The first of two restaurants coming to the Lloyd District's fancy new Hotel Eastlund softly opened this morning. Veteran chef/restaurateur David Machado of Nel Centro just opened the doors to Citizen Baker, his bright and airy bakery and cafe on the ground floor of the hotel.
Coffee comes from Ristretto Roasters, and all breads and pastries are made in house, including baguettes, levain boules, and focaccia by the full or half-sheet. Pastries range from croissants and danishes to muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls and apple strudel. There's also a small selection of cookies, tarts, and a rotating coffee cake.
The cafe is serving a limited menu today, but plans to offer the full list of breakfast and lunch dishes beginning tomorrow. There are simple options like yogurt with housemade granola, or hearty hot breakfasts like red flannel hash with poached eggs. For lunch, expect protein-packed salads like shrimp with white beans, artichokes, and snap peas; grab-and-go sandwiches like roast beef with candied tomatoes and arugula; or hot, made-to-order sandwiches like porchetta with salsa verde on a ciabatta roll.
The happy hour menu is on its way, as is the second restaurant — Altabira. Machado expects to open his top-floor tavern with 16 taps and a rooftop deck June 15.
Citizen Baker: 1089 NE Grand Ave., Portland; 503-963-3610. Hours: Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.