Boke Bowl West
Depending on when you show up for this late-riser dim sum brunch, there may be a wait—but it’ll be a short one because the servers wheeling their carts around bring items to your table faster than you can eat. In other words, don’t sweat it if you’re waiting for a four top because the tables turn over in a snap. What to eat? What’s not to eat? There are bao and pot stickers, rice noodles and shumai. There's even chicken and "waffles."
Glyph Café & Arts Space
Few cafes employ a full-time chef, but Glyph, the cafe and arts space on the Pearl District’s most eastern edge, does. And while pairing pastries with your coffee and tea is fine and good, slightly fussy, yet still unpretentious breakfast fare is finer and better. Why settle for a bagel when you can have some custardy, crème fraiche-y French toast?
Verde Cocina chef Noé Garnica has more than just a few tricks up his sleeve. His entire kitchen is free of anything that contains gluten. Much of his menu is vegetarian, if not vegan. His dishes are generously sized but don't leave you feeling stuffed. And, everything on the menu comes with local, seasonal, fresh market veggies. If all that weren't enough to separate Garnica from his peers, consider his mouth-watering huevos rancheros.
We all know that SE Portland is this city’s culinary laboratory, but the Pearl has some nice brunch options, too. See: Boke Bowl West, Verde Cocina and Glyph Café and Arts Space.