... and Simpatica is one of the churches. There are a handful of "must try" brunch sites in Portland. Simpatica is probably the most easily managed without risking a truly lengthy wait. They'll do reservations for 6 or more, and work with you on a call-ahead plan if your schedule is tight or you have special considerations. The staff is great. The setting is convivial and stylish (you may end up sharing a table with another party, depending on the size of your group, which adds to the community spirit of the place). And the food is superb. I was there with a college friend. He had the frittata. I had the belgian waffles with green tomato syrup. Both were well portioned (generous but not too much) and delicious. Simpatica is known for its chicken and waffles. My waffles were done perfectly ... crispy but fluffy on the inside. The green tomato syrup was terrific. Street parking on a Sunday morning is ample. There was a line, but not a long wait (due to the mixed-table seating, I think they can accomodate odd group sizes more easily than needing to wait for a two-top or a four-top to open), and there's coffee in the hallway. The environment was pleasant and relaxed. We didn't feel rushed at all. AND we got out of there for $27 (not taking advantage of the bar helped keep our tab down, I know). I look forward to going back again.