The Portland breakfast openings and closings just keep coming.
I guess at some point it will be news when a Portland restaurant decides not to serve weekend brunch.
I’ve always said the main challenge of keeping a Portland breakfast book up to date is not so much places closing as places opening on. Yes, there are about 20 places in the current book that have closed or dropped brunch since the second edition came out – see the whole list of updates here – but more breakfast places than that have opened up in the last two and a half years.
Closure in Sellwood
This week we have some of each. Reader Cheryl reports that Lili Patisserie in Sellwood has closed:
I just noticed this weekend that Lili Patisserie on SE 17th has closed. The business is clearly gone and there is a For Lease sign in the window. Too bad!
Too bad, indeed. I liked Lili, though I only went there once. Wasn’t my kind of place – the word I used in the book was “chickified.” I think I also said “estrogenized.” It was all about cats and flowers and wicker furniture, a kind of country French café feel. I dug it alright, but when I was done I always wanted to go watch ESPN or something. Anyway, best of luck to those folks.
Meanwhile, up in Northeast Portland …
The latest opening comes from a post that hit my Breakfast in Bridgetown Facebook Page, which is that Pasta Allegro — a new place in one of “those spaces” at the corner of NE Fremont and MLK – has launched Sunday brunch. Their deal seems to be fresh (never dried) pasta and you get to make all the choices you want, from pasta to house-made sauces and toppings. The brunch menu (PDF here) has a couple of Benedicts, half a dozen frittatas, panini, pizzas, and lunchy stuff. That’s Sundays from 9 to 3. pasta-allegro.com.
Sounds like we have an awesome new weekend brunch coming to Alberta. The Alberta Street Pub – now under new ownership – has just started brunch service, and if Benjamin Tepler at Portland Monthly knows anything about food, this place must be something special. He started by saying this …
This is about as good as pub food gets, with lowbrow bites fueled by farm-fresh seasonality and East Coast sandwich-craft.
… and then went on to describe fish and chips which
compete for best in the city, deep-fried with gravity-defying lightness in an Occidental Hefeweizen batter that steams the whole fillets of Alaskan cod to their moist apex.
Damn! And check out what he previews from the (as yet unpublished) brunch menu: a blowtorched “crème brulee” French toast with peanut butter banana crème, green eggs and lamb with mint pistou and merguez sausage, and a chile relleno with house made chorizo and home fries. (Read the whole report here.)
Damn again! I’ll have to get the Breakfast Crew over there to check it out. Stay tuned here and in my Breakfast Bulletin for the review.
Italian and Polish in Southeast
Two more new weekend brunches were announced by the Eater PDX blog:
Xico, which says it serves “regional Mexican food made from fresh ingredients and masa, stone-ground daily in our kitchen,” will start its Sunday brunch July 14. Look for chilaquiles, sopaipillas with berry compote and yogurt, and “the best coffee in the whole world!” 3715 SE Division, 10 to 2 Sundays, xicopdx.com. And it’s “chee-co.”
Bar Dobre, which seems to have a serious Polish flair, will start weekend brunch this Saturday, July 6. It’ll be 10 to 3 each day, and while there’s room for a brunch menu on their website, the link is dead. Assume Polish things. 3962 SE Hawthorne, bardobre.com.
And in Food Cart World …
You wanna talk about hard to keep up with? Try looking for breakfast at a food cart in Portland! I am tempted to write them off, with their flaky hours and whatnot, but that would be very un-Portland. Still, I didn’t know about two new ones, which reader Carol told me about. First up, Miss Kate’s Southern Kitchen at Mississippi Marketplace (open 10 to 4 Wednesday through Sunday) has three variations on biscuits and gravy on their menu. Lots of bacon at that place!
Carol also told me that three carts at the Cartlandia pod on SE 82nd are open for breakfast: Dancing Bear Coffee Company (with smoothies and muffins), Crepes Plus, and Mother Goose Bakery.
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