Classic Eggs Benedict, $5.00 a person
What is more perfect on a Sunday morning than eggs benedict and a good cup of coffee? Nothing—quite frankly. However, the thought of spending two + hours waiting for a table during this busy meal time is daunting and often leaves Portlanders eating cereal or a fried egg, when they should be out. With an hour to spare and a busy Sunday planned, my accomplice and I decided to take a chance and see if we could get not only breakfast—but eggs benedict on a Sunday morning.
We decided to try Besaws, one of my favorite breakfast places—it’s old tavern charming and reminds me of the famous Buena Vista Café in San Francisco (known for their Spanish coffee’s). Besaws remains a Portland staple because of its classic appeal and delicious food. It has dark wood floors, a classic old-fashion bar and combines charm with comfort. It’s not pretentious or over done for breakfast, but it’s also not one of the many dive cafés--Besaws just sits nicely in the middle, which makes it a great option for anyone. Not to mention, they are one of the few restaurants that takes reservations for breakfast. This is a great place to plan ahead and come with a larger group.
We called before we left the house and surprise, unlike the other tyrant hostess that serves brunch, the woman kindly put our names down on the list. We were seated in less than 5 minutes after we got there and the service was swift, friendly and skilled.
My friend and I decided to split the eggs benedict, a perfect choice. For $1.00 extra they split it for us and we each received a pile of rosemary-garlic roasted potatoes. Oh my God—these were incredible! The benedict was cooked to perfection. Besaws’ homemade hollandaise sauce is rich and creamy—they don’t overdue the lemon juice, like some other places. Having it less tart allows you to enjoy the hearty oven baked ham and fresh poached egg. I usually like to gorge myself at breakfast, but this was a perfect split. I was comfortably full at the end. Besaws has one of the best benedicts in town—they’re tied with Mother’s Bistro.
Besaws also prides themselves on using quality ingredients, which shines through in all their dishes. They support local and sustainable farmers, use organic beef, cage-free eggs and hormone-free dairy. They also branch out on many of their dishes, including a smoked salmon scramble with cream cheese and dill and apple fritter French toast; just to name a few.
Within 45 minutes we drove to Besaws, were seated, ordered and ate a great breakfast for $5.00! So next Sunday—take a chance, if I can do it, I think you can too!