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ann.aman Dec 17, 2007 01:33 PM

I need suggestions! Thanks! :)

  1. JillO Dec 18, 2007 07:47 AM

    Sat & Sun - Podnah's (NE Prescott and 15th) - best smoked trout hash I've had anywhere, great eggs/ham/biscuit/grits plate

    Sun only - Simpatica (SE Ash betw. 8th & 9th) - everything is good, esp. fried chicken & waffles and the strata (if they have it)

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      MichaelG Dec 18, 2007 10:04 AM

      If hedonism is what you're after, the London Grill at the Benson is rediculously opulent. Everything you could imagine and more. The desserts alone take up more space than most buffets.

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        burritobelle Dec 18, 2007 07:58 PM

        The Cricket Cafe is literally the best brunch Ive had in the nation! I love love love it!

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          lpfaf Dec 19, 2007 01:13 AM

          There are hundreds of amazing brunch spots in Portland (almost all in Southeast), but every one of them is packed to the gills on a weekend. I used to get together with coworkers one Monday morning a month for breakfast just to avoid that problem.

          Genie's is one of those rare places that is both amazing and overrated (sadly, they stopped making the astounding hashbrown-potato-pancake-things). The Doug Fir is a good standard brunch with some nice twists in a fun, hip Ikea-meets-National Park space (though the hollandaise isn't my favorite). Junior's is a little less well-known, so there may be less of a wait, without being any less great. If you're in Northwest, Meriwether's is quite good (and about the only brunch spot in that part of town). Stepping Stone Cafe in NW is really damn good, but you have to expect both a line and the kind of service that comes with the motto, "you eat here because we let you." The recommendation for Cricket Cafe is worth seconding. Beaterville is a lot of fun, and way off in the wilds of North Portland. But I think the level of competition is so high that it's almost hard to get a bad brunch in Portland.

          1. slobhan Dec 20, 2007 06:51 AM

            I second the Simpatica rec, but get there either before 9 or after 10, there is literally a line out front before they open most weekends.

            I also love Bijou at 132 SW 3rd Ave — more of a breakfast/lunch diner, but so friendly and delicious. They even make their own ketchup. Yum.

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              Iona Dec 20, 2007 01:05 PM

              Country Cat
              Podnah's

              Iona

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                burritobelle Jan 1, 2008 01:42 PM

                Ok, the Cricket has just been topped! I was in Portland this weekend and went to Screen Door - HOLY CRAP. It's fancified Southern food.

                The fried oyster and bacon Benedict was AMAZING. Super unique, perfectly done, indulgent and delicious. It came with a side of cheesy grits. I cant wait to go back.

                My friend had the sweet potato waffle topped with a tower of (not a bit greasy) fried chicken and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

                Other friend got the biscuits and gravy (one got pork gravy, the other veggie) and it was also top notch. The biscuits were unlike any Ive ever seen -- they were big, square, cushy, and sort of like focaccia. It was topped with fresh chives -- mmmm!

                We were all freaking out over the food at this place -- and the service was top notch. They even offered to call my cell if we didn't feel like waiting for my name to get called. That's never happened to me at brunch.

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                  SauceSupreme Jan 2, 2008 12:31 PM

                  I'm looking forward to trying out the shrimp and grits and the pecan pie.

                  http://www.screendoorrestaurant.com/

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                  bminister Jan 8, 2008 11:26 PM

                  Portland Steak and Chop House - sticky buns!

                  1. blackbirdpie Jan 9, 2008 03:17 PM

                    I'd suggest Wong King's Seafood on SE Division at 83rd for an outstanding dim sum brunch. Either get there on the early side (9:30) or the late end as the place is packed.

                    Simpatica's Sunday brunch is one of the best in town (also plan on a wait, but worth it)

                    I wouldn't recommend the Doug Fir unless you're drunk (even then, with reservations)

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                      ConOrama Mar 9, 2009 08:30 AM

                      Do these places serve breakfast/brunch on the weekdays?

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                        phiker Mar 12, 2009 06:55 PM

                        I second Country Cat. If you don't mind crossing the Columbia, Tommy O's in downtown Vancouver has a delicious brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Their lava bread is great, but go for the malasadas.

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