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A plate with three slices of french toast, covered in raspberry compote, sits on a wooden table outside Sweedeedee in Portland, Oregon. Next to it, a bowl of sliced apples, radishes, and pepitas sits.
French toast at Sweedeedee with an apple radish salad.
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Where to Find a Real-Deal Breakfast in Portland

From portable egg sandwiches and bagels to full-blown breakfast plates

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French toast at Sweedeedee with an apple radish salad.
| Brooke Jackson-Glidden/EPDX

Portland has no shortage of weekend brunch spots, even during the lingering days of a pandemic; still, mornings involve far more than Sunday mimosas and stacks of pancakes. Luckily, the city also has a plethora of dining options for the less buzzy and Instagrammed morning meals — a mid-week breakfast sandwich to eat during the commute, a post-workout bagel, or Friday boxes of office doughnuts. And when Wednesdays call for Benedicts and waffles, there are plenty of spots serving brunch every day of the week. Find all of the above in the map below, featuring egg-filled enchiladas, praline bacon, tikka mole shrimp and grits, and more.

Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Masala Lab PDX

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Masala Lab may serve some of the most intricate breakfast dishes in town, with nuanced layers of flavor and texture. This Indian American breakfast cafe from Deepak Saxena of Desi PDX pours coffee into colorful mugs, sipped by customers while they wait for bowls of coconut milk tikka mole shrimp and grits and creamy, farm greens “saagshuka” with baked eggs. Wash it all down with the house chai, served hot or iced.

Sweedeedee

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Now boasting an equally delicious dinner menu since August of last year, Sweedeedee is humming along in its homey fashion, with the help of chef Sam Smith. The restaurant’s brunch menu includes heavy-hitter favorites like caramelized-sugar-encrusted French toast with berry jam; a plate of eggs with creamy black beans, potatoes, and pickled onions; and a breakfast sandwich teeming with pillowy mounds of cantal-cheese-fortified scrambled eggs. Next to these sweet or savory mains, diners can add fresh, seasonal all-day add-ons like tender beet salads with Fiore Sardo cheese or Borlotti beans with carrot-cabbage slaw and fennel. Leaving without dessert would be criminal.

RJ Skillets

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This Alberta restaurant splits its breakfast menu between Mexican and American diner standbys, all well-executed. Mole rojo enchiladas come with eggs, chilaquiles arrive with house-made fried corn tortillas, and fluffy omelets are joined by fajita-style chicken or green-chile-braised brisket. The restaurant also has a lengthy kid’s menu with pancakes and French toast.

Tin Shed Garden Cafe

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The patio at Tin Shed has always been a breakfast hangout, even pre-pandemic. Neighbors would sit out among the plants, tucked away on Alberta, with piles of eggs over cheesy grits or raspberry jam scones. For those seeking a pile of potato cakes, eggs Benedict, and a passionfruit-pineapple-orange mimosa, this is the mid-week brunch spot to hit. Tin Shed is open for takeout or onsite dining, with reservations available online. Pups are also welcome, with their own curated brunch and breakfast options like chicken thighs with sweet potatoes.

Pine State Biscuits

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Seeking to recreate the down-home, comfort biscuit they knew from childhoods in North Carolina, Pine State Biscuits founders and owners Walt Alexander, Kevin Atchley, and Brian Snyder first introduced their take on this Southern staple in 2006. Since then, it’s expanded to four different locations around town, with one outpost in Reno, Nevada. Portlanders craving a Southern comfort food breakfast can stop in any location for towering biscuit sandwiches overflowing with fillings, cozy biscuits and gravy, blueberry cornmeal pancakes, and baked goods, including the restaurant’s spin on a Pop Tart. Out of the biscuit sandwich options, the Reggie Deluxe stands supreme, stuffed with fried chicken, bacon strips, cheese, and topped with an egg and gravy. Pair it with sides like hush puppies or classic hash browns, and wash it all down with diner-style coffee from Coava Roasters or a breakfast cocktail.

Proud Mary Cafe

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For years, Australian-born coffee roaster and cafe Proud Mary has served eye-catching breakfasts that Portlanders love to Instagram. The pandemic birthed a new era of Proud Mary, one that’s more adaptable to any type of morning. Pre-work meals can involve leisurely breakfasts of ricotta hotcakes with decadent toppings like cardamom and beet syrup, a quick post-workout green smoothie with some overnight oats for later, or pre-ordered sausage roll and flat white to-go. Visitors can order takeout via the website.

Jinju Patisserie

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This Williams bakery makes some of the city’s finest laminated pastries, whether they’re savory meat croissants, or simply served plain, shatteringly flaky and exceptionally buttery. Any of them would make a phenomenal breakfast, which folks can pair with an espresso or a knockout hot chocolate. It’s always worth it to grab a dessert from the cold case while perusing the other pastries. Jinju is currently open for walk-ins.

Cameo Cafe

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Eclectic from start to finish, Cameo Cafe serves a mashup of American and Korean flavors in a diner space with quintessentially funky Portland decor. Cameo is still offering its omelets and hash browns, waffles, pancakes, or other American classics, but those in the know head straight for the bindae-tteok, a massive Korean pancake of veggies, beans, and ground rice, served with bacon and eggs. Cameo Cafe is open for takeout and onsite dining.

Cafe Olli

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Recently named Best New Bakery in Eater Portland’s 2022 Eater Awards, it’s a well-established fact that this warm and welcoming Northeast Portland restaurant is knocking it out of the park in the baked goods department. While many a morning could be whiled away in the sunny dining room, munching on fluffy bombolini bursting with rich seasonal fruit filling, or crunching into crackling pastries along with an espresso, the actual breakfast menu is a standout as well, from savory porridge with a poached egg to fluffy frittatas. Featuring house-baked bread, the creamy whipped ricotta toast features pools of marmalade or jam nestled between the cloud-like ricotta folds, sprinkled with bee pollen and a hint of lemon.

Little Griddle

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This Beaumont charmer of a breakfast cafe delivers the goods: Benedicts topped with everything from cured ham to braised pork shoulder, jammy shakshuka, and an egg-and-cheese on a house buttermilk biscuit. Plus, those looking to live it up mid-week will find a selection of boozy brunch beverages like classic bloody marys.

Pip's Original Doughnuts & Chai

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Pip’s is a Fremont neighborhood favorite for its bite-sized doughnuts, served hot and fresh-fried alongside its number of distinct chais — its honey and sea salt doughnuts are a Portland treasure. But even beyond the doughnuts and tea, Pip’s Original has stood as a leader, supporting local restaurants with its Community Chai fundraisers and speaking out about safely running food businesses during a pandemic.

Bernstein's Bagels

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Bernstein’s Bagels likely makes the city’s best bagel — chewy but not too dense, dotted with little bubbles to indicate the right level of snap. They come with bagel-sized layers of eclectic schmears, like ones swirled with brown sugar, honey, and cinnamon-macerated raisins; alternatively, those looking for something even heartier can opt for breakfast sandwiches with eggs and prosciutto, ordered for carry-out. It’s best to arrive early, however; these days, Bernstein’s sells out more often than not.

Sahuayo Taqueria

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Inside the Glisan convenience store J&T’s Market, Adrian Flores tops cheeseburgers with bacon and eggs, piles plates with huevos rancheros, and ladles bowls of birria de chivo as early as 7 a.m. On the weekends, menudo lands at picnic tables outside the store, sipped alongside horchata and, in some cases, energy drinks from the fridges inside. But for mid-week workers, the selection of breakfast burritos is a real draw, filled with everything from chorizo and potatoes to ham, sausage, and bacon.

Screen Door Pearl District

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Yes, many consider Screen Door a tourist magnet, but since the restaurant opened a new location in the Pearl, brunch has become more frequent, more consistent, and with nowhere near the wait. The classics — buttermilk fried chicken and sweet potato waffles, praline bacon, griddled brioche French toast with rum-flamed caramelized bananas — are all strong options here, especially when paired with a pickled-okra-topped bloody mary or a cold brew spiked with Crater Lake hazelnut vodka and Kahlua.

Hunnymilk

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Back in the day, Hunnymilk served customizable plates of both sweet and savory brunch items, side-by-side in a single meal. However, during the early days of the pandemic, Hunnymilk switched things up and became something of a doughnut shop: The menu is still a choose-your-own-adventure of sweet and savory dishes, but now its entire menu involves some sort of fried dough. For instance, one meal might involve popcorn chicken-and-waffle doughnuts with a yuzu dip and an apple pie ‘churro-nut’ with whiskey caramel apples and crème brûlée custard. Hunnymilk is now open for dine-in and takeout.

From pastries prepared with traditional Japanese ingredients to perfectly symmetrical katsu sandwiches, house-baked bread is the common denominator at this chic Japanese sandwich shop and patisserie in downtown Portland. While the classic katsu sandwiches — filled with juicy breaded pork loin, chicken, fish, or eggplant — can make for a savory breakfast or brunch meal, breakfast sandwiches of sliced milk bread, egg, bacon, American cheese, and herbed aioli or a riff on avocado toast with yuzu, sesame, and radish provide more traditional options. Drip coffee and steamed milk drinks like lattes are made with Good Coffee beans, served alongside matcha lattes and Japanese teas.

The Daily Feast

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Think of the Daily Feast as a more polished — but not unnecessarily fussy — take on a classic diner: The pancakes are thick and fluffy, the biscuits and gravy come with house-made biscuits, and the corned beef hash comes with horseradish dijon sauce. The breakfast burritos are particularly nice, stuffed with roasted poblanos, hash browns, and plenty of scrambled eggs. These are just some of the options on the all-day, everyday brunch menu, also available for dine-in or takeout.

Flattop & Salamander

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This cozy Buckman cafe tops its chicken and waffles with bacon butter or hot chile honey, serves its baked French toast with maple creme anglaise, and bolsters its house-made corned beef hash with poblanos and perfect poached eggs. The cocktail menu is no afterthought, with a lengthy selection of spritzes and coffee cocktails.

Zell’s Cafe

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This no-fuss breakfast cafe opened in the ’80s, but it feels like one of those places that’s been around forever. Here, complimentary scones and jam land at your table before a $6 stack of apple pancakes, or an asparagus-prosciutto scramble, or a classic diner-style plate with eggs, potatoes, and toast. The coffee is hot and served in a glass mug, the specials board is frequently updated, and the regulars are likely sitting at the counter.

Pepper Box Cafe

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New Mexican cuisine can be hard to find outside its native state, but this Southeast Morrison cafe keeps Southwestern transplants and local Portlanders satiated with its menu of New Mexican breakfast and lunch classics. The breakfast burrito — stuffed with eggs, potatoes, and pinto beans — comes smothered in a choice of New Mexican red or green chile; pros know to order it “Christmas” for both. Here, huevos rancheros arrive on top of crispy corn tortillas with cheddar cheese, pinto beans, potatoes, and red, green, or Christmas chile. Migas, stuffed sopaipillas, tacos, and New Mexican-style diner breakfasts of eggs and sides round out the breakfast offerings.

Fried Egg I'm In Love

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This food cart-turned-restaurant has been a Hawthorne mainstay for years, and with other locations in Pioneer Courthouse Square and the Prost food cart pod, these sandwiches show no signs of stopping. The “Sriracha Mix-A-Lot” — a fried egg with seared ham, avocado, Havarti, tomato, and sriracha — is a typical crowd-pleaser, as well as the classic “Yolko Ono,” a fried egg with pesto, Parmesan, sausage patty, and a secret “Magic Egg Dust” spice blend. Sandwiches can be made vegetarian or gluten-free, with tons of add-on options from hash browns to the shop’s Holy Aioli. Boozy standbys like mimosas are available, as well.

La Osita PDX

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La Osita, the breakfast cart with some of the city’s best breakfast burritos and tacos, is still going strong. The chorizo-stuffed Osita breakfast burrito with a hearty dose of pico de gallo is a smart choice, but it’s hard to beat the “brunch taco,” with thick slabs of Applewood bacon and tangy pickled onions with fried eggs. The cart takes walk-up orders for takeout, but that’s soon to change as a brick-and-mortar location is in the works.

Matt's BBQ Tacos

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Matt’s BBQ Tacos is known for its smoked meat tacos, served in pillowy, Austin-style flour tortillas. But the migas taco — scrambled eggs with cheddar, pico de gallo, guacamole, and tortilla chips — might be the move for breakfast. The chopped brisket breakfast taco, with potatoes and cheddar, is no slouch, either. And diners can now add on some satisfyingly crunchy hash browns to their breakfast order, as well. With Matt’s new location within the Hinterland pod, visitors can pair their tacos with cocktails from the bar, designed to complement the cart’s food.

Broder Café

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This Scandinavian breakfast cafe is a Portland gem, with locations everywhere from Hood River to Southwest Oleson; however, it’s hard to beat the original cafe, where folks wait for a table with cups of cardamom coffee or breakfast cocktails made with Scandinavian aquavit for a regionally-appropriate breakfast tipple. Brunch should start with the cheerful little ebelskivers — spherical, fluffy pancake balls topped in powdered sugar, followed by pans of lost eggs or lefse.

Cafe Rowan

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When it comes to dazzling, luxe morning meals, this Creston-Kenilworth cafe delivers. Breakfast burritos are not just stuffed with chorizo, roasted garlic potatoes, and scrambled eggs, but also house-made salsa macha, salsa verde, and cilantro-lime crema. Benedicts can come with Dungeness crab or house-cured lox, and the restaurant’s bowl of cheddar grits comes with lobster, bacon-shallot jam, and Calabrian chile oil. Those intimidated can stick to a stellar breakfast sandwich, like the Dame with gochujang and Mama Lil’s aioli.

Mehri's Cafe and Bakery

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This Brentwood-Darlington cafe has been something of a poorly kept secret for weekday brunch, mastering midcentury brunch nostalgia. Yep, Mehri’s has your standard Benedicts, chicken-fried steak and eggs, house-made biscuits slathered in sausage gravy. It also bakes cinnamon rolls and gives them the French toast treatment, stuffs pancakes with fruit compote, and makes the bread for toast in-house. Mehri’s is open for indoor or outdoor dining, as well as takeout.

Masala Lab PDX

Masala Lab may serve some of the most intricate breakfast dishes in town, with nuanced layers of flavor and texture. This Indian American breakfast cafe from Deepak Saxena of Desi PDX pours coffee into colorful mugs, sipped by customers while they wait for bowls of coconut milk tikka mole shrimp and grits and creamy, farm greens “saagshuka” with baked eggs. Wash it all down with the house chai, served hot or iced.

Sweedeedee

Now boasting an equally delicious dinner menu since August of last year, Sweedeedee is humming along in its homey fashion, with the help of chef Sam Smith. The restaurant’s brunch menu includes heavy-hitter favorites like caramelized-sugar-encrusted French toast with berry jam; a plate of eggs with creamy black beans, potatoes, and pickled onions; and a breakfast sandwich teeming with pillowy mounds of cantal-cheese-fortified scrambled eggs. Next to these sweet or savory mains, diners can add fresh, seasonal all-day add-ons like tender beet salads with Fiore Sardo cheese or Borlotti beans with carrot-cabbage slaw and fennel. Leaving without dessert would be criminal.

RJ Skillets

This Alberta restaurant splits its breakfast menu between Mexican and American diner standbys, all well-executed. Mole rojo enchiladas come with eggs, chilaquiles arrive with house-made fried corn tortillas, and fluffy omelets are joined by fajita-style chicken or green-chile-braised brisket. The restaurant also has a lengthy kid’s menu with pancakes and French toast.

Tin Shed Garden Cafe

The patio at Tin Shed has always been a breakfast hangout, even pre-pandemic. Neighbors would sit out among the plants, tucked away on Alberta, with piles of eggs over cheesy grits or raspberry jam scones. For those seeking a pile of potato cakes, eggs Benedict, and a passionfruit-pineapple-orange mimosa, this is the mid-week brunch spot to hit. Tin Shed is open for takeout or onsite dining, with reservations available online. Pups are also welcome, with their own curated brunch and breakfast options like chicken thighs with sweet potatoes.

Pine State Biscuits

Seeking to recreate the down-home, comfort biscuit they knew from childhoods in North Carolina, Pine State Biscuits founders and owners Walt Alexander, Kevin Atchley, and Brian Snyder first introduced their take on this Southern staple in 2006. Since then, it’s expanded to four different locations around town, with one outpost in Reno, Nevada. Portlanders craving a Southern comfort food breakfast can stop in any location for towering biscuit sandwiches overflowing with fillings, cozy biscuits and gravy, blueberry cornmeal pancakes, and baked goods, including the restaurant’s spin on a Pop Tart. Out of the biscuit sandwich options, the Reggie Deluxe stands supreme, stuffed with fried chicken, bacon strips, cheese, and topped with an egg and gravy. Pair it with sides like hush puppies or classic hash browns, and wash it all down with diner-style coffee from Coava Roasters or a breakfast cocktail.

Proud Mary Cafe

For years, Australian-born coffee roaster and cafe Proud Mary has served eye-catching breakfasts that Portlanders love to Instagram. The pandemic birthed a new era of Proud Mary, one that’s more adaptable to any type of morning. Pre-work meals can involve leisurely breakfasts of ricotta hotcakes with decadent toppings like cardamom and beet syrup, a quick post-workout green smoothie with some overnight oats for later, or pre-ordered sausage roll and flat white to-go. Visitors can order takeout via the website.

Jinju Patisserie

This Williams bakery makes some of the city’s finest laminated pastries, whether they’re savory meat croissants, or simply served plain, shatteringly flaky and exceptionally buttery. Any of them would make a phenomenal breakfast, which folks can pair with an espresso or a knockout hot chocolate. It’s always worth it to grab a dessert from the cold case while perusing the other pastries. Jinju is currently open for walk-ins.

Cameo Cafe

Eclectic from start to finish, Cameo Cafe serves a mashup of American and Korean flavors in a diner space with quintessentially funky Portland decor. Cameo is still offering its omelets and hash browns, waffles, pancakes, or other American classics, but those in the know head straight for the bindae-tteok, a massive Korean pancake of veggies, beans, and ground rice, served with bacon and eggs. Cameo Cafe is open for takeout and onsite dining.

Cafe Olli

Recently named Best New Bakery in Eater Portland’s 2022 Eater Awards, it’s a well-established fact that this warm and welcoming Northeast Portland restaurant is knocking it out of the park in the baked goods department. While many a morning could be whiled away in the sunny dining room, munching on fluffy bombolini bursting with rich seasonal fruit filling, or crunching into crackling pastries along with an espresso, the actual breakfast menu is a standout as well, from savory porridge with a poached egg to fluffy frittatas. Featuring house-baked bread, the creamy whipped ricotta toast features pools of marmalade or jam nestled between the cloud-like ricotta folds, sprinkled with bee pollen and a hint of lemon.

Little Griddle

This Beaumont charmer of a breakfast cafe delivers the goods: Benedicts topped with everything from cured ham to braised pork shoulder, jammy shakshuka, and an egg-and-cheese on a house buttermilk biscuit. Plus, those looking to live it up mid-week will find a selection of boozy brunch beverages like classic bloody marys.

Pip's Original Doughnuts & Chai

Pip’s is a Fremont neighborhood favorite for its bite-sized doughnuts, served hot and fresh-fried alongside its number of distinct chais — its honey and sea salt doughnuts are a Portland treasure. But even beyond the doughnuts and tea, Pip’s Original has stood as a leader, supporting local restaurants with its Community Chai fundraisers and speaking out about safely running food businesses during a pandemic.

Bernstein's Bagels

Bernstein’s Bagels likely makes the city’s best bagel — chewy but not too dense, dotted with little bubbles to indicate the right level of snap. They come with bagel-sized layers of eclectic schmears, like ones swirled with brown sugar, honey, and cinnamon-macerated raisins; alternatively, those looking for something even heartier can opt for breakfast sandwiches with eggs and prosciutto, ordered for carry-out. It’s best to arrive early, however; these days, Bernstein’s sells out more often than not.

Sahuayo Taqueria

Inside the Glisan convenience store J&T’s Market, Adrian Flores tops cheeseburgers with bacon and eggs, piles plates with huevos rancheros, and ladles bowls of birria de chivo as early as 7 a.m. On the weekends, menudo lands at picnic tables outside the store, sipped alongside horchata and, in some cases, energy drinks from the fridges inside. But for mid-week workers, the selection of breakfast burritos is a real draw, filled with everything from chorizo and potatoes to ham, sausage, and bacon.

Screen Door Pearl District

Yes, many consider Screen Door a tourist magnet, but since the restaurant opened a new location in the Pearl, brunch has become more frequent, more consistent, and with nowhere near the wait. The classics — buttermilk fried chicken and sweet potato waffles, praline bacon, griddled brioche French toast with rum-flamed caramelized bananas — are all strong options here, especially when paired with a pickled-okra-topped bloody mary or a cold brew spiked with Crater Lake hazelnut vodka and Kahlua.

Hunnymilk

Back in the day, Hunnymilk served customizable plates of both sweet and savory brunch items, side-by-side in a single meal. However, during the early days of the pandemic, Hunnymilk switched things up and became something of a doughnut shop: The menu is still a choose-your-own-adventure of sweet and savory dishes, but now its entire menu involves some sort of fried dough. For instance, one meal might involve popcorn chicken-and-waffle doughnuts with a yuzu dip and an apple pie ‘churro-nut’ with whiskey caramel apples and crème brûlée custard. Hunnymilk is now open for dine-in and takeout.

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Tanaka

From pastries prepared with traditional Japanese ingredients to perfectly symmetrical katsu sandwiches, house-baked bread is the common denominator at this chic Japanese sandwich shop and patisserie in downtown Portland. While the classic katsu sandwiches — filled with juicy breaded pork loin, chicken, fish, or eggplant — can make for a savory breakfast or brunch meal, breakfast sandwiches of sliced milk bread, egg, bacon, American cheese, and herbed aioli or a riff on avocado toast with yuzu, sesame, and radish provide more traditional options. Drip coffee and steamed milk drinks like lattes are made with Good Coffee beans, served alongside matcha lattes and Japanese teas.

The Daily Feast

Think of the Daily Feast as a more polished — but not unnecessarily fussy — take on a classic diner: The pancakes are thick and fluffy, the biscuits and gravy come with house-made biscuits, and the corned beef hash comes with horseradish dijon sauce. The breakfast burritos are particularly nice, stuffed with roasted poblanos, hash browns, and plenty of scrambled eggs. These are just some of the options on the all-day, everyday brunch menu, also available for dine-in or takeout.

Flattop & Salamander

This cozy Buckman cafe tops its chicken and waffles with bacon butter or hot chile honey, serves its baked French toast with maple creme anglaise, and bolsters its house-made corned beef hash with poblanos and perfect poached eggs. The cocktail menu is no afterthought, with a lengthy selection of spritzes and coffee cocktails.

Zell’s Cafe

This no-fuss breakfast cafe opened in the ’80s, but it feels like one of those places that’s been around forever. Here, complimentary scones and jam land at your table before a $6 stack of apple pancakes, or an asparagus-prosciutto scramble, or a classic diner-style plate with eggs, potatoes, and toast. The coffee is hot and served in a glass mug, the specials board is frequently updated, and the regulars are likely sitting at the counter.

Pepper Box Cafe

New Mexican cuisine can be hard to find outside its native state, but this Southeast Morrison cafe keeps Southwestern transplants and local Portlanders satiated with its menu of New Mexican breakfast and lunch classics. The breakfast burrito — stuffed with eggs, potatoes, and pinto beans — comes smothered in a choice of New Mexican red or green chile; pros know to order it “Christmas” for both. Here, huevos rancheros arrive on top of crispy corn tortillas with cheddar cheese, pinto beans, potatoes, and red, green, or Christmas chile. Migas, stuffed sopaipillas, tacos, and New Mexican-style diner breakfasts of eggs and sides round out the breakfast offerings.

Fried Egg I'm In Love

This food cart-turned-restaurant has been a Hawthorne mainstay for years, and with other locations in Pioneer Courthouse Square and the Prost food cart pod, these sandwiches show no signs of stopping. The “Sriracha Mix-A-Lot” — a fried egg with seared ham, avocado, Havarti, tomato, and sriracha — is a typical crowd-pleaser, as well as the classic “Yolko Ono,” a fried egg with pesto, Parmesan, sausage patty, and a secret “Magic Egg Dust” spice blend. Sandwiches can be made vegetarian or gluten-free, with tons of add-on options from hash browns to the shop’s Holy Aioli. Boozy standbys like mimosas are available, as well.

La Osita PDX

La Osita, the breakfast cart with some of the city’s best breakfast burritos and tacos, is still going strong. The chorizo-stuffed Osita breakfast burrito with a hearty dose of pico de gallo is a smart choice, but it’s hard to beat the “brunch taco,” with thick slabs of Applewood bacon and tangy pickled onions with fried eggs. The cart takes walk-up orders for takeout, but that’s soon to change as a brick-and-mortar location is in the works.

Matt's BBQ Tacos

Matt’s BBQ Tacos is known for its smoked meat tacos, served in pillowy, Austin-style flour tortillas. But the migas taco — scrambled eggs with cheddar, pico de gallo, guacamole, and tortilla chips — might be the move for breakfast. The chopped brisket breakfast taco, with potatoes and cheddar, is no slouch, either. And diners can now add on some satisfyingly crunchy hash browns to their breakfast order, as well. With Matt’s new location within the Hinterland pod, visitors can pair their tacos with cocktails from the bar, designed to complement the cart’s food.

Broder Café

This Scandinavian breakfast cafe is a Portland gem, with locations everywhere from Hood River to Southwest Oleson; however, it’s hard to beat the original cafe, where folks wait for a table with cups of cardamom coffee or breakfast cocktails made with Scandinavian aquavit for a regionally-appropriate breakfast tipple. Brunch should start with the cheerful little ebelskivers — spherical, fluffy pancake balls topped in powdered sugar, followed by pans of lost eggs or lefse.

Cafe Rowan

When it comes to dazzling, luxe morning meals, this Creston-Kenilworth cafe delivers. Breakfast burritos are not just stuffed with chorizo, roasted garlic potatoes, and scrambled eggs, but also house-made salsa macha, salsa verde, and cilantro-lime crema. Benedicts can come with Dungeness crab or house-cured lox, and the restaurant’s bowl of cheddar grits comes with lobster, bacon-shallot jam, and Calabrian chile oil. Those intimidated can stick to a stellar breakfast sandwich, like the Dame with gochujang and Mama Lil’s aioli.

Mehri's Cafe and Bakery

This Brentwood-Darlington cafe has been something of a poorly kept secret for weekday brunch, mastering midcentury brunch nostalgia. Yep, Mehri’s has your standard Benedicts, chicken-fried steak and eggs, house-made biscuits slathered in sausage gravy. It also bakes cinnamon rolls and gives them the French toast treatment, stuffs pancakes with fruit compote, and makes the bread for toast in-house. Mehri’s is open for indoor or outdoor dining, as well as takeout.

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