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Honeymoon: Portland, OR – Mother’s

22 Jul

Our last morning in Portland, Oregon took us to Mother’s Bistro, a highly recommended breakfast place.

We were informed that we HAD to order the wild salmon hash. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Salmon. Hash.

It came with leeks, potatoes & a touch of cream, served with two eggs any style (we went poached).


Now this was very good.  But it wasn’t mind-blowingly good.  I think it was hyped a bit much.  But it was definitely delicious.

We also tried the bacon, which was oddly… chewy… Hmmm… Good but not great.


Our favorite part of the meal actually wound up being the Mike’s Special Scramble that came with with prosciutto ham, roasted garlic, fresh tomatoes, basil & provolone cheese.  The roasted garlic and basil in the eggs was GREAT. Will be trying to recreate this myself very soon.



I’m glad we tried Mother’s since many people mentioned they loved it, and the salmon hash was very good (and the scramble, I thought, even better). But I don’t know if I need to go back.

Total Nom Points: 6.5 out of 10

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2 Aug


I went to meet up with Chef Bill and some of his friends to catch up at Garage Restaurant and Cafe in Greenwich Village. I know they have a Jazz Brunch, but for the life of me I don’t recall if I heard any music while we were there. I have to admit, however, we were quite rowdy, so I blame us entirely if we missed it.


Their weekend brunch menu is from 11am-4pm and includes an entree and Bloody Mary, Screwdriver, Mimosa, or OJ for $17.75.  Or you can make the alcohol unlimited for just an additional $6. Not a bad deal.  I’m pretty sure we all went for the bottomless option.

One person in our group tried the tuna burger. They had no complaints.


The rest of us all got eggs of some kind.  



Most of us got the Farmer’s Market Omelet with zucchini, tomatoes, asparagus, eggplant, and yellow squash with farm fresh eggs. They came with potatoes, but I went with salad (trying to be good).  This was surprisingly good. All those vegetables really made for a delicious omelet! 



I didn’t have high expectations of this place. I don’t know what it was, but the moment we walked in there I figured it was probably a run-of-the-mill, busy brunch place. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked my veggie-filled omelet.  The deal is quite good, however, most of the benedict options require a good amount of extra money ($5-$10).  I’m not sure if I’d run to go back, but seems like a solid choice if you’re looking for a bite in the neighborhood.  And who doesn’t love a bottomless brunch drink?

Total Nom Points: 6.5 out of 10


The Sunburnt Calf

8 Aug

One of the first brunch places that made me fall in love with brunch was The Sunburnt Cow in the LES.  It was always a trek, however, to get to Avenue C.  So I was thrilled when they opened up a new place, called The Sunburnt Calf, on the UWS (79th between Broadway and Amsterdam).  Like The Cow, The Calf offers Endless Brunch, which is a selection of most brunch meals on the menu plus endless Moomosa’s, Moo Mary’s, Foster’s, Screwdrivers, and Greyhounds for $18. My mom, also being  a fan of The Cow, joined me for my first sampling of the Calf.


The day we arrived it was HOT!  And the AC was not working.  We kept our menus to use as fans.

Mom got Eggs Benedict.


I decided to try the omelette of the day, which was a Greek Omelette.


It had feta and tomatoes and was supposed to have shrimp.  Sadly, they went a little skimpy on the fillings (and since it was $5 more, it seems pretty sad).


Overall, it’s hard to beat endless brunch drinks at all.  This was a bit disappointing, however. Nothing was outstanding and the lack of filling in my omelette was a pretty poor performance.  The heat didn’t help at all.  I’ll give them another try, but this time was just… barely above average.

Total Nom Points: 5.5 out of 10

Total Nom Points: 5.5 out of 10