I may love Brunch now, but it wasn't always this way. When I was a kid I would order chicken caesar salads or grilled cheese sandwiches, but as I have gotten older I have started to appreciate brunch.
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to try out a Portland restaurant The Slide Inn, and we made it out just this last weekend.
Once a month, my family and I try out a new brunch place in town. So far the options for gluten free have been pretty slim at most places we have tried, or on occasion just terrible.
This is not the case with Slide Inn. The owner/chef is Eugene Bingham, who spent a portion of his career in Germany, this is absolutely present in their menu.
The Slide Inn offers brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner. I took a look at all their menus and I have to admit I cannot wait to go back for dinner. Everything looks delish and most menu items either are or can be made gluten free. Eugen’s wife Lenor is gluten and dairy free so you can trust that they know what they are doing when it comes to cooking for those with dietary restrictions.
For Brunch we tried a few different options.
My husband got a sausage scramble and my sister got the eggs benedict, she loved every single bite, it was so filling she had to bring some home.
Both the scramble and the benedict came with a potato rosti – which I would describe as similar to mashed potatoes but fried on the flat top – I stole a bite and basically they are the best hash browns you will ever eat. Creamy and crispy. Yum.My parents split the salmon hash (the special) and the Pflaumenschmarrnm. My dad raved about it. Sadly I couldn’t try it but it sure looked good. The plums used are locally sourced from a neighbor of the Bingham’s.
I tried the Gluten Free Yam waffle with shaved clove – and I am telling you I don’t know if I have ever had a GF waffled that tasted this good.
It came with 4 of their house made syrups – chocolate, ginger, hibiscus and lavender. I even shared a few bites of my precious waffle, and it did not taste gluten free to the gluten eaters of the bunch.
Another total plus about this place – they take reservations – how many Portland brunch places do that?
For Grimm fans, you may have already seen The Slide Inn featured as Portland Java during Season 2.
|courtesy of The Slide Inn's Facebook page|
The Slide Inn is located at 2348 SE Ankeny St. Portland OR 97214