Overlook has been owned by the same family for 40+ years, and it shows in the best of ways. This lived-in diner sports a menu of American and Greek classics, a TV above the bar, and, oh yeah, a bar. Lunch and dinner specials like pork souvlaki and eggplant casserole are served in heaping portions with a friendly smile.
Tin Shed is about as unpretentious as its name suggests—just ask its four-legged clientele. Dogs are welcomed at all times at this community-oriented spot, and they can even order from their own menu. Humans, meanwhile, will appreciate the outdoor garden, indoor fireplace, cage-free, free-range egg dishes, and made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits.
Everyone likes breakfast for dinner, so why not dinner for breakfast? Tasty n Sons’ renowned Burmese red pork stew is marinated for 24 hours before the crispy morsels of pork shoulder and belly are charred, braised, and topped with two eggs and housemade Calabrian chili sauce.
Bushel & Peck Bakeshop bakes comforting treats that still appeal to adventurous foodies. In doing so, its pastries feature unexpected flavors while still preserving a core of nostalgic tradition. Staff bakers, led by a 12-year veteran of the Portland food scene, spend every week playing with new combinations such as peanut-butter curry cookies, blueberry muffins with lavender sugar, and apricot-chamomile scones. Outside the kitchen in the café area, long wooden tables and sea-foam-colored chairs host guests who pair their treats with Trailhead coffee and double shots of espresso in lattes or mochas.
Take a hard-boiled egg, wrap it in bratwurst, bread it, fry it, and you have Helser’s scotch egg, one of the more intriguing dishes on the savory side of the menu. On the sweet side: dutch baby pancakes or pears and cheese baked into an egg custard pie and served with crème fraîche.
Those in the know know to get to Petite Provence early if they want a chance to snag French pastries such as almond croissants or bleu-cheese apple brioche, which often sell out by noon. Luckily, lunchtime specialties such as monte cristo sandwiches and signature french-onion soup are available from 11 a.m. on.