Chef Vitaly Paley has closed his Portland Penny Diner (the casual sandwich shop/diner next door to Imperial) to make room for a New York-style pizza spot, the Crown. The Oregonian reports that Paley takes inspiration from his New York youth, creating 12-inch pies with long-fermented dough paired with ingredients from his other restaurants.
Paley, who emigrated from Russia to Rome to New York as a teenager, is sifting through memories of panini-pressed pizza at Italian train stations and foldable slices bought from Manhattan street windows for pizza inspiration for the new bar, found on the other side of the Hotel Lucia's lobby from Imperial.
"For dessert, pastry chef Danielle Bailey is known for her flaky, home-style pies, but besides these delicious fruit-filled pastries, Bailey whips up a changing array of even more delectable (and snap-worthy) sweets.
Look for creations like a delicate, lavender-scented pavlova with a sweet-tart rhubarb compote or a tropical baked Alaska, filled with passionfruit sorbet, sauced with blood orange caramel, and paired with intensely flavored brûléed pineapple."
"Happy Hours [at Headwaters] are the time for smoked mussel shooters and Boulevardiers on tap. Yet for more formal dinners of, say, seaweed pesto gnocchi with baby octopus enjoyed on green banquettes, evenings can kick off with a Claim to Fame (brandy, Amaro Montenegro, cherry-vanilla bitters, lemon, soda) or a rum-Creole shrubb-pink peppercorn K'vass Punch."
"Headwaters is celebrating Mother’s Day for the first time this year with two options—à la carte dining in the Headwaters dining room, and a grand buffet upstairs in the Heathman Hotel. Headwater’s brunch includes a dungeness crab omelet, croque madame, french toast Stuffed with meyer lemon ricotta, and Khachapuri, a Georgian cheese flatbread with a soft egg. A selection of Headwaters favorites will be highlighted at the buffet, including a variety of items from the sea bar, a selection of artisan cheeses, a charcuterie plate, carving stations, an omelet station, and a savory buffet including eggs benedict, french toast, and fresh steelhead salmon, as well as a dessert bar filled with treats."
SEAFOOD AND BRUNCH FAVORITES GALORE AT HEADWATERS
The Heathman restaurant, a perennial Mother’s Day favorite, celebrates the holiday for the first time as Vitaly Paley’s Headwaters. You can go a la carte in the dining room, or pig out at the grand buffet upstairs. Either way, expect Dungeness crab omelettes served tableside, French toast stuffed with Meyer lemon ricotta, and carving stations full of prime rib, as is tradition.
"It’s safe to assume that if you’re planning to do weekend brunch, you’re going to be waiting in line. But it doesn’t need to be that time-consuming if you don't want it to. Here are 21 Portland brunch restaurants that all take reservations:
HEADWATERS: Vitaly Paley’s newest downtown Portland restaurant -- in the historic Heathman Hotel -- dives deep into fish and brunch classics every weekend. Find an excellent crab Luigi, here overlaid with Serrano ham; a crisp, chewy bagel smeared with smoked herring spread; and a jiggly egg-topped croque madame on crisp country bread.
IMPERIAL: Can't get enough Paley? The James Beard Award winning chef's other downtown Portland restaurant takes their brunch menu through the fire with grilled ham steaks and flat irons, alongside more classic dishes like crab omelets, french toast and latkes with smoked salmon."