Longtime portlandfood.org reader (love the site, thanks!), first-time poster here.
I just wanted to write to comment on the delicious brunch we had yesterday at Firehouse. I am not a huge Portland brunch eater (can't stand to wait, so I only occasionally go to places where you can make a reservation), but this was one of the best I've had in town. Started with a super-flaky, flavorful biscuit and then moved on to an egg scramble with asparagus, tallegio cheese, spring onions w. thick cut toast and arugula salad. My husband had a fried-egg sandwich with house made bacon...our kids split the brioche french toast with rhubarb sauce and lemon curd.
We live in the neighborhood so we eat at Firehouse pretty often and have never yet been disappointed. I was just sad to see, yesterday, so few people there for brunch. Don't know if the word is not out yet enough yet about their brunch, but boy, people who are waiting in line for an hour elsewhere could be eating well (for not too much more than your typical breakfast joint, I think our plates were 9.50 a piece?) without a wait.
I don't think Firehouse is doing brunch anymore. It's not on their web site, and on their phone message it says they are only doing dinner. Bummer, as it sounded fantastic. But we settled on this as a place to do my husband's graduation dinner with our respective families. It looked like something that could satisfy both my in-laws love of very American, traditional food (they love the chains) and my parents love of something uniquely gourmet & quirky. Hopefully everyone will be happy. We usually do Country Cat with them, but figured it was time to change it up.