There are endless brunch options in Portland, but when you’re looking for Southern classics and a cocktail, head to Screen Door on East Burnside. The entire menu is great, from the shrimp and grits to the praline bacon, but they’re best known for their huge orders of fried chicken and sweet potato waffles. There’s always a wait, but just get a Bloody Mary in the meantime, or grab a coffee at Heart Roasters down the street, depending on what kind of morning you’re after.
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Le Pigeon is a small French restaurant on East Burnside that’s upscale enough for an anniversary dinner, but casual enough for a Wednesday.
For one of the best brunches in Portland, head to Canard on East Burnside for food that’s a mix of French and what you crave after a few drinks.
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Ava Gene’s on Division Street is a vegetable-heavy Italian restaurant with an excellent wine list that mills its own pasta flour on-site.
Lardo in downtown Portland is a great quick lunch spot and serves some of the best sandwiches in the city, along with a rotating list of local beers.
Blue Star Donuts
Blue Star Donuts serves classic donut flavors, like PB and J, along with less classic flavors, like horchata glaze and raspberry rosemary buttermilk.
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Han Oak is an upscale Korean restaurant located in a beautiful garage with a courtyard off Sandy Boulevard that you’ll want to live in.
Tusk is an East Burnside Mediterranean restaurant where you’ll eat bright plates of fruits and vegetables and dip flatbread into some great hummus.
Nostrana is a Southeast Italian spot with a big patio, Neapolitan pizza you cut with scissors, and an excellent Happy Hour at 9pm every night.
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