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Brunch or bust: Find the best meal of the week at these eateries

Check out these brunch restaurants, cafes, food carts, and diners in Portland serving a variety of egg dishes, mimosas, bloody marys, and more.

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Broder Söder serves Scandinavian dishes like Danish pancakes and lost eggs.

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In this town, brunchin’ ain’t easy but it’s necessary. Whether you’re on the hunt for fluffy eggs, fried chicken and waffles, or a mind-blowing bloody mary, the options can be as overwhelming as the lines at times.

Luckily, you have us to scout things out. We listed a whole bunch of brunch options, along with menu recs, pro tips, and an interactive map to track ‘em. Plan your weekend and pour those mimosas.

Slices of French toast with cinnamon, allspice, spiced whipped cream, and candied almonds on a plate with a small cup of syrup.

Slathered in spiced whipped cream and topped with crunchy candied almonds, The Matador’s Horchata French Toast hits the sweet spot.

Photo by The Matador

North Portland

Bread & Honey Cafe, 3526 N. Vancouver Ave. | Hours vary | Cafe | What we’re ordering: Love biscuits and gravy? Look no further.

Paiku, 7425 N. Leavitt Ave. | Thursday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Restaurant | Pro tip: The specials here, especially those made with game meat, are incredible paired with a craft cocktail.

Broder Nord, 3765 N. Mississippi Ave. | Daily, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | Restaurant | What we’re ordering: A Danish Mary or Norwegian Punch to drink and Fruit Griddle Cakes to eat.

Sweedeedee, 5202 N. Albina Ave. | Daily, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Restaurant | Pro tip: Come for the incredibly flavorful dishes (try the Danish Plate if it’s available), stay for the myriad of fresh-baked pastries — if you leave any room.

The Matador, 4111 N. Williams Ave. | Saturday + Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Restaurant | What we’re ordering: This local, 21+ Southwestern-style Mexican chain recently unveiled a brunch menu (only available at its North Portland location) and we’re hungry just thinking about the Enchiladas Divorciadas con Huevos and Horchata French Toast.

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The Ricotta Hotcakes at Proud Mary Cafe are almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

Northeast Portland

Baon Kainan, 1027 NE Alberta St. | Hours vary | Food cart | What we’re ordering: The tosilog — a Filipino breakfast dish with sinangag (sweet + savory pork), garlic fried rice, and itlog (eggs).

Nacheaux, locations vary | Hours vary | Food truck | Pro tip: The creative Mexican-Cajun menu constantly changes, but chef Anthony Brown has proved fried chicken can go with just about anything.

Chubby Bunny, 1027 NE Alberta St. | Daily, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Food cart | Pro tip: Flavorful breakfast sandos that are “secretly vegan” are this truck’s specialty — and they’re best enjoyed with a side of perfectly crispy hashbrowns called “Potato Mittens.”

Friendship Kitchen NW, 2333 NE Glisan St. | Daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Restaurant | Pro tip: The Vietnamese Crispy Crepes are delicious with shrimp.

Navarre, 10 NE 28th Ave. | Saturday + Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Restaurant | Pro tip: Every dish here is treated as a “side” you order by marking a sheet of paper, and anything preserved or pickled is delish.

Metropolitan Tavern, 1021 NE Grand Ave., Ste. 600 | Saturday + Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | Restaurant | Pro tip: Sit on the patio rooftop for views with a side of brunch.

Proud Mary Cafe, 2012 NE Alberta St. | Daily 8 a.m.-4 p.m. | Restaurant | Pro tip: One of the city’s top coffee roasters is also one of its most popular brunch spots, with menu items that are simultaneously delicious and beautiful. Try the Ricotta Hotcakes, or take the savory route with the Green Shakshuka.

Little Griddle, 3520 NE 42nd Ave., 3566 SE Hawthorne Blvd. | Hours vary | Restaurant | Pro tip: You’ll find a slew of vegetarian options ranging from benedicts to skillets, but meat can be added upon request.

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Snag a reservation to skip the long line at Screen Door.

Southeast Portland

Harney Street Cafe, 8337 SE 17th Ave. | Daily, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Cafe | What we’re ordering: The Sante Fe omelet or brioche bread French toast.

Hey Love, 920 E. Burnside St. | Saturday + Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Restaurant | What we’re ordering: The chai apple marzipan toast. Enough said.

Fried Egg I’m In Love, 3549 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 3330 N. Mississippi Ave., 780 SW Broadway | Hours vary | Restaurants + food cart | What we’re ordering: The signature Yolko Ono with housemade pesto and a hand-pressed sausage patty sandwiched between slices of perfectly-toasted sourdough that are kind to the inside of your mouth.

Waffle Window, 3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd. | Daily, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. | Walk-up/dine-in | Pro tip: Order in advance and pick up at a time that’s best for you.

Berlu, 605 SE Belmont St. | Saturday + Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Walk-up/dine-in | Pro tip: Pre-order your pastries for pick up by Saturday at 12 p.m.

Cafe Rowan, 4437 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. | Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Restaurant | What we’re ordering: The Dungeness crab eggs benedict with white truffle hollandaise or the huckleberry French toast.

Lauretta Jean’s, 3402 SE Division St. | Hours vary | Walk-up | Pro tip: Pre-order pies and pastries for pickup to enjoy anywhere your heart desires.

Broder Cafe, 2508 SE Clinton St. | Hours vary | Restaurant | What we’re ordering: The pytt i panna (Swedish hash) with house-smoked trout, baked eggs + Nordic rye toast.

Slappy Cakes, 4246 SE Belmont St. | Hours vary | Restaurant | Pro tip: Make a reservation for this popular build-your-own-pancake joint or you’ll be waiting a while.

Jam On Hawthorne, 2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd. | Daily, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Restaurant | Pro tip: There will likely be a wait to get in, but once you try the smoked steelhead hash or their vegetarian spin on huevos rancheros, you’ll be glad you held out.

Screen Door, 2337 E. Burnside St., 1131 NW Couch St. | Daily, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Restaurant | Pro tip: Plan to arrive before you’re ravenous because there’s often a line out the door before it even opens. Everything’s delicious, but don’t miss the Praline Bacon.

Flattop & Salamander, 1401 SE Morrison St. | Daily, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | Restaurant | Pro tip: The Honduran baleadas (think: breakfast tacos) or chicken and waffles are essential picks, but be sure to ask about their current specials.

Yolk Broke, 1125 SE Grand Ave. | Friday-Tuesday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Walk-up with outdoor seating | What we’re ordering: Any of the inventive sourdough English muffin breakfast sandwiches with a side of potatoes.

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One does not simply walk into Pine State Biscuits without an appetite for perfect, buttery, flaky, homemade biscuits.

Photo by @jess.pdx

Northwest Portland

Pine State Biscuits, 1717 NW 23rd Ave., 2204 NE Alberta., 1100 SE Division St., Ste. 100, 125 NE Schuyler St. | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Restaurant | Pro tip: Drag yourself out of bed early to get here right when it opens to beat the long lines.

Cafe Nell, 1987 NW Kearney St. | Saturday + Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Restaurant | What we’re ordering: The crème anglais French toast topped with Oregon berry compote.

Stepping Stone Cafe, 2390 NW Quimby St. | Daily, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.| Restaurant | Pro tip: Avoid the morning rush by coming around 2 p.m. and be sure to top off your visit with a strawberry milkshake.

Mermosa PDX, 1422 NW 23rd Ave. | Hours vary | Restaurant | Pro tip: You may start daydreaming about the cornbread waffle drenched in blackberry compote after you try it.

Brix Tavern - Pearl, 1338 NW Hoyt St. | Saturday + Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. | Restaurant | Pro tip: Bottomless mimosas go well with just about anything on the menu here, especially the Brix Benedict made with poached eggs on corn cakes.

Sweet Bacon Cafe, 1204 NW 21st Ave. | Daily, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | Restaurant | What we’re ordering: You’ve heard of fried chicken and waffles... but have you had a fried chicken benny before? Or if you’re recovering from a late night and breakfast noodles pique your interest, try The Hangover.

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The legendary Apple Frittwich at Cheryl’s on 12th is a fried egg sando on a fritter.

Southwest Portland

Broder Söder, 8800 SW Oleson Rd. | Hours vary | Restaurant | What we’re ordering: Danish pancakes and poached “lost eggs.”

Toki Restaurant, 580 SW 12th Ave. | Friday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | Restaurant | What we’re ordering: The breakfast sando on a baked bao bun with grilled pork belly and doughnut twists for dessert.

Kingsland Kitchen, 301 SW Pine St. | Thursday-Monday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Restaurant | What we’re ordering: The proper English breakfast, complete with bangers and black pudding.

HunnyMilk, 1981 W. Burnside St. | Hours vary | Restaurant | What we’re ordering: It’s prix fixe ordering here, so we’re getting some fresh juice, the jalapeno hush puppy rancheros, and the strawberry shortcake bars.

Mother’s Bistro & Bar, 121 SW Third Ave. | Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Restaurant | What we’re ordering: The fresh-squeezed orange juice + housemade buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy.

Cheryl’s on 12th, 1135 SW Washington St. | Hours vary | Restaurant | Pro tip: Make a reservation to experience this Portland standby’s all-day brunch menu — and order the Apple Frittwich. Just trust us.

Cascadia Heights, 7329 SW Barnes Rd. | Hours vary | Cafe | What we’re ordering: The Lucha’s Chorizo Con Papas Burrito and a Campfire Latte.

Covet.PDX, 601 SW 11th Ave. | Daily, 7-11 a.m. | Restaurant | What we’re ordering: The classic 2 Egger.

DIY brunch

Prefer to stay in? Host your own brunch with crowd-pleasing spreads + supplies good enough for a chef.

Arch charcuterie board | A decorative wood tray that doubles as a charcuterie board? Yes, please.

Simple Times Mixers carafe bundle | Whip up your favorite cocktails or mocktails with these clean ingredient mixers.

Adams Apple Co. apple pie jam | Spread on a biscuit or heat up with a scoop of ice cream for a sweet treat — this delectable jam is versatile.

Yellow French press | Bring some cheer to brunch + make coffee for a group with a sunny 34 fl oz. French press.

3-tier wood serving tray | Arrange pastries, sandwiches, or treats on a stunning three-tier display that will be the centerpiece of your table.

Fancy espresso cups | Upgrade your mugs with some orange glazed ceramic cups.

Fried egg spoon rest | A cute kitchen addition that screams “brunch.”

24-piece black silverware set | A highly-rated silverware set in a sleek, stylish black finish.

Elite Gourmet four-slice toaster | Make toast for a crowd with this best-selling toaster.

Clear drinking glasses with bamboo lids | Iced coffee can now be served at your brunch, thanks to cute and convenient drinking glasses.

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