Wednesday, January 21, 2015
A Whimsically Delicious Breakfast at Trinket
Yesterday, I attended another fun foodie meetup with some local Portlandian food enthusiasts at a quaint little restaurant called Trinket. Being that it was a breakfast meetup, we congregated first thing in the morning, which I prefer, as it leaves the rest of the day free for work and plans.
Situated in the South East part of Portland, not far from the popular Division Street, Trinket occupies a small space right on Cesar Chavez Blvd. It's easy to miss if you're not looking for it, but luckily I spotted it right away and was also happy to see they had a small lot for parking.
Walking in, I was pleasantly greeted by a cozy atmosphere with rustic wooden furnishings, such as the pretty antler chandelier and the charming booths. There's a small bar in the back where the day's pastries are displayed ever so carefully and the whole space is filled with nostalgic, comforting touches that remind you being at your family's house.
There were so many amazing options to choose from, lots of them being non-traditional spins on classic brunch dishes such as duck eggs Benedict, a savory waffle, pistachio French toast and other fun items. After much deliberation, I went for the sweet stuff and got the French toast you see above:
Pistachio French Toast - Part of the small plates on the menu, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect in terms of portion, but I decided to take my chances. It's true that the above pictured serving was quite small, however, I must say that because it was so rich, a little went a long way. Consisting of soft, pillowy brioche bread with ribbons of cinnamon and flecks of raisins, it also hat bits of chunky pistachios, as promised. The latter ingredient was more subtle, which was OK with me. The top of the French Toast was dressed with freshly whipped cream, which was just dreamy as well as a dollop of smooth apple butter.
Service and Cost:
Given that we were a large group and that this is a small restaurant, I think the service went off without a hitch. Mostly all of our dishes came out at the same time, with the exception of one, which then appeared just a few short minutes later. Our server was pleasant and accommodating with any special requests, which was appreciated.
Costs are inexpensive to moderate, setting us back around $12-15 each including tip.
Trinket - 2035 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd, Portland OR 97214