Verdigris chef and owner Johnny Nunn’s neighborhood Italian spot Corzetti closed earlier this month, but Daisy Cafe, his “love letter to Portland breakfast,” opened this last weekend to busy crowds. The space remains mostly the same, but with a new, cheerier disposition thanks to a fresh coat of sunshine-yellow paint.
Rather than evoking the rural French cooking of Verdigris’ brunch, the menu is an exercise in old-school simplicity, with eggs-any-way, Benedicts, sandwiches, hashes, and the requisite breakfast cocktails so diners can get their drink on any day of the week. The restaurant’s menu takes diner essentials and adds a Pacific Northwestern spin — for instance, Nunn uses Yamhill County mushrooms for a simple, Greek-style egg scramble, and throws Idaho trout on a Benedict with roasted sweet peppers and arugula. The restaurant is also making its own buttermilk biscuits and brioche, foundations for the a hearty breakfast sandwich with house pork sausage and coffee cake french toast with cinnamon butter, respectively. The cafe is open daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1465 NE Prescott Street, Suite F.