If your idea of brunch is Eggs Benedict and a bloody Mary on a lazy Sunday morning, well, Greater Portland’s got plenty of that – and a whole lot more. From shrimp and grits to soup dumplings, breakfast nachos and bratwurst, the variety of food you can find on these brunch menus knows no bounds. While some spots reserve the meal for midday Sunday, others serve it all day – or week – long. So whenever the brunch hankering hits, head here to see what options are on the table. We’ve got it all hashed out.

WHERE: 61 Pleasant St., Portland. (207) 761-0135
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: Just off the beaten path, Artemesia is an inviting cafe with its own twist on brunch dishes, including a pesto breakfast sandwich, a California omelet with avocado, kielbasa hash and a poached egg dish called Sardou made with spinach and artichoke hearts.
Photo: John Patriquin/Staff Photographer

WHERE: 543 Deering Ave., Portland. (207) 774-4935
WHEN: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: Just off the peninsula, this Cajun food haven serves gumbo, red beans and rice and a host of omelets, including The Mudbug Madness (crawfish, cheddar and homemade salsa).

WHERE: 98 Portland St., Portland. (207) 774-0005
WHEN: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily
ABOUT: The cafe formerly known as Bintliff’s is where locals go for omelets and benedicts, but also for dark chocolate waffles and lemon blueberry french toast.

WHERE: 204 Route 1, Falmouth. (207) 781-7817
WHEN: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: There’s no shortage of bagels to be had at Bernie’s Foreside and the rest of the breakfast menu is quite robust with offerings like the Big Bopper (two eggs, two slices of bacon, two sausage links, homefries and one pancake or french toast) and the Norwegian Bennie made with lox.

WHERE: 25 Alfred St., Biddeford. (207) 710-2333
WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: Forget what you think you know about biscuits because the ones from Biscuits & Company could almost be their own food group – and are the foundation for phenomenal breakfast sandwiches. Benedicts and omelets round out the savory side of the menu, while cinnamon swirl biscuits and french toast will satisfy a sweet tooth.
Photo: Egg, cheese and bacon on a biscuit from Biscuits & Company in Biddeford.

WHERE: 89 Congress St., Portland. (207) 773-1116
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: This neighborhood bistro serves duck egg hash, steak and eggs and ricotta beignets among other things. For a more basic breakfast, check out its sister location on the other end of the peninsula.

WHERE: 9 Cumberland St., Westbrook. (207) 591-0611
WHEN: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday
ABOUT: This Westbrook spot is great for classic American breakfast items like steak and eggs, homemade corned beef hash and Belgian waffles. You can also nosh on a fruit, yogurt, granola and whipped cream parfait and sip on a bloody Mary – or two.

WHERE: 11 Brown St., Portland. (207) 835-0786
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: While the burgers and adult milkshakes are certainly delicious, BRGR Bar’s brunch menu offers tempting dishes including apple cider pancakes, breakfast nachos and a breakfast sandwich with tater tots inside it.
Photo: Courtesy of BRGR Bar

WHERE: 375 Fore St., Portland. (207) 773-7210
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: Perhaps you’ve enjoyed your fair share of shenanigans at Bull Feeney’s, but did you know the Irish pub also serves brunch on the weekends? The menu includes four types of benedicts, omelets, wild Maine blueberry pancakes, bagels and other greatest hits of breakfast, as well as burgers and sandwiches if you get up on the lunch side of the bed.

WHERE: 414 Fore St., Portland. (207) 805-1085
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and Monday
ABOUT: Go for the signature bread and butter (fancier than it sounds), the baja fish sandwich or the breakfast cheeseburger with egg, bacon and fried onion. The ever-changing menu also includes sweets, like a key lime tart.
Photo: Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

WHERE: 58 Pine St., Portland. (207) 772-1110
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: Start off with a Pimentón bloody mary and from there dive into an order of Monkey Bread, some Huevos Revueltos or the Spanish breakfast (two fried eggs, tetilla cheese, Serrano ham, morcilla and membrillo toast).

WHERE: 363 Fore St., Portland. (207) 747-4795
WHEN:  8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: If you’re sick of the brunch staples, this could be the answer. “Brunch sets” feature dumplings, soups and pork buns, though you’re more traditional dining companions can come along, as eggs and bacon are also on the menu. Custard buns and pathongko, a Thai fried dough served with custard cream, could make for a sweet main dish or dessert to share.

WHERE: 110 Exchange St., Portland. (207) 879-4747
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: Harding Lee Smith’s Italian restaurant offers an “abbondanza” of options at brunch, from fried-to-order doughnuts and ricotta pancakes to pizza, pasta and paninis.

WHERE: 28 Preble St., Portland. (207) 761-2900
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: Dutch’s serves breakfast every day, but on the weekends, it runs into lunchtime, when it becomes brunch. Breakfast sandwich selections range from the cripsy chicken biscuit to the ham and cheese deluxe. You’ll also find blueberry pancakes and avocado toast. On the pastry front, Dutch’s has brioche cinnamon buns, croissants, muffins and seasonal danishes.

WHERE: 47 Middle St., Portland. (207) 879-7669
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: The brunch menu at this classic bistro with a modern twist includes duck confit hash, chicken wings, a bevy of house cocktails and a daily doughnut.

WHERE: 90 Exchange St., Portland. (207) 835-0283
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: Get New Orleans-style options mixed with classic breakfast food, including a burger with a fried egg, shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, and a selection of cocktails. There are also brunch specials, such as crab banh mi with egg.

WHERE: 73 Congress St., Portland. (207) 773-3366
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily
ABOUT: One of Portland’s most popular brunches is a daily event. The menu ranges from baked beans and brown bread with eggs to salads, sandwiches and salmon pastrami.

WHERE: 189 Main St., Yarmouth. (207) 847-3250
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: Crab cake benedict, Brussels hash and buttermilk pancakes with Maine maple syrup are just a few of our favorite things available on the Gather brunch menu. Let it be known that there’s also an appetizer section with Midway Fried Dough and Tahini Deviled Eggs.

WHERE: 527 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth. (207) 799-4663
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: The Good Table has been a reliable spot for brunching decadence for many years, from Tony’s corned beef hash and Jose’s veggie burrito to blueberry crepes and cinnamon buns.
Photo: Blueberry French Toast at The Good Table in Cape Elizabeth. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer

WHERE: 104 Exchange St., Portland. (207) 536-1623
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: The High Roller Lobster Co. offers some tempting food and drink options on its Sunday Stimulus menu, including the magical-sounding Lobster Fluffy (butter poached lobster, fluffy scrambled eggs and herb cream cheese on a sesame potato bun) and a not-so-basic bloody Mary.
Photo: Courtesy High Roller Lobster Company.

WHERE: 78 Middle St., Portland. (207) 774-8538
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: Honey Paw has its own take on brunch with curry puffs and soup dumplings on the menu. On the slightly more classic side but still unique is a breakfast sandwich with bacon, eggs, american cheese and pickled fresnos. The brunch menu changes weekly, so you never quite know what you’re going to be able to get.

WHERE: 703 Congress St., Portland. (207) 871-5005
WHEN: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. t0 2 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: The Southern-style joint has grits on the menu, and the house specialty is corned beef hash. There’s also a fried green tomato benedict and a fried chicken sandwich with sausage gravy.

WHERE: 79 Portland St., Portland. (207) 808-8533
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: Brunch options include eggs benedict, salt cod fritters, lobster tacos and french toast. Bloody Marys are concocted with house-made mix and pickled fennel.

WHERE: 249 Congress St., Portland, (207) 775-2695; 231 York St., Portland, (207) 536-0997
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Congress Street) and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (York Street)
ABOUT: With two locations on opposite ends of the Portland peninsula, LB Kitchen focuses on local and organic ingredients. Dig into a stack of golden milk pancakes with grass-fed butter and real maple syrup or try the Yogurt Mess, made with local organic whole milk yogurt, seasonal fruit, house-made granola, bee pollen and almonds. The menu also includes a breakfast salad and Harissa Hash.
Photo: LB Kitchen.

WHERE: 211 Danforth St., Portland. (207) 747-5045
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: Highlights from Little Giant’s brunch menu include cinnamon buns, beignets, blueberry toast, lobster and grits and a Spanish tortilla. On the beverage front, be sure to try a classic bloody Mary or the Vacationland, which consists of Fernet and Moxie topped with cardamom-infused Allen’s Coffee Brandy.
Photo: Courtesy of Little Giant.

WHERE: 106 High St., Portland. (207) 518-9283
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: The menu includes shrimp and grits, Brussels sprout hash, lobster benedict, and a starter called honey truffled whipped ricotta. The tap lineup changes often and is always packed with local options.

WHERE: 685 Congress St., Portland. (207) 761-7909
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: A lighthearted vibe and top-notch cocktails keep this West End staple bustling. At brunch, options include breakfast paella, mushroom and herb scramble and huevos rancheros.

WHERE: 65 Gray Road, Falmouth. (207) 899-4988
WHEN: 7 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: If you’re at the point of no return with your hunger, Dunmore Castle might do the trick. It’s two eggs, two slices of bacon, two sausages, toast and your choice of a pancake or french toast. Madden’s also offers a traditional Irish breakfast and two types of benedicts.

WHERE: 140 Marginal Way, Portland. (207) 210-6673
WHEN: 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: An everyday breakfast and lunch spot, complete with diner car, this Portland institution kicks things up a notch on the weekends with food and drink specials, from milkshakes to mimosas, plus egg-centric dishes and bonus pancake flavors.

WHERE: 1 City Center, Portland. (207) 772-1400
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: Not a traditional brunch, MJ’s Sunday Funday means $4 waffles and $3 bubbles, with or without OJ. Not a bad way to start the day.

WHERE: 1335 Route 1, Yarmouth. (207) 846-3082
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: For one thing, the view ain’t too shabby; for another, the first item on this brunch menu is a snack called Donut Holes 5. These are warm soft cake spheres brushed with cinnamon and sugar, served with hot fudge and raspberry coulis. There are also four types of benedicts, including a fried clam one, plus waffles, pancakes, any-style eggs and omelets. The cocktail menu includes the Muddy Mary: house bloody mary mix, Absolut Peppar vodka and half of a chilled lobster tail.

WHERE: 17 Pepperell Square, Saco. (207) 282-2241
WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily
ABOUT: Things are mighty succulent and savory in Saco, especially at The New Moon Restaurant where the brunch menu is available daily. Fill your belly with just about every omelet combination imaginable, crepes, blintzes or cinnamon bun pancakes, made with a brown cinnamon sugar swirl and topped with homemade frosting. There’s also a wide selection of burgers, sandwiches, salads and soups.
Photo: French toast special courtesy of New Moon Restaurant.

WHERE: 264  Route 1, Building A, Scarborough. (207) 217-2222
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: The brunch game is strong at O’Reilly’s Cure in Scarborough. Standout items include steak and eggs (soy marinated tips, fried eggs, baked beans, homefries and soda bread) and Crabby Bennies (house made crab cakes topped with poached eggs, english muffins, hollandaise and homefries). There’s also a full bar, so your bloody Mary needs will most certainly be met.

WHERE: 500 Washington Ave., Portland. (207) 772-0002
WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Monday
ABOUT: Tamp down your hunger pangs with the Hercules Breakfast. It’s a righteous feast of two eggs, two pancakes, choice of meat, toast and hash browns. Other Side Diner, which serves breakfast and lunch all day, with a flair for Greek and Mediterrean cuisine, also offers orzo salad and a roast lamb pocket.

WHERE: 46 Market St., Portland. (207) 553-7044
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: The Petite Jacqueline brunch menu features several types of crepes, including ones filled with duck confit and Nutella. If you’re someone who likes their coffee a little thicker with some liqueur, you can order your brew with a shot with Monk’s benedictine, Friar’s Frangelico and Kahlua, among other potent potables.

WHERE: Custom House Wharf, Portland. (207) 773-4653
WHEN: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily
ABOUT: The menu at this waterfront mainstay is centered on ramped-up diner classics such as lobster benedicts, steak and eggs and buttermilk pancakes with several topping options. On the weekends, there’s a breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to noon, and should you need to wet your whistle with something with a little extra zip, there’s Beth’s Medicine – coffee with Grand Marnier and Bailey’s.
Photo: Tim Greenway

WHERE: 118 Washington Ave., Portland. (800) 539-4301
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday
ABOUT: This combination pottery shop and cafe offers brunch all day every day, so if you need a burger at 8 a.m. or some afternoon oatmeal, you’re covered. The bakery is always bursting with freshly-made muffins, and a few highlights from the breakfast menu include a daily frittata, tofu scramble and something called The Mighty New Englander (house made corned beef hash, scrambled eggs and white cheddar as a grilled, pressed wrap or a plate with toast and jam).

WHERE: 72 Commercial St., Portland. (207) 761-4446
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: With multiple bars and dining areas, Ri Ra has plenty of space to accommodate big parties at brunch. A shining star of the brunch menu is the savory oatmeal bowl made with lobster broth, sausage, fried potatoes, sauteed mushrooms, watercress and scallion salad, marinated tomatoes and egg. You can also get a proper Irish breakfast with two eggs, bangers and rashers, black and white pudding, tomato, mushrooms and toast.

WHERE: 106 Lafayette St., Lower Falls Landing, Yarmouth. (207) 846-1226
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily
ABOUT: The brunch menu at Royal River Grill House is a dazzling affair of entrees like Mediterranean Benedict (toasted Tuscan bread, artichoke hearts, capers, local tomatoes, country olives, baby spinach, two poached eggs and pesto hollandaise) and the Southwest Brunch Bowl (homefries, scrambled eggs, Monterey Jack cheese, pulled pork, pineapple salsa, sliced avocado and cilantro lime crema). The raw bar is also open during brunch with all sorts of local oysters along with shrimp cocktail, local clams on the halfshell and a whole, chilled lobster.

WHERE: 212 Danforth St., Portland. (207) 774-7604
WHEN: 7 a.m. to 1 a.m Monday though Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: A popular spot for employees at the nearby hospitals getting off at odd hours, Ruski’s serves its entire menu all day. So, if you’re late to get your Sunday started, you can still get an omelet here at 8 p.m. – or meatloaf on Monday morning.

WHERE: 1160 Forest Ave., Portland. (207) 797-6924
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
ABOUT: Irish nacho breakfast platter, anyone? How about an order of steak tips with eggs, homefries and toast? Or maybe you’re more of a traditionalist who likes french toast, egg sandwiches and other breakfast standards. All of this and a whole bunch of wings can be yours at Samuel’s Bar and Grill. Oh, and you had better believe they’ve got a full bar.

WHERE: 349 Cumberland Ave., Portland. (207) 773-1997
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: Portland’s only German restaurant serves a rib-sticking brunch that includes potato pancakes with house-cured salmon, Belgian waffles with blueberry-maple syrup, bratwurst with sauerkraut, and the “Sunday roast” with potato dumplings and gravy.

WHERE: Inn by the Sea, 40A Bowery Beach Road, Cape Elizabeth. (207) 799-3134
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: You don’t need to be a guest at the luxe Inn by the Sea to enjoy the fine dining experience of brunch at Sea Glass. Menu items include apple cranberry parfait, apple-stuffed french toast, citrus cured salmon and local lobster toast. If you’re feeling more lunchy than brunchy, you’ll also find things like kale and linguica soup, polenta fries, the signature Sea Glass burger and a classic lobster roll. Be sure to take a stroll outside after your feast, as it really is a lovely spot.

WHERE: 906 Brighton Ave, Portland.
(207) 536-0611.
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily
ABOUT: There’s regular decadent and then there’s Fruity Pebble-crusted, strawberry cream cheese-stuffed french toast decadent. The Sinful Kitchen is all about the over-the-top side of brunch and is so committed, the brunch menu is available every day. Other tempting dishes are the meat waffle pizza, a Monte Cristo and a BBQ pulled pork omelet. There’s also a section of the menu called Friends with Benedicts. And punny to boot.
Photo: Fruity Pebble crusted & strawberry cream cheese stuffed french toast.

WHERE: 18 Ocean St., South Portland.  (207) 799-0811
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: The Snow Squall Restaurant is a comfortable spot just over the Casco Bay Bridge with an equally comfortable menu of brunch offerings. The eggs benedict comes in the traditional form as well as spinach and tomato, salmon and crab cake versions. There’s also house-made sausage, which you can have with eggs, toast and homefries in a breakfast sandwich or wrap. If you’re particularly hungry, you might want to try the Boatyard Special, which is one pancake, two eggs, choice of meat, homefries and toast.

WHERE: 52 Washington Ave., Portland. (207) 808-8502
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: Terlingua brings a mashup menu of barbecue classics and Latin American dishes to Portland’s hottest strip for food and drink. On the brunch menu: pulled pork benedict with a green chili biscuit, Winter Hill Farm yogurt parfait and smoked brisket sweet potato hash, among other selections.

WHERE: 241 Commercial St., Portland. (207) 772-3310
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and  Sunday
ABOUT: One of the Old Port’s northern stars has been at it since 1980, and after a brief closing between owners, it’s back in action, complete with a weekend brunch menu. Toad in The Hole (fried eggs in rustic Italian bread topped with pork or Beyond sausage and hollandaise with homefries), avocado toast and corned beef hash are a few menu items. Brunch cocktails include the Morning Mule (Tito’s vodka, orange juice, lime juice and ginger beer) and a breakfast margarita (Hornitos Silver Tequila, orange marmalade, Cointreau, lime juice and orange juice). Might be a good idea to get there on foot.

WHERE: 182 Ocean Ave., Portland. (207) 358-7970
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: From the owners of Central Provisions, this Back Cove Italian eatery has a brunch menu that offers dishes like a scrambled egg crostini (mushroom duxelle, ricotta, fresh truffle and chive), hashbrown (cured salmon, herb cream, fennel, arugula and radish) and creamy polenta (sauteed greens, garlic, egg yolk and parmesan). Plus, there are several brunch pizzas.

WHERE: 327 Commercial St., Portland. (207) 808-8840
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: Tiqa puts a Mediterranean twist on classic brunch dishes, including an egg sandwich on pita and a burger with hummus and feta cheese. You can also get baba ghanoush and marinated olives. Wash it all down with a berry bellini.

WHERE: 18 Hampshire St., Portland. (207) 536-1285
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: You get double everything plus sriracha-maple mayo on The Dominator, a breakfast sandwich to end all breakfast sandwiches. There’s also a burger, a burrito and a sausage sandwich, all of which come with eggs. Plus, there are wings of various flavors, and a half-dozen brunch cocktails, like the Cliff Island Iced Tea, made with Ice Pik vodka, Allen’s, Kahlua, Bailey’s, Frangelico and milk.
Chilaquiles Photo courtesy of Tomaso’s Canteen

WHERE: 20 Milk St., Portland. (207) 774-4200
WHEN: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: Most hotels serve breakfast, but they don’t all turn it up for Sunday brunch like the Regency’s Twenty Milk Street does. Among the starters are a pastry basket and smoked salmon plate. Entrees include Maine blueberry molted pancakes with sausage or sugar-cured bacon, a lobster benedict, an Italian frittata with artichoke hearts and Prosciutto and a European breakfast plate with a variety of meats and cheeses.

WHERE: 390 Congress St., Portland. (207) 808-8700
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: This brunch is a tapestry of culinary creations including a venison and white chili appetizer and main dishes like fried chicken and french toast and local lamb bolognese. If you’re looking for something more traditional, get there earlier for breakfast and you can order several morning-maker items like omelets and croissants from 7-11 a.m.

WHERE: 660 Forest Ave., Portland. (207) 200-8503
WHEN: 10 am to 2:30 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: Smack-dab in the middle of Woodfords Corner is where you’ll find this retro-looking establishment. The Sunday brunch menu pops with dishes like Eggs in Purgatory (two poached eggs with spicy tomato tomato sauce, white corn, polenta, Parmesan and toast), biscuits and sausage gravy and dulce de leche bread pudding french toast.

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