Offering one of the best brunches in Portland, this North Williams Avenue eatery has an industrial, sky-lit dining room and open kitchen, a light and lively atmosphere, and no shortage of happily munching diners. Pre-brunch appetizers like the bacon-wrapped date, along with a number of other small plates, serve as melt-in-your-mouth precursors to larger dishes like French toast with pear-maple syrup and whipped cream, shakshuka red pepper and tomato stew topped with a
baked egg and served with crusty bread, and a flaky biscuit filled with a fried egg, fried chicken, and cheddar cheese. Owner John Gorham revamped the happy hour and dinner menus in 2014 to focus on Chesapeake Bay–inspired seafood and comfort fare. Designed to be shared, both breakfast and dinner plates are served family-style. As you'll likely have to wait for a table, the other establishments on this up-and-coming foodie block (Ristretto Roasters, Hopworks BikeBar, and various studios and boutiques) can keep you entertained.