During our visit to Portland for the first weekend of their annual jazz festival, we met old friends for brunch, and they suggested this restaurant. It's been at least 30 years since I've had as nice a breakfast anywhere. The menu lists fewer than a dozen main dishes and another dozen or so smaller dishes and sides, but they are sufficiently varied and interesting to satisfy and challenge a wide range of tastes. My wife wanted something simple, and chose the steel-cut oatmeal. She's an oatmeal freak, and she described it as the best prepared she's had anywhere outside of her own kitchen. Our friends both went for French toast, and I ordered a scramble with house-smoked fresh-water trout served with roasted potatoes.I requested that the scramble be soft, and that's the way it was served, nicely prepared with fresh herbs. All portions were generous. Service was prompt, courteous, and attentive. The restaurant is pleasant and not terribly noisy. The only negative is its location -- it's in a dense part of downtown Portland, with little on-street parking, and the lot across the street will add about $5 to the cost of the meal.
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