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Portland's 10 Buzziest New Breakfasts and Brunches, Winter 2020

Use the brunch heatmap to find what's new in the breakfast scene

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The loaded hash brown at Bullard
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Brunch, Portland's most hallowed meal of the day, has evolved into one of the city's signature tourist attractions and favorite weekend activities. And while you may not be able to avoid waiting in line completely, at least you'll be ahead of the hungry crowds thanks to the recommendations on this heatmap. The restaurants featured here serve up some of the best new Portland brunches and mid-week breakfasts, all of which have started or have been thoughtfully overhauled within the last year. Those looking for something longstanding should consider the maps below instead:

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Few people do morning meals like Southern Americans do. Yonder’s weekend brunch brings the hearty dishes of the South to the Pacific Northwest. Featuring an airy dining room lined with large picture windows, noteworthy dishes here include chef Maya Lovelace’s country fried chicken, a skin-on chicken thigh with angel biscuits, griddled hash browns, and sawmill gravy, or a breakfast sandwich called The Behemoth: a giant biscuit with fried chicken, bacon, eggs, two cheeses, and two sauces. Those looking for something sweet should check out Lovelace’s pound cake waffles. 

Daisy Bar + Cafe

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Daisy Bar and Cafe is the latest offering from veteran Portland chef Johnny Nunn (Verdigris). This cozy weekend breakfast spot serves a number of skillfully made brunch dishes, with highlights including a croque-madame made with house-baked brioche and a coffee cake french toast with brioche, coffee cake crumble, cinnamon butter, and maple syrup.

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This was the best stumbled upon discovery I’ve had in ages. For those who aren’t aware, house made buttery brioche should be considered a national treasure. For those who don’t agree, try again. Some of the best of this treasure can be found at @verdigrisrestaurant / @verdigrisrestaurantpdx .. more to the story below. . . ... I had a slow start this Sat AM, so when I realized it was way too packed at Verdigris for me to get seated (typical bc that place is amazing), I got back in the car and looked through Google Maps to see what else was nearby. The name “Daisy Cafe” on Prescott was not familiar, so I clicked on it. It’s Verdigris’s owners’ “love letter to Old Portland Breakfast.” It’s exactly that. A non-pretentious, reasonably priced menu, with top quality ingredients delivering soul satisfying dishes. AND THEY HAVE THE BRIOCHE! . . Got the Benedict: House Biscuits topped with Smoked Pit Ham, Hollandaise, and Slow Poached Eggs— served with addictively crispy russets (no lame half crisped kinda soggy potatoes here) and a secret special sauce for dipping. Because I’m a carb fiend I also got the brioche that they toast on the griddle like they do at the sister restaurant. I got this also because I’m a queen and I deserve it. You’re also a queen/king, and you deserve this, so get your booty over to this national treasure of a restaurant @daisycafepdx . . #eater #eaterpdx #pdxeater #portlandbrunch #pdxbrunch #verdigris #daisycafe #brioche #brunchpdx #brunchlife #portlandfood #bestfoodportland #pdxbrunchscene #pdxfoodmap #portlandfoodmap #brunchlist #portlandeats #forkyeah #eeeeeats #bestbrunch #bestbrunchpdx #extrahollandaiseplease #hollandaise #oldportland

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Jinju Patisserie

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For some, a perfect breakfast is a well-made latte and a crackly croissant. It’s extremely hard to beat that duo at the teeny-tiny Jinju Patisserie, the Williams bakery and coffee shop from chocolatier Jin Caldwell and pastry chef Kyurim Lee. The croissants shatter in the best way, with a hearty dose of butter and no unappealing grease. For those who are fine with the simple things but would prefer something with bells and whistles, Jinju also offers a number of different croissants (including ham and cheese, chocolate, and almond), and a knockout mushroom tart.

Eem - Thai BBQ & Cocktails

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It can be easy to overlook a restaurant that shows up on every list, but when it comes to Thai-barbecue restaurant Eem, it’s there for a reason: Occupying a lofty, wood-adorned space featuring walls of garage door-style windows, Eem seamlessly weaves together Thai and American barbecue flavors. Technically served during the restaurant’s lunch service, Eem offers a number of savory-leaning brunch dishes with big flavors, including Thai shrimp and “grits” with soft- boiled egg and jasmine rice porridge, smoked pork belly with a Thai fried egg, and the eponymous Eem burger replete with a pillow-soft Hawaiian bun, double cheese, and jaew — a sweet and savory herbal Thai chili condiment. That Thai fried egg can appear on any of the restaurant’s lunch dishes, instantly bringing it into brunch territory.

Gado Gado

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When this colorful Indonesian-Chinese cafe opened its doors for dinner service last year, it was met with great enthusiasm from the public for its energy and bold flavors. The weekend brunch here delivers in much the same way. Previously spotted items like the pandan waffle puff stand out; that dish comes with a pile of nostalgic Crunch Berries as well as sweetened condensed milk. The Roti Telur, a buttery and flaky Malaysian cheese flatbread, comes with a beautifully flavored creamed corn accompaniment, ideal for dipping. But for small groups of diners wanting a little bit of everything, the restaurant serves a nasi lemak — coconut rice with various condiments, stews, and sauces.

Lovely Rita

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Located on the ground floor of the casually chic Hoxton hotel in Portland’s Chinatown, Lovely Rita is Portland’s newest version of an all-day cafe the former La Neta space. An expansive space filled with attractive tables, copious plants, and tufted furniture, the restaurant’s notable daily brunch items include the short rib melt with braised short rib and butter griddled sourdough, or fried chicken hash with a seasonal veggie and creamy fresh hollandaise. 

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Bistro Agnes

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This downtown Portland restaurant with hardcore brasserie vibes started serving a weekend brunch in April, a decadent affair with french omelets in pools of bordelaise and croque-madame blanketed in mornay. The oeufs en meurette, poached eggs in a red wine sauce with bacon lardons, feel particularly luxurious, especially with a glass of brunch bubbles.

Bullard

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Doug Adams’ Texas-meets-Oregon restaurant gets many things right, and brunch, which they started serving last spring, is one of them. With the Platonic ideal of steaming flapjacks, a number of brunch cocktails, and breakfast tacos stuffed with fried chicken and pork belly, Bullard’s brunch is slowly becoming one of the city’s best. For sloppy, messy bliss, the restaurant’s loaded hash browns come smothered in smoky Texas red chili, sour cream, guacamole, pickled jalapeños, shredded cheddar, and the obligatory sunny-side up egg. Plus, diners can reserve their spot in the old-steakhouse-vibed dining room, eliminating the almost-customary hour-long wait for a table.

Fried Egg I'm In Love

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There is no question: Fried Egg is a Portland institution. While this breakfast sandwich food cart has been around since 2012, the restaurant location didn’t grace Portlanders until just this year. Occupying a small and cheery yellow-hued space, this Eastside restaurant serves multiple iterations of its ever-popular breakfast sandwiches, which include house-made meats and condiments. First-timers should order their signature Yolko Ono, which comes with fried egg, pesto, parmesan, and a house sausage patty. For the non meat inclined, Fried Egg also offers equally tasty vegan options. 

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Ava Gene's

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While Ava Gene’s is a Portland stalwart, brunch here is a relatively new affair. Weekend morning diners can find many a distinct item among the sea of floating Edison bulbs in this charming, warm restaurant, including a poppyseed babka waffle with maple butter and a chicken Milanese with red-eye gravy and poached eggs. Also not to be missed is the deceptively simple but unbelievably delicious frittata, featuring savory shallots, extra creamy Boursin cheese, and rich leek cream. 

Yonder

Few people do morning meals like Southern Americans do. Yonder’s weekend brunch brings the hearty dishes of the South to the Pacific Northwest. Featuring an airy dining room lined with large picture windows, noteworthy dishes here include chef Maya Lovelace’s country fried chicken, a skin-on chicken thigh with angel biscuits, griddled hash browns, and sawmill gravy, or a breakfast sandwich called The Behemoth: a giant biscuit with fried chicken, bacon, eggs, two cheeses, and two sauces. Those looking for something sweet should check out Lovelace’s pound cake waffles. 

Daisy Bar + Cafe

Daisy Bar and Cafe is the latest offering from veteran Portland chef Johnny Nunn (Verdigris). This cozy weekend breakfast spot serves a number of skillfully made brunch dishes, with highlights including a croque-madame made with house-baked brioche and a coffee cake french toast with brioche, coffee cake crumble, cinnamon butter, and maple syrup.

View this post on Instagram

This was the best stumbled upon discovery I’ve had in ages. For those who aren’t aware, house made buttery brioche should be considered a national treasure. For those who don’t agree, try again. Some of the best of this treasure can be found at @verdigrisrestaurant / @verdigrisrestaurantpdx .. more to the story below. . . ... I had a slow start this Sat AM, so when I realized it was way too packed at Verdigris for me to get seated (typical bc that place is amazing), I got back in the car and looked through Google Maps to see what else was nearby. The name “Daisy Cafe” on Prescott was not familiar, so I clicked on it. It’s Verdigris’s owners’ “love letter to Old Portland Breakfast.” It’s exactly that. A non-pretentious, reasonably priced menu, with top quality ingredients delivering soul satisfying dishes. AND THEY HAVE THE BRIOCHE! . . Got the Benedict: House Biscuits topped with Smoked Pit Ham, Hollandaise, and Slow Poached Eggs— served with addictively crispy russets (no lame half crisped kinda soggy potatoes here) and a secret special sauce for dipping. Because I’m a carb fiend I also got the brioche that they toast on the griddle like they do at the sister restaurant. I got this also because I’m a queen and I deserve it. You’re also a queen/king, and you deserve this, so get your booty over to this national treasure of a restaurant @daisycafepdx . . #eater #eaterpdx #pdxeater #portlandbrunch #pdxbrunch #verdigris #daisycafe #brioche #brunchpdx #brunchlife #portlandfood #bestfoodportland #pdxbrunchscene #pdxfoodmap #portlandfoodmap #brunchlist #portlandeats #forkyeah #eeeeeats #bestbrunch #bestbrunchpdx #extrahollandaiseplease #hollandaise #oldportland

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Jinju Patisserie

For some, a perfect breakfast is a well-made latte and a crackly croissant. It’s extremely hard to beat that duo at the teeny-tiny Jinju Patisserie, the Williams bakery and coffee shop from chocolatier Jin Caldwell and pastry chef Kyurim Lee. The croissants shatter in the best way, with a hearty dose of butter and no unappealing grease. For those who are fine with the simple things but would prefer something with bells and whistles, Jinju also offers a number of different croissants (including ham and cheese, chocolate, and almond), and a knockout mushroom tart.

Eem - Thai BBQ & Cocktails

It can be easy to overlook a restaurant that shows up on every list, but when it comes to Thai-barbecue restaurant Eem, it’s there for a reason: Occupying a lofty, wood-adorned space featuring walls of garage door-style windows, Eem seamlessly weaves together Thai and American barbecue flavors. Technically served during the restaurant’s lunch service, Eem offers a number of savory-leaning brunch dishes with big flavors, including Thai shrimp and “grits” with soft- boiled egg and jasmine rice porridge, smoked pork belly with a Thai fried egg, and the eponymous Eem burger replete with a pillow-soft Hawaiian bun, double cheese, and jaew — a sweet and savory herbal Thai chili condiment. That Thai fried egg can appear on any of the restaurant’s lunch dishes, instantly bringing it into brunch territory.

Gado Gado

When this colorful Indonesian-Chinese cafe opened its doors for dinner service last year, it was met with great enthusiasm from the public for its energy and bold flavors. The weekend brunch here delivers in much the same way. Previously spotted items like the pandan waffle puff stand out; that dish comes with a pile of nostalgic Crunch Berries as well as sweetened condensed milk. The Roti Telur, a buttery and flaky Malaysian cheese flatbread, comes with a beautifully flavored creamed corn accompaniment, ideal for dipping. But for small groups of diners wanting a little bit of everything, the restaurant serves a nasi lemak — coconut rice with various condiments, stews, and sauces.

Lovely Rita

Located on the ground floor of the casually chic Hoxton hotel in Portland’s Chinatown, Lovely Rita is Portland’s newest version of an all-day cafe the former La Neta space. An expansive space filled with attractive tables, copious plants, and tufted furniture, the restaurant’s notable daily brunch items include the short rib melt with braised short rib and butter griddled sourdough, or fried chicken hash with a seasonal veggie and creamy fresh hollandaise. 

View this post on Instagram

#portland #portlandfood #lovelyrita #breakfast

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Bistro Agnes

This downtown Portland restaurant with hardcore brasserie vibes started serving a weekend brunch in April, a decadent affair with french omelets in pools of bordelaise and croque-madame blanketed in mornay. The oeufs en meurette, poached eggs in a red wine sauce with bacon lardons, feel particularly luxurious, especially with a glass of brunch bubbles.

Bullard

Doug Adams’ Texas-meets-Oregon restaurant gets many things right, and brunch, which they started serving last spring, is one of them. With the Platonic ideal of steaming flapjacks, a number of brunch cocktails, and breakfast tacos stuffed with fried chicken and pork belly, Bullard’s brunch is slowly becoming one of the city’s best. For sloppy, messy bliss, the restaurant’s loaded hash browns come smothered in smoky Texas red chili, sour cream, guacamole, pickled jalapeños, shredded cheddar, and the obligatory sunny-side up egg. Plus, diners can reserve their spot in the old-steakhouse-vibed dining room, eliminating the almost-customary hour-long wait for a table.

Fried Egg I'm In Love

There is no question: Fried Egg is a Portland institution. While this breakfast sandwich food cart has been around since 2012, the restaurant location didn’t grace Portlanders until just this year. Occupying a small and cheery yellow-hued space, this Eastside restaurant serves multiple iterations of its ever-popular breakfast sandwiches, which include house-made meats and condiments. First-timers should order their signature Yolko Ono, which comes with fried egg, pesto, parmesan, and a house sausage patty. For the non meat inclined, Fried Egg also offers equally tasty vegan options. 

View this post on Instagram

Hungover but happy

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Ava Gene's

While Ava Gene’s is a Portland stalwart, brunch here is a relatively new affair. Weekend morning diners can find many a distinct item among the sea of floating Edison bulbs in this charming, warm restaurant, including a poppyseed babka waffle with maple butter and a chicken Milanese with red-eye gravy and poached eggs. Also not to be missed is the deceptively simple but unbelievably delicious frittata, featuring savory shallots, extra creamy Boursin cheese, and rich leek cream. 

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