Three Degrees – 8/18/13

3-5stars

Three Degrees
503.215.6166
1510 SW Harbor Way
Portland, 97201

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Not bad for a hotel restaurant

We had walked along the waterfront a few weeks prior and passed Three Degrees which is the restaurant at the Kimpton Hotel downtown. Their location is their main attraction since they have an outside patio overlooking the marina. We wandered into the spacious interior and were awkwardly greeted by a giddy young woman who we were not even sure worked there at first. She showed us to the outdoor patio and sat us at one of the small tables for two. We ended up,moving over to a taller table not in direct sunlight and waited for our waitress to come take our order. The brunch menu contained only about 12 items total but the instant I saw the chorizo omelette stuffed with fried potatoes I knew it would be my selection while Carly opted for a burger & fries. We sipped our coffee & tea and people watched for the next 15 minutes while waiting for our orders to arrive. There were only a few people on the patio so it was pretty quiet and we could hear the sound of the seagulls and the slap of the wake against the hulls of the boats down below, and before long our meals showed up. I’m not normally a fan of omelets since there is usually so much egg it gets boring quickly but the addition of a chorizo gravy on top mixed with the grilled vegetables within made this a delicious decision. Carly’s burger also was quite a bit better than average and the fries were even tastier than I would have expected. My potato side was also crispy and enjoyable and I didn’t even want to use any ketchup since the flavor was better than that of a naked spud. It ended up being a surprisingly enjoyable destination and while not as “hipster” as most of the past locations it was a solid brunch with good flavors.

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SERVICE
Attentive but not always easy to get more coffee
3 stars

AMBIANCE / DESIGN
Beautiful Portland water front right in front of the elevated patio
4 stars

MEAL
Surprisingly decent omelet that didn’t over stuff and had a nice chorizo gravy on top.
4 stars

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Sweedeedee – 8/11/13

4stars

Sweedeedee
503.946.8087
5202 North Albina Avenue.
Portland, 97217

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Almost worth the wait…

We let our friend Lindsey who was visiting from Saint Charles Illinois pick our brunch destination this weekend and she initially called out a few we had already visited but ultimately ended up with Sweedeedee one I’d not even seen show up in past searches. We headed out and found the location without too much difficulty and even parked curbside but when we walked in the door we were greeted with a little bit of confusion as we tried to sit down or find a hostess. Apparently you stand in line and place your order and then hope that a seat opens up before your order is complete which can cause a little anxiety until you realize just how long every single meal seems to take to make in which case you’ve been seated and waiting for awhile as it is. This was the case with the 3 of us, we scanned the menu and picked our selections and patiently lingered until we were directed to a ridiculously small table that would barely fit two yet somehow the 3 of us crowded around. We watched a plethora of hipsters walk by the front door each one dressed up in crazier and crazier outfits and for awhile I thought there was some sort of event justifying the garb since it seemed cookyier than usual. It took quite awhile for our orders to arrive and although I did not time it It was easily more than 20 minutes and while there was a steady stream of traffic I cant help but imagine that their weird seating process meant they slowed down the kitchen to accommodate all those that wanted to sit at a table. Eventually 2 of our meals arrived (mine without the bacon I ordered) and I figured Lindsey’s would be carried out shortly after but another 2 minutes passed as we waited attempted to wait patiently. Again when Lindsey’s meal arrived it was missing one of the corn-cakes of her two corn cake meal but I did at least get my bacon. The meals were enjoyable and mine which did not seem all that special of a combination Bacon+Beans+Eggs & Toast was actually a really tasty assemblage. I was left a bit grumpy just by how long the orders took to arrive and had we not paid in advance I probably would have been a bit stingier on the tip or made mention to a server but since you pre pay using an iPad and “Square” I wouldn’t recommend going above and beyond the 15% tip. A good meal but frustrating seating arraignment and really slow service made it a decent but not great visit.

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SERVICE
It took a really, really long time for our meals and they came out incomplete
3 stars

AMBIANCE / DESIGN
It’s a little closet of a place with tiny tables and a line that snakes through the middle.
3 stars

MEAL
Great flavors and nice pairings of sweet & savory.
4 stars

Petite Province – 5/19/13

4stars

Petite Province
503.284.6564
1824 NE Albert St.
Portland, 97211

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Merci beaucoup!

For the first time since we gained access to Siri & GPS on our iPhones I avoided using both and decided to wander until we found a destination. I knew roughly where to look for a brunch destination but wasn’t sure exactly what we would be eating until I saw Carly rubberneck at cafe off Alberta. We found parking on a side street relatively close by and strolled over to get our name on the list. The hostess gave us a wait time of about 15 minutes but we sat down in less than 10 but we still had enough time to ogle the glass cases near the entrance containing a large assortment of sweet baked goods. The menu contained at least 6 different options I wanted to order but I ended up letting the waiter who served us make a suggestion & selection of risotto cakes & eggs with grilled root vegetables. Carly selected the quiche & potato salad and we shared a fresh baked croissant to start as well. The color scheme inside the restaurant was quite nice with deep blue & golden accents and all the tables were stamped with branding really giving it what I imagine to be an authentic street side French cafe feel. There was a constant stream of patrons flowing in and out the whole time we were there and our meal still managed to arrive about 5 minutes after we finished our croissant. The risotto cakes mixed with my poached eggs were fantastic and the potatoes weren’t over seasoned and complimented the dish well but I wasn’t as fond of the squash that was mixed in with the potatoes. Carly’s quiche was also quite good and had ham and other little bits of tasty veggies within it and her potato salad while decent wasn’t as savory as I normally would like. Before heading out we selected 4 different pastries from the glass case to take home for later and enjoy and I only wished we had snagged a few of the totally flaky & perfect croissants.

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SERVICE
They were busy but not enough to justify the long time in between seeing our server
3 stars

AMBIANCE / DESIGN
Great blue/gold color scheme inside with lovely design carried over into the menus, chairs, bags etc… and large windows along the front for plenty of light, feels like a real Cafe’
4 stars

MEAL
Huge selection of delicious sounding dishes it would take at least 8 visits to try the smattering of items that first caught my eye
4 stars

Bette’s Place – 3/24/13

3.5stars

Bette’s Place
541.386.1880
416 Oak Street
Hood River, 97031

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The place for breakfast while in da Hood

We were out of town for this past weekend to enjoy spring break and while visiting Stevenson Washington we took a 30 minutes trip east to Hood for some shopping as well as brunch with Bette. Now this is a bit of a cheat since we have had breakfast at Bette’s before but we agreed it would be unlikely for us to return in a timely manner and that we would sacrifice a return within our 52 week timeline for our initial breakfast blog run. This would also be the first time I didn’t get their delicious Chicken Fried Steak and eggs which is among the best I’ve had and instead opted for a more traditional steak & eggs combo. Carly of course chose French toast with some excellently crispy bacon drizzled with syrup. Before the meal arrived we were presented with a golden brown rectangle of mapley goodness that had just been baked up moment before our arrival. I enjoy a good donut but usually would prefer to take the caloric hit on something like gravy or a biscuit but Jesus Christ in a chicken basket was this a good maple bar! We tried to share equally but by the end I had definitely forked off more than her of the “appetizer”. Our meals arrived only a few moments after the maple feeding frenzy had subsided and we dug in. I haven’t ordered too many non chick-fried steaks usually because my experience has been underwhelming and I think it comes from the quality of meat more than the quality of preparation. The steak was tender enough and not over cooked but it really was just kind of bland even when paired with the perfectly cooked eggs and super crispy hash browns. I was absolutely full but I knew I should have stayed on the safe side and gotten the chicken-fried steak which has rarely steered me wrong. Carly’s french toasts tasted great but looked more like triangular pancakes she let me steal half a piece of bacon which almost made up for the lack luster steak. In closing we and apparently 99.9% of Hood River residents love Bette’s as it’s the only place ever recommended when we ask but steer clear of the non-chicken-fried steak and double down on the heavenly maple bars! Also be aware they have cinnamon rolls the size of your head which I have been to frightened to try but perhaps next time will make a meal out of.

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SERVICE
5 lovely young ladies zip from side to side like hummingbirds delivering plates as fast as they are produced.
4 stars

AMBIANCE / DESIGN
Traditional cafe with a breakfast bar & stools right on the corner of Oak & 5th nothing special but the food.
3 stars

MEAL
Traditional Cafe fare and amazingly large and tasty baked goods like cinnamon rolls & maple bars.
3 stars