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Where to find Portland’s most picture-perfect pastries

"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."

Imperial's Pavlova, photo by Carolyn B. Heller

Imperial's Pavlova, photo by Carolyn B. Heller

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21 Great Portland restaurants that take brunch reservations

"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:

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."

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Hotel dining makes a comeback

"Luxurious, old-school hotel dining is already making a comeback. Here’s who’s who in the ever-evolving Portland hotel dining scene

Imperial: In case you just can’t get enough of Paley-in-hotels, the powerhouse chef is also behind Hotel Lucia’s restaurant. And it happens to be one of the best in town, hotel or not, for comforting brunch plates and wood-fire-grilled meats."

Read the full story by Eater's Heather Arndt Anderson. 

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Easter Events in Portland

"Imperial will be serving longtime favorites and adventurous plates for your whole party to enjoy on Easter Sunday, April 16th from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. Dig into brunch favorites such as Eggs Benedict, Shortstacks of Buttermilk Pancakes, or Imperial’s famous Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Chef de Cuisine Matthew Jarrell will also add some inventive specials for the occasion. The restaurant will also be holding their regular dinner service featuring favorites such as Roasted Lamb, a variety of vegetables straight from the Imperial wood-fire grill, and pastry chef Danielle Bailey’s signature desserts."

Read the full story on Portland Food and Drink.

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99 delicious dishes for $10 and under

99 DELICIOUS DISHES FOR $10 AND UNDER

"Take a break from your usual breakfast sandwich for a savory croissant at Portland Penny Diner, chef Vitaly Paley's casual Southwest Broadway morning counter. We’ve had buttery, flaky croissants stuffed with fat oyster mushrooms, swiss and bacon, but our favorite is the caraway-seed-topped pastry with layers of house-cured pastrami, melty Gruyere and tangy sauerkraut."

Read the full story by Oregon Live's Samantha Bakall. 

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27 Portland Dining Month 2017 restaurants actually worth your money

27 PORTLAND DINING MONTH 2017 RESTAURANTS ACTUALLY WORTH YOUR MONEY

Proving that a hotel restaurant can have passion, pop and personality, Vitaly Paley's Imperial has steadily improved since its 2012 debut. Today, the menu treads a difficult line between retro and dated, paying homage to Oregon culinary history with a lineup heavy on American nostalgia.

First Course:
Grilled cauliflower with hummus, olives, fava greens and roasted red pepper

Second Course:
Roast lamb eye of top round with salsa verde and spring onions

Third Course:
Brown sugar cake with cashew nougat ice cream

Read the full story on Oregon Live.

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Are hotel restaurants cool again?

"The quirky hotelier [Provenance Hotels] wooed Paley to debut Imperial in 2012 inside Hotel Lucia, finding the sweet spot between Portland’s wood-fired ruggedness and the expense-account business meal. Imperial’s executive chef, Doug Adams himself, cemented the restaurant’s local cred with his signature fried chicken drizzled with house hot sauce and honey from the hotel’s rooftop hive."

Read the full story by Portland Month's Kelly Clarke.

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The best cheap eats in every state: Portland Penny Diner

"Despite all the cheap eats Portland has to offer, [writer and Cooking TV host Ali] Khan's favorite is the PDXWT at the Portland Penny Diner, which is located inside the Hotel Lucia. For under $6, diners get a platter that includes mortadella, sauerkraut, egg, and cheese, served on a Parker House roll. "What will really catch your palate is the coffee mayo, which could easily be renamed espresso cream spread and still nothing would be lost in translation," Khan said.

Read the full story by Travel and Leisure's Talia Avakian.

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The Do Stuff Network: One sec Brunch

"Tell your out of town friends to stay the weekend at Hotel Lucia so you can all stumble into Imperial – the restaurant on the ground floor – for one of Portland’s best hangover helpers. Recent Top Chef contestant, all-around good guy, and international man of mystery, Doug Adams, says his favorite brunch dish is the Ham Steak with Two Skillet Eggs, Baked Beans and Red Eye (coffee) Mayo. Chef Adams is from the country of Texas, so you know this is good."

Read full article by do 503's Matthew Domingo.

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Portland's cocktail bucket lsit: The 50 drinks to try before you die

HAPPY HOUR VIEUX CARRÉ

The Vieux Carré is already a fantastic drink, and Imperial, the new(ish) spot from the famous Vito Paley, makes them predictably well. They’re made in batch, on tap, and only $5 during happy hour. A couple of these and you’ll think you’re in the French Quarter listening to a local jazz group. Don’t miss the $6 happy hour burger while you’re there. 

Read the full story by Thrillist's Alex Frane.

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Best happy hours in Portland

FOOD & WINE MAGAZINE: BEST HAPPY HOURS IN PORTLAND

Happy hour at this celebrated downtown spot by Chef Vitaly Paley kicks off earlier than most at 2pm, so the flat top burger – it’s a crowd pleaser with griddled beef, gooey cheddar, bread and butter pickles, and dill mayo – is just $6 (Before 2pm, it’ll cost you $12). A $3 basket of hand-cut fries makes for the perfect partner. 

Read the full article on Food and Wine.

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Discover Portland: 15 Happiest Happy Hours

DISCOVER PORTLAND: 15 HAPPIEST HAPPY HOURS

Why Go: Few restaurants epitomize classic Pacific Northwest dining better than Imperial, which is operated by James Beard Award-winning chef Vitaly Paley. Getting a seat for happy hour, which is served at the bar, can be a challenge, but it’s worth the hustle. Tip to the wise: show up early, and order the happy hour burger, a glorious example of the simple wonders of a toasty bun with grilled beef and cheddar. 

Best Deal: $5 special cocktails and the $6 Imperial Flat Top Burger.

The Scene: Business-casual, which in Portland translates to fleece, flannel and Danner boots.

Read the full story by Discover Portland's Jon Shadel

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Food & Wine Magazine: best brunch spots in Portland

A good morning starts at this casual, no-frills downtown spot loaded with flavorful staples like house-made “Poptarts” (to make you feel like a kid again) to potato latkes with smoked salmon and a duck egg and a lovely sweet apple French toast with Chantilly cream and streusel topping.

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The best of the best restaurants in Portland, Oregon

"Imperial is owned by one of the most acclaimed chefs in Portland, Vitaly Paley. This cozy restaurant is located in the historic Hotel Lucia. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. During dinner time you can enjoy meats cooked to perfection over a wood fire grill, including seafood caught here in the Pacific Northwest. From pig's tail to octopus they have a little bit of
everything on their ever changing menu..."

Read full article by USA Today's Meagan Shamy.

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