When I found this restaurant on Living Social, I was quick to purchase the voucher. I think I was most enchanted by the name. I consider myself to be somewhat eccentric or odd (my family just calls me “weird”), and I like it when some place embraces their uniqueness. So, I was very intrigued by the name, not to mention by the fact that Eclectic Kitchen boasts a “Local – Seasonal – Comfort Food” type of menu.
The #2 Scramble
Location: 4936 NE Fremont Street, Portland, Oregon
Order: I ordered the #2 Scramble (Bacon, Red Pepper, Caramelized Onion, Sun Dried Tomato & Gorgonzola – $8.50) while my husband ordered the “Big Breakfast ($9.50)
What I Think:
The atmosphere at Eclectic Kitchen is a very homey one, in fact, it appears that it plays “home away from home” to a child or children on a regular basis with a corner set up with toys and the artwork on the walls appearing to be created by a young artist. The walls are painted a bright, cheerful yellow, and maybe it was just me and my interpretation and consideration of the name of the establishment, but it felt very eclectic.
The water and coffee self-service station
I was kind of surprised by their self-service water and coffee station. I don’t think I’ve been in a restaurant that has no real drink service … one either served themselves water or coffee, or grabbed a cold soda from the refrigerator located next to the cash register. The only drinks that appeared to be “served” were fancy, latte style coffees or teas.
I didn’t let this lack of drink service dampen my excitement for this restaurant though, I didn’t mind getting my own water, as that is what we wanted to drink anyway. I still looked forward to some local comfort food.
Unfortunately, much of the meal was somewhat disappointing.
My husband’s poached eggs were woefully overcooked (he likes a runny yoke, and this one looked almost fully congealed), the potatoes that were on both our plates were about barely warm, and my husband mentioned that his second piece of french toast had an almost meat-like taste to it that he found unpleasant.
In fact, the only bit of food that had any redeeming quality at all as far as my husband was concerned was the biscuits which were really good.
The Big Breakfast
My experience at the Eclectic Kitchen was a little better than my husband’s. I, too, really enjoyed the biscuits, and especially tasty was the biscuits and gravy which came with my husband’s big breakfast platter. I would have been happier, I think, had I ordered just a platter of biscuits and gravy. The biscuits are tender, flaky and buttery. Like something gramma would have made. And the gravy was rich and thick and had a certain spiciness to it. These biscuits were indeed something I’d call “comfort food.”
My scramble was alright, but it wasn’t anything I’d rush back to the establishment to eat again. The eggs were cooked well enough, and I enjoyed the filling. But, it wasn’t exceptional or really very memorable in any way. It was just “OK” – not great, but not bad either. I did enjoy the bacon, which my husband offered me off his plate because it was a little overcooked for his taste (I like my bacon crispy and he likes it a bit on the chewy side).
The potatoes were not really all that enjoyable, although they did have promise. They had a nice amount of spice to them, but I think they would have been better if they were served at a warmer temperature and maybe if they had some crispy edges to them. They were very tender, and cooked through, but, they tasted as though they were prepared earlier in the morning, and put on a steam table or something to keep warm, and the steam table wasn’t turned to the right temperature … resulting in lukewarm potatoes.
My Final Thoughts:
Unfortunately, with the biscuits being the only thing worth talking about, this is a place I won’t return to again.