No trip to the hippest city on the west coast would be complete without a serious dive into everyone’s favorite weekend indulgence: brunch. Portland’s food scene is a staple in the industry; with immense pride in local and sustainable, the chefs in this city are at the front of their game. The lines in PDX can get crazy, so get there early, or sleep in on the weekends and hit these spots Monday through Friday for a shot at a shorter wait. We’ve gone out and taste-tested the best just to make sure we knew where the most kick-ass must-try venues were.
1. Mother’s Bistro
Get ready to wait, but it’s worth it. Mother’s Bistro is the fan favorite of Portland for brunch. Sip French press coffee while perusing the homemade food with locally-sourced ingredients that make the menu special. From biscuits to hash, and of course waffles, the menu is a classic breakfast lovers’ dream.
Hours of operation (for breakfast): Tuesday – Friday 7:00 AM – 2:30; Saturday and Sunday 8 AM – 2:30 PM. Check hours for lunch and dinner.
Address: 212 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204
2. Tasty N Sons
Putting a well-traveled spin on the brunch menu, Tasty N Sons is making sure to cover the map. From harissa cream hash to down-home chicken fried pork cutlets (with venison gravy) to a classic Dutch baby and the Nashville hot chicken sandwich, Tasty N Sons is making sure you bring your appetite.
Hours of operation: Open daily for brunch: 9 AM – 2:30 PM. Check hours for happy hour and dinner.
Address: 3808 N Williams Ave C, Portland, OR 97227
3. Tasty N Alder
Killer brunch spot by day, upscale steakhouse by night. Tasty N Alder, also by Chef Gorham, is the Caped Crusader of Portland’s food scene. Tasty N Alder shines a light on the familiar signatures of its predecessor, Tasty N Sons, while honing in on the meats. It also has a few fun items on the menu like a creative Bloody Mary selection, and for the adults only, a collection of milkshakes with — you guessed it — booze.
Hours of operation: Daily 9 AM – 2 PM
Address: 580 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
4. Pine State Biscuits
Wait in line for an hour for a biscuit? Trust us, it’s worth it. The original farmer’s market stop was so bustling that after two seasons that it was time to get a location to serve these scratch-made towers of flaky, buttery perfection. Originally from North Carolina, the trio behind Pine State Biscuits have it on lock with the classics to top that home-style biscuit: fried chicken, bacon, and cheese. Go big with an order of biscuits and gravy (heck, try the vegetarian mushroom gravy) or keep it simple with classic jam or honey spread.
Hours of operation: 7 AM – 3 PM
Address: 2204 NE Alberta Portland, OR 97211
5. Screen Door
Showing some love to the Lowcountry cuisine, Screen Door serves huge portions of buttermilk fried chicken, hot link po’ boys, and perfectly fried hushpuppies. And what would a Lowcountry menu be without a proper shrimp and grits? If you’re feeling extra hungry, try the Screen Door praline bacon waffle, made with, of course, their house-made praline bacon in a classic yeasted waffle. Everything is made fresh with organic produce sourced locally.
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 8 AM – 2 PM; Sat and Sun 9 AM – 2:30 PM
Address: 2337 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
6. Blue Star Donuts
If you’re into a traditional doughnut (cough *Voodoo Doughnuts* cough), Blue Star Donuts is the route to take. Sporting the tagline, “donuts for grown-ups” they dish out sophisticated flavors like blueberry with bourbon and basil, Maple Bacon, and Valrhona Chocolate crunch. These are a sinful snack for a refined pallet.
Hours of operation: Every day 7 AM – 8 PM or until sold out.
Address: 1237 S.W. Washington St., Portland, OR 97205
7. Irving Street Kitchen
Rustic met refined and created the best little spot for brunch a date could want: Irving Street Kitchen. Start with the sweet vanilla streusel-topped coffee cake and share a portion of Bellwether Ricotta Texas toast. Or go savory with Wagyu beef gumbo and some smoked soft scrambled egg nachos. Either way, make sure to order the andouille sausage and fried chicken sides. Because let’s be honest, brunch is made for sharing everything.
Hours of operation: Friday – Sunday 10 AM – 2:30 PM
Address: 701 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
8. Salty’s on the Columbia
If you are looking to get a fantastic view of Portland, make sure to make a reservation and get a table at the only restaurant on the Colombia River. Go for the view, stay for the seafood. There’s a reason Salty’s wins awards year after year; the menu, including a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, is an all-you-can-eat buffet overflowing with a wild Northwest seafood selection and classic brunch pastries. Sit and watch the boats come in as you sip casually before the work week swings back around.
Hours of operation: Saturday 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM; Sunday 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Address: 3839 NE Marine Dr., Portland, OR 97211
9. Broder Söder
Mix it up and try some Nordic fair for breakfast. Yes, Nordic — everything from seasonal fritters to crepes, porridge, and of course, smoked salmon. Broder is one of those places you are going to go when you are craving something savory and comforting.
Hours of operation: Daily 8 AM – 3 PM
Address: 2508 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202
10. Jam on Hawthorne
Wake up hungry? Head to Jam on Hawthorne. Known for their crazy big portions and house-made jams, you can’t leave disappointed. The walls are decked in local art, tunes are playing, kids can enjoy their own play area, and the full cocktail bar may even be calling your name. Dive into the scrambles (don’t miss out on El Beardo) and don’t skimp on the chai blueberry pancakes. Jam is the kind of place you are going to be headed back every time you’re passing through Portland.
Hours of operation: Daily 7:30 AM to 3 PM
Address: 2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
11. The Country Cat Dinnerhouse & Bar
We have three words for you; house-cured ham. That’s right. Chef Adam rejoices in American food heritage and it shows in healthy portions of pork chili and grits when you order the Slow Burn or hand-cut beef jerky. And just in case that didn’t get your mouth watering, order a basket of cinnamon rolls. Yes, that’s on the menu at The Country Cat, a basket of cinnamon rolls.
Hours of operation: Daily 9 AM – 2 PM
Address: 7937 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215
12. Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Sure, this isn’t specifically a brunch spot, but it’s coffee. Actually, it’s pretty much the official coffee of Portland, and we all agree life doesn’t begin until coffee. So, before you stand in line for biscuits or waffles, grab an espresso and a bag of freshly-roasted coffee beans at their original location. The crew at Stumptown isn’t settling for anything less than perfection and send their “Green Team” (the name for the crew sourcing their beans) across the globe along the equator to find the best beans with the best practices for an entirely enjoyable cup.
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 6 AM – 7 PM; Saturday and Sunday 7 AM to 7 PM
Address: 4525 SE Division Street Portland, OR 97206
Go for the pies, stay for the brunch. Order at the counter and be sure to try the egg sandwich — it elevates this staple to a whole new level. Grabbing a spot and enjoying your brunch is just the start. Next, you’ll want to bring home a classic Sweedeedee pie (go for the salted honey pie). They are guaranteed to make you come back for more. We’re not joking, check into your plate deposit. Bonus, returning the empty plate gets you $5 towards your next pie.
Hours of operation: Monday – Saturday 8 AM – 3 PM; Sunday 8 AM – 2 PM
Address: 5202 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR 97217