Portland Eats: Breakfast
There was no way I could cram everything I ate during my three and a half days in Portland into one blog post. You guys, I ate and ate and ATE for nearly four days straight. And not just any food. It was all brunch foods, donuts, ice cream, baked goods, charcuterie and fried stuff. I could tell that my body started to hate me towards the end. I felt disgusting but I couldn’t stop myself from eating. We even bought chorizo cheese dip at the airport even though we had a box of donuts.
It was my third trip to Portland but the first time I got to really stay for a few days and decide on what we ate. I always thought that the Bay Area does breakfast foods/brunch best but I honestly think it’s better in Portland. There is still a line but the food seems to not try so hard and it’s so much cheaper! Even without paying tax!
We stayed in the Alberta Arts District, which is an area with a ton of cute eateries and shops. I enjoyed this risotto benedict from Petite Provence. This plate and a fresh croissant with strawberry jam was only $8.95! I feel like this would be at least $15 in San Francisco.
Our neighborhood also had a breakfast place known for biscuits, Pine State Biscuits. After a foie-heavy meal the night before, we were not in the mood to try their famously gigantic breakfast sandwich with fried chicken and gravy, and decided to try a simple sausage, egg and cheese sandwich:
We also made a stop at the Waffle Window, a simple place that sells all kinds of stuff on waffles. I chose the Chinese New Year waffle, which is topped with a sausage-wrapped egg, asparagus, and some spicy mustard. I thought it was slightly overrated and I don’t think I’d come back:
Jeremy’s favorite meal was at Tasty N Sons, a breakfast place known for their small plates and diverse menu. Burmese pork stew? North African sausage with couscous and egg? For breakfast? We kept it pretty simple since this was on the fourth day and we were still trying to digest a gigantic meat-only dinner from the night before. We ordered the following:
Steak and eggs with a cornmeal pancake and jalapeno butter
Sweet biscuits with blueberry compote and whipped cream
Chocolate potato donut with creme anglaise
Although I really love Tasty N Sons, I think my favorite breakfast item was the almond croissant from Ken’s Artisan Bakery:
Or the creme brulee donut from Blue Star Donuts:
that’s us, undisputed champions of brunch