Oregon’s culinary scene is one of the nation’s most exciting places to eat thanks to all the fresh, available ingredients and creative talent. In Portland alone, you can spend an entire vacation eating your way through just one neighborhood. And it doesn’t have to blow your budget. Many of Portland’s stellar dinner spots offer just-as-delicious daylight hour menus—and the tab at the end won’t give you heartburn. Now let’s brunch!

Located in the heart of the Pearl District, Bluehour offers a daily changing menu of contemporary Mediterranean cuisine in a sophisticated and modern dining room. This is special-occasion dining at its best, and now you can experience it for Sunday brunch. Try a homemade pastry (beignet, scones) and choose from a worldly variety of entrées, including a classic French omelet, eggs Norwegian and a breakfast pizza made with bacon, potato, fontina, organic eggs and caramelized onion sauce.

London Grill
For a memorable Sunday brunch make a reservation at London Grill, located in downtown Portland at the Benson Hotel. This fine-dining establishment offers an old-school luxury feel (think tuxedo-clad waiters and royalty) along with a divine and eclectic buffet offering everything from fresh crab legs to exotic fruit to decadent desserts.

Meriwether’s Restaurant
Since it opened in 2004, Meriwether’s Restaurant (named for Meriwether Lewis of Lewis & Clark fame) has helped set the standard for excellent farm-to-table cuisine. Its menu features local ingredients and produce, much of which is grown on its own 5-acre farm.

The weekend brunch has all the usual suspects, but with Pacific Northwest flair — wild salmon lox omelet, frittatas made with whatever is fresh from the farm, Oregon blueberry pancakes and more. If it’s a nice day, ask to be seated in the garden.

Papa Haydn
Papa Haydn is famous for its deserts and its delicious Sunday brunch. The menu is eclectic, featuring both savory (chicken pot pie baked on a cast iron skillet) and sweet (waffles with gingered pears and chantilly cream). The atmosphere is cheery and bustling thanks to its location on the shopping street of N.W. 23rd in Nob Hill.

Park Kitchen
For a decidedly Portland experience, head to Park Kitchen for weekend brunch. The dining room is intimate, with most tables looking in on the open kitchen. Under the guidance of chef/owner Scott Dolich, Park Kitchen offers delicious and inventive fare. How about bacon and cheddar cornbread pudding with chives and tomato jam? Or crepes with toasted almonds and feta in a saffron orange sauce? The flavor combinations will have you talking about this place. It’s located in the Pearl District, across from the North Park Blocks.

So, tell us…Where is your favorite Oregon Brunch Spot?

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  1. Robin Phillips says…

    Zell’s is a perenial favorite. Fresh juice as you watch. Seasonal fruit on your french toast, cozy, solid dishes, simple without being plain.

    Written on April 7th, 2009 / Flag this Comment
  2. RB says…

    The Klondike Restaurant and Bar just started a Sunday Brunch that begins at 10 AM and goes until 1 PM. It is really lovely with homemade cinnamon rolls, crab morney and red browns potatoes. It is great that it is a scenic drive from Portland, only about 30 – 40 minutes. YOu can find them in the old town section of St. Helens.

    71 Cowlitz
    St. Helens, OR

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  3. Mo Sherifdeen says…

    One of my personal favorites is Mother’s in SW Portland. The place is warm and cozy and lives up to its name…i.e. you literally feel like you’re walking into mom’s kitchen.

    The menu has an assortment of amazing comfort food…my personal favorite being the “Migas”…eggs, corn tortillas, cheese, onions & peppers, scrambled together, topped with chipotle sour cream, salsa & green onions. Pure heaven!

    Other traveler reviews at: http://goseeoregon.com/place/86265-mother-s-bistro-bar

    Written on April 7th, 2009 / Flag this Comment
  4. Jae says…

    If you’re Jonesing for an authentic cafe au lait and chocolate croissant, hop in your kayak and paddle down to Lake Oswego’s Saint Honore Bakery. You won’t get any closer to that “je ne sais quoi” Parisian experience this side of the Atlantic.

    Written on April 8th, 2009 / Flag this Comment
  5. James Maney says…

    Saltys on the Columbia on the river road north of PDX Airport has a Sunday brunch that is to die for–breakfasty things {e.g., omelettes}; every kind of seafood imaginable; the best clam chowder I ever ate on either coast or in Ireland; lovely drinks, especially Bloody Marys. I recall eating there just after 9/11 and for the first time after all that really feeling the world would be OK again

    Written on April 9th, 2009 / Flag this Comment
  6. Beth says…

    You have to try decarli….great breakfast using only local and fresh. My new favorite brunch spot!!

    The potato bacon croquettes are to DIE for, as is the frittata of the day. My husband loves the sweet breakfast risotto….yummmy!


    Written on April 10th, 2009 / Flag this Comment
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