Tasty n Sons, Portland, Oregon
Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting one of my favorite US cities, Portland, Ore., to attend the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) on behalf of one of our clients, the United States Potato Board. Tough job, right?
It gets better. Not only did I get to dine with award-winning cookbook author Diane Morgan, (her car license place says it all), as a Portland local she knew exactly where to take us: Tasty n Sons. And now I know why. As we made our brunch plans, Diane stressed that we needed to arrive earlier than their 9am Saturday morning opening time – and she was right. When we arrived at 8:45am there was already a line out the door…and it only grew longer as we waited in anticipation.
Sitting down at our table, I knew I was in for a treat when I was immediately impressed by the presentation of my iced coffee (Stumptown, of course). We started our meal with two “appetizers” (is it typical to order appetizers at brunch?) – Griddled Bacon-Wrapped Dates and Chocolate Potato Doughnuts (you did catch that I was in Portland on behalf of the US Potato Board, right?). If the bacon-wrapped dates weren’t delectable enough, the chocolate potato doughnut with crème anglaise was to-die-for. I only wished I could save room to get another order after the meal, for dessert.
Next up were the entrees, all of which are designed for sharing. Between the four of us, we tried:
• Potatoes Bravas with over easy eggs (the most amazing flavors!)
• BBQ Chicken Hash with potatoes topped with over easy egg (another winner)
• Polenta & Sausage Ragu with mozzarella & fried egg (glad we shared because this dish is rich)
• Summer Muffin with heirloom tomato, Beecher’s cheddar, summer greens, pickled beets & fried egg (cutting the sandwich into fourths left a perfect bite for everyone)
If I had to choose favorites, I would pick the Chocolate Potato Doughnuts and the Potatoes Bravas, but would easily order any of these menu items again next time I visit. Which reminds me, I’ve got to figure out a reason to get back to Portland and Tasty n Sons – it’s that good!
Tasty n Sons
3808 N. Williams Street
Portland, OR 97212