I am constantly getting asked about my favorite brunch places in Portland. Constantly. Maybe it’s because I talk about my love for brunch so much or because friends know I usually have brunch at least once a week. It also might be because I will NOT wait in long brunch lines. There are too many amazing places in Portland to spend your morning clustering on a sidewalk for an hour waiting for your name to be called. So I have decided to share some of my favorite places and try some new ones along with an accompanying drawing from said place. I think I will start with my very favorite: Broder Nord.
This can be a busy place, but if you time your visit right, you shouldn’t have to wait long. Generally, I go on a weekday or early on a weekend (9ish). Broder Nord is much bigger than it’s original/sister location on Division, and I love the view of the Fremont Bridge as well as the airy feeling that the restaurant has. In warmer weather, the tables outside are my preferred spot.
My favorite dishes at Broder Nord:
Förlorade Ägg are what we would call ‘lost eggs’. These are 2 eggs baked under breadcrumbs in a skillet with chicken gravy, fennel, spinach and tarragon. This dish is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Seriously. It is beyond rich and flavorful and the texture of the breadcrumbs puts it over the top.
Pytt I Panna (Swedish Hash) is a combo of small cubed potatoes cooked with pepper and onions. These are topped with 2 baked eggs and pickled beets and a choice of smoked trout, or braised beef short ribs/smoked ham or butternut squash and brussel sprouts. This is on my short list of the best hash is Portland! Trust me.
Æbelsskivers are Danish Pancakes that are served with 2 dipping sauces on the side. You can choose lemon curd, lingonberry jam, applesauce or syrup. I would recommend you order one of the other 2 dishes listed above and convince your brunch buddy to share an order of Æbelsskivers with you. These little round pastries will blow your mind with their perfectly doughy insides. I prefer the lingonberry jam and lemon curd as my choice of sides. My mouth is watering right now.
I was at Broder Nord last Friday morning. I only had about 15 min to grab a quick bite before I needed to head back to work after my acupuncture appointment, which was conveniently located next door to the restaurant. Due to my time restriction, I decided to try something new: the Fika Bord – which you see in the above drawing. This bord is a selection of pastries that is usually served with coffee. It hit the spot. The ‘I need something sweet right now and I would like to try everything you have in the glass case’ spot. Delicious!
I must say I love everything about the presentation of dishes here. They have the streamlined, simple modern aesthetic of Scandinavia mixed with delicate china that looks like it came out of your grandma’s kitchen. Your Swedish grandmother’s kitchen. Every dish has character and is served with care – whether it’s the heated cream for your coffee in a diminutive glass vase or the sugar cubes housed in a clever piece of pottery that also has a place for a tiny spoon.
So there you go. Installment one in the Art of Brunch. I’m really concerned that I need to go out and eat in order to create my next post in this series. I’ll just have to focus.