6708 SE Milwaukie, 235-5797
Looking for a weekend breakfast before two in the afternoon? The Limelight offers a well-crafted version of standard fare without the lines and attitude found at some of Portland's more established restaurants. One may walk into the Limelight, eat, and jog back to Hawthorne in less time than it would take to even see a scone at the Cup and Saucer.
But regardless of the time advantage, both the eggs benedict and Florentine are strong enough reasons to make the trip to Sellwood; the hollandaise sauce is made proper: never, ever from a package. This is the real deal--thick, lemony, salty, and with the richness that only pounds of butter and egg yolks can provide. In fact, this hollandaise is so good that it is only available on Saturdays and Sundays.
The veggie scramble is also on par: a simple, skillfully prepared concoction of peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, and cheese. Most breakfasts come with potatoes, and these delectable morsels melt in your mouth with spicy elegance. They are boiled, roasted, and grilled to ensure your satisfaction. Granola, french toast, and biscuits with gravy help to round out the brunch menu.
The kitchen offers a daily special that seldom disappoints, but is often unavailable by the late morning. Should you want, say, a slice of pork loin stuffed with almonds and fruit, or a chicken fried steak with gravy and eggs, make sure to arrive at a somewhat respectable hour.
The Limelight's breakfast offerings are still underutilized. Try the Limelight, bring a posse, wear your colors, make it your own.