Heather and I have been friends for over 10 years. It all started when I was her host for her volleyball recruiting trip to the University of Portland (I was the frosh/soph that always got stuck hosting the recruits). We became instant buddies from the get-go playing collegiate volleyball together (and collegiate anything generally means blood, sweat, tears, surgery, hate and happiness), pulling all-nighters in college, coaching the Oregonian kids volleyball during the summers, chopping wood in Alaska, swimming through volcanic waters in Greece, driving on the wrong side of the road in Ireland, feeding monkeys in Barbados, and the list goes on. Ten years later, I am her new roommate in Portland. The one thing about Heather is that she eats like crazy, and when she doesn't eat she
Groovy floor plan
Portland does not lack a breakfast/brunch scene. Everywhere you go, in every neighborhood, seems to be some magical brunch spot. On this particular Sunday morning, Heather wanted to show me the Sellwood neighborhood, so we popped in to Lili Patisserie for what was supposed to be a small snack to tied us over. But when we saw the glorious menu, we decided to stay. I suggested we split a chocolate croissant to go with our self serve bottomless coffee ($2) while our hot plates were being prepared. The coffee was bold and excellent (ps. I love Portland) and the croissant was buttery fresh and filled with soft dark chocolate ganache.
The Chocolate Croissant that Could
We split the Biscuits & Mushroom Thyme Gravy ($11). It have been (never) since I've had biscuits and gravy. The house-made fluffy biscuits smothered in mushroom thyme gravy was the comfort breakfast version of Sunday chicken dinner. Plate licking gravy, no doubt, and I am not a gravy kinda gal.
Sunday dinner for brekkie
Portland has a large Scandinavian influence /community so it's not uncommon to see Swedish Pancakes on the menu. Since I'd just arrived to the city and hadn't had my fill for quite some time, we shared the Swedish Pancakes ($10) with lingonberry compote and veggie sausage. I loved the sweet tartness of the lingonberries and the delicate, crepe like pancakes. The veggie sausage was some morningstar version, but I wasn't there for the fake meat.
Lili Patisserie & Cafe
8337 Se 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97202