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Portland's Brunch Obsession?

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Portland's Brunch Obsession?

amy3 | Mar 26, 2002 11:29 AM

So I've noticed that Portland, as a city, enjoys brunch. I've never seen anything quite like it. Nearly every restaurant review mentions whether the place serves breakfast/brunch and how good it is. Yesterday when I was shopping for cooking utensils I noticed that a brunch cookbook was prominently displayed at all three places I went to. Since moving here almost a year ago, my friend has gone out for non-brunch meals about five times. Three of those with me.

When in Rome... So I decided to get some brunch on Sunday. After reading a bunch of reviews and chowhound posts, we decided on the Beaterville cafe. It was very cute, but I found the food to be seriously lacking. The waffle I had tasted similar to those generic brand eggo-like frozen waffles and the bacon was limp. Is brunch more about atmosphere than food? Is mediocre food cancelled out by enough cute things stuck to the walls? Or did I just make a poor choice?

If I'm going out to eat, I want to get something that I don't or can't make at home. This eliminates normal pancakes, waffles, french toast, etc. Omelettes are okay, but I don't like 'scramblers' much. This seriously reduces my brunch options.

So what am I looking for? Something different, or something very very good. Next time I brunch, I think I'll just deal with the wait and go to the Cadillac Cafe to try that french toast with hazelnuts and fruit that I keep hearing about. I also will travel to the ends of the earth for overeasy eggs that have completely cooked whites, but very runny yolks. I can't make eggs to save my life and most restaurants either give you runny white or hard yolk.

So if anyone has any suggestions for unusual brunch dishes, I would very much appreciate it. Unfortunately, I'll have to wait until my next visit to try them out, but I'm sure it'll be worth the wait. I'm determined to find out why Portlanders like brunch so much!

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