Sweet Chick

Beautiful weather, weekend brunch, and Williamsburg go hand in hand. Judging from the line of people waiting outside the restaurant when we arrived at noon, I'd say I am not the only person who thinks so. Like most popular brunch spots, Sweet Chick doesn't take reservations for brunch.  We waited about 30 minutes for a shared table. 

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Of course we got the Chicken 'N Waffles.  I mean, the name of the dish is on the signage of the restaurant!  The chicken was very moist. The crispy skin has a hint of rosemary, which I really liked. The waffles were good, but could have been a bit crispier. The dish came with 3 different types of house-made butter: regular, rosemary, and strawberry; all very good. 

Drinks were served in mason jars. The Arnold Palmer, custom-made by Brooklyn Soda Work for the restaurant, was very tasty. Fresh-squeezed orange juice, which is a must for any good brunch, passed the test as well. 

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The meal is solid enough to warrant a return visit. (I've already got my eyes on a few other items on the menu…)

Sweet Chick
164 Bedford Avenue (@ North 8th Street)
http://sweetchicknyc.com

Screen Porch

Screen Porch is a MUST on any Portland trip.  The restaurant doesn't take reservations and the wait can easily be 1 1/2 to 2 hours, but no matter...GO anyway!  

After having the fried oyster appetizer, I knew the fried chicken would be great.  I think the secret is in the batter.  The crust was perfectly crispy and didn't taste greasy at all.

FRIED OYSTERS

FRIED OYSTERS

We ordered some veggies for good measure. 

CORN BREAD & VEGGIES

CORN BREAD & VEGGIES

The Fried Chicken might just be the best fried chicken that I have ever had!  The photo really doesn't do it justice. It would have loved to go back for brunch, just so I can order the chicken 'n waffle. 

CRISPY FRIED BUTTERMILK-BATTERED CHICKEN

CRISPY FRIED BUTTERMILK-BATTERED CHICKEN

CAROLINA PULL-PORK SANDWICH

CAROLINA PULL-PORK SANDWICH

SMOKED CHICKEN & ANDOUILLE JAMBALAYA

SMOKED CHICKEN & ANDOUILLE JAMBALAYA

Verdict:  AAA.  We all agreed that this was our best meal on this trip!

Sceen Porch
2337 East Burnside Street
http://www.screendoorrestaurant.com

Pine State Biscuits

We stopped by Pine State as the store was about to close for the night.  This was not a stop for midnight snack.  This was actually our dinner.  Why such a late dinner, you ask? Because we had been eating/drinking non-stop all day that we needed time to digest all the food in our stomach.  Even on a full-stomach, this fried chicken biscuit with gravy was yummy!  The photo really doesn't do it justice.  I blame the poor lighting in the restaurant and my jet lag (it was almost 2am New York time). 

As a side note, most restaurants in Portland close at 10pm, so it may be wise to plan meal times accordingly. 

REGGIE DELUXE - Fried chicken, bacon, cheese, egg, topped with gravy

REGGIE DELUXE - Fried chicken, bacon, cheese, egg, topped with gravy

We were back on Alberta Street on Sunday and this was the queue for Pine State. 

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Pine State Biscuits (multiple locations)
2204 NE Alberta
http://www.pinestatebiscuits.com