Saturday, August 21, 2010

Brunchalicious: Lili Patisserie Cafe, Portland


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 becomes crazy isn't in the best mood, kind of like me. So us six footers chow.


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.

Swedish delights

Lili Patisserie & Cafe
8337 Se 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97202
503.233.8844

18 comments:

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Cute! I'll have to keep this in mind next time I come home.

You chopped wood in Alaska?!

the actor's diet said...

when i was in portland i believe i also had biscuits with gravy; though at a different place?

i heart portland too.

Indie.Tea said...

The food sounds - and looks - amazing. Yum

Anna A. said...

Wandering Chopsticks - Yes! We were helping Heather's dad build his house out in the sticks.

the actor's diet - hah, I think biscuits and gravy is a Portland thing.

Indie.Tea - Thanks :) and thanks for stopping by!

stuffycheaks said...

this looks like a brunch place i would go to. I love swedish pancakes, way better than thick American pancakes. hard to find them around here though

ChocoMeat said...

Portland might as well be called Brunch City. I'm so jealous of your weekend mornings from here forward! :)

Diana said...

Where oh where has my TALF gone? Gravy? Beer? Sausage galore? I don't even know what to think.

That said, I want to go here when I come visit. I can definitely get groovy with some chocolate croissants and Swedish pancakes! :)

Gastronomer said...

Portland does a mean brunch! Can't wait to read more about these neighborhood gems. Swoon for the gravy and biscuits. Mmm!

Anna A. said...

Stuffycheaks - I was hoping you'd appreciate my croissant tastings :)

Diana - Oh, more Swedish goodies to come, just you wait and see!

Gastronomer - and I'm not even a brunch person.. things are changing for sure! More to come.

Ruth Abatzoglou said...

With a breakfast or brunch like this who needs more. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day..

I start back to school tomorrow. I wish I had time for a breakfast like this...

sophia said...

OMG. Swedish BOMB. That looks freaking delicious. And your friend Heather sounds like my kind of girl. I love hanging out with gals who actually really eat.

Anna A. said...

Ruth - guess what you're in for when you come visit?

Sophia - Yes! I told Heather, and she smile (very large).

Kung Food Panda said...

I want to visit Portland!

Anna A. said...

Danny - come on up!

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Helen said...

Drool...Swedish pancakes with lingonberry compote...now, why can't they offer this at Ikea? I'm not a gravy kinda gal either...but, the mushroom thyme gravy looks inviting!

Exile Kiss said...

Hi Anna,

Very nice. This looks like a really lovely cafe. :) Hope you're enjoying Portland.

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