I recently visited Portland, Oregon for the first time and fell in love! I can’t wait to return to this splendid (and easily navigable) city where inexpensive, local-farm-fresh food abounds. And the coffee…oh that Portland coffee…strong, aromatic, organic, delicious–just how I like it!
I’m a huge fan of brunch, and while in Portland, I had two mouth-watering brunches that seriously hit the spot. Next time you’re in “the city of roses” and craving a hearty weekend morning meal, I highly recommend both of these restaurants:
Mother’s Bistro & Bar, 212 SW Stark St: This place is pretty much a Portland brunch institution, so expect a wait if you roll up during peak hours without a reservation. The fair trade Holler Mountain Organic Blend coffee is served piping hot in a french press, delivering a great mid-morning caffeine jolt. I prefer a breakfast-y brunch, so I had the Migas (eggs, corn tortillas, jack cheese, onions and peppers scrambled together, then topped with chipotle sour cream, salsa & green onions) with whole wheat toast and breakfast potatoes. Scrumptious!
Ned Ludd, 3925 NE MLK Jr. Blvd: A couple locals took me here for brunch, and thank goodness they did! In what proved to be the best meal of my trip, I shared a sampling of appetizers and entrees including field greens salad, pears & blue cheese, creamed greens & eggs, fresh-baked biscuits & gravy, mac ‘n mornay (yum), and more. This place won me over not just with its delicious food and emphasis on farm-to-table goodness, but also its unique kitchen setup: in its former incarnation the restaurant was a pizza place, so the new owners retained the big wood-burning pizza oven and they now make ALL their food in that very oven! So cool. I can’t wait to return and try out Ned Ludd’s dinner offerings.
Keep in mind: Aside from the dry, sunny summer months, Portland is a very rainy town, so plan and dress accordingly. I was there during torrential downpours and seemed to be the only person fiddling with an umbrella–locals look way cooler in their waterproof raincoats and boots.