A Batch of New Portland Brunches
Wake up and smell the kiszka, Portland. There's a whole new world of brunch options out there, delivering flavorful plates miles beyond bacon and eggs (no passport required).
3715 SE Division St. • 503-548-6343 • xicopdx.com
The scoop: Chef Kelly Myers's light-filled, eco-stylish Mexican restaurant on the ever-expanding Southeast Division Street has garnered accolades for its modern design, locally-sourced spins on Oaxacan fare, and now, a killer brunch menu that could go head to head with any Sunday morning hangover (and win every last time).
When to get it: Sundays, 10 am-2 pm
What to eat: A pile of can't-resist chilaquiles (fresh housemade corn chips simmered in salsa de arbol, red chorizo, scrambled eggs topped with radishes, onions, cilantros, queso cotija, crema, and tomatillo avocado salsa), traditional sopes topped with creamy kale, huevos rancheros, and Carman Ranch Beef grass-fed flank steak tacos with onions, refried beans, Mexican rice, and tomatillo chipotle salsa on Xico's delicious tortillas.
What to drink: Xico Bloody Mary with house made bloody mix, Vida mezcal, and LunAzul tequila or a Hot Horchata (toasted rice and almond dairy-free milk mixed with Meyers rum, Amaro, coconut cream, and grated nutmeg).
1818 NW 23rd Pl • 503-894-8904 • ataulapdx.com
This new Spanish restaurant from Barcelona-born chef Jose Chesa is giving Portlanders a taste of house-cured seafood, inspired cocktails, and some of the best paella in town—all based on the traditional flavors Chesa grew up with. A few weeks after opening, the space debuted brunch service that's already drawing a crowd.
When to get it: Sundays, 10 am-2 pm
What to eat: Breakfast paella! Think perfectly cooked Bomba rice flavored with chicken, chorizo, bacon, and plenty of fried eggs. Also try the huevos al plato with blood sausage and Catalan beans, tortilla de chorizo with eggs and confit potatoes, or the churros con chocolate topped with flakes of fleur de sel.
What to drink: Café con leche (Spanish-style coffee served with a donut), La Sangria Familia (a sous vide concoction of brandy, fruit, cinnamon, and vanilla), or the Cava y Codonyat (with quince, Imbue Petal and Thorn, and bubbles).
3962 SE Hawthorne Blvd. • 503-477-5266 • bardobre.com
The scoop: This Poland-meets-Portland eatery opened in November 2012 as part neighborhood Hawthorne hangout, part tribute to chef Stan Pratnicki's Polish family background—and launched Sunday brunch service this summer.
When to get it: Sundays, 10 am-3 pm
What to eat: Feeling adventurous? Go for the kiszka, with blood sausage and buckwheat spiced with allspice and marjoram. Craving more familiar comforts? Try the biscuits topped with housemade kovbasa sausage gravy, chocolate chip sour cream coffee cake, fried egg sandwich with kielbasa on a brioche roll, or chicken and waffles.
What to drink: The Mazzy Starszy (elderflower, grapefruit, and champagne), the Dobre Bloody Mary with choice of dill or peppercorn infused vodka, or the Tatanka Banka—Zubrowka (bison grass) vodka and sparkling apple cider.
1615 SE 12th Ave • 971-888-5281 • teotepdx.com
The scoop: This technicolor Venezuelan-inspired reincarnation of the Fuego De Lotus food cart has drawn fast acclaim for its perfectly fried masa arepas, flavor-packed grilled meats, and a recently launched brunch service adding eggs to the menu's greatest hits.
When to get it: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am-2 pm
What to eat: Breakfast arepas topped with your choice of meat (think chorizo, smoky chicken, or carne mechada mole), an egg cooked to your liking, black beans, and Southwestern-style red chile sauce; Sweet arepas with cacao and cinnamon or served with butter and grape jam; Morning salad, a mixture of kale, bacon, and a fried duck egg with creamy citrus dressing.
What to drink: House bloody marys or a selection of aguas frescas (from blueberry jasmine to blackberry sage), with or without a shot of rum, tequila, or vodka.
P's & Q's Market
1301 NE Dekum St • 503-894-8979 • psandqsmarket.com
The scoop: Part corner store, part restaurant, and part neighborhood gathering spot, this new Woodlawn shop and eatery crafts from-scratch menus based on weekly deliveries from a local organic farm. Best of all, you can pick up some pantry staples and a gallon of milk when you're done with your meal.
When to get it: Saturdays and Sundays, 9 am-1 pm
What to eat: Buttermilk biscuits topped with tomato gravy and a fried egg, bacon and brisket hash with kale and sweet corn, chanterelle and potato frittata, or a killer fried egg sandwich with coppa, arugula, and sriracha mayo on a potato bun.
What to drink: Mimosas (just $16 for a full carafe), micheladas, or Queen of Sheba thyme iced tea.
Korkage Wine Bar
6320 SW Capitol Hwy • 503-293-3146 • korkagewine.com
The scoop: This recently relocated wine bar and small plates bistro took over the former Three Square Grill space in July, and is launching Sunday brunch service on October 6.
When to get it: Sundays, 9 am-3 pm
What to eat: Pain Perdu a l’orange (custard-dipped bread that's been fried and topped with caramelized Grand Marnier sauce and oranges), house flatbread topped with barbecue brisket and fried eggs, apple cheddar hand pies with caramel sauce, or red wine-poached eggs benedict with sautéed spinach, wild mushrooms, and bacon.
What to drink: Local berry or orange mimosas featuring rotating sparkling wines, and plenty of brunch-friendly wines by the glass.
2035 SE 39th Ave • 503-477-4252
The scoop: This all-day brunch spot in the former Kingdom of Roosevelt space (with the antler chandelier to prove it) is already making waves in the Richmond neighborhood, with house-cured meats, savory and sweet baked goods, and a wide variety of satisfying plates.
When to get it: Daily, 9 am-4 pm
What to eat: Duck eggs benedict over Canadian bacon, Sticky pistachio rolls, sweet or savory waffles, bread pudding with ham hock, gruyere, and green onions, or one of the specials of the day (peek at the chalkboard before you order).
What to drink: Extracto coffee or melon-pineapple mimosas.
6728 NE Sandy Blvd • 503-284-2033 • mamaleosrestaurant.com
The scoop: This family-owned Venezuelan and Colombian eatery—in the former Pupuseria Factory space—specializes in gluten-free, homestyle dishes like empanadas, arepas, and patacones (fried green plantain cakes) for lunch and dinner, with a small selection of Saturday-only specials.
When to get it: Saturdays, 9-11 am (breakfast specials), 11 am-9 pm (Saturday house specials)
What to eat: Pisca, a traditional breakfast soup from Venezuela filled with potatoes, eggs, and vegetables, or changua, Colombian-style milk soup with eggs and arepas. After breakfast service ends, the eatery's Saturday-only menu offers specialties like slow cooked sancocho (Colombian beef stew), ajiaco (shredded chicken and potato stew), and tripe soup mondongo.
What to drink: Mango, tamarind, sugar cane, or tamarillo juice; Colombian coffee.
Now it's your turn—where are you brunching this season? Tell us in the comments!