From the authors of the Toro Bravo cookbook, here are recipes from Portland’s favorites, Tasty n Sons and Tasty n Alder, the restaurants that reinvented the brunch scene (and then every eating hour after that) with supremely satisfying dishes.
First, throw away your pick-an-egg, pick-a-toast idea of brunch. Next, reconsider what to eat (and drink) every hour of the day. That was the plan with Portland chef John Gorham’s Tasty n Sons and Tasty n Alder. Now Hello! My Name Is Tasty! is going to heat up your home kitchen with these satisfy-all-cravings global diner favorites like Bim Bop Bacon and Eggs and Monk’s Carolina Cheesesteak. The food has strong roots in the American Southeast, where Gorham earned his culinary stripes but tastes from Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America also have a strong standing. Welcome to the ever-expanding world of John Gorham’s appetites. If you get thirsty, stir up something adventurous like a Dim Summore Bloody Mary or a Grown-Ass Milkshake.
LIZ CRAIN is a longtime writer on Pacific Northwest food and drink, the coauthor of the Toro Bravo cookbook, and author of Food Lover’s Guide to Portland and Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Cannabis. She is a cofounder of the annual Portland Fermentation Festival and is an editor and publicity director at Hawthorne Books in Portland.
JOHN GORHAM is the owner and chef of Tasty n Sons, Tasty n Alder, Toro Bravo, Mediterranean Exploration Company, Plaza del Toro, Shalom Y’all, and BYH Burgers--all located in Portland, Oregon. A “chef of the people,” Gorham celebrates a range of global cuisines at his influential restaurants. He is also the coauthor of the Toro Bravo cookbook.
DAVID REAMER is a Portland-based food photographer whose photography has been featured in GQ, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Sunset, Portland Monthly, and Bon Appetit.