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Visiting Portland from the east coast for 3 days, 3 nights. Goin on a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, which already eliminates some top dining spots such as Castagna, Tanuki, and Roe, though I'm still left with an overwhelming array of places to choose from. Got three dinner reservations: Ned Ludd, Le Pigeon, Racion. Gonna try to slide into Pok Pok for lunch one day, and hit Tasty n Sons and Broder for brunch. I'm pretty psyched for this lineup but wanted to throw it out there for any advice from locals.

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  1. Unless you are all about some Scandanavian food I would skip Broder. It is a cute little place but nothing special. There are a thousand other places to get breakfast/brunch.

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    1. re: jpc8015

      I'll be visiting for the first time, in May. Any brekky/brunch suggestions?

      Not looking for hip per se (although hip is fine). Just good. Tasty n Sons looks good. So does Broder haha.

      1. re: magic

        What area will you be in, what day of the week are we talking about? If it is a Sunday then everybody does brunch.

        1. re: jpc8015

          I'll be there from Thursday May 15 (evening), leaving Tuesday May 20 in the morning.

          Not sure where I'll be staying but it'll be central(ish). I don't mind traveling for food so just throw out whatever recs.

          Appreciated!

          1. re: magic

            My favorite place to go for breakfast in Portland is Podnah's Pit on Killingsworth in North Portland. They are a great barbecue place that does breakfast on the weekends.

            If you are looking for a more traditional type breakfast closer to downtown there is always Mother's.

            1. re: jpc8015

              I'm looking for whatever is good. Traditional is great. Inventive is great. As long as it's good.

              Interesting about Podnah's. It's obviously come up in my research, but didn't give it much thought for a brunch option. Hmm....

              Will look into Mother's too - thank you jpc8015.

              And Debrouillard: sorry to hijak your thread :-)

              1. re: magic

                Bread & Ink on Hawthorne is pretty good too.

                1. re: jpc8015

                  Awesome jpc8015, Googling...... :)

                  ..... Yeah this place looks good thanks!

                  So for brekky/brunch so far I have:

                  Tasty n Sons
                  The Country Cat
                  Bread & Ink
                  Screen Door
                  Broder
                  Potter's Kolaches and Coffee cart
                  Podnah's

                  Decent list?

                  1. re: magic

                    Country Cat is awesome. Get the fried chicken breakfast.

                    1. re: jpc8015

                      Yeah I don't see how I could visit Portland without hitting up The Country Cat. Ok.

                    2. re: magic

                      Beware, some just do breakfast/lunch on the weekend - Screen Door and Podnah's are on that list. I prefer Podnah's to Screen Door (I like their dinner better than their breakfast, to be honest), myself. Be prepared to wait (an hour or more if you hit it at the wrong time) at Screen Door.

                      I actually like Tasty & Alder better than Tasty & Sons.

                      I like the waffle window at Bread & Ink (you can eat them inside, or get them to go from the window on the side street off of Hawthorne) but I am not a fan of the rest of their food.

                      Country Cat makes great crunchy breakfast potatoes, btw.

                      1. re: JillO

                        Waffle Window is awesome.

                        1. re: jpc8015

                          I'm also considering these places. Thoughts anyone??

                          Blueplate Lunch Counter and Soda Fountain
                          Kenny & Zuke's
                          Lardo
                          Viking Soul Food
                          Delicious Donuts
                          Rocking Frog Cafe (for donuts and coffee)
                          Pine State Biscuits
                          PBJ's Grilled
                          Pie Spot

                          1. re: magic

                            Blueplate has been closed for a while, fyi.

                            I like Pine State for the over the top-ness of it all just fine, but honestly, I think Lauretta Jean's has better biscuits (and better pie than Pie Spot, IMO).

                            If you are going to go out of your way for donuts, go to Blue Star.

                            1. re: JillO

                              Blueplate closed?? But there's Yelp reviews as recently as a few weeks ago. And they are still tweeting. Perhaps you're thinking of another place??

                              I am well familiar with Lauretta Jean's, yes. Will likely be checking it out, either at a location or perhaps PSU farmer's market.

                              1. re: magic

                                Blue Plate is closed. Well that shows you the value of Yelp.

                                1. re: Leonardo

                                  I don't understand - if they are closed how are they still tweeting business as usual as of 10 hours ago?

                                  Business as usual on the Facebook page too.

                                  Can someone explain?

                                  https://twitter.com/blueplatepdx

                                  1. re: magic

                                    Anyone?

                                    1. re: magic

                                      Not closed. Open for business.

                                      1. re: magic

                                        Sorry I was thinking of 50 Plates.

                              2. re: JillO

                                I've done a lot of Portland donut research. My preferece leans towards old fashioned style cake donuts... which Rocking Frog seems to do to some acclaim. I'm aware that Blue Star gets a lot of love but we have modern takes on donuts where I live too. What we don't have are the basic but done-right old fashioned sort. Thus my leaning towards Rocking Frog and Delicious Donuts. But I might check out Blue Star if I can as well.

                          2. re: JillO

                            Ok, this is all great stuff. Thanks so much JillO!

                            Also, waits are fine I guess. I'll be on vaca! No rush.

          2. Grain and Gristle has a good brunch too.