Rise & Dine!

Portland's Best Breakfast Sandwiches

Five breakfast sandwiches done right

By Kasey Cordell, Rachel Ritchie, and Benjamin Tepler Edited by Karen Brooks Illustrations by Dan Gay February 23, 2012 Published in the March 2012 issue of Portland Monthly

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Image: Kate Madden


4804 SE Woodstock Blvd; 503-568-0787

Woodstock neighborhood breakfast bastion Toast recently opened a cart satellite dedicated solely to the art of the breakfast sammies. The masterpiece? The Brother Bad Ass, a slab of maple-glazed Sweet Briar Farms pork belly, Beecher’s cheddar, Dijon-doused lettuce, and two perfect over-medium eggs—all snuggling within a salt-topped pretzel roll from Little T American Baker. Consider us collectors. —KC

Lovejoy Bakers

939 NW 10th Ave

The lowly egg sandwich gets a highbrow spin at Lovejoy Bakers, where an over-medium egg is paired with a creamy spread of Bleu d’Auvergne cheese and two strips of thick bacon, topped with a refreshing tangle of tarragon and frisée. All this, cradled between lightly buttered ciabatta buns. Parfait. —RR


Multiple locations

Some mornings demand a simple, steaming bundle of fried egg, melted cheese, and sausage. For these days, there is Bunk. Co-owner Tommy Habetz considers the breakfast sandwich to be the foundation of his mini-empire, built on a poppy-seed “hard roll” developed by Fleur de Lis Bakery for Bunk. The proof is in the production: Portlanders scoff some 700 to 1,000 of these bad boys a week.


5507 NE 30th Ave

At first glance, Autentica’s torta con huevo frita (fried egg, avocado, cabbage, and pickled jalapeño) seems a little, well, light. But then you sink your incisors into the bread: telera, a savory, soft, traditional Mexican roll. Pillowy on top and toasted on the inside, it’ll fill you up without requiring you to loosen the old belt. —KC

Flavour Spot

Multiple locations

The “No.1,” as it reads on this food cart’s menu, is the ultimate grub-on-the-go breakfast sandwich. A fluffy, folded waffle smeared with organic maple spread embraces patties of rich, spiced pork sausage. It’s sweet, savory, and under five dollars … which doesn’t necessarily give you license eat it every day. —BT

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