Filed under: Breakfast, Southeast Portland, Swedish | Tags: Breakfast, paleo, Swedish
We always drove pass this place and thought we would probably get jacked if we ate there. When we found a $25 gift certificate (gc) on restaurant.com, we figured, “What the heck? Let’s try something new.”. This gc was one where you had to spend $35 to get $25 off your meal. So we spent some time ordering and making sure we ordered $35 worth of food. Call it “too much effort” or “you two are big frugal nerds”, well, we made it happen. (Unfortunately for all you readers, upon usage of the gc, we were told that they are no longer accepting them after today!)
Broder Cafe seemed like a popular place, so we made sure to get there right at 9 am when they open. When we got there, around 8:50 am, there was a line formed already! We luckily got seated right away. Others had to wait about 45 minutes, like most Portland breakfast places.
What we ordered: 3 Scrambles all with choice of side: sauteed greens, roasted acorn squash, or potato pancake. 1) Smoked trout and red onion scramble with a side of sauteed greens 2) Wild mushroom and carmelized onion scramble with a side of potato pancake (we had to try it). 3) Duroc ham and Swedish farmer’s cheese scramble with a side of roasted acorn squash. (yes, we cheated a bit with the cheese too.)
How we ordered it: Since they are European themed, they have a lot of breads, cheeses and pastries. We first asked the host, like we always do when we go someplace new, what dishes would give us the most amount of meat. He recommended the two hash plates. We figured, OK, we can ask our server if we can sub the potatoes for other veggies. When are table server asked us for our order, we asked for the hash with no potatoes and sub some veggies. He plainly said, “You wouldn’t have a hash if you didn’t have the potatoes.” Then there was silence and we all looked at each other for a moment. In our heads, we suddenly had negative thoughts towards him. Negative thoughts, which I’d rather not describe here. So out went the hash options. The only Paleo option left were the Scrambles.
What we got it:
And of course we had to get more protein, so we got a side of bacon as well.
Cost: Scrambles – $9 each, side of bacon – $3
Quality: The scrambles were great, actually. The smoked trout was delicious and a very good Paleo perfect meal. Bacon had a good crunch to them. 3 Large pieces, not bad…eh…
Quantity: The plates look small, but it was actually not a bad amount! Plates were easily dividable into segments for easy sharing! However, just like any other breakfast place, the meat wasn’t exactly overflowing.
The frown with a sort of thumbs up…
Broder Cafe was packed after we got seated. They filled up right away when they opened and there was still a line outside. Our server was pretty rushed, curt and a bit flustered. However, I can understand, being a server once; problem customers, with excessive questions and complicated orders when you’re really busy. BUT, we were their customer and we are on a mission ourselves; to find a restaurant that will allow us to live our “clean” and healthy lifestyle. Not the best service, but in the end we got what we wanted. They gave us a great Paleo friendly, protein packed meal. Kudos for the roasted acorn squash! This is what may have tipped the MEAT-O-METER scale a bit towards the positive side. If you order anything else you may have difficulty subbing or eliminating as there is a lot of bread served. You’ve been warned!