Trying a new brunch spot can be a hit or miss in Portland. If you go too trendy and new, you risk waiting in painfully long lines only to discover that the service isn’t too far behind. That’s why I prefer oldies but goodies that are known for solid food options, great service and minimal waits. Enter, Pambiche - Northeast’s answer to classic Cuban food and an authentic vibe. If you close your eyes, you may just feel like you’re in Miami. Here’s what we tried and loved during our recent brunch experience:

Revoltillo de Chorizo - A very rich and flavorful dish, I’d get this again in a heart beat. Packed with a bacon sofrito with yuca root and Spanish chorizo it was smoky and flavorful but not at all spicy. I was amazed by how high the eggs were piled, and this could’ve easily been shared with another person.

Huevos a la Cubana - A traditional combo plate, this one included 2 eggs, cod croquettes and Cuban fixins such as rice and black beans. Simple yet once again delicious, hubby devoured his entire serving and shared some of the croquettes, which were also tasty.

Tostones - The piece-de-resistance of the meal, these fried green plantains were crunchy, salty and tasted even more yummy when dipped into house-made banana ketchup. The portion was generous and great for sharing. Layla devoured them!

Grown-up wins

  • Great menu - There’s lots to choose from including egg dishes with a Cuban twist, sandwiches, salads and lots of Cuban sides

  • No wait - While this neighborhood staple isn’t huge, there’s usually no wait for brunch, which is a plus

  • Friendly staff and quick service - We always felt well taken care of and didn’t have to wait for too long

Kid wins

  • Kiddo water cups - Mama and dada (and I) were happy that their cups had rubber tops so I couldn’t spill my water

  • Plantains - Yummy plantains were my favorite - I couldn’t stop eating them

  • Big table - There was plenty of room to spread out and play with my utensils

Pambiche - 2811 NE Glisan Street, Portland OR. 503.233.0511