3808 N Williams Ave & NE Failing St • 503.621.1400 • tastynsons.com
I have been dying to try out brunch at Tasty n Sons for quite some time. Finally I convinced some friends this morning that it would be worth the wait for a table! Fortunately the food was just as incredible as I was told, so it was definitely worth it!
We arrived around 9:15am and were told it would be about an hour. After somewhat impatiently waiting, we got seated near their open kitchen. The menu is filled with so many incredible options – all very different and unique, and all sounded fantastic. There were so many choices, I could barely narrow it down. Ok, in fact, I didn’t – I ended up getting two entrees with a friend instead. I mean check out some of these items:
Moroccan Chicken Hash with harissa cream & over easy egg
North African Sausage with over easy egg, couscous & cauliflower
Cast Iron Frittata with grilled corn, gypsy peppers, caramelized onions, feta, tomato & oregano salad – this is one of the things we got. It was so good! The corn was sweet, the peppers added a little kick, and the tomatoes were fresh cherry tomatoes sliced and warm on top.
We also were tempted by the “Small Plates” starters such as the Griddled Bacon Wrapped Date with maple syrup & almond – really yummy. Then we got the Chocolate Potato Doughnut with Creme Anglaise. This was incredible. The doughnut hole was warm, rich and delicate, not tough. The creme anglaise was like melted vanilla ice cream. The combo bite almost tasted like an Oreo. While you might feel like you don’t need that as an “appetizer,” don’t pass it up. Plus it’s only $1.50 so it’s a great deal and a perfect size to satisfy that sweet tooth (for a little bit anyhow!).
Although super full from our delicious brunch, I had to get one of their cookies as they were featured Portland Monthly’s article about the “Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in Portland.” I wanted to get just one to go but the waitress informed me that it came with ice cream. Argh! Why did I have plans after brunch?! Fresh baked cookies with ice cream?! That is the BEST! Well I still ordered the cookie to go, minus the ice cream and was happily surprised with 3 cookies! (Great service there too, I might add!)
So of course we decided to try one right then. This no-nut cookies were just out of the oven, so warm that the chocolate chips were all melty. It was buttery, chocolately and just like that perfect Tollhouse recipe. The only thing that would have made it better would have been a large glass of cold milk, or of course, that ice cream scoop on top.
Clearly I’ll have to go back to Tasty n Sons for dessert next time.
What to Get:
- Chocolate Chip Cookies w Ice Cream
- Chocolate Potato Doughnut w Creme Anglaise
- Cast Iron Frittata
- Hours: Sun-Thurs 9am-10pm; Fri-Sat 9am-11pm
- Table Wait Time: They don’t take reservations so be prepared for a wait – on weekends, it’s about an hour. There is a nice (but slightly spendy) coffee shop just up the road, which is a great place to hang out while waiting for your table. Or try showing up a few minutes before they open to be the first ones seated.