A breakfast and a sandwich help, please
So excited to be visiting Portland in June and we've developed a pretty solid game plan based on loads of reading on this board. Thanks for that! I have two questions I'm hoping to get your help on. Arrival day will bring us to The Nines right around lunch time. We're looking for a great sandwich close by (in walking distance as we will be starving). I see there is a Bunk location nearby, but have read mixed reviews. Thoughts or suggestions?
Also, on Monday morning (around 8:30) we'll need a breakfast spot on our way to the Columbia River Gorge for a day of hiking. We'd like a sit down, fill up kind of place to fuel our day. The problem is the day and time. A bit earlier than some of the recommended places open and Monday seems to pose an additional challenge. The Tin Shed is an option but again, many of you seem to think that's not a worthy spot.
Thanks for your continued help!
We loved our five days in Portland and are so grateful to Chowhound for helping to maximize our eating experience.
We had breakfasts at Pine State Biscuit, Blue Star Donuts (twice), Screen Door, and Tasty and Sons. No breakfast duds; we loved them all. We tried nine different kinds of donuts at Blue Star. It's hard to pick a favorite but that apple fritter! The Reggie from PS was perfectly decadent, and the chicken and waffles from Screen Door did not disappoint (we found that dipping the chicken in cheese grits is a great way to not leave any chicken on the plate).
We had sandwiches at Bunk and Lardo. The banh mi at Lardo was our favorite of those. We had wings from the smaller Pok Pok and enjoyed those with our lime drinks. Our big lunch disappointment came when we traveled all the way to Evoe to find that it is closed on Tuesdays. It was our last day there, so no chance to get back.
Our dinners were at St. Jack (loved the madeleines and the crispy pork rind with warm maple syrup), Aviary (that chicken skin salad), Toro Bravo (house cut noodles), Le Pigeon (goat cheese gnocchi and of course, foie gras profiteroles), and Little Bird (we really loved everything here--I think it wins).
We managed to get to both Spella and Courier for coffee. My husband gave a slight nod to Courier (he's the expert), but that might have been in part due to their chocolate chip cookies and canneles. I had a scoop of strawberry balsamic ice cream at Salt and Straw and was super sad when it was over. I managed to swing by the downtown shop for a slice of Lauretta Jean's blackberry raspberry streusel. I put it in my purse and ate it on the plane ride back home. TSA agents in Portland understand the need to bring pie in your purse.
Feeling your pain on the Evoe thing -- ever since I found out about it, I plan our trips to Portland around its somewhat limited opening hours (W-Sun, 12-7). One trip they were closed on a regularly open day for a private party and I reorganized my sked to go on another day! We were very lucky to go twice on our recent visit. Yeah, we like it that much.
Imperial breakfast is solid but not spectacular. Any day but Monday I'd recommend Mother's for a downtown breakfast, or the egg sandwich at Bunk.
For lunch sandwich options, you can't go wrong at Bunk or Lardo, but here's an under-the-radar old scholl suggestion: the Italian Sub at Martinotti's. One of t he best sandwiches in town.
For sandwiches at lunch on the day of your arrival, try either Lardo or Addy's (this is a food cart at 10th & Alder-ish that I believe is only open weekdays). At Lardo, we recently had the porchetta sandwich and burger, both of which were stellar.
Speaking of Addy's, I walked past a building in the SW near the library that has a new licensing sign indicating the Addy's will soon be a brick and mortar establishment.
Early weekday breakfasts aren't an easy thing to find around here. Downtown, especially the restaurants at hotels, like Imperial (Hotel Lucia), The Original (Marriott), The Heathman (Heathman Hotel), etc. will be open early.
Also downtown, right near the Embassy Suites is Bijou Cafe, which is a popular spot for breakfast downtown (I am not a huge fan, but it is OK). That was mentioned below.
If you want to cross the river, a decent and early breakfast can be had at J&M: http://www.jandmcafepdx.com/
Not a fan of the food but Doug Fir is open early for breakfast (because it's part of the Jupiter Hotel).
Lots of places that do breakfast./brunch on the weekend do not do breakfast during the week...and those that do mostly open at 9am or later.
And yes, I also think the Tin Shed sucks...don't do it. ;o)
It's not really on your way, but the Original Pancake House (it is a chain, but this is THE original one, and is largely unchanged) has some great breakfast and they are open early: http://www.originalpancakehouse.com/p...
Country Cat and J&M seem like they would fit the OP's requirements for fueling up (gorging before the Gorge? sorry!) based on one visit to each. I actually liked J&M's excellent biscuits better than CC's. They also had lovely crispy grits that came as a side that you could sub out for the potatoes (which were fine but a bit usual). The breakfast scramble was solid and came with kale if anyone's looking for something a bit healthier. And the room is so lovely and bright. Plus Half Pint is next door if anyone needs an espresso based drink for the road.
Bunk is a solid option...really good food...not a lot of vegetarian options, but great for carnivores!
I don't understand the lines for the tin shed....I have eaten there twice, and that is two times to many...that said, the Country cat is a great breakfast place on the way to the Gorge, and always delicious, and they are open Monday 9am
other options bijoux cafe, open at 7am, and has good breakfast
Imperial cafe opens 6:30 am and is Vitaly Paleys place( I haven't tried it, but I feel confident that you can get a good breakfast there) http://www.imperialpdx.com/
Have fun..the Gorge is breathtaking! I hope you are taking the old hwy thru troutdale, the views are magnificent!!!!