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PDX - Cafe Du Berry & Park Kitchen - a long post on 2 lousy brunches

Jill-O | Jun 20, 200501:45 PM

Was out and about on Saturday and happened to be out on SW Macadam in John's Landing. SO was feeling peckish, so suggested we stop at Cafe du Berry, a small French bistro-ish kind of place right on Macadam.

The menu like the place, is kind of small - SO ordered a ham and cheese (grated asiago, oddly enough, and not melted, either) sandwich, I ordered a spinach omelet. SO and I thought the sandwich was OK. The omelet, was so odd, though. It was a traditional french omelet - a slightly undercooked, unfilled delicious mass of scrambled up eggs...but it was topped with a gloppy, clumpy, bland, floury bechamel-like sauce with specks of spinach. Horrible. I scraped it off, and ate my eggs and side of bacon (served crisp, as ordered - and the toast was a nicely nutty whole grain type). It was almost empty when we were there, and service was OK, but I would think service would be bad if there were a few tables full there. Personally, I wouldn't really go back and I can't recommend the place. Sorry, I didn't really pay attention to the prices there...

The next day I was taking my SO to what I thought would be a fabulous brunch at Park Kitchen. I have been there for lunch during the week and it is very good, and I would go back for that. And I still want to go and have dinner there...but I will not be back for weekend brunch there anytime soon.

I love breakfast food, I really do, but I had a hard time deciding what to have there, it felt like there weren't enough choices, though the list seemed reasonable...can't figure out why that is... There was only one type of breakfast pastry available - a corn meal based scone (which was good, I'll admit, but my SO does not usually eat corn or things made with corn...and there was no other choice).

I ordered the brioche french toast with bing cherry syrup ($10) and ordered bacon (very crisp) as my one side dish that comes with ($3, otherwise)...and it didn't come crisp, I had to send it back (and was told by our server that he hadn't heard me order it crisp). That was really annoying. It came back crisp really quickly, must have been deep fried - which was OK...but the french toast was also deep fried...and that wasn't OK. It was raw and oozing liquid inside, a bit too well done around the edges and greasy outside...and sitting in a very small and shallow puddle of very sweet and not too flavorful fresh bing cherry syrup with whole cherries. It just wasn't all that good. And it certainly wasn't worth $ way.

SO's pulled pork and fontina panini ($10.50) tasted OK, but there wasn't a lot of pork (or anything else) on it. I know panini are pressed together and grilled, but there still was not a lot on that $10.50 sandwich.

Again, I'd still try dinner at Park Kitchen and I'd go back for lunch during the week, but I do not think that I will go back for brunch. I was so looking forward to it and to treating my SO to a really nice brunch out...and the experience fell well short of my expectations. sigh.

Has anyone done the brunch at the Governor Hotel recently? How about the Heathman? Do they do a nice Sunday brunch? Where's a great place to go for a fancy, spare no expense (don't care if it is expensive, as long as it is a good value for the $$) brunch??

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