Good Morning Gators!
This is the post from my breakfast trip to Portland Oregon and side trip to Seattle Washington with my best friend Lisa. The trip entailed several delicious breakfasts and some sight seeing. It was a GREAT trip. The reviews are not going to be long winded, rambling, and rant filled like you have have come to know and love. This is going to be more of a compilation blog so enjoy it while you can. I am back now so I will be back to my normal whiney self in future reviews.
Our first stop was not really breakfast. we went to arguably the donut hotspot of the world VOODOO Donuts
Voodoo wins for sheer Decor but Lisa and I agree that Blue Star had far superior Donuts…
First up Trinket
I don’t know if they intended the name of the place describe the size of the place but it does. It was a tiny little place. It’s a good thing that I got there early. You should too If you want a seat.
There is about 7 tables in the place and non fat friendly chairs with arms.
Coffee 8 no Splenda. They are afraid to kill you.
There wasn’t any sweet grilled items on the menu that day. WHAT? a Breakfast Gator first. The few things that they DID have were baked goods. I ordered a pastry called Fyrstecake. It was sweet and nutty (Like me)
Menu choices were very limited. Not surprised. I bet the kitchen is the size of a studio apartment kitchen.
One of the specialties of the house is Duck Egg Benedict. That is what I ordered.
Served on a cute delicate plate with a SWITCHBLADE.
Egg Perfect 10 Hollandaise was good. Eggy but a tad too citrusy 8 The house made Hash Browns were tasty but could have been cooked a bit more. 8 The meat part was non standard canadian bacon. It was more like country ham. 8 Overall this dish was an 8 This was a great way to start my breakfast adventure.
Next: Babica Hen Cafe
We arrived about 20 minutes before opening and the lot was empty. We sat in the Rented Breakfastmobile and chatted till they opened.
We wandered inside…
Lisa was greeted and seated while I snapped a few interior shots.
With Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Nora Jones playing in the background, 9 we ordered.
Coffee 9 And yes they had Splenda
Lisa ordered a plain Waffle. Yes a PLAIN Waffle. To be fair she wasn’t feeling well. No Picture. It was a plain waffle. Use your imagination. As it turned out It was one of the breakfast highlights of the trip. It was delicious! to quote Lisa “This is the best waffle that I’ve ever had”! I agree. I have no idea what the magic was but it really was the best waffle that I have ever had as well. 10
I ordered a Shredded Smoked Pork Benedict
The Egg was a tad overcooked but that’s ok I like them that way. The Hollandaise was good but could have used more. The potatoes were good and crunchy and dropped in the deep fryer. The little cornbread rounds were fritter like. Overall this dish was an 8
Chicken and Waffles
FRIED CHICKEN crispy chicken breast, sweet potato mousse, coconut, rum caramel
My regular readers know that I’m not a big Chicken and Waffle fan but this was a specialty at the top of the menu. I felt compelled to order it.
Each element of the dish was an 8 except the Waffle 10 The sum total of the parts? I’m not going to rate it. I was not really crazy about it. It was better with syrup on it.
In your best Pee Wee Herman Voice- Mmmmm. Pumpkiny! 8
Unlike Trinket Petite did not describe Petite Provence. It was a medium/large place with a great bakery.
A few nice design elements. Leather Menu with embossed logo and name carved into the table.
I ordered Coffee 8 No Splenda. Another place that is afraid to kill you. Sweetness is provided by a bottle of Turbinado sugar.
The Place smelled fantastic. Bakery and Coffee Bar. 50’s Music. An odd choice for the style. 7
Breakfast included a freshly baked Croissant and house made Jam. It was Excellent. Flakey Tender Buttery 9
Meurette Benedict Two farm-fresh eggs poached in a burgundy reduction, placed on a freshly baked croissant then topped with caramelized onions, mushrooms and sautéed bacon. Served with our Provençal Potatoes & Butternut Squash.
NOTE the orange slice. C’mon say it with me. 1965 called. They want their garnish back.
Egg. nearly perfect. 9 Squash and Potatoes. Delicious. 8 Reduction. 8 Served on top of one of those delicious croissants. Overall 8
Portland Ketchup Organic of course. 8
Baked Eggs a la Française
Poached eggs nestled in a French baking crock with grilled hash browns, sautéed mushrooms and ham, topped with gruyere béchamel and Swiss cheese gratiné, served with toasted baguette slices.
The Gruyere Bechamel was delish 8 I pushed the cheese back to expose the poached eggs. In spite of the fact that it was baked, the eggs were perfect 9 The mushroom ham bechamel mixture was good and reminded me of green bean casserole. 7 I’m sure that the chef will love the comparison. The dish as a whole was a 7 The Baguette was crispy and buttery 8
Very Bananaee 8 It’s rare that restaurant french toast gets an 8 Bruleed Bananas Candied walnuts Creme Anglaise. Delicious. Could have been soaked a little longer. They just barely avoided “The Link” Good Job
This was a good visit
Tasty and Sons
The entrance to the place was inside of a building. Lisa went in and got a table while I took photos.
We got a seat on “The Wall” As you know I hate it but that’s really the only choice.
We ordered drinks. Coffee for me. Diet Coke for Lisa. This was my least favorite coffee that I had this trip. Weak. 7 Lisa’s diet coke was in a cute 8oz bottle. I’ve never seen one before.
Also something new, salt in a tiny server with an espresso spoon. I have often said that standard table salt should be banned from restaurants and this is the first place that agrees with me 10
We started off with a Potato Donut. It was lite fluffy and chocolaty. 8
I had Moroccan Chicken Hash.
It doesn’t happen too often that there is something on a menu that I haven’t had before. This one one of those times. Potatoes good and crunchy 8 Chorizo creme. Very good 8 Chicken was well seasoned and the egg was perfect. A GREAT dish High 8 Low 9
Lisa had a Fried Egg and Cheddar Biscuit. 8
Finally Griddled Ingrid’s Rum Cake
Bacon Grilled Banana Rum Cake? Who would have thought? 8
Fat Hen Seattle
Another Tiny Place
I jammed myself into this corner table by the window. No Chubbies Allowed The place was about the size of an average size Living Room
Coffee of course 8 They didn’t want to kill me so no Splenda. Turbinado Sugar in a Butler with a Teenie Spoon.
Light Jazz Playing. It fit the atmosphere 8
All of the spoons in the place were TINY
Chanterelle Benedict 8
Potatoes were fresh but could use a bit more seasoning. Slightly Spicy. Eggs could have used another 30 seconds
two eggs in solea tomato, pork sausage, mushroom, mozzarella. High 7 Low 8 House Made Cherry Jam 9 The eggs could have been cooked a bit more
A Tasty Experience
Last but Not Least
The Crumpet Shop (Seattle)
Just steps from Pikes Place Market. I expected this place to be a tourist trap place. It does business because of the proximity to the market. WRONG. It was delicious. A tiny place with big personality. Cat Stevens playing in the background 10
I was a bit confused by the ordering process and also didn’t know what to order. A very nice young woman helped me order 3 different models.
After I placed my order I chatted with the owner. He was a very nice guy and even gave me a day old Scone. Nice! 10
So a Crumpet is a cousin of an english muffin. Softer chewier flatter
PET Pesto Tomato English Cheese
A good Combo. Fresh and Tasty High 7 low 8
Egg Blend. Egg with Peppers and English Cheese plus Ham
A Delicious 8
Vermont. Maple Butter Cream Cheese Walnuts
Sweet Mapley Crunchy 8
A great way to kick off the side trip to Seattle If you get to Pikes Place Market You need to go there.
Well that’s it Gators. A fun and Delicious Trip.
Thank You Lisa! You are a great Jr. Gator
Here are a few Random shots from the trip Just Because…