Breakfast in Bend: 5 Favorites

Eggs Benedict at the Victorian Cafe

Sundays always make me want to leave the house and sit down to a good breakfast.  In Bend, these are some of my favorite morning meals:

Eggs Benedict are synonymous with the Victorian Cafe in Central Oregon.  There are 10 versions on the everyday menu, plus a couple of more on the daily specials list.  When it’s available, I like the eggs Benedict del Pozzo ($13.95), with linguica sausage, eggplant,  red bell peppers and mushrooms, topped with the requisite poached eggs on a grilled English muffin, smothered in a homemade Hollandaise sauce with basil and smoked tomatoes.  The order comes with home-style potatoes or chunky applesauce.  1404 N.W. Galveston Ave., Bend; 541-382-6411; no website.

David Touvell

Chow chef David Touvell also makes some wonderful egg dishes, but I’m partial to the pumpkin-and-fresh-ginger pancakes ($6.25 and $7.50), made with whole-wheat flour.  They’re served with fresh blueberries and house-made jam; I like crispy fried tomatoes with creamy polenta on the side.  1110 N.W. Newport Ave., Bend; 541- 728-0256, http://www.chowbend.com

The buttery croissant French toast ($9.50) at McKay Cottage is stuffed with silky Italian mascarpone cheese, grilled until the cheese begins to melt out, and served with a sweet strawberry compote.  If you need something more, get a side order of house potatoes, chopped with sauteed bacon, tomatoes and green onions.  62910 O.B. Riley Road, Bend; 541-383-2697, www.themckaycottage.com

Rockin’ Daves Bagel Bistro smokes all of its own meats.  Big chunks of house-made pastrami and corned beef, tossed with grilled onions parsley and peppery, coarsely chopped potatoes, make its breakfast hash ($7) stellar.  It is topped with two eggs, cooked as you like, and served with rye toast or fruit.  661 N.E. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 541-318-8177, www.rockindaves.com

A phenomenal sandwich dubbed the bacon breakfast sandoh ($7.25) is unique to the Sparrow Bakery.  It is served on a freshly baked croissant dressed with a light garlic aioli.  Two poached eggs are laid atop slices of thick, crispy bacon, smoked in-house, with avocado slices and arugula.  Everything is made from scratch at this intimate, French-style bakery in the old Bend Iron Works vault building.  50 S.E. Scott St., Bend; 541-330-6321, www.thesparrowbakery.com

Other excellent breakfast spots in Bend include, in alphabetical order: Alpenglow Cafe, Bourbon Street Sea & Soul Food, Cafe Sintra, Cheerleaders Grill, the Original Pancake House, 10 Below (Oxford Hotel) and the Westside Cafe.

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7 responses to “Breakfast in Bend: 5 Favorites

  1. Please don’t forget Nancy P’s.

    • John Gottberg Anderson

      Matt, I love Nancy P’s almond croissants and other pastries. But it doesn’t stick in my memory that they serve full breakfasts!

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  3. megan

    Have you tried Cafe 3456 @ the Bend Airport?

    • John Gottberg Anderson

      Dave Hatfield does a great job at 3456, especially with wild game. I think he’s even better for lunches than he is for breakfasts.

  4. Eddie Kosmic

    Better try Palmer’s Cafe next to Rockin’ Dave’s! Don’t let the outside scare you off. Palmer’s is not a greasy spoon, but is the equivalent of Victorian Cafe in fresh and excellent quality. After two visits, it has become my favorite breakfast joint in Bend!

  5. You can’t forget Ocean Rolls from the Sparrow Bakery. They have a new location.

    The Sparrow Bakery Northwest
    2748 NW Crossing Dr #110
    Bend, OR 97701
    541-647-2323

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