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Aug 15, 2013 02:48 AM

Saturday brunch near used record shop(s)?

Taking our son to college next week. In order to distract my husband from his empty nest pangs, we'll be hitting up Portland's used record shops on the Saturday (retail therapy is not only for women!). Would love to have a good casual brunch or lunch without going too far out of our way. Any suggestions?

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  1. Music Millenium is near Spints.
    Everyday Music is near Kenny & Zuke's.

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    1. re: Leonardo

      We hit up all the used record/CD stores when we go to Portland too! Music Millennium is our favourite, with the Everyday on Burnside second. Spints has the best brunch I've had in recent memory. We were not fans of the Tasty'n'Sons (orig) brunch, which puts us vastly in the minority; haven't been to Tasty'n'Alder. FWIW there was a half hour lineup at T'n'Sons on a Monday -- I expect it would be at least an hour on a Saturday. No wait at Spints on a Sunday.

    2. Jackpot Records is also near Kenny & Zuke's and Clyde Commons (1-2 blocks south) but I'd walking just around the corner to Tasty N Alder for brunch.

      My husband is a vinyl fan and hit up all three shops mentioned here. He thought Music Millenium was the best but of course, it depends on your husband's musical tastes!

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      1. re: cellophane_star

        Tasty N Alder looks...tasty. How bad are the waits for brunch on Saturday? Is there a time (early, say at 9:00 or late, say at 1:00) when wait times are better?

        1. re: lexdevil

          It is so tasty! I'm still thinking about the potatoes bravas. Mmmm...

          I don't live in Portland, just got back from a vacation there. We went as soon as it opened for the day (a Thursday) so, of course, there was no wait. By the time we left, the place was pretty full but with no line up outside. They have a lot of tables though.

          1. re: lexdevil

            We have enjoyed brunch at Tasty & Alder (and despite living in PDX, have not tried brunch at Tasty & Sons, so can not compare them). If you get there closer to 9 am, it will probably be a short wait. They will still be slammed at 1 pm.

        2. If you hit Music Millenium (E Burnside around SE 31st) and are on the later side, Laurelhurst Market is directly across the street for lunch 11am-5pm (7 days). They make sandwiches at their butcher counter that you can take to their tables (no lunch service, but they let you use their tables) inside or out. They have a short list of sodas and beer in bottles, and every sandwich they make, can be made into a salad on a bed of arugula, if that's how you roll.

          Just a bit further down E. Burnside, near SE 24th, is Screen Door. It is one of the most popular places in town for brunch on the weekend (brunch is only on the weekends). They open at 9am, but the line starts at 8:30am and is present the whole way through. If you really want to eat there, my advice is to get there early, wait on that line and make the first seating...because that line NEVER goes away until they close at 2:30 before dinner service (which starts at 5:30 pm, and that line starts around 4:45/5pm ;o).

          A bit even further down Burnside, at SE18th, is East Burn. I've not been there for brunch but many I knwo have and they love it.

          That said, I love Spints for brunch, whose website seems to be down. They do have an FB page:

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          1. re: JillO

            Spints is now CLOSED, correct?

            1. re: kathryn

              Yes *sobbing a little* it's kaput, and we only got to go once.