If you only have brunch once in Portland, make sure it’s at Artemisia Cafe. This neighborhood spot in the Arts District serves all of the classics, like eggs benedict, scrambles, and breakfast sandwiches, and feels like you’re eating at a friend’s place, without the required volunteering to do dishes afterward. Whether you’re with people who only want to go somewhere that’s photogenic, or your in-laws who just want to find a place that opens before 11am, Artemisia Cafe is great for both.
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Empire Chinese Kitchen
Empire in the Arts District is good for just about any occasion, with great Chinese food, cocktails, and an attached music venue.
The Bearded Lady’s Jewel Box
Head to the Bearded Lady’s Jewel Box for the drinks and decor, but stay for the DJ sets and great staff.
Otto Pizza might have some interesting pies, like one with mashed potatoes, but we promise it will become your go-to pizza place regardless.
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The Portland Hunt + Alpine Club
We’re not sure whether to call the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club a bar or a restaurant, but fortunately this Scandinavian spot works well as either.
When you need to get away from the Old Port, head to Isa in Bayside for pasta, seafood, and some quiet.
Duckfat in Old Port is a tiny spot serving not-so-light dishes like poutine with duck gravy, brisket sandwiches, and milkshakes.
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When you need to eat something that isn’t seafood, head to Salvage BBQ in West End for some classic barbecue, homemade pies, and live music.
This all-day spot in Munjoy Hill is a great option for brunch, Happy Hour, and dinner, serving everything from pasta to a very solid burger.
Boda in the West End serves some of the best Thai food in Portland, and serves food until 1am everyday.
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