Matt and I went to Portland in May to visit his folks. It was a great trip. We ate pretty much constantly, as there are so many places to eat and we only had four days. Previously unbeknownst to me, Portland is full of great breakfast places. I'll try to do the quickest rundown possible of a very small sampling of Portland breakfasts.
Their namesake is delicious, especially the vegetarian version, full of sage and thyme and mushrooms and reminiscent of Thanksgiving dinner. Plus, a huge menu with lots of omelette and scramble choices, life-changing beignets, and a short walk to vintage and record shopping made this a fast favorite.
beignets with powdered sugar and maple syrup
biscuit with vegetable gravy
Everything was great here, though to be honest, I've had better chicken-fried bacon. You really can't beat fluffy pancakes with house-made strawberry syrup and something called "pork belly benedict" (which, by the way, Matt can't stop talking about).
chicken-fried bacon with caramel sauce
pork belly benedict with bacon fat hollandaise
Arlita Library Cafe
A solid breakfast was had here as well. Nice specials and, based on the coffee cake, I'd say wonderful baked goods too.
pear & fig coffee cake
scrambled eggs, asparagus, bacon, and stout cheese sauce on toast