Hot breakfast news: after twenty years in business, Portland darling Stumptown is going to be serving hot food for the first time, in the form of breakfast sandwiches.
And those sandwiches are set to be supplied by a new upstart, Rushmore Baking, which will supply four Portland Stumptown stores with pastries, too.
“Great coffee deserves great pastries,” says Nate Tilden, the man behind Rushmore Baking, perhaps better known as the prolific restaurateur and co-owner of various Portland staples including Olympia Provisions, Clyde Common, and Bar Casa Vale. Tilden has former Clyde Common pastry chef Kristen Napoleoni on board to helm that pastry operation.
Napoleoni and Tilden collaborated on the sandwiches, all of which of include an herbed omelette. Two are made on Rushmore’s English muffins, a perfect balance of chewy and tender making it an easy snack for those who are driving or walking — Tilden even performed a “run test” to make sure they were edible on the go. Both have Emmental cheese; one is accompanied by a rich Olympia Provisions bacon jam, while the other features Calabrian chili and Grana Padano butter.
Another two new items are breakfast croissants, which will be heartier than the average ham and cheese croissant. Tucked into a flaky laminated pastry is the herbed omelette, as well as tangy pimento cheese. A meat option has Olympia Provisions’ sweetheart ham, and a vegetarian one has cremini mushrooms. All sandwiches are $6 and come in a handy pouch when ordered to-go.
The bakery began when Napoleoni was working at Clyde Common and decided to start making pastries for the Ace Hotel Stumptown, which Tilden had a close relationship with, having opened Clyde at the same time as the coffee shop and the hotel. Soon after launching Rushmore, they began providing all Stumptown locations with baked goods, and the crew at Stumptown realized that the bakery and Olympia Provisions would be the perfect fit to make hot breakfast dreams come true.
The sandwiches will be available at all Portland Stumptown locations, except the airport, starting Monday, March 5. The sandwich styles will shift seasonally.