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Best breakfasts: Portland, Oregon

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The Hazel Room's New Tallboy, an egg-sausage-bacon sandwich served with an Olympia 16-ouncer.

The Hazel Room’s New Tallboy, an egg-sausage-bacon sandwich served with an Olympia 16-ouncer.

Beervana is home to more breweries than any city in the world, but did you know that there are nearly an equal number of coffee roasters? That means Portlanders like to wake up right. These comfort food purveyors can dispatch a hangover with or without the aid of their excellent breakfast cocktails.


In rainy Rose City, the interior of this Clinton neighborhood Scandinavian café is always on the sunny side. If every egg in Sweden is as delectable as Two Soft Baked Eggs connotes, then move. The contrast of yellow yolks centered on a white square (shaped like the cast-iron skillet) exceeds expectations of modest eggs. They come with a pair of walnut bread triangles and choice of side, which ought to be the amazingly fluffy potato pancakes (unless you need the protein of the pork-apple sausage). Don’t forget to breathe while inhaling Æbelskivers (little Danish pancakes with lemon curd and lingonberry jam). 2508 SE Clinton St.; broderpdx.com

The Hazel Room

Don’t let the old-fashioned Victorian charm fool you, this place can get downright post modern. You might find a breakfast sandwich where a sausage patty would’ve sufficed on its own, but why not stack on pralined bacon strips? Those with dietary restrictions delight in the vegan and gluten-free tofu sausage ’wich (that’s not pulled pork but pulled oyster mushrooms). If it’s not too busy, request a full order of its popular garnish: brûléed grapefruit slices. There are also serious coffees, teas and cocktails, e.g. the Hot Nurse, which features therapeutic tea, honey, ginger and lemon with some bourbon for added Rx. 3279 SE Hawthorne Blvd.; thehazelroom.com

Helser’s on Alberta

Alberta is rife with morning spots, but the wholesome and hearty fare at Helser’s is worth the wait. It draws a diverse crowd for savory specialties like the brioche bacon and egg sandwich (accented with cilantro and chèvre) or one your hangover beckons for—a Scotch egg, here wrapped in a brat, alongside potato pancakes with horseradish cream. Indulge your sweet tooth with a big ol’ lemon zesty Dutch Baby or go nouveau with the pear and havarti pie baked into an egg custard base topped with crème fraiche. Helser’s serves bloody Marys (and Marias with tequila), but a Hot Brandy Alexander will be your new fave a.m. libation. 1538 NE Alberta St.; helsersonalberta.com


Late-night bite: Cartopia     Since Bridgetown’s renowned for its food carts, this “pod” is ground zero for post-midnight munchies (until 3 a.m. on weekends). Potato Champion specializes in Montreal-style poutine and pulled pork-topped fries while Grilled PB&Js slings the Spencer (walnut butter, pear butter, caramelized onions, capicola, and brie). Other carts dish up everything from pizza to Egyptian cuisine. SE 12th Ave. and SE Hawthorne Blvd.






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