We have just moved to pdx and never miss a good excuse to have a great weekend brunch. So far we've tried Milo's city cafe and a place on Belmont (ugg! I cannot believe I cannot remember the name now!) that had a divine cornbeef hash with eggs. (Could it be called Utopia?? Across from the grocery store.)
We thought Milo's was solidly ok-- but not great. Certainly the service was chipper, the help-yourself-to-coffee while you wait wonderful and spirited. But there just wasn't enough creativity to get excited about the Benidict versions (although the holondase was nice.) At Milo's perhaps the most dissapointing part of breakfast were the warm breakfast potatoes that seemed to drag the whole breakfast down with their heaviness and lack of complimentary flavor. All in all, the kind of place that is great as a regular stand-by. Solid food. A sort of Denny's for the foodie set-- a place you can seemingly count on to serve solid grub consistantly with fairly fresh ingredients and enough diversity on the menu to go regardless of the group, everyone is sure to be satisfied.
Now-- on the other hand-- this Belmont breakfast place. Wow. A menu that oozed creativity, thoughtfdulness and novelty. Yet, without going to far afeild into the realm of dizzying. The homeade hash was delightful, although my dining companion was not as thrilled with the homeade bread as I would have thought given the delightful description. I really look forward to going back and trying some of the sweet selections, now that I have full faith in the savory.
So my fellow pdx chowhounds... that is how our taste runs (btw-- we tried Apixzza scholls-- BEST-PIZZA-EVER! So now you know more about how our taste runs!) what breakfast places should we not miss? Looking forward to your ideas, as we will certainly try each one reccomended!