Portland >Food & Dining > Broder
2508 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR | Directions 9725545.503305 -122.640153
Tues 9am-2pm' Wed-Sun 9am-2pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Hosford - Abernethy, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
Pretty piles of hot aebelskiver, smoked trout hash, monumental breakfast boards and grapefruit mimosas--this is the breakfast of champions. With so much ado about their morning meal, it's easy to forget that this charming Clinton cafe also serves happy hour and dinner Wed-Sat.
The atmosphere couldn't be any more charming, the waitstaff couldn't be any more endearing and the food couldn't be any more enjoyable! Family and people friendly!
Delish Swedish food in an oh-so-cute setting. Stop in for Happy Hour or dinner to avoid the long brunch lines, and try the Surf & Turf Bord (salami, ham, gravlax, smoked trout, pickled herring, and a wedge of cheese).
Good food, expect a wait – The food here is really tasty. I had the trout scramble and thought it was great. I split the hash with a friend and kind of wish I had had it all to myself. Weekends will probably have you waiting, but weekdays you can get in pretty quick.
Terrible service, ok food. – Broders is a tiny, narrow restaurant with tiny tables, hard seating and a REALLY RUDE GREETER. Yes, you, the guy with the red/orange/blondish hair who is unbelievably rude to the unbelievably pleasant customers. You snapped at people, you ordered people around and were the most unpleasant part of an unpleasant experience. We were paying for this?
If there is a line you are ordered to wait - there are no appeals apparently and no ability to ask a simple question like how long is this going to take - in the weird anteroom next door. There is a pot of coffee and some cups....gratis as an apology for the wait...or so you would think.
The REALLY RUDE GUY barks at you to pick up your cup and take it with you into the restaurant where they will charge you the requisite $2.50. Surprise! At least they refill it.
This is a really narrow restaurant with tiny square tables down one side and a few in the front by the window. If someone at Broders tells you that you have the last table RUN do not WALK to any number of other restaurants in the Clinton area.
The last table means that you get to sit in front of the bathroom...wonderfully appetizing...the TOILET TABLE. We were paying for this?
Broders is a supposedly Swedish cafe but the eggs looked and tasted like a tiny square of flat omelet about 1/2 the size you might get at any chain eatery. Nothing special there. The potatoes were also presented in a tiny portion, they were vaguely over cooked, a little damp and overly soft. The eggs and potatoes weren't terrible but you could make them much better at home. Cook up some hash browns, make an omelet with some greens...you are done! Better to stay at home and not put up with the REALLY RUDE GUY.
The sauteed (?) greens were basically tasteless. This is Swedish? Aren't Swedes big, burly people with prodigious appetites? Is this Swedish cooking for kids?
The meals are presented on wooden boards with iron plates. They are cute and little which is good because the tables are TINY. Again, aren't Swedes big and burly? Shouldn't a Swedish restaurant be big and burly instead of looking like the inside of a child's playhouse?
Broders does not have the cooking chops to be this rude to its paying customers. If this is Swedish cooking - by any stretch of the imagination - then the Swedes have some explaining to do.
The waiter was pleasant - it looked like he was trying hard to hear things about the din as Broder's is quite loud - so a decent tip was left. The REALLY RUDE GUY deserved to pay us a tip for being a jerk.
Broders received many good reviews on Yelp. Yelp is no longer a great source of reviews for me because it has been really wrong a bunch of times lately...too bad. I was really looking forward to Broders and, instead of having a great experience, left angry and hungry.
every morsel was consumed – we ordered the swedish style fisherman's stew, the surf board fish dish, a side of potato pancake, a side of greens, a tea and a cola. the food was delicious, well presented, and filling. we could have left off either the pancake or the stew, as all these things combined made for a big meal for two. the main thing - we were very happy with this place, and believe it has an excellent delight to price ratio. we visited on a saturday evening and it was busy, but brisk on seating and service.
Broder has my heart – Incredible food. Lovely service. Cozy place. Felt like the staff were our friends when we left. Details about the Scand-menu were explained w/enthusiasm and not a hint of impatience. Learned a lot about the unique things offered there. Great music playing. Loved everything about my time there.
ok food, horrid service ,hellish wait. – waited two and a half hours, no one even said "sorry for the wait" the waiter told us the wrong specials so my friend got something he didn't want. I had the hash and it was not good, bland potatoes, tough meat, bleargh!
Love this place – My husband and I love this place - it is consistantly great for us and the staff is always really wonderful and attentive (especially Joe). We like everything about it! Definitely come early though, it fills up fast :)
Comfortable cafe takes Swedish fare beyond the meatball. – Tucked along the Southeast Clinton stretch, this narrow cafe attracts Eastside couples and families with its snug, cozy digs and whimsical dishes. At tiny wood tables, clientele crowd in elbow to elbow to sample Swedish focused fare from Danish pancakes (Aebleskivers) dusted with powdered sugar in the am to a liver pate sandwich or a lamb burger sauced with curried ketchup at lunch. It’s weekend brunch though that draws crowds to this light-filled space. The concise menu includes hearty offerings of baked scrambles served in miniature cast iron pans and a Swedish hash staring smoked trout.
Get here early – Most of the reviews seem fairly old, and I would encourage these folks to give it another try. I've eaten here numerous times, and the food has always been delicious, and fantastically presented to boot. One of the best dining options in the area, without a doubt.
Regarding the long lines- it opens at 9:00am, which is pretty late, so if you can't drag yourself out of bed to be there by 8:45am, you deserve to wait.
Got to love the swedes – 11/11/08 Attended Broder for lunch around 1pm. We were seated quickly, getting one of the last empty seats in the house. The service was shift and attentive. The food was amazing. I had the grava lax BLT with soup and my friend had another sort of sandwich. we also shared a potato pancake which was to die for. The atompshere is great, the staff is helpful, not stuck up and not over whelming. I would highly recommend Broder and am very much anticipating my next meal there!
I like the food hate the wait. – We arrived and put our name on the list, part of 3. The sign in sheet detailed we were going to be the next ones seated. This was not the case. We watched as a party of 8 arrived after us and sat before use. Then, a party of 4 arrived after them and sat before us. after 40 minutes of being the next on the list we got a table. We ordered our food and waited another 40 minutes to eat.
that said i think they have great coffee and their food is tasty. I would not go on a weekend or any time they are busy because the the staff is SLOW.
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