Since 2012, Rae and Todd Morey have been quietly putting out unfussy but on-point brunch specialties like omelets, Benedicts and Monte Cristos—complete with turkey, ham, gruyère, egg-dipped bread, and a powdered sugar coating—from a spacious spot tucked into a sleepy corner of NW Portland’s Slabtown district. If you’re looking for something rich to soak up last night’s sinning, your best bet is Rae’s homemade biscuits and gravy: four golden-crisp-on-the-outside, tender-and-flaky-on-the-inside biscuits atop a generous portion of sweet Italian sausage gravy. But if you’re looking for something to fill you up without weighing you down, Rae’s offers seven cold salads including a keeper made with arugula, chopped spinach, cucumbers, roasted red peppers, and medium rare top sirloin medallions (also served cold) that are painted with a long stripe of chimichurri. If you stumbled into Rae’s to stretch your legs during a long car ride, you’d feel lucky to have so effortlessly found a down-home place with friendly service and such personally curated decor. Lucky for you, Rae’s is right in your backyard. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays—although the items detailed above are available daily during lunch too, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rae's Lakeview Lounge, 1900 NW 27th Ave., 503.719.6494

 

homemade biscuits and sweet Italian sausage gravy
homemade biscuits and sweet Italian sausage gravy

Top sirloin salad with cucumbers and roasted red peppers; topped with chimichurri
Top sirloin salad with cucumbers and roasted red peppers; topped with chimichurri

Monte Cristo
Monte Cristo

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