While I have often heard (been told, even claimed…) that Portland has so many restaurants to offer, it’s been no secret to me that, while there are a plethora of options, there are only a select few that I actually enjoy. In fact, most evenings when I choose to dole out my dough to the food industry, it’s a guarantee that you can find me in one of these establishments. I’ll stand by these places through thick and thin, and would recommend them to just about anyone who likes good food. The following list is broken down into meals, with suggestions as to what you might order. Take it from me, these places will not fail.
Schulte & Herr, my preference of all fine breakfast establishments in Portland. With a quaint interior and authentic German food, this place has gained wonderful recognition in the first four months it has been open. Opt for the potato pancakes with lox and accompaniments, along with the bauefeurshteick- a tradition German omelette. If you are not feeling savory, get the waffle with seasonal fruit compote— absolutely divine.
OHNO Cafe, by far the best breakfast sandwich in town, served with hot Coffee by Design coffee. You can be sure to pick up all your beers or wines when you’re in this West End cafe. The # 1, my personal favorite, has maple glazed proscuitto, tabasco, Vermont Cheddar cheese, served on a grilled bagel. I always add avocado and an extra egg… I guess you could say I like big breakfasts?
Merry Table, serves one of my favorite brunches intown– although, I suppose they would call it “lunch”. I always feel right at home in the confines of the underground creperie on Wharf Street. Besides the Edith Piaf soundtrack and delicious mimosas, the owners are delightful as well. Once a month they hold strictly Francophile evenings, alors si tu parles francais, allez au restaurant! Order the mushroom and goat cheese crepe, or a Croque Monsieur. Don’t skip the mimosas and half carafes of wine either.