Charming French-Northwestern bistro from one of Portland’s top chefs
A Portland darling and frequent award nominee, the rustic Coquine serves its Northwest/French brunch menu daily. Everything here is deceptively simple, from the daily assortment of pastries to the fried egg on brioche sandwich, but it’s all so thoughtfully and lovingly crafted that it takes it to a new level. Stop in on weekends for the caviar brunch for two, which sees two brunch items plus caviar with sieved eggs on rye blinis and a ½ dozen raw oysters.
The Scandinavian spot that changed Portland’s brunch scene
Back in the early days of the Portland brunch craze, Broder was one of the few spots in town to get something other than the same menu of eggs benedict, waffles, and scrambles. Today, it’s still as good as ever for its now-iconic Scandinavian menu of baked eggs, aebleskivers, and the Nord Bord, a variety of Scandinavian breakfast treats served on square plates. For lovers of Bloody Marys, it’s a must-hit restaurant for its aquavit filled Danish Mary.
Historic restaurant with contemporary attitude
One of the Portland’s oldest restaurants, the elegant Besaw’s boasts a daily brunch menu that’s as eclectic as the city itself. Alongside staples like eggs benedict, a monte cristo, and buttermilk waffles, the restaurant offers Nashville-style hot chicken on a waffle, a pecan-smoked pastrami sandwich, and guajillo pork chilaquiles. Diners can also just select from a “build your own breakfast” menu of eggs, pastrami, pancakes, waffles, grits, sausage, bacon, and more. There’s also a full, dedicated brunch cocktail menu for daytime revelry.
Portland prix fixe brunch icon
Chef Naomi Pomeroy’s prix fixe dinner program, Beast, helped launch a meaty culinary renaissance, and years later she expanded it to a Sunday brunch as well. A bit more subdued than its evening counterpart, the three-course brunch has three seatings every Sunday, and changes regularly. It usually starts with something fun and sweet (think pastries and candied bacon) before moving to a salad of sorts and then a meaty, eggy entree that’s always bold and unique. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Beast meal without a wine pairing, and those are offered for just $20 at brunch.