Sunday Brunch at Ned Ludd
This post is in collaboration with Travel Portland
We had the opportunity to go to Ned Ludd last Sunday for brunch in collaboration with our friends from Travel Portland. Even though we get the pick of the litter when going out to eat around our city, we still haven’t managed to try everything. Ned Ludd is located on the corner of Northeast Failing and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, set back from the street with a lush, community style garden out front. The inside is filled with the rustic charm and warmth you would expect after seeing their beautiful labyrinth style courtyard. They serve dinner through the week, but Sunday is reserved for brunch, a definite Portland tradition. You can’t come to Portland without brunch at least once.
We started our meal with a roasted grapefruit with hazelnuts, which pretty much blew my mind. I love grapefruit. So much. I have one with my lunch every day at work. There is something about the bitter-tartness and sweetness that is perfect for palate cleansing, plus its so light and citrusy. Jade thinks I’m a bit crazy because of it. I’m also a huge fan of Bloody Marys and have to try one from each new place I go so I may determine where the best Bloody Mary is in town. The house Bloody Mary at Ned Ludds is called the “Lud’s Blood,” and had an array of spices around the rim, haus pickles, and made with Krogstadt Aquavit.
For our first entree we selected the smoked trout & spring vegetable hash, hen egg, and toast, with a side of their haus bacon. All well above par, with melt in your mouth, comforting flavor. The second entree was the chorizo with polenta, greens, cilantro and a fried egg to top it. That was by far my favorite of the two. I don’t always like polenta, since its essentially corn grits made into a thicker paste, but this was perfect. Everything I would expect from a place with a reputation such as Ned Ludd, but still left me pleasantly surprised.