They say that Sunday brunch is an institution in Portland. The proper way to brunch, according to locals, is to put your name on the waiting list, go home to eat a bowl of cereal or to a donut shop, and then come back about an hour later. In other words, be prepared to wait for a while, so grab your favorite friends/family and enjoy the company. In our Portlandia adventures, we chose the most popular brunch spot, Screen Door, for the experience.
We arrived at 10:30am, and as promised, the wait about about 1.5 hours and we were seated just past noon. We had a table of four, so we had the opportunity to share a few items. Otherwise, expect to take lots of food home.
Screen Door is known for their large portions of southern food, and they do not disappoint. They deftly combine variations of sweet and savory and then add maple syrup for good measure, as if to emphasize this is brunch! This is southern inspired cuisine, and it speaks to the usage of fresh, local ingredients.
Lots of people will ask, is it worth the wait? Well, I’d do it again. But really, asking if the wait was worth it, is missing the entire point of the brunch experience. Good food is worth waiting for and good company makes the wait welcome.
Overall: Happily ever after
Highlights: biscuits, fried chicken
Footnotes: they do not take reservations and you will need to stand outside, so dress warmly and in waterproof gear; Heart coffee down the street has great coffee to sip in the meantime; half orders of a lot of their dishes are available and are a good option if you want a more reasonable amount of food