Where to eat Brunch in Portland, let me count thy ways. Portland put brunch as a blood sport career on the map with Portlandia, and to be sure, diners have countless good choices for a delicious brunch experience. Unfortunately, however, the wait times and crowds for brunch in Portland, can be a deterrent for many diners. And since it is Easter weekend and therefore definitely a brunch weekend, let us consider an alternative: Line and Lure Seafood Kitchen & Tap in Ridgefield, WA. It’s quiet, comfortable, spacious and has a delicious and epic buffet as well as a la carte menu. Perfect choice for Easter Brunch.
There are a lot of good reasons to refrain from contempt prior to investigation when eating brunch in Portland, including suspending any negative prejudices you may have against “all-you-can-eat” brunches so you can head with your dining clan to Line & Lure Seafood Kitchen & Tap for Easter Brunch. You’ll eat exceptional seafood, whether you order the brunch buffet or from the a la carte menu, and if you choose the former you can have bottomless oysters, lobster rolls, bacon, eggs benedict and everything else. Bonus points for being only 20 minutes across the bridge from Portland, and a world away from the standard Portland brunch crowds, wait times, parking hassles and noise.
Don’t Be Miserable
Although brunch buffets can be perilous, there are several strategies that can save the diner from unnecessary guilt and discomfort. The general stance to take is one of appreciation, for Chef Ryan Ziegler, a born and bred PNWer, has sourced the finest and freshest local seafood and offered just the right saucing applications from spare to indulgent. Also appreciate that it’s (probably) the weekend and this is a treat, so you can let go a little. Finally, there actually is some scientific evidence backing up the benefit of eating much less often BUT much more volume-wise than your regular routine may be. I have found this information to be convincing and helpful, as well as making dining out a more psychologically enjoyable experience, because nobody likes small plates and tiny portions all the time, right? Just my experience though.
The buffet has four sections: one for cold items such as salads both green and pasta, cheese, fruit, and smoked fish; one featuring fresh seafood such as oysters on the half shell, mussels, crab legs (snow crab and Dungeness) and lobster rolls; one with a meat carving and omelet/crepe station with THE most delicious slow-cooked steamship round of beef; and, one with those killer chafing stations packed with bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, seafood paella, and shrimp and grits. Let’s have a look:
My favorites from Line & Lure’s brunch buffet were definitely the steamship round which I had made into an amply wet and messy sandwich, the shrimp and grits, and the lobster roll. From the a la carte menu, the grilled “scampi” appetizer and calamari were highlights, as well as the featured special which is always updated according to season, availability, and the chef’s creative impulse. Also intriguing on the menu is the seafood boil, which you can order either with shrimp and clams or crab. It’s not often that we see a nice traditional seafood boil on the menu in this area, and I’m definitely looking forward to trying it on my next visit.
So, if you are looking for a nice alternative to the standard brunch choices in Portland this weekend, or any weekend, head up north for a great meal where you can feed a crowd everything from fist-class seafood, to scrambled eggs.