We brunch a lot in Portland. Why? Because going to brunch in Portland is one of the top activities in the city! You simply cannot visit Portland and not go to brunch. Here are some of my current favorites. I am sure this list will be growing and changing as I discover more delicious breakfast spots in Portland.
Holy smokes! I love Podnah’s breakfast options. I basically had one bite and it immediately became my ultimate favorite breakfast in Portland. I from Texas and one of the things I miss the most is the food. Imagine my delight when I heard about a restaurant that had smoked Texas-style barbecue & sides! The chiliquiles, migas, and breakfast tacos are excellent.
Located at: 1625 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211
HunnyMilk is a bit spendy, but worth it. Everyone gets to pick out two items, one sweet and one savory. We’ve brunched here multiple times and every time it’s wonderful. Last time we had breakfast here the wait was too long, the bill was well over $100 for four people, and the food was as always wonderful.
HunnyMilk is located inside La Buca: 1981 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209. They have another locaton on Burnside, but the service is terrible there, so stick to the pop up location.
The Screen Door always has a wait and it’s because every item they serve is delicious. This down home country cooking will provide you with a comforting meal you’ll love. This is another Portland breakfast restaurant that is consistently good. The portions here are massive, so keep that in mind before you order! The brandy milk punch was an odd cocktail drink, yet so good at the same time. Their hot chocolate is even better. Next time I’ll just order a hot chocolate with a shot of Bailey’s.
The Screen Door is located at: 2337 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
I love eating in Melbourne, because they plate the food beautifully and have nice combinations. Proud Mary brought all the goodness of their Melbourne Cafe to Portland. The owner is a coffee expert, so if you are into coffee you are going to love this place. I like coffee, but not on that level, so it’s the food that brings me in. I’ve taken a few out of two guests here and they are always happy!
Proud Mary is located in the Alberta District: 2012 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
Our whole family enjoys the breakfast menu at Gravy’s. It’s nothing too crazy, but it’s delicious and total comfort food. Their oatmeal is the best oatmeal I’ve ever had. And now that Bridgeport Brewery is closing Gravy has the best chili verde in Portland. Look at the size of the kid pancakes!
Gravy is located in North Portland: 3957 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
I read about Little Griddle a few weeks ago and when I saw the photos of their egg benedicts, I visited almost immediately. This place is tiny, but they do have a few tables that can accommodate 3-4 people. The eggs benedict are excellent, but my friend had one of their biscuit sandwiches and it looked even better! I went specifically for the eggs Benedict I saw online and they did not disappoint! I got the Huevos Benedictos, they were good, but I wouldn’t get again.
Little Griddle is located at: 3520 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97213
La Petite Provence is a small French bistro and bakery with the best croissants in Portland, Oregon.. We’ve been dining here for over a decade and in all the times I’ve been I have only been for brunch. I know they are open other times, but the breakfast food is just so good! Petite’s Risotto cakes are outstanding and if you only have the chance to eat here once, I recommend having these.
Petite Provence is located at: 4834 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206. The have two additional locations around Portland.
Q Restaurant & Bar serves break, lunch, and dinner. The kitchen is run by Chef Annie Cuggino. Their breakfast options are items like Eggs Benedict, Ricotta Lemon Pancakes, or French Toast. I have had brunch here twice now and both times it was excellent.
The Bloody Mary was one of the best ones I’ve had in Portland so far. The mimosa was overpriced and small, so skip it! The chilaquiles were awesome. I had chorizo added. The grilled cheese was massive and came with a solid tomato soup.
Q Restaurant is located downtown at: 828 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Slappy Cakes is an extremely unusual place and you will want to make sure you are comfortable eating here if you have little kids. Every table has a grill on it, so that you can customize and cook your own. pancakes. Kids make a huge mess making their own pancakes, but they do have a lot of fun. It’s important to consider how things will really taste before combining them. My child made disgusting pancakes that we couldn’t eat. The wait times here are brutal, almost always one hour minimum.
Slappy Cakes is located at: 4246 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215
Pine State Biscuits
Pine State Biscuits is a quick breakfast, so maybe not where you want to go for a long breakfast experience. However, if you are in a hurry this is the place.
Pine State Biscuits is located at 1100 SE Division St #100, Portland, OR 97202. They also have several other locations.
We came here for brunch one Sunday and everything was excellent. The cinnamon chocolate french toast with bananas and pecans will knock your socks off.
For kids the menu can be a little difficult, but they have a simple eggs, potatoes, and toast plate that my kids liked.
Headwaters is located inside the Heathman hotel at 1001 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205.
Mother’s Bistro is a great place to eat and as long as the wait isn’t too bad you should wait. It’s not quite as iconic as it used to be with their remodel, but the hearty comfort food is still the same. They do take reservations and I highly recommend you make one. It’s a solid breakfast place and brunch place.
Mother’s Bistro is located downtown near Voodoo Doughnuts at 121 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204.
Canard is new to me. I kept seeing photos on Instagram and they were enticing enough, I made my way down there! I had the French Toast which is pictured above. It had cadillac oranges, walnuts, and crème anglaise. It was tiny, but delicious! I saw someone’s order of potatoes and regretted not ordering any.
Canard is located at 734 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214.
I ended up at Fireside on accident. We were bopping around town showing a friend the sights and ended up over on Northwest 23rd. I had the best biscuits and gravy that I’ve ever had in Portland, Oregon. (I’m from Texas and hard to please when it comes to biscuits and gravy. Now it wasn’t your typical gravy and to be honest, I’m not sure it should be called gravy. But whatever it was, it was rocking.
Also notable here, the French fries. The ketchup is disgusting, but the fries were amazing. I’m not sure what that crap was they were trying to pass off as ketchup was.
Fireside is located over on popular NW 23rd at: 3003, 801 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210.
Tusk a Middle Eastern Restaurant
Tusk over in Portland’s Buckman area specializes in Mediterranean food. I have nothing but good things to say about Tusk. The kids and I visited for a late brunch a few weeks ago and we loved it. They offer brunch on Saturday and Sunday only. Our service was excellent and the food is outstanding. We visited for weekend brunch. The grain bowl is stupendous.
Warning: Kids may not like eating here. If your kids are picky eaters get them something more traditional like biscuits and gravy.
Whether you are dining for dinner or brunch, I highly recommend ordering the hummus. With that said, I also have to share that the only thing I didn’t like was the waiter didn’t tell us it was $3 per extra bread for the hummus. I paid $23 for hummus and bread. That’s just stupid.
Tusk is located at: 2448 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214.