You didn't move to Portland because you wanted to eat three normal-sized meals on Sunday. In honor of the reopening of Portland institution Besaw's, here are some of the city's best brunches in Nob Hill and beyond.
1545 NW 21st Ave., 503-228-2619, besaws.com. Breakfast-dinner daily.
After its recent move, Besaw's manages to feel fresh without abandoning its roots. Its best dishes—ex-Wildwood chef Dustin Clark's eggs Benedict is better than most versions in its airiness, balance and resolute Frenchiness—already place it among the few Portland brunch spots that justify the wait. $$.
Stepping Stone Cafe
2390 NW Quimby St., 503-222-1132, steppingstonecafe.com. Breakfast-dinner Sunday-Thursday, breakfast-late night Friday-Saturday.
"You eat here because we let you" is Stepping Stone's motto, which is more accurate than funny—the staff will make you wait in the rain. Once you get a breakfast plate of bacon, eggs, toast and creamy potatoes in front of you, none of that seems to matter. $.
5202 N Albina Ave.
This twee brunch institution is as adorable as it is constantly slammed—and the honey pie is a must.
Tasty n Alder
580 SW 12th Ave., and Tasty n Sons, 3808 N Williams Ave.
John Gorham's perennially packed shared-plates spots are among the best spots to take out-of-towners for the full Portland brunch experience.
2337 E Burnside St.
Chicken. And. Waffles.
2240 N Interstate Ave., and Cafe Broder, 2508 SE Clinton St.
These intimate, comparatively restrained Swedish spots are great for luxuriating without pigging out.