Let’s say you were on a mission to uncover the best places in Portland for breakfast. Would you a) Google it; b) head to The Pearl; or c) hire a brunch sherpa? While Google may result in an array of choices and The Pearl may suffice, the correct answer is C. Why? Because hiring a brunch sherpa couldn’t be easier, thanks to the enormously helpful and comprehensive Breakfast in Bridgetown: The Definitive Guide to Portland’s Favorite Meal.
You see, just as Sherpas do all the heavy lifting for Mt Everest expeditions, Paul Gerald, a.k.a. my brunch Sherpa, has summited 130+ restaurants and food carts across Portland to give you an unparalleled and exclusive access to truly delicious breakfast vistas!
In Paul’s third edition, he has expanded from brick-and-mortar restaurants to include food carts such as Yolk and Perierra Creperie, plus additional out-of-town icons like Camp 18 on Highway 26 and Crescent Cafe in McMinnville. He’s also included a Gluten-Free section written by Martha Wagner with tips on what to look for in GF meals and how to avoid unpleasant surprises.
But the core of his passion for all things breakfast remains firmly anchored in Portland. Each review provides a window into the unique aspects of a restaurant, whether reservations are accepted, access to WiFi or suitability for large groups. Health Options, and Coffee (this is Portland, after all) are also reviewed. I find Paul’s advice on wait times very helpful when my weekend is packed full with activities.
Interested in Paul’s top spots for Portland’s favorite meal? He has a list of 12 (one a month!) go-to restaurants, which includes one of my favorites for hash, Clyde Common. What about outdoor dining options? Breakfast in Bridgetown lists over 40 restaurants with al fresco breakfasts from Kenny and Zuke’s to Besaw’s to Cafe Nell.
As you can undoubtedly see, holding a copy of Paul’s lovely guide is like having a brunch Sherpa in your hands – enjoy the view!