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 menusâ€”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 entrĂ©es, including a classic French omelet, eggs Norwegian and a breakfast pizza made with bacon, potato, fontina, organic eggs and caramelized onion sauce.
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.
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 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.
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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