1510 SW Harbor Way
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.
Attentive but not always easy to get more coffee
AMBIANCE / DESIGN
Beautiful Portland water front right in front of the elevated patio
Surprisingly decent omelet that didn’t over stuff and had a nice chorizo gravy on top.
416 Oak Street
Hood River, 97031
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.
5 lovely young ladies zip from side to side like hummingbirds delivering plates as fast as they are produced.
AMBIANCE / DESIGN
Traditional cafe with a breakfast bar & stools right on the corner of Oak & 5th nothing special but the food.
Traditional Cafe fare and amazingly large and tasty baked goods like cinnamon rolls & maple bars.