written by Julie Lee | photo courtesy of Meriwether’s Skyline Farm
Harboring a hangover or just extra hungry for a hearty start to a weekend day? The Portland dining scene is robust enough to satisfy all—from dainty dish seeking foodies to the host of Man vs. Food. Here are some of our top recommendations. *
Meriwether’s Skyline Farm
Farm-fresh goodness served fireside in winter and on a green patio in summer is one of Portland’s best brunch haunts. The Dungeness crab benedict, when they have it, embodies perfection, especially when paired with a “Bloody Meri.”
2601 NW Vaughn St. | meriwethersnw.com
Old Market Pub & Brewery
One of the hands-down best value spots in town. Old Market Pub serves $6 breakfast burritos built for an offensive lineman and offers $3 pint-sized bloody marys all day every Sunday. The mimosas aren’t bad either, made with Old Market’s in-house sparkling Chardonnay. Great spot to watch your favorite NFL team pummel the opponent.
6959 SW Multnomah Blvd. | drinkbeerhere.com
Chalk up another Cinderella success story in the cart-to-mortar game. Gigi’s is one of the best newcomers to the breakfast scene in years! The success comes from waffles, and every guest gets a sample within five minutes of being seated. Of the eight waffles served, our favorite is the milk & honey waffle with toasted pistachios. Check it out now, before the army of breakfast-seekers creates a queue.
6320 SW Capitol Hwy.| gigiscafepdx.com
We wouldn’t be doing our job here if we didn’t give a shout out to bike city’s godfather of brunch. Screen Door started the trend toward Southern comfort food, and a decade later, still does it better than anyone. The fried chicken and waffle dish is what that line around the block is all about. But listen up, good news. Screen Door is now open seven days a week, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
2337 E. Burnside St. | screendoorrestaurant.com
It’s about the Mancakes baby. Man vs. Food couldn’t finish them and neither could we, but it’s always fun trying. What’s understated at the Stone are the omelettes, with ingredients you wouldn’t expect at the dive-like joint, such as portabellas and artichoke hearts. With a slogan like “we eat here because we let you,” there’s nothing fancy here, just hearty plates full of food to pair with hair of the dog.
2390 NW Quimby St. | steppingstonecafe.com
*Yes – we realize we omitted Portland’s latest obsession, The Feisty Lamb. Savory somethings for the daintiest of eaters, lousy service.