Get your day off to a great start with breakfast at these four diverse—and delicious—eateries.
With all due respect to basic breakfast fare—pancakes, oatmeal, scrambled eggs and bacon—these ubiquitous dishes that dominate diner menus can, after a while, start to feel little, well…basic.
Several notable Pearl restaurants, however, offer refreshingly novel breakfast offerings. The cozy Mediterranean-inspired Via Delizia (1105 NW Marshall St, 503-225-9300, viadelizia.com) presents an extensive menu of early-day delicacies. We love the Black Pearl Benedict, a Greek-inspired version of the American classic, with poached eggs over tyropita (flaky phyllo pastries) and topped with sautéed vegetables and balsamic crème.
Specializing in farmers market–fresh produce and house-made tortillas and salsas, Verde Cocina (524 NW 14th Ave, 503-894-9321, verdecocinamarket.com) won us over with its chilaquiles, featuring corn tortillas and farm eggs (or scrambled tofu) piled high with greens, grilled veggies, white bean–garbanzo mash, ranchero salsa, and queso fresco.
You might think of Greenleaf Juicing Co (810 NW 12th Ave, 971-271-8988, greenleafjuice.com) for its liquid assets, but this quick-serve organic shop also turns out hearty but healthy açai bowls—the Sunrise bursts with strawberry, coconut, almond butter, flax, kale, and banana.
On those mornings when you’re reminiscing about your last trip to New Orleans, head to NOLA Doughnuts (pictured above, 110 NW 10th Ave, 503-895-6350, noladoughnuts.com) for an authentic Big Easy treat: a pillowy fried beignet with powdered sugar, a mug of chicory-laced coffee, and one small nod to Oregon— marionberry dipping sauce. If you’re more partial to hole-y doughnuts, we’re crazy about NOLA’s toffee doughnut.
–Andrew Collins | Photos by Paul WagTouicz, Greenleaf photo courtesy Greenleaf Juicing Co.