You would think, given the name of this beloved Portland restaurant, the team would have checked out the space years ago. Somehow Silly’s slipped by us. CP#1 and MP had a chance to redeem ourselves recently during a girls’ day out.
The Washington Avenue institution is worth visiting based on the eclectic décor alone. Each lamp hanging from the ceiling is covered in buttons, beads, and feathers. There are travel photos on every wall, displaying happy customers holding bumper stickers that read, “Eat at Silly’s.”
Guests sit at retro kitchen tables with mismatched vinyl chairs. Every table has a red plastic lunch box, containing menus and playing cards. If you sit by the window, like CP#1 and MP, there’s a shelf nearby with children’s books and games.
The brunch menu at Silly’s is decadent with a capital “D.” CP#1 wanted chocolate chip pancakes, and our waitress kindly noted the pancakes were the size of a dinner plate. “Maybe just one instead of two?” she suggested. CP#1 agreed, as long as she could indulge in a hot chocolate to go with her meal.
MP ordered the “Eggy Pop.” The egg dish, which is served with homemade sweet potato fries, is best described as a tower of breakfast deliciousness. The first layer is char-grilled bread, topped with avocado and tomato slices. Then there’s a fluffy egg layered with melted cheddar cheese. And just for kicks, a huge handful of crispy bacon and scallions grace the top. MP was full until dinnertime!
If you have a serious coffee habit like MP, you will appreciate that Silly’s serves Coffee by Design (which is conveniently across the street). Since it was an over-the-top kind of morning, MP opted for a lovely French Press coffee to sip while she played Stack the Chairs with CP#1.
The team will return back to Silly’s for more over-the-top meals… or maybe dessert. MP couldn’t help but notice the display of homemade layer cakes on her way out. Lemon drop cake with crystallized ginger and cream cheese frosting? Yes, please.