Food & Drink

Where to take any type of mom on her special day

Published On 05/05/2013 Published On 05/05/2013
Food at Genies in Portland
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1. Arleta Library Cafe 5513 SE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97206 (Se Portland)

On the outskirts of Lents, Arleta Library touts itself as healthy food at a reasonable price. Their brunch menu comes correct, with creations like the ample Buttermilk Semolina Griddlecakes and Arleta's signature dish, The Sicilian Hash. Don't sleep on their separate weekday menu either, with pieces like Portland's Best Biscuits-n-Gravy and The Portlander: three eggs scrambled with wild mushrooms, Tillamook cheddar cheese, and crumbled bacon, served with their Library fries and toast. Maybe every library should be more like Arleta's: a place to stuff your face.

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2. Quartet 1910 SW River Square, Portland, OR 97201 (South Waterfront)

The glass-walled dining room at Quartet is where head chef Kekahuna displays his years of experience in the business, crafting classic dishes with a modern twist that combines Southern and Hawaiian influences. There's also a fantastic wine list, available by the glass or bottle, should you have something special to celebrate.

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3. Genies 1101 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

This OG, oversized diner on the Clinton/Division stretch has, since 2012, blown up into arguably the biggest brunch scene in town. Their menu options pair nicely with their huge selection of infusions. If you are granted just 3 wishes at Genies, maybe try their blueberry and lemon cakes, a Florentine omelette, and wash it all back with a Spring Fling: a shot of house infused cucumber vodka, topped with fresh OJ. (Or just order the prime rib 3 times. Whatever floats your boat.)

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4. J & M Cafe 537 SE Ash, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

Tucked inside a warehouse, J&M's a solid place to grab a bite, featuring simple breakfast and lunch options, treated as gourmet. Try the Belgian waffles, mess of potatoes, or their wonderful b-fast burrito. And for your delicious dish, you likely won't have to wait a while to dine. Ever wait an hour in the rain just to eat foie gras-injected egg yolks for brunch? Yeah, don't do that.