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We are coming to Portland in a few weeks and are looking for some breakfast/lunch ideas. Based on the recommendations on this board, we have hotel reservations at The Nines hotel and will try to get to Laurelhurst Market and Pok Pok for dinner. That leaves us with a breakfast and lunch on Saturday and a breakfast on Sunday. Right now, we are thinking Kenny and Zuke's for breakfast before our flight home.

I'd like to check out the farmer's market and the foodcart scene, but would love any and all ideas for great morning and mid-day meals. Thanks in advance.

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Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

Laurelhurst Market
3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

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  1. Some of the best bakeries in Portland operate out of the farmers markets. My favorite is Pearl Bakery. You can also get a helluva biscuit'n'gravy at Pine State Biscuits, which has a cart at the downtown market, as well as a brick and mortar location on the east side of the river.

    For a light brunch, try Navarre. They serve fresh small plates (NOT tapas, not really). You won't find typical breakfast food, but truly lovely.

    Also, if you like authentic Mexican, try Autentica's brunch (they're in NE Portland). The chef is from Southern Mexico on the coast, and he features great interpretations of menudo, sopes, and mole.

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    Pine State Biscuits
    3640 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

    1. IF you don't mind waiting, try Screen Door on E. Burnside. Great breakfast spot, only open on weekends (Dinner 7 days a week). I also like the Cadillac Cafe on NE Broadway

      1. Re: food carts on weekends - the downtown carts will be closed (with a few exceptions on Saturday). On Saturday and Sunday, you'll want to head over here to the East Side and hit the Mississippi Marketplace (N. Mississippi & Skidmore), Cartopia (SE Hawthorne & 12th) or Good Food Here (SE Belmont & 43rd) cart pods.

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        1. re: JayinPortland

          Thanks for the good ideas. We can't wait to check out some of the carts.

        2. I like Byways Cafe for breakfast. It's on NW 12th. and Glisan The hash is homade and outstanding. amaretto french toast is very good.

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          1. re: BTroll

            Loved Portland! Friday, we had drinks and snacks at Urban Farmer - loved the cocktails there. Then, dinner at Pok Pok, where we were able to get immediate counter seating. Had the wings, the ribs, the prawns and noodle dish, and the greens. Also had a great drink (the hunny). The service was prompt and the food was the best Thai food I've ever had. Loved the wings. Saturday, we walked to the Farmer's Market for a Reggie from Pine State Biscuits. So good. The market was excellent - talked to lots of vendors who were so friendly, even after we said we were just looking. We each got a cookie from Two Tarts (I think) - mine was what an Oreo hopes to be in its dreams. We checked out some of the foodcarts, and wound up at the Saturday market. It was something to see, but the food was pretty awful (poor ordering on my part). Saturday afternoon, drinks at Urban Farmer and then dinner at Laurelhurst Market. The housemade charcuterie was excellent (esp. the shoulder bacon). Dessert was a grown up s'more (complete with shot of Maker's Mark). Service was friendly and efficient. Sunday, we walked over to Kenny and Zuke's. Loved the bagels and lox.

            Thanks for all the advice.

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            Pok Pok
            3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

            Pine State Biscuits
            3640 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

            Laurelhurst Market
            3155 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97232

            Urban Farmer
            525 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR 97204

            1. re: fromtheD

              Thanks for the report! Glad to hear you had a good time.
              I always try to steer people away from eating at Portland Saturday Market.

              1. re: Leonardo

                Mistakes were clearly made with respect to the Saturday Market. The Farmers Market and dinner made up for it.