Tasty and Sons is Portland’s answer to the monotony of staid breakfast platters found at many restaurants. Make no mistake, there are eggs and sausages and biscuits to be had. It’s just that this North Williams Avenue eatery takes the classic notion of breakfast and puts an ever so slightly eccentric twist on it.
Inside, the high ceiling, open space kitchen and dining room may have once been some sort of garage or warehouse at one point in its life. But a fresh coat of paint, whimsical illustrations and rustic wood furnishings give Tasty and Sons a decidedly homey feel.
(Above: Fred Egg and Cheddar Biscuit with Fried Chicken. This isn’t your Average McBreakfast Sandwich.)
The brunch menu at Tasty and Sons leans more towards tapas like dishes, divided into smaller plates and bigger plates. I ordered the un-tapas like Fried Egg and Cheddar Biscuit stuffed with a generous portion of Fried Chicken. This is one magical sandwich: the biscuit golden and fluffy and the chicken breast tender on the inside, crispy on the outside.
(Top to bottom: 1. Bar for those that like to dine close to where the action is. 2. North African Sausage with Over Easy Egg, Couscous and Cauliflower.)
Case ordered the North African Sausage with egg over easy. The beautifully spiced, grilled sausage was served with a couscous and cauliflower hash and topped with a singular, perfectly over easy egg.
We finished our meal with a densely packed chocolate, potato doughnut hole served on a puddle of creme anglaise. Don’t let the size of this thing deceive you, if desserts were measured by chocolate per square inch, this would likely be off the scales.
(Top to bottom: 1. Chocolate Potato Doughnut Hole with Creme Anglaise. 2. Cup of Joe.)
Our meal came to under $27 including tips — a killer deal for the imagination and quality of food. Tasty and Sons’ modern, eclectic menu is firmly grounded in respect for classic techniques, so their dishes come off more tasty than trendy. The staff is friendly and the ambience is laid back. But be prepared to wait a bit to get in. Unsurprisingly, Tasty and Sons gets a tad busy.
Perfect for: down-home, yet off the wall brunch.