Where to Go for a Special Brunch in Portland

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When you're in Portland visiting friends and family or celebrating a special event, a decadent brunch is often on the agenda. These brunches can be all-you-can-eat buffets or can have a selection of menu offerings that include a combination of breakfast and lunch dishes. Portland, which certainly has more than its fair share of awesome breakfast joints, also offers some truly fabulous brunch options. Anniversaries, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Easter are popular brunch days, so be sure to make your reservations well in advance. Any weekend becomes a special one if you include brunch on your agenda.

Here are my recommendations for where to go to enjoy that special occasion brunch in Portland, Oregon.

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    Salty's famous Sunday brunch is something of a Northwest institution. Their all-you-can-eat spread is varied and bountiful, featuring roasted meats, the freshest of seafood and shellfish, and scrumptious pastries. You'll find a full selection of such breakfast favorites as sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, waffles, potatoes, quiche, and more. All this combined with gracious service and a waterfront setting and you truly have everything you need to call this brunch experience "special."
    3839 NE Marine Drive
    Portland, OR 97211

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    Portland's Screen Door features Southern-style cuisine. Their brunch menu, served on both Saturdays and Sundays, includes dishes made using such classic ingredients as stone-ground grits, andouille sausage, and pecans. There is also a nice selection of vegetarian options as well as dishes on the sweeter side, such as bananas Foster french toast and praline bacon waffles.
    2337 East Burnside Street
    Portland, OR 97214

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    Located adjacent to the south end of the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Veritable Quandary serves Northwest foods with a touch of New Orleans. The garden-like dining room is both cozy and elegant. Their brunch menu, offered on Saturdays and Sundays, varies from week to week depending on which fresh and seasonal foodstuffs are available.
    1220 SW First Ave
    Portland, OR 97204

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    Beast is the brunch place for the dedicated and adventurous foodie. Featuring market-fresh ingredients, group tables, and prix-fixe seating with optional wine or beer pairings, Beast's brunch courses change every week.
    5425 NE 30th Avenue
    Portland, Oregon 97211

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    The brunch menu at this SE Portland restaurant has an excellent selection of egg dishes, from omelets and scrambles to frittatas and Benedicts. The varied menu also includes seafood, pasta, and vegan items. With a dining environment that is both playful and romantic, Wild Abandon describes its food as "Eclectic-American with a Northwest flair."
    2411 SE Belmont St.
    Portland, OR 97214