In theory, summer is approaching, and in theory, that means decent weather. We shall see. Anyway, you’re probably looking for the best places in Portland to eat breakfast outdoors.
So here’s my handy list of the best dozen (in my humble opinion) Portland breakfast places with outdoor seating.
In alphabetical order, and based on a combination of tasty food and cool outdoor seating …
The Scene: A few tables out back, away from all traffic noise, overlooking the Willamette Greenway Trail and just feet from the river.
The Food: Here’s the menu. For savory, go Pork Belly Hash with Fingerlings, Greens, Peppers, Preserved Lemon, Poached Eggs. For sweet, the Crispy Citrus Brioche French Toast
with Whipped Honey Butter, Grand Marnier Syrup.
Find ‘em: 3517 NE 46th. Weekdays 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., weekends 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bumblekiss.com.
The Scene: Sweet little patio next to the colorful, charming and tiny house of a restaurant, safely distant from NE Fremont. Garage sometimes has ping-pong.
The Food: Here’s the menu. For savory, go bacon tacos, three grilled corn tortillas topped with pepper jack + filled with a bacon, onion, pepper + citrus salsa scramble. served with potatoes. For sweet, cinnamon swirl French toast. Good combos, too.
Find ‘em: 1800 E Burnside, weekends 10 to 3, theeastburn.com.
The Scene: Sprawling patio out back with flames on some of the tables.
The Food: Here’s the menu. Savory: Lobster and crawfish Benedict with fontina mornay sauce over sautéed spinach and two potato pancakes. Sweet: blackberry cream cheese stuffed brioche French toast, dipped in custard and cooked in a cast iron skillet, served with whipped honey butter and choice of house preserves or syrup.
Find ‘em: 830 N Shaver, Weekends 9 to 2, equinoxrestaurantpdx.com.
The Scene: Get outta the line at Gravy and drop down at a table in this walled-off patio away from Mississippi Street.
The Food: Here’s the menu. Savory: the Breakfast Pillow, a puff pastry stuffed with roasted bell peppers, mushrooms and caramelized onions, topped with two poached eggs and pasilla cheese sauce. Sweet: Zander’s Craving, creme brulee french toast with seasonal fruit.
Hands on Cafe
Where and When: At the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, 8245 SW Barnes Road. Sunday, 9:30 to 1:30. No website.
The Scene: A few tables outside the secluded, family-run spot in the west hills, surrounded by rhodies and other blooming flora.
The Food: The menu only has four options each week, including a meat like sautéed tenderloin on a roasted red pepper and tomato topped with pork demi-glaze sauce and served with two poached eggs, creamy polenta, shaved Parmesan, and greens with pancetta and mushrooms. A recent sweet was buttermilk cakes topped with winter fruit compote, crème anglaise, sweetened whipped cream, and toasted almonds.
John Street Cafe
The Scene: 10 or so picnic tables is ringed by beds of fuchsia, bleeding heart, columbine, geranium, creeping phlox, Japanese maple, and bamboo.
The Food: Here’s the menu. Savory: Marinated Chicken Omelet, garlic-basil and tomato sauce over an omelet filled with marinated chicken cream cheese-mushrooms and black olives. Sweet: black currant and filbert pancake.
Find ‘em: 2601 NW Vaughn. Weekends 8 to 2:30. meriwethersnw.com
The Scene: A big patio, part covered, patio, which is adorned with wrought iron, heat lamps, copper piping to hang canvas in cooler weather, bamboo fencing, fuchsias, hydrangias, hostas, and a fountain.
The Food: Here’s the menu. Savory: Quiche Lorraine with pancetta and gruyere. Sweet: Dutch baby with lemon and powdered sugar.
The Scene: A row of tables out front, under heat lamps. Maybe the best “see and be seen” spot in Portland.
The Food: Here’s the really big menu. Savory: Bistec de Palomilla, thin-cut Cascade Natural top sirloin, tenderized and marinated in Creole herbs and spices, then pan fried with red onions. Served with eggs any style, yellow plantain mash Moros and Cristianos. Sweet: A wonderful world of pastries with super strong and smooth Cuban coffee.
Find ‘em: 1438 NE Alberta St. Daily 7 to 3. tinshedgardencafe.com
The Scene: Covered garden patio with fireplace. Dogs welcome!
The Food: Here’s the menu. Savory and sweet: Get both with the Everything Naughty sampler: potato cake, scrambled eggs, buttermilk biscuit with bacon gravy or rosemary-mushroom gravy, plus bacon or sausage (possibly vegan).
Find ‘em: 1220 SW First Ave. Weekends 9:30 to 3. veritablequandary.com
The Scene: Flowerlicious patio with a view of the Hawthorne Bridge.
The Food: Here’s the menu. Savory: Herbed crepes filled Wild Mushrooms & Pulled Chicken, Leeks, Cave Aged Gruyere & served with Sauteed Tuscan Kale & Chard. Sweet: Johnny Cakes with Rhubarb Ginger Compote, Fresh Local Strawberries & Whipped Creme Fraiche.
Find ‘em: 2411 SE Belmont. Weekends 9 to 2. wildabandonrestaurant.com
based on a combination of tasty food and cool outdoor seating …
The Scene: An almost secret, tree-enclosed porch out behind one of the funkiest breakfast places in town.
The Food: Here’s the menu. Savory: Pulled Pork Hash, slow cooked boston pork shoulder, caramelized onions, spinach, and toasted potatoes tossed in a some ground mustard horseradish cream. Sweet: Vegan French Toast with soy milk, soy butter, and real maple syrup..