Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Croquer: Broder

If you find yourself trolling Pinterest for like super cute Scandanavian dream breakfast joints, well, SE Portland's Broder is your jam. The narrow subway-tiled dining room / open kitchen is crowned with geometric branch-like light fixtures and punctuated with bright yellow and robin's egg blue industrial chairs. The brunch menu is short and sweet, rich with Swedish staples. The coffee is Stumptown, so everyone wins.

Brooke enjoys a kaffe

I am always a sucker for signature dishes, so from a quick read vibed that the friterade äpplen was my best bet. These thick grilled apple fritters are dusted in sugar and served with baked eggs, a blistered apple pork sausage, sour cream and maple syrup (sweet+savory always wins). It's hard not to enjoy such a smörgåsbord, though I found the fritters to be plated as more of an afterthought than deserved center stage.

Brooke's Broder breakfast sandwich looked delicious, a manly open-faced situation on sourdough rye with country ham, Swedish farmer's cheese, marjoram cream, two baked eggs, house ketchup, and a big sharp utility knife. And yet a light portion. Rawr.

Judah had to steal the limelight with a sizzling cast-iron skillet holding his förlorade ägg. These "lost eggs" hid under fried brown bread, spinach, bleu cheese and walnuts. Crunchy!

Broder is the kind of cozy café I not only want on my corner, but would want to open a branch of on my corner. Solid, across the board. Skål!

2508 SE Clinton St. Portland, OR 97202
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  1. I looooooove Broder! I didn't have any of their eggs when I went. I love how perfectly square they are. Next time!

    Here's what I ate:

  2. Oooo nice, Tracy! Those meatballs looks divine. Good thing I got a pic of the little milk jar for you. ;)

  3. I can't believe I haven't been back there since! You need to come back to visit so I have an excuse to eat richly for days!

  4. What a cute place! And I love sweet and savory, too. Goodness, I need to go to Portland soon. Thanks for all these great ideas!