Brunch is an institution in Portland. There is definitely some truth in the Portlandia Brunch Village skits about brunch in the Rose City. People usually don’t roll out of bed and out to eat until around 10:00 or 11:00, then they go wait in line for an hour or two wait, sometimes in the rain. Some places have a pot of coffee out on the sidewalk to help you pull through. Chris and I preferred not to wait for our breakfast. We would walk to a little place in our neighborhood that we never had to wait to be seated at.

It’s the Industrial Cafe & Saloon and it has tasty brunch fare.


The Original Dinerant has a fun retro vibe to it…





Byways Cafe is a diner filled with vintage travel souvenirs that has good breakfast and a turkey burger that’s great!

If you are looking for a quick bite for breakfast or a snack there are lots of great bakeries to be found in town.

Ken’s Artisan Bakery

I recommend the lemon sugar glazed croissant or the cinnamon pecan roll…


Nuvrei has wonderful Flourless Chocolate Cookies







The Pearl Bakery also sells all sorts of baked goods. I recommend their almond cake and their cinnamon rolls.

St. Honore Boulangerie has great almond and chocolate croissants and my husband loves the kouign amann.

For doughnuts do what the locals do and skip Voodoo and head to Blue Star Donuts or Coco Donuts.

This time of year is most definitely soup weather in Portland. A great place to stop by for a bowl is Supa. Each day they have five different types of soups. I got the Moroccan Lentil and Linnea got the Thai Ginger Chicken and a side salad…




Indian and Thai food are my two favorite types of cuisine.

There are tons of Thai places to choose from and a good amount of Indian restaurants as well.

One night we ate at Swagat.


Our favorite Indian restaurant is Chennai Masala located out in a suburb of Portland. When we eat there we usually get vegetarian dishes.

Sweet Basil Thai is our favorite for Thai. I usually get the Cashew Chicken and Chris gets the Pad Thai. There is a lovely back deck that is open in the summer time and is shaded with grape vines.

Thai Noodle in Northwest Portland is a good option as well.

Trader Vics is a fun place to go for tiki themed drinks and decor. I went there with a few of my vintage friends. They split the huge tiki idol adorned bowl that is in the foreground of the photo below. I had my own large goblet of tastiness.

DSC_6184For a non-corporate take on tiki head over to Hale Pele.

The Driftwood Room in the Hotel de Luxe is a great place to go for swanky atmosphere.

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