Inside Broder Nord, Now Open
The North Portland outpost of SE Clinton's picture-perfect Scandinavian eatery offers familiar plates with plenty of elbow room.
Anyone who's had the pleasure of tucking into a heaping plate of aebleskiver pancakes or Swedish meatballs at Southeast Clinton's landmark brunch hub Broder knows the cozy space is prone to wait times up to two hours long. While a spot at the table or at a stool looking into the colorful open kitchen is well worth a bit of patience, it's more than a little refreshing to see Broder Nord, the restaurant's new North Portland location, comes with room to spread out and order up a feast from the fjords.
The 94-seat restaurant combines the original space's Swedish-chic decor—think pine cone-shaped light fixtures, bright white subway tiles, and colorful Nordic tchotchkes—with Jenga-like wooden structures, a full bar lined with bright yellow stools, and tall windows fit for drinking in a dreamy view of the Fremont Bridge. The current menu mirrors Southeast's brunch and lunch options, but watch out for the debut of a seafood-centric dinner service soon (we'll showcase dishes from the new menu here on Eat Beat—stay tuned!).
Transforming the former Gotham Tavern space on North Interstate—the old stomping grounds of PDX culinary luminaries like Tommy Habetz, Naomi Pomeroy, and Gabriel Rucker—Peter Bro and Joe Conklin's Broder Nord is set to give the neighborhood a fresh option for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, complete with grab-and-go marketplace of brown bag-friendly meals for area workers, full espresso service, and seasonal specials from Scandinavia.
Broder Nord is now "softly" open daily from 9 am to 3 pm, and will celebrate its grand opening on November 12 with the launch of dinner and early-morning service. For now, chew through our slide show of photos from opening week by clicking the photo above, and head in for a smoked trout pytt i panna hash or a hefty slice of vanilla almond praline cake. Tell 'em we sent you!
2240 N Interstate Ave