Tasty n Alder (Portland, OR)

Tasty n Alder
580 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
Dining date: 3/11/17

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Brunch is supposedly a big deal in Portland on the weekends. Meeting up with an old friend, he suggested having brunch at this place, one of the most popular spots in town. Tasty n Alder is part of John and Renee Gorham’s restaurant group that owns and operates a number of concepts in town (Toro Bravo, Tasty n Sons). Even though we thought we got to the restaurant relatively early (9:30), our party of four still waited 90 minutes for a table (Heart Coffee Roasters across the street was a great place to kill some time).

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Radicchio bacon lardons. manchego. six minute egg

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Tasso Hash onion sour cream. over easy egg

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Auntie Paula’s French Toast pear maple. whipped cream

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Fries fried in washimi wagyu tallow

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Duck…Duck….Steak! Allen Brothers Angus

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Brunch was good here, although I definitely wouldn’t wait 90 minutes for this again. My favorite dish was probably the ‘Duck, Duck, Steak.’ All of the individual components were executed just right – juicy steak, crispy duck fat potatoes, and an oozing duck egg. Hard to wrong with that combination. The tasso hash was also another bright spot, with the tasso providing a flavorful base for the rest of the hash. The fries were the only real disappointment. Their slightly limp texture, reminiscent of In-N-Out, just didn’t do it for me. The wagyu beef fat provided some great flavor, but couldn’t make up for the texture.


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