Screen Door Bringing Southern Dining Up North

Staff Writer
Portland’s Screen Door is serving up southern classics for brunch and dinner

Biscuits and Gravy at Screen Door.

The line to get a seat at the Screen Door, especially for brunch on a Saturday or Sunday, is unbearable to even look at, let alone stand in. Some wonder if the place is all talk, but many can attest to the fact that the food lives up to all of the hype.

If you’re looking for a place to brunch in Portland on the weekend, or somehwere to enjoy a casual dinner throughout the week, Screen Door is the place to go. Their brunch menu features dishes like their famous chicken and waffles, fried chicken atop a sweet potato waffle, and their buttermilk drop biscuits with eggs and either regular or vegetarian mushroom gravy. Other brunch menu staples include the praline bacon waffle and the breakfast po-boy, a tantalizing sandwich made with Andouille sausage, tomato jam, crispy onions, pepper jack cheese, and two fried eggs.

On their dinner menu, Screen Door is known for their smoked barbeque beef brisket, topped with crispy fried onions, the plate of pork and beans, and the fried buttermilk-battered chicken served with gravy, mashed potatoes, and collards. They aim to use local, fresh, and organic produce and poultry every day, aiming to recreate classics found in New Orleans and elsewhere down south.

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One of the few places in Portland cooking Southern comfort food, Screen Door is extremely popular, and to get a seat (especially for weekend brunch), your best bet is to attempt to score a reservation for one of the two tables put aside on weekends for parties of six. It’s a great place to grab a hearty meal with a close friend or with a larger group of hungry diners.