Cheryl's on 12th
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Cheryl and Ed Casey met in the service industry when they were just kids. (In the late 1970s, they helped open one of Oregon's first T.G.I. Friday's.) Before long, they were hitched and spent the next several years working in the industry as executives and franchisees. When one of their businesses, Portland's As Good As It Gets Catering, outgrew its digs, they went looking for new ones, finally settling into a 3,000-square-foot kitchen in a basement in Portland's West End. But it's what's happening above ground that has West Enders talking, because the Casey’s new street-level market and cafe offers local and imported gourmet goods, grab-and-go sandwiches, and breakfast, brunch and lunch items like omelets, huevos rancheros, roast beef bánh mìs, bowls of meaty and vegan chili, fresh-baked cookies, and tarts and cakes, as well as rotating dinner specials and wine by the glass. Chad Walsh, 11/6/2012
Cheryl and Ed Casey's new West End locale is a market, coffee shop and grab-and-go sandwich spot all rolled into one. But on weekends, it's a full-service brunch spot, too, where you can order the standards (French toast, eggs any style, pancakes) as well as less conventional items. If you feel like hollandaise, ask for the eggs sardou, which seems like an eggs Benedict except for the fact that both English muffin halves are spread with creamed spinach and each egg rests atop thick artichoke hearts. But their specialty, according to Cheryl, is a Portuguese fried rice plate made from a recipe inspired by the Hawaiian breakfasts she and Ed used to eat during their trips to the islands. Scrambled with the fried rice are eggs, scallions and bacon, which is all topped with fresh slices of avocado. And for good measure, she and her staff generously ring the scramble with medallions of Portuguese sausage stuffed by the folks at Zenner's. Brunch service runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.