Foodlandia in Portlandia

INTERURBAN

4057 N Mississippi St. 

Portland, OR 97227

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We first discovered Interurban while we were leisurely walking down Mississippi St. for their street fair about a month ago. We popped in for a beer at the bar and wanted to order some food, but were too full from eating ice cream beforehand. When I got home, I looked on their website. They also do brunch. Holy cow. 

Salted caramel blueberry french toast. Cowboy rancheros with fritos. Are you friggin’ kidding me? 

We came on a sunny Saturday morning a bit after 10, and the place was completely empty. After first glance at the menu, we knew we had found our new favorite no-wait secret weekend brunch spot. The waiter explained the place first started out as a bar and dinner restaurant, and then expanded to brunch a few weeks later. Soon enough this place will catch on. 

SLAPPY CAKES

4246 SE Belmont 

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Make your own pancakes at the table? WHAT?! Yeah. Pretty genius gimmick, I must admit. I feel for it. Even on a Friday morning around 11am, it was jam packed and our wait was nearly one hour. As long as you don’t mind the long waits and families piling in with little ones screaming and running around, and you love pancakes enough to wait that long, then this is your place. I sat at the bar and drank lavender champagne in the meantime. Not a bad idea.

But on with the pancakes. #1: Choose your batter, #2: Pick your fixins, #3: Add some toppings! So, I of course couldn’t resist getting some parsnip pancake batter, as well as a classic buttermilk one. Sweet and savory fixins included blueberries, chocolate chips, bacon, sauteed mushrooms, goat cheese, creme friache, and some lavender honey syrup. The regular breakfast menu includes many veggie scrambles, pork belly benedicts, and a sweet potato casserole that I tried out. Definitely not a fan though. The Field Roast vegan sausage made my stomach churn. But it was worth trying. Anyway, back to the pancakes. The waitress comes to oil up burning hot griddle on your table, and you get to work your magical creative juices! Combinations included:

Buttermilk: bacon chocolate chip, goat cheese and blueberries with creme friache

Parsnip: bacon, mushroom, and goat cheese

The parsnip batter was AMAZING. Seriously the best and worth the trip alone. Plus whatever pancakes you make that you don’t end up eating, you can take home with you! Yippie!

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Woodsman Tavern

Ace Hotel & Clyde Common.

Thank God.

Thank God.