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The 12 best Portland brunch spots... without lines

Published On 10/01/2014 Published On 10/01/2014
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1. Saraveza 1004 N Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97217 (Ne Portland)

More bottle shop than sports bar, Saraveza's Wisconsin roots mean their huge roster of craft brews gets paired with Cheesehead favorites (Nueske's meats, a housemade brat with Carlton farms pork) on game day, along with a schload of sausage and tasty pasties, because it can get nipply in Green Bay.

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2. Urban Farmer 525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204 (Downtown)

An actual sustainably sound restaurant (not just another trend-follower...), Urban Farmer boasts "barrel to bar" drinks, beef-cut options that will make you pound your chest, and sides like Asparagus and Lefse (asparagus and what?), which consists of crème fraîche, confit lemon, and dill. It's located on the 8th floor atrium of the Nines Hotel and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner. There's also a popular weekend brunch complete with a Bloody Mary bar.

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3. H.K. Cafe 4410 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266 (82nd Ave)

This place serves great dim sum as well as a fabulous brunch. If you think noodles for breakfast seems weird, then you've clearly never tried it. Pro tip: go for the sticky rice. It may be the best secret hangover cure.

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4. Leaky Roof 1538 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201 (Sw Portland)

They've got happy hour everyday from 3-6pm, plus great brunch specials, what more could you want?

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5. Industrial Cafe & Saloon 2572 NW Vaughn St, Portland, OR 97210

The Industrial Cafe quietly puts out one of the best brunches in the extended neighborhood with a generous offering of breakfast salads and quirky brunch items. The best part? Not that many people know about it so there's not a huge line!

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6. Sckavone's 4100 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 (Se Portland)

This family owned Italian resto has become a staple of the PDX brunch scene. Try the house-made entrees ranging from bennies to Florentine or their chicken-fried steaks. You can also enjoy the spicy bloodies and other b-fast 'tails, as well as the cute servers.

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7. Equinox 830 N Shaver St, Portland, OR 97227

Equinox is a hidden gem where you can score high-end eats and hair of the dog cocktails without the wait. Just don't tell anyone. Wait... dammit!

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8. Portland Penny Diner 410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

A New York style do-it-all eatery and bar, the Portland Penny Diner serves breakfast, lunch, cocktails, and of course your end of the night I-think-I' m-going-to-call it-but-I'm-hungry needs.

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9. Trinket 2035 SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

Trinket focuses on brunch and cocktails, and does both with creativity and gusto. Unexpected eats like pistachio french toast with orange marmalade, fried egg duck breakfast sammies, and libations like the Jerez 75 with cava, fino, sherry, ginger, & lemon are the order of the day at this morning hot spot.

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10. Pambiche 2811 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232 (Ne Portland)

Pambiche specializes in traditional Cuban comfort food, using family-owned recipes for more than a decade. And if you're in the mood for a drink, they also feature a great happy hour as well.

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11. Midpoint Food & Drink 3524 SE 52nd Ave, Portland, OR

Midpoint serves grilled cheese breakfast sandwiches. Let that sink in... then go get some.

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12. Sen Yai 3384 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 (Clintondivision)

The Pok Pok empire continues to grow with this old-school noodle joint on Division St, where you can snag traditional Thai breakfast eats like porky Jok porridge and Sen Lek Naam Kai soup with poached eggs. They also serve up lunch and dinner (with cocktails) in case their 8a opening time is too aggressive.

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