Thursday, December 20, 2018


(NOTE: No blog post on Monday, 12/24 or Monday, 12/31. Happy holidays to all!)

Derby is located on N Denver Ave (Kenton neighborhood) in Portland, Oregon.

Since winter is upon us now, I felt it was more logical to search for indoor food spots, namely breakfast and brunch, which is my favorite meal of the day. Derby's busiest time is usually weekend brunch, after 10. Still, when I arrived around 9:45 on a Sunday, the place was already jammed with patrons. A few empty tables remained.

I started with bottomless coffee ($2.75). Coffee beans are from Portland-based Nossa Familia.

A good brunch menu awaits at Derby. Menu options include omelets, scrambles, and Benedicts. Migas ($12) is also a seemingly popular brunch item not found just at any brunch spot.

I ordered the Derby Hash ($12): sweet roasted peppers, mushrooms, jalapeno, garlic, onion, with potatoes, topped with two eggs cooked your way. You'll also get a side of ketchup. It's a no-meat dish that still brings flavor, thanks to the garlic and roasted peppers.

Excellent potatoes here, cooked crispy well done on the outside, soft on the inside. Very mild, pleasing heat from the thinly sliced jalapenos. Eggs cooked over easy, to my liking.

For me, the dish may have been on the greasier side, but otherwise all good. I may also need to order a side of bacon next time to satisfy any meat cravings.

Great service here. I planned to sit at the bar, but seeing it was crowded, decided to get a table. The staff got me quickly seated and made sure I had enough coffee the entire time.

As for parking, Derby is near a residential area, so there should be plenty of free street parking. Head to Derby for a great brunch! 8/10

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