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.
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.