Gallery: The 10 Sweet Breakfasts You Should be Eating Right Now in Portland, OR

Honey and Sea Salt Donuts at Pip's Original
Honey and Sea Salt Donuts at Pip's Original

Fried to order and served warm with a drizzle of local honey (from the Beaumont Neighborhood co-op) and a sprinkling of sea salt from The Meadow, these mini donuts will quite literally melt in your mouth. We recommend ordering a dozen (or more), as these donuts tend to disappear quickly. ($4.75 per dozen.)

Pantangko with Coconut Custard at Sen Yai
Pantangko with Coconut Custard at Sen Yai

What do you order for breakfast at a Thai noodle joint? Patangko with with Sangkhaya, of course. Translation: Thai-style fried crullers, served with a coconut and pandan custard dipping sauce. The crullers themselves aren’t sweet, but the rich coconut custard adds a subtle and tropical sweetness to the dish. ($3.00 per 1/2 dozen, plus $2 for custard.)

Biscuit French Toast at Lauretta Jean's
Biscuit French Toast at Lauretta Jean's

Owner Kate McMillen arguably makes some of the best biscuits in Portland. Lauretta Jean’s Biscuit French Toast ($8.00) takes fresh baked biscuits and turns them into buttery, flaky french toast perfection. The biscuits are dipped in a traditional egg batter, pan fried, and served with bacon and real maple syrup (or Lauretta Jean’s homemade strawberry freezer jam).

Oven-Griddled Apple Muffin at Ned Ludd
Oven-Griddled Apple Muffin at Ned Ludd

Baked in a wood-fire oven and served on a wooden board with house-made apple butter, this is no ordinary apple muffin. The fiery oven creates a crisp, golden exterior while the interior of the muffin remains moist and sweet. Go ahead and slather on a healthy dose of butter and apple butter, and get lost in the simple perfection of a really great muffin. ($5.00)

Brown Butter Beignets at Imperial
Brown Butter Beignets at Imperial

Pastry Chef Michelle Vernier doesn’t stray far from a classic beignet. Rather, she improves upon the classic with the addition of brown butter, which adds a nutty richness to the dough. The beignets are fried to order and are served warm with a dusting of powdered sugar and a side of Bee Local Honey. ($4.00 per 1/2 doz.)

Aebleskivers with Lemon Curd and Lingonberry Jam at Broder Nord
Aebleskivers with Lemon Curd and Lingonberry Jam at Broder Nord

A traditional Danish breakfast dish, Aebleskivers are something of a cross between a pancake and a popover. Broder Nord (as well as the original Broder on SE Clinton) offers a number of different dipping sauces, but we recommend the house-made lemon curd and the lingonberry jam. And, the dipping sauces are so good, you might want to order extra aebleskivers to sop it all up. ($9.00)

Pumpkin Pie Waffle at The Waffle Window
Pumpkin Pie Waffle at The Waffle Window

A seasonal offering, the Pumpkin Pie Waffle ($4.50) is something of a waffle masterpiece: a crispy, Belgian-style sugared waffle, topped with made-from-scratch pumpkin pie filling, whipped cream, and a drizzle of caramel. It’s everything you love about Thanksgiving...on a waffle.

[Photograph: Brendan Fishback ]

Kabocha Squash Pancakes from Oso Market
Kabocha Squash Pancakes from Oso Market

The folks at Oso Market opted to skip the pumpkin in favor of the lesser known Kabocha squash. Roasted to perfection and folded into a house-made (gluten-free!) pancake batter, the Kabocha squash works shockingly well as a pancake base. The pancakes are very lightly seasoned with cinnamon and brown sugar, so as not to mask the true flavor of the squash. Served with a drizzle of red wine syrup, these pancakes are moist and flavorful, and unlike any pumpkin pancake we’ve ever had. ($8.00)

French Toast Bagel at Bowery Bagels
French Toast Bagel at Bowery Bagels

A triumph of sweet and savory, the French Toast Bagel is a clever riff on a classic bagel sandwich. Made with your choice of bacon or house-made maple sausage, cinnamon schmear, and toasted walnuts (optional) on a New York style egg bagel, this bagel sandwich evokes all the nostalgia of a plate of homemade french toast. ($4.25)

Oatmeal Chai Blueberry Pancakes at Jam
Oatmeal Chai Blueberry Pancakes at Jam

Made with Bob’s Red Mill Oats, spelt flour, whole blueberries, chai tea, and spices, these vegan (and soy-free!) pancakes pack a punch. Perfectly plump and juicy blueberries are scattered throughout the pancakes, which are served with maple syrup and butter (vegan butter substitute also available). ($8.50)