Re: [Sunday-Brunch-Club] August Brunch

From: Michele Q.
Sent on: Friday, July 16, 2010 12:11 AM

Here are some reviews of places in/near Portland (in no particular order):

Oh my goodness, take a 15 minute ferry over to Peaks Island (only $3 something roundtrip) and a short walk from the ferry landing to a fabulous place and wonderful view called "Cockeyed Gull". For any meal. We just spent 4 days, 3 nights over on Peaks Island and most meals at this place and all were fabulous. Unbelievable. Check out their website, make sure they are open for breakfast - they are open for lunch and dinner most days but breakfast - not sure. I can't wait to go back. Service also made is very memorable - this is a success story!

I am siding with Irwin on this one. I rate the three best brunch choices in Portland as - in this order - Mims, Bintliff's, and Becky's. I will even add in Mama's Place, across from Mims, which is another diner-like joint with good, basic breakfast items. I have eaten breakfast at Bintliff's a half a dozen times in recent memory, never left feeling unsatisfied. One minor caveat being that I am not an egg eater, so I can't comment on omelets, etc. But at Bintliff's the waffles, the sausage, the pancakes and crepe-like-things were all perfectly satisfying...

I don't think anyone has mentioned Hot Suppa (which doesn't serve supper at all), in the old Friendship Cafe location on Congress. I posted about them about a week ago. A menu somewhere between Becky's and Bintliff's, (pancakes and eggs, salad and soup, a few entrees) with a slightly Southern tilt. IMO, significantly better food than Friendship or Bintliff's which both coast(ed) on reputation. Atmosphere practically unchanged from previous incarnation. There's still a crowd queueing up in the foyer on weekends.

Front Room is definitely my favorite at the moment. I tend to prefer more lunchy brunch and they have great options. That said, their egg offerings are terrific. I so enjoy the eggs benedict (the ham and sauce are addictive!) as well as the baked egg dishes. I also appreciate that you can get eggs poached, soft-boiled and basted. Fish chowder for breakfast, why not?!

I also enjoy One Fifty Ate -- it can be a bit competitive getting a table (and I don't even try it during the tourist season) but worth it.

It seems like one or two of these would be good.

Maybe take a vote online.

Michele

On Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 3:23 PM, Rose <[address removed]> wrote:
Let me know where you would like to go.

Stay cool!

Best,
Rose




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