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.

ARTEMESIA CAFE

WHERE: 61 Pleasant St., Portland. (207) 761-0135
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: Just outside the Old Port’s hustle and bustle, Artemesia is an inviting cafe with its own twist on brunch dishes, including kielbasa hash, a California omelet with avocado, kielbasa hash and huevos rancheros.
Photo: John Patriquin/Staff Photographer
BATSON RIVER BREWING & DISTILLING
WHERE: 18 Hanover St., Portland. (207) 800-4680
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: Late risers can rejoice because brunch at Batson River Brewing & Distilling doesn’t start until 11:30 a.m. As you can imagine, the cocktail situation is fabulous and includes something called Pining For You (Ripirian gin, creme de violetts, lemon, honey, root wild lavender kombucha and orange bitters). But they’ve also got an impressive brunch menu with duck fat cornbread, beignets, eggs Benedict and banana bread French toast. If you’re more in the mood for lunch, try the Batson burger or fried chicken sandwich.
THE BAYOU KITCHEN
WHERE: 543 Deering Ave., Portland. (207) 774-4935
WHEN: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9 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) and The Smokin’ Caterpillar (homemade hash, grilled onions and Swiss cheese served with cornbread, biscuits or toast and grits, home fries or beans and rice).
BAYSIDE AMERICAN CAFE
WHERE: 98 Portland St., Portland. (207) 774-0005
WHEN: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday to Monday
ABOUT: This is the place to go for classy breakfast fare including the smoked salmon plate, crabcake benedict and scampi scramble. They’ll also satisfy your sweet tooth with cinnamon bun pancakes (made with a swirl of cinnamon and cream cheese frosting)
Photo: A Bloody Mary during brunch at the Portland restaurant.
Carl D. Walsh/ Staff Photographer
BERNIE’S FORESIDE
WHERE: 204 Route 1, Falmouth. (207) 781-7817
WHEN: 7 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: Bernie’s serves breakfast everyday, but switches over to lunch at 11 a.m. on weekdays. On weekends, however, it’s breakfast only until it closes at noon. Attached to a Mister Bagel means an abundance of options to hold together your breakfast sandwich, and the rest of the menu is quite robust with offerings like the Big Bopper (two eggs, two slices of bacon, two sausage links, home fries and one pancake or French toast) and the Norwegian Bennie made with lox.
BIRD & CO.
WHERE: 539 Deering Ave., Portland. (207) 747-4056
WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: While Bird & Co. is known for its expansive taco and cocktail menu, it also offers a tempting brunch menu which, unsurprisingly, includes breakfast tacos in five varieties including chorizo and shredded beef. You can also sink your teeth into churro French toast, huevos rancheros, avocado toast and Tijuana chilaquiles made with tortilla chips, shredded beef, salsa roja, eggs, cheese, sour cream and avocado. What’s more, Bird & Co., offers a standard menu and plant-based one for vegans.
Photo: Avocado Toast, made with white bread, smashed avocado, mango salsa, spicy mayo and sunny side eggs. Jill Brady/Staff Photographer
BOONE’S FISH HOUSE & OYSTER ROOM.
WHERE: 86 Commercial St., Portland. (207) 774-5725
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: You’ll be right by the ocean as you have brunch that includes four types of benedicts served over house-made popovers. Try The Fresh Maine Lobster (two poached eggs, handpicked lobster meat and hollandaise) or The Crab Cake (two poached eggs, house made crab cake and hollandaise). Boone’s also offers the usual suspects like French toast and hash and eggs. On the lunch front, try the lobster mac & cheese and the classic lobster roll. You can even get a lobster bloody mary, served with a  lobster claw.
BREA LU
WHERE: 9 Cumberland St., Westbrook. (207) 591-0611
WHEN: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday through 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 and yogurt parfait and sip on a bloody Mary – or two.
CAFE LOUIS
WHERE: 173 Ocean St., South Portland.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Monday
ABOUT: Cafe Louis is all about Costa Rican and Caribbean food, and it shows up in the brunch offerings. Try the cebiche tostado plate (crab, diced chiles, leche de tigre, red onion, cilantro, green banana) or gallatas (fried avocado, cabbage, crema, fermented peach salsa, radish, tortilla, galla pinto). You can also dig into a chickpea patty sandwich or the Louis burger (brisket, green chile, queso chihuahua, iceberg lettuce and bacon. Cafe Louis also shines with sides including chorreada (Nutella, maduro brittle, sea salt), cabbage salad and patacones (fried plantain, avocado, salsa rosado).
Photo: Cebiche Tostada, made with crab, diced chiles, leche de tigre, red onion, cilantro and green banana. Jill Brady/Staff Photographer
CRISPY GAI
WHERE: 90 Exchange St., Portland. (207) 536-1017
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: Crispy Gai colors way outside the lines of traditional brunch fare and a star of its brunch menu is the Chicken Sammy (extra crispy chicken thigh on a Martin’s sesame seed potato bun) available in spicy, classic and satay. Consider a side of sauce to dip it in, such as chili crisp or Nam Jim Gai (sweet chili). Other dishes to dig into include cabbage salad, Sai Oua Sammy (sai oua sausage, cheese, fried egg, english muffin) and Sly Mai dumplings (pork, shrimp, flying fish roe, dipping sauce).
Photo: Sai Oua Sammy, made with sai oua sausage, american cheese, fried eggs and an english muffin. Jill Brady/Staff Photographer
DOCKSIDE GRILL
WHERE: 215 Foreside Road, Falmouth. (207) 747-5274
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3  p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: Taste some fancy flavors in Falmouth with a brunch visit to the Dockside Grill. Start things off with ahi tuna tartare or Bangs Islands mussels. For the next course consider the poached pear salad or a cup of lobster and corn chowder. Then really dig in with brioche doughnuts or Eggs in Purgatory (two poached eggs, stewed tomatoes, red bell peppers, onion, chili flakes and grilled crostini). Dockside will also quench your thirst with a Bellini or Grand Mimosa (fresh orange juice, Grand Marnier and prosecco).
DUTCH’S
WHERE: 28 Preble St., Portland. (207) 761-2900
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
ABOUT: Dutch’s serves breakfast every day that it’s open, 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.
Photo: A couple relaxes after a meal at Dutch’s Breakfast and Lunch. Jill Brady/Staff Photographer
EIGHTEEN95
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 Eighteen95 does. Among the starters are a pastry basket and smoked salmon board. 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 board with a variety of meats and cheeses.
THE FRONT ROOM
WHERE: 73 Congress St., Portland. (207) 773-3366
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday through Monday
ABOUT: One of Portland’s most popular brunches is a daily event. The menu ranges from biscuits and gravy to potato gnocchi (made with poached eggs, spinach, bacon and house-made hollandaise) to silver dollar pancakes. Don’t forget a side of bacon and a blueberry muffin.
Photo: Irish Breakfast is served at the Front Room.
Carl D. Walsh/Staff Photographer
THE GOOD TABLE
WHERE: 527 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth. (207) 799-4663
WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, 9 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 their larger-than-life cinnamon buns.
Photo: Blueberry French Toast at The Good Table in Cape Elizabeth. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer
HOT SUPPA
WHERE: 703 Congress St., Portland. (207) 871-5005
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily
ABOUT: The Southern-style joint has shrimp and grits on the menu and chicken and waffles. There’s also a spinach and artichoke scramble, corned beef hash and pulled pork egg sandwich among the offerings.
Photo: Breakfast served at Hot Suppa. John Patriquin/Staff Photographer
LB KITCHEN
WHERE: 249 Congress St., Portland, (207) 775-2695
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily
ABOUT: LB Kitchen focuses on local and organic ingredients. Dig into a stack of golden milk pancakes with grass-fed butter and Maine 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 beet hummus toast and all sorts of smoothies and bowls. Open for takeout only.
Photo: LB Kitchen.
LOCAL 188
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 Trent’s picadillo hash (Cuban ground beef on cheesy corn tortillas with tomatoes, olives & tamarind, two eggs and home fries) and eggs quarantine (capicola, hollandaise, two poached eggs, English muffin and home fries). If you’re a bloody Mary fan, Local 188 mixes eight varieties of them.
THE MAKER’S GALLEY
WHERE: 5 Commercial St., Portland. (207) 772-1110
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: They call it the Pajama Brunch because you’ll get 5% knocked off your bill if you show up wearing your PJs. Enjoy a flight of mimosas while you dive into the We Gotta Strata (onion, spinach, mushroom, cheese, local bacon) or the The Crunchy Cassie (local yogurt & honey, homemade granola, fruit). If your feeling more in the mood for lunch, The Maker’s Galley has yummy items including Et tu Brute? (Caesar salad, house dressing, anchovy, sourdough croutons with optional chicken skewer) and Olive It A Lot (warm olives, herbs, feta, orange peel) among a few other tempting treats.
Photo: Galley strata from The Maker’s Galley in Portland. Photo courtesy of The Maker’s Galley.
MISS PORTLAND DINER
WHERE: 140 Marginal Way, Portland. (207) 210-6673
WHEN: 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m weekdays (closed on Wednesdays), 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 has a huge menu packed with classics like steak and eggs, omelets and breakfast burritos. They up their game even more on the weekends with food and drink specials, from milkshakes to mimosas, plus egg-centric dishes and bonus pancake flavors.
Photo: Chocolate chip pancakes are served with Grade A pure maple syrup. Jill Brady/Staff Photographer
MUDDY RUDDER
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.
THE NEW MOON RESTAURANT
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.
O’REILLY’S CURE
WHERE: 264 Route 1, Building A, Scarborough. (207) 217-2222
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
ABOUT: The brunch game is tremendous at O’Reilly’s Cure with offerings like stuffed French toast, the breakfast skillet (home fries, sausage, red onion and pepper medley, jalapenos, dragon cheese, topped with choice of eggs) and the Sunnyside burger (topped with a sunny-side-up egg). Pair these plates with cocktails like the rosemary greyhound, Irish coffee or a bloody Mary.
OTHER SIDE DINER
WHERE: 500 Washington Ave., Portland. (207) 772-0002
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily (closed Wednesdays)
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 Mediterranean cuisine, also offers Greek salad and a lamb gyro.
Photo: Pancakes and a spinach and cheddar omelette with hash browns. Brianna Soukup/Staff Photographer
PETITE JACQUELINE
WHERE: 46 Market St., Portland. (207) 553-7044
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: The Petite Jacqueline brunch menu features several types of crepes, including  duck rillette and ham and gruyere. Small plates include French onion soup and picked veggies. Start your meal off with The Isadora made with vodka, grapefruit juice, Chambord and St. Germain.
THE PORTHOLE
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.
Photo: Tim Greenway
PORTLAND POTTERY CAFE
WHERE: 118 Washington Ave., Portland. (800) 245-6335
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday
ABOUT: This combination pottery shop and cafe offers brunch all day every day, so if you need a grilled cheese 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).
RI RA
WHERE: 72 Commercial St., Portland. (207) 761-4446
WHEN: 11 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 a corned beef Bennie made with beer braised brisket, poached eggs, roasted tomato, English muffin, hollandaise and spiced home fries. You can also get a proper Irish breakfast with two eggs, Irish bangers, smoked Canadian bacon, Guinness BBQ beans, sauteed mushrooms, spiced home fries, grilled tomato and toast.
ROYAL RIVER GRILL HOUSE
WHERE: 106 Lafayette St., Lower Falls Landing, Yarmouth. (207) 846-1226
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday
ABOUT: Breakfast at Royal River Grill House can begin with a raspberry lemon muffin and then steer into carnivore country with the cheesesteak omelet or crispy chicken breakfast sandwich. Other notable menu items include salmon Benedict, breakfast poutine (house-cut french fries, braised beef, cognac peppercorns demi glace, Monterey jack cheese and two eggs) and the Grill House breakfast (two eggs, toast, home fries and bacon or sausage).
RUBY’S WEST END
WHERE: 64 Pine St., Portland. (207) 956-7916
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
ABOUT: Tuck into Portland’s West End for a visit to Ruby’s where the brunch menu bursts with hearty fare like biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, or a Croque Madame (smoked ham, mornay sauce, sunny egg). Make a toast to your good dining decision with a bottomless mimosa or a Baileys and coffee.
Ruby’s West End has a homey, lived-in decor. Leslie Bridgers/Features Editor
RUSKI’S
WHERE: 212 Danforth St., Portland. (207) 774-7604
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
ABOUT: 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. They’ve got all the usual suspects for breakfast, so you can fill up on eggs, pancakes and French toast while you throw back a bloody Mary.
Photo: Ruski’s Tavern in Portland. Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer
SAMUEL’S BAR AND GRILL
WHERE: 1160 Forest Ave., Portland. (207) 797-6924
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: Breakfast pizza anyone? It sure looks good at Samuel’s Bar and Grill topped with scrambled eggs, mozzarella and provolone and corned beef. You can also customize to suit your taste buds. For more traditional fare, they’ve got the old standby of two eggs any style with bacon or sausage, home fries or hash browns and toast. Need more options? Chicken wings and tenders are also available during brunch hours.
SEA DOG BREWING COMPANY
WHERE: 125 Western Ave., South Portland. (207) 871-7000
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: Cinnamon-pecan sticky buns and Maine wild blueberry pancakes anyone? You’ll find those tasty treats and many more at the South Portland location of Sea Dog Brewing Company. Other tempting items on the brunch menu are biscuits and gravy with sunny-side-up eggs, lobster Benedict and huevos rancheros. Featured cocktails include a blueberry mojito, prosecco mule and a paloma.
SEA GLASS
WHERE: Inn by the Sea, 40A Bowery Beach Road, Cape Elizabeth. (207) 799-3134
WHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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.
Photo: Blueberry French toast from Inn by the Sea. Photo courtesy of Inn by the Sea
SINFUL KITCHEN
WHERE: 906 Brighton Ave, Portland.
(207) 536-0611.
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily
ABOUT: There’s regular decadent and then there’s Peanut Butter Cup Belgian waffle 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. Sinful Kitchen will be moving they hope sometime in May but just a few spots down the street to 952 Brighton Ave. where they’ll have a better layout, more parking and outdoor seating.
Photo: Fruity Pebble crusted & strawberry cream cheese stuffed french toast.
SNOW SQUALL
WHERE: I8 Ocean St., South Portland. (207) 799-0811
WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Sunday
ABOUT: The heart of South Portland’s Knightville neighborhood is where you’ll find Snow Squall Restaurant, located a stone’s throw from Casco Bay Bridge. You’ll find classic dishes like corned beef hash and four types of eggs benedict as well as a house-made sausage wrap. Pancakes and French toast are also on the menu, and they’ll go down easy with a blood-orange bloody Mary.
Photo: Corned beef hash with two poached eggs and home fries. Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer
THREE DOLLAR DEWEYS
WHERE: 241 Commercial St., Portland. (207) 772-3310
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: This has been one of the Old Port’s northern stars since 1980, but has elevated its food game under the current owners. Tempting menu offerings include the pulled pork egg sandwich, avocado toast and buttermilk waffles. 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.
TIQA
WHERE: 327 Commercial St., Portland. (207) 808-8840
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: Tiqa puts a Mediterranean twist on classic brunch dishes, including an egg sandwich on pita and pancakes made with walnuts, cinnamon and rose water syrup. Satisfy your sweet tooth with some halva sticky buns. Wash it all down with a maple old fashioned (bourbon, maple syrup, orange bitters, orange peel).
TOMASO’S CANTEEN
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
UNION
WHERE: 390 Congress St., Portland. (207) 808-8700
WHEN: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
ABOUT: This brunch is a tapestry of culinary creations including a red flannel hash & poached eggs and a pork belly BLT breakfast sandwich. If you’re looking for something more traditional, try the standard (farm fresh eggs, smoke house bacon or maple sausage, breakfast potatoes, toast and coffee). Pair it all with a detox smoothie (banana, apple, pear, spinach, kale, celery).

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