Brunch at Tusk and Upcoming Summer Party

Tusk in Portland took over the old Levant space on SE 24th and Burnside, transforming it into a light filled bright space with a sweet touch but continuing to offer Middle Eastern food and making use of the inherited open wood-burning hearth. Brunch at Tusk is only 10 AM – 2PM on Saturday and Sunday, otherwise they are open for dinner daily.

It’s quite a contrast seeing almost kitty corner across the street the line of people waiting for the heavier Southern brunch and fried chicken and biscuits versus here, the lighter Middle Eastern brunch plates, many which are vegetarian, can be made vegan, and feel healthier. Extensive studies have shown that Mediterranean eating patterns – of which Middle Eastern food share some commonality with its use of chickpeas, lentils, vegetables, olive oil, etc. –  are directly correlated with good health including the reduction of that LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) bad cholesterol,  risk of Alzheimer’s by approximately 40 percent, and the development of Parkinson’s Disease. So let’s bring on the hummus and pita, shall we!

Bright interior full of light welcomes you and keeps you feeling cheerful during your meal.
Tusk in Portland interior Tusk in Portland interior

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Yard House Portland

I am a proponent of visiting local taprooms and breweries and drinking local beers. This philosophy extends both to when I’m in my home city, or when I’m traveling for pleasure or work. But, I am also a big fan of The Yard House – and I have been for many years. It is a national chain – I’ll disclose that upfront, and owned by Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze) – restaurants you may recognize from suburban retail and tourist areas. However, there is still a place for it, even for a craft beer lover. Here is a look at why and what you can expect from Yard House and Yard House Portland.
Some of the taps (but not all of them!) at Yard House. This is likely the most taps you will ever see in one place - an average of 130 at each location. Yard House Portland offers 130 taps with a keg room holding over 5000 gallons of beer

The Yard House was founded more then 20 years ago in 1996 in Southern California, and since then the national chain has expanded to more than 66 restaurants and 23 states. Before I moved to Portland, Yard House was a major gateway for me to try beers besides the buckets of Bud and Corona of my college years, and for that I am still grateful. Plus, I know that for many just dipping their toes into craft beer, Yard House still serves that purpose of being an introduction to what is available in beer flavors, and that is something craft beer aficionados should give Yard House credit for, it’s nothing to sniff at.
Yard House Portland offers 130 taps with a keg room holding over 5000 gallons of beer. You can order beer in multiple sizes, including putting together your own sampler tray

There are 5 big things you can expect from every The Yard House experience, and which you’ll see some examples of from our local Yard House, Yard House Portland located on the first floor of Pioneer Place Mall (entrance is on on SW 5th and Taylor, a few yards away from the street level shiny Apple Store).
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Brunch at Broder Nord

There are always lines for the Broder restaurants at brunch on the weekend for their unique Swedish cuisine – but I’ve never experienced them. That’s because though I love Broder, I go on the weekdays because they offer brunch everyday 8 AM – 3 PM, not just on weekends! For an example of my favoriter Broder dishes, here’s a look at my brunch at Broder Nord.
Brunch at Broder Nord - Lefse, a Norwegian potato crepe filled with rotating ingredients (mine was Havarti and salami) topped with baked eggs and served with mixed greens; Aebelskivers (Danish Pancakes) served with lingonbarry jam and lemon curd; Smørrebrød, Danish Open Faced Sandwiches where you can choose two of five options, we picked the Gravlax with shrimp skagenröra, radish, mustard sauce, microgreens and the Beet and Asparagus with asparagus, beets, and chevre; and at the top Förlorade ägg (Lost Eggs) a dish of 2 eggs on a bed of sliced ham and spinach baked under breadcrumbs in a skillet
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Lunch at Jake’s Famous Crawfish

When I entertain visitors to Portland, I try to always provide a mix of visiting some restaurants that are trendy and new but also some Portland classics that are tried and true. While my mom was visiting for a few days, I decided to fulfill her request for a salad with avocado. That at first flummoxed me as I tried to rack my mind for outstanding avocado salads, but then I suggested also along  with avocado perhaps some seafood for lunch, and boom our destination is a classic lunch at Jake’s Famous Crawfish.
Jake's Famous Crawfish lunch for us that we shared, Oregon Bay Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Wild Oregon Bay Shrimp, Avocado and Grapefruit Segments tossed in a Lime Avocado Vinaigrette and a starter of Dungeness Crab and Artichoke Dip in Portland, Oregon
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TD’s Pop Up, Tacos Al Fresco at the Waterfront

TD’s Pop Up is back! Started in 2014, this summer pop up has been returning just for the summer every year, and is found outside of the Three Degrees restaurant located behind the River Place Hotel, right along the South Waterfront with views of the the Hawthorne Bridge and Tilikum Crossing and perhaps some Dragon Boats practicing on the river. I can’t think of any other downtown location you can eat this close to the river unless you’re on a boat or pier. The premise here is simple: tacos, tequila, and dining al fresco at a small seat counter top bar or high top cocktail tables literally a few yards from the Willamette River on the esplanade or seats on the hotel restaurant patio.
TD's Popup, a Tacos and Tequila Summer pop up has returned to the South Waterfront of Portland for 2017. TD's Pop up, this Tacos and Tequila Summer pop up has returned to the South Waterfront of Portland, they offer several tacos including a Halibut + Chorizo combo, Chicken en Achiote, Grilled Nopalito, or Tequila Braised Pork Belly as well as Carnes plates and snacks
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