Tasty n Alder, Portland, Oregon
When we go to cities where we know we are tourists, both Tiana and I get super chatty (usually me more than her...) and try to catch a little of the local vibe and scene. A few of the people we talked to said that hands down, we have to make it to Tasty n Alder. From bellhops, Uber drivers, and shop patrons, Tasty n Alder is the place to go in downtown Portland.
We actually got in on the third time in 3 days. The first time, we didn't realize they were closed between brunch and dinner. The second time, there was a 2 hour wait for lunch. The third time, an hour long wait, but we were determined! We ended up waiting across the street at a pretty sweet coffee shop.
We were already hungry (what's new, right?) and so the hour long wait just whet the appetite...
Now I normally don't drink too much, especially day drink, but I figured out why Portland had such great bars and alcohol...
It's fucking cold.
Coffee will warm you up, but a little splash of alcohol will definitely warm you up and commiserating with good company will definitely lighten your day. I'm not looking to get sloshed, but a nice cocktail to go with a weekend brunch never hurt anybody.
I don't know how I've never really been a fan of coffee cocktails, but this one seemed to hit all the right spots without being too pushy. I also noticed quite a few of these around the room, so when in Rome...
One of our favorites at KBBQ places is a fried rice in a stone pot so the rice gets crunchy at the bottom. Tasty n Alder's Bim Bop Bacon & Eggs made a pleasant brunch item. Just enough kim chi for a slight kick and a decent balance of items with rice so that the bacon wasn't TOO overwhelming. But then again, as an American, overwhelming bacon is not a problem.
I wish I had a decent picture of the lemon ricotta pancake with huckleberry syrup, but you do not want to get between Tiana and food after an hour long wait plus prep time. So on to the Duck, Duck...STEAK!
Duck egg on duck fat fries and a nice breakfast portion of steak was my personal favorite with the Alder Milk Punch. Something about duck eggs on steak made me look for a piece of buttered sourdough toast to dip in that gigantic yoke. Not a bad start to our last morning in Portland!
- Get there EARLY. Better yet, check out their reservations page.
- Tasty n Alder closes between 2 PM and 5:30 PM, so plan accordingly
- There is a coffee shop across the street, an ice cream place down the street and a food cart block if you get really desperate for food or are looking places to kill some time.
580 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Open daily for brunch: 9am to 2pm
Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Fri-Sat: 5:30pm to 11pm
Mid Day Bar Menu: 2:00pm to 5:30pm for guests over 21 years of age