Weekend brunch options are nearly as plentiful as the raindrops that fall in this town. On any given Saturday or Sunday from morning till early afternoon, a Portlander can choose from an abundance of gourmet and classic breakfast options. Unfortunately, it seems that Portland’s culinary accomplishments are no big secret, since it is not unusual to have to experience a long wait when attempting to get into many of these locations. Luckily for couples, however, the wait can provide them with much-needed time for reconnection and catching up after a long work week. Following are a few unique locations that rate high among the Portland population.
Wild Abandon – This southeast Portland hideaway provides hungry visitors with, not only comfort, but also unique twists on old favorites. The best part about this neighborhood joint; however, is the fact that despite its proven quality over the years, there is rarely ever a line to wait through. Some of their most popular selections include a pulled pork hash, eggs benedict, and several specialty scrambles. Most dishes run between $8 and $10 per plate, and there are also some vegan options. Service is generally very attentive, and the eclectic decor serves as a great conversation starter.
Aquariva – The best part about southwest Portland’s Aquariva is its atmosphere. You can’t beat breakfast out on a waterfront patio when Portland’s weather is at its best. The indoors of this classy restaurant does not disappoint either. Not to mention the fact that they offer a build-your-own bloody mary and mimosa bar . . . what a great way to start your Sunday! The location can be a little tough to find; but with a little help from the directions on their site, you are in for a special treat. And the free valet parking can’t be beat.
Pambiche – If you are looking for a tasty cultural breakfast experience, then northeast Portland’s Pambiche will satisfy your senses. Based on a pleasant explosion of cuban flavors, the weekend brunch offered here is a delight. Of course, you will need to get there early if you aren’t in the mood for waiting. It seems the news of just how good this place is has spread, especially when it comes to their authentic homemade pastries. The place is small, so don’t expect to bring a large group there; but once inside, the atmosphere is so well-executed that you are likely to feel you aren’t in America anymore. Oh, and they get bonus points for serving only hormone-free eggs.
Berlin Inn – Another great cultural experience is waiting to be had; this time it’s breakfast with a German flair at the Berlin Inn. This restaurant has been around for more than a decade, but its delicious versions of traditional german staples are a tough act to follow. Their menu features a variety of pancakes, including ginger pear/blue cheese and black forest recipes. They even offer a few gluten-free options. And don’t forget about other flavorful concoctions such as the cheese blintzes and their eggs benedicts. Southeast Portland never felt so german as the moment this venue’s traditional pancakes hit your tongue–but all good things come to those who wait, so don’t forget to bring along twenty minutes of patience for the time it takes to make them.
So there you have it. A rainbow of diverse breakfast/brunches to choose from in the Portland metro area. Such a great way to make time for your significant other this weekend, or any weekend of the year, for that matter. Bon Appetit!