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Brunch at the Screen Door

March 26, 2013

On our last day in Portland, we had one more must-try meal to experience: brunch at the Screen Door.

Outstanding reviews from our friends and the online masses, combined with the fact that the Screen Door is famous for their chicken and waffles, was enough to bump it to the top of our list for brunch destinations. Unfortunately, it also appeared to be on the top of everyone else’s list.

Screen Door

With all of the wonderful restaurants in Portland, it kept amazing me that we had to wait in line for everything. We arrived relatively early for a Sunday morning brunch and were still told that the wait would be “at least an hour.” Assured that it was worth the wait, we put our name down and I hung around the hostess stand while the boys ran to the airport to return the car we’d rented for our Eugene trip. They returned literally minutes before our party was called, turning a long wait into a great use of time. Yay for efficiency.

Screen Door

We sat on the heated and enclosed outdoor porch. It was still a little chilly out there but comfortable enough to enjoy a delicious breakfast. While waiting for our table, I heard a woman gushing about how her friends HAD TO try the praline bacon. I figured we had to too. What is it with Portlanders and sweet bacon creations?

Screen Door Praline Bacon

It was delicious. Thick cut smoky bacon was topped with a sweet, melty praline coating. Another perfect combo of sweet and salty! We also started our meal by splitting a Breakfast Corndog amongst the three of us. (As I type this I’m almost ashamed of our gluttony on this trip. But not quite because it was so worth it.) The corndog was just so-so and I only had a couple bites.

For my main course (who eats breakfast in courses?!) I ordered a Vegetable Hash with eggs. It was tasty and one of my healthier choices of the weekend. I particularly enjoyed the roasted butternut squash in the dish – it brought something new and unique to the veggie and eggs combo.

Screen Door Veggie Hash

I played it safe partly because I knew I’d want to try a few bites of my boyfriend’s Chicken & Waffles. Wow. There’s a reason why they are known for this. The sweet potato waffle was just sweet enough, and the fried chicken on top was juicy with a crispy outside. A little bit of maple syrup on the waffle and hot sauce on the chicken finished it off.

Screen Door Chicken & Waffles

Talk about your ultimate combination of sweet and savory. Did you get a good enough look at that?

Screen Door Chicken and Waffles

It was a fabulous brunch and the wait wasn’t too painful because we used our time so wisely. Plus, toward the end of a go-go-go weekend, I really didn’t mind sitting by myself and waiting. It was me-time amongst hungry strangers. With free coffee (clutch).

Brunch at the Screen Door

After breakfast we set off to explore the Pearl District of downtown Portland. Stay tuned for my final recap of this wonderful weekend. I hope you’re having a fabulous week wherever you are!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2013 4:34 pm

    I can vouch for the chicken and waffles. They’re pretty fantastic! (And the leftover chicken makes a great meal by itself the next day).

    • March 26, 2013 4:43 pm

      Our host for the weekend ended up with our leftover fried chicken… we may or may not have seriously considered bringing it on the plane though!

  2. March 29, 2013 12:58 pm

    Great post! Definitely will have to check this place out when we finally make it down to Portland, it looks amazing.


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