"Remember the '90s, when everyone was pickling their own vegetables and brewing their own beer?" Over the course of three television seasons, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, the co-creators of the frighteningly on-point IFC show Portlandia, have long-embraced the quirks of Portland, Oregon's dining scene, from locally sourced protein to food carts (sadly, Stu's Stews is not a real thing) to getting hassled about DJ nights while in line at the Waffle Window. How to best measure the show's pop-culture impact? Brunch spots around town (and yes, the lines at some of them are insane) will encourage diners to "put an egg on it."
Many Portlandia locations, like the "Brunch Village" hotspot Fisherman's Porch, don't exist in real life, and unfortunately, the site of the show's most iconic culinary sketch — Gilt Club, home to Colin the chicken — shuttered earlier this year. But because the show returns for its fourth season this Thursday, February 27, here's a guide to the Portland dining scene, according to the folks at Portlandia.