Like Vikings and IKEA, Broder has shown an irrepressible zeal for expanding its territory. In addition to locations in Southeast, Southwest and North Portland, it even has Peter Bro's Scandinavian brunch in Hood River now.
Swing by the original and you'll find a smorgasbord of brown bread, rye crisp, cured meat, smoked trout, yogurt-granola parfait, cheese, grapefruit, fika and a seasonal side ($13).
After waiting out the out-the-door weekend brunch line, you're justified in submerging yourself in cream and dough. So get the Lost Eggs, two poached eggs in a bed of cream, ham and spinach under a Parmesan crust, served in a cast-iron skillet with sourdough toast ($13). Pair this with the Danish pancakes—six dough balls caked in powdered sugar and served with a lemon curd and homemade lingonberry jam—and you'll grow to appreciate Nordic culture beyond Instagramming that waterfall in Iceland.
With a drink menu nearly as long as its food menu, Broder also has a large selection of morning cocktails with aquavit, the life-giving liquor of Scandinavia. The Winter Light, with Aviation gin, Dolin blanc, green chartreuse and evergreen Bridge City bitters, is an herbaceous drink that pairs well with the bord.
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No matter what you get, Broder's tightly packed tables, tiny water glasses and gleaming kitchen on a street with more bikes than cars almost feels like Copenhagen.
Eat: Swedish pancakes. Use all of the lemon sauce.
Drink: The lingonberry mimosa.
Most popular dish: Danish pancakes and the Swedish hash.
Noise level: 65/100
Who you'll eat with: Hip Southeast Portland 25- to 35-year-olds, tourist couples who were riding BikeTown down Clinton and stopped in because it looked so cute.
Expected wait: Anticipate a line out the door, unless you go before 10 am during the week.
Year Opened: 2007