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Local Top 5: Brunch Hotspots

Graphic by Sokvonny Chhouk

Posted on April 22, 2012 in Arts & Culture
By Anna Flemke

1.) Local 188: We dare you to find a breakfast burrito in downtown Portland that can compare to Local 188’s — perfectly cooked eggs, sharp cheddar cheese, black beans and market-fresh spinach make it a true front-runner in the Portland brunch circuit. But it doesn’t stop there. The extensive brunch menu also offers huevos rancheros and Caribbean-spiced corned beef hash if you’re looking for something a bit greasier than the spinach-filled breakfast burrito. But enough beating around the bush. We know why you came here, and that’s for the $5 mimosas and their super spicy Bloody Marys. 685 Congress St.

2.) Hot Suppa!: Hot Suppa! has a few things preventing it from getting the top spot. On weekends, the occasional up-to-30-minute wait for a table is far too long when your stomach is gurgling for attention after a night out on the town. The comparatively high-priced menu makes the quick walk to Local 188 seem more welcoming than ever. But what Hot Suppa! does have up on the competition is their espresso bar, which includes three delicious Ghiradelli chocolate lattes. Creamy, rich and decadent, the chocolate lattes work wonders on a pounding headache. 703 Congress St.

3.) Marcy’s Diner: If you’re too broke to indulge in afternoon alcohol delights but can still spare a few extra bucks for a solid meal, Marcy’s Diner is the place to be. For under $10 you can choose from diner staples like omelets, breakfast sandwiches and eggs, bacon, toast and homefries. While you won’t find any mimosas or Bloody Marys here, you will be treated to a bottomless cup of coffee. It’s a bit disappointing that the walls are no longer covered in Harley Davidson memorabilia due to new ownership, but the food continues to be a true testament to diner eats. 47 Oak St.

4.) Schulte & Herr: For brunch with European flair, look no further than Schulte & Herr. Perfect for those who like to go outside the breakfast box of eggs and bacon, this small restaurant serves up big, steaming portions of bratwurst, potato pancakes, spätzle and other traditionally German foods. The best part of Schulte & Herr? The restaurant is BYOB. Yes, that means you can pop your own bottle of champagne to enjoy. If Schulte & Herr were a little closer to downtown Portland, it would score a perfect “10.” Unfortunately, Schulte & Herr falls a little behind due to its location. 349 Cumberland Ave.

5.) Ruski’s Tavern: Ruski’s strikes gold in the greasy spoon department, making breakfast an all-day affair. In addition to standard brunch eats like eggs benedict, corned beef hash and monstrous pancakes, Ruski’s also offers mimosas and Bloodies in pint glasses — how could they go wrong? While the food leaves you satisfied, sadly the service does not. The restaurant is usually packed with locals and regulars, leaving little room for the occasional newbie. Be prepared to go up to the bar for a refill, as a server may be slow to ask if you want another. 212 Danforth St.

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