    2. I had the pleasure of dining at Simpatica this morning, too, for the very first time. We arrived shortly after 9:30am and had just a five minute wait for a table. JillO has already recapped the menu nicely but I'll add that they also had a corned beef hash and fried chicken on the menu! Woe is being a vegetarian...

      I enjoyed a ham-free eggs benedict (I know, I know) that was scrumptous in its simplicity. My friend had the house-made sausage, fried egg and corn cake dish and said it was heavenly.

      1. I haven't tried their brunch, but I imagine that La Provence's is at least decent as is their other food. While I whole-heartedly support a rec like Simpatica, if you don't have the time or inclination to travel, you might try La Provence in Lake Oswego instead:


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        1. re: extramsg

          I love the La Provence for Breakfast/Brunch. Has to be the best straight eggs/bacon/toast in town. $7.25 and it gets you juice and coffee too.

        2. This ain't funky, but it is the best food/service in NW Oregon:

          Original Pancake House
          on Barbour Blvd at SW 24th, Portland

          no reservations

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          1. re: daawgon

            As much as I like the OPH (I try to have an apple pancake with a side of the thick cut bacon at least once a year...and they serve real cream with the coffee!! :o) I can't imagine what the wait would be like at 11am on the Sunday of a holiday weekend - for 6 no hour or two??? If you get there after 7:30 am on a weekday you have to wait! Still, very good food in absurdly large portions and I have always had good service there, no matter how slammed.

            I'd choose Simpatica (which is truly worth the trip into PDX proper) with La Provence as a back-up second if you really don't want to make the trip. It really is too bad that the OPH doesn't take reservations.

            1. re: JillO

              I don't get the continued popularity of OPH. They've been coasting on their rep for years, IMHO. Overpriced, surly service, no credit cards, long wait...what's not to love? The '50's "exotic" cuisine?

          2. I started going to the OPH when I lived in Chicago, there are several locations around the Chicagoland area. When I moved here, I was kinda tickled to learn that the ORIGINAL OPH was actually here. I really like going out to breakfast and going to the OPH (with a huge menu and a bazillion pancake choices) was a neat thing to discover.

            It has always been a more expensive breakfast than most, but the portions are huge. I have never had anything but good service here and at several locations in Chicago and don't really care if a place takes credit cards or not (I don't find cash inconvenient, though I do realize I am in the minority on that one.). The long wait though - that does really annoy me...that's one of the reasons I go so infrequently and go absurdly early and on a week day when I do go.

            Sorry you don't like it and have obviously had bad service there...sounds kinda like you've been scarred by the experience. Don't worry we won't force ya to go there. ;o) I feel that way about the Cup and Saucer (coasting on a rep for years, lousy food and service, yet a long wait (on weekends)).

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            1. re: JillO

              I didn't even know that C&S had a good rep to coast on. I just thought it brought in the S&M crowd who liked a little punishment every weekend.