Breakfast Reviews

InterUrban: Yet Another Fine Brunch on N Mississippi

by BreakfastGuy on December 27, 2014 · 7 comments

Whenever I get into discussions about the best brunches in Portland, people will always complain about long lines, and they will almost always mention Gravy. For a lot of people, it’s an example of a good place with a terrible line. For me, it’s an example of a good place to start in North Portland. […]

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Gem: Gluten-Free Bakery in NE Portland

by BreakfastGuy on December 10, 2014 · 0 comments

I get a lot of questions about gluten-free breakfasts in Portland, which is one of the reasons I included a whole section on gluten-free breakfasts in my latest edition of Breakfast in Bridgetown. That section, by the way, was written by Martha Wagner, a local food writer who is also gluten-free. She did a great job, and she […]

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Off the Waffle: Cute New SE Portland Breakfast Place

by BreakfastGuy on November 26, 2014 · 16 comments

Whenever I check out a new Portland breakfast place, I try to think about the basic thing that sets it apart, the sentence or moment or scene that defines the whole place. In the case of Off the Waffle, a new place at SE 26th and Clinton, it’s actually just one word: cute. The outside […]

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New Portland Brunch: Cafe Castagna on SE Hawthorne

by BreakfastGuy on November 13, 2014 · 0 comments

One of the weird things about being the Porland Breakfast Guy is that I don’t get out to eat much after noon. Even the best-known restaurants in Portland probably won’t be seeing me unless they start serving brunch. So it is that after all these years I finally made it to Castagna on SE Hawthorne Blvd. […]

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Dots: Old-School Brunch Place in Southeast Portland

by BreakfastGuy on October 31, 2014 · 1 comment

When I heard that Dots, in Southeast Portland, had started serving brunch, my mind drifted back to my first days in Portland, back in the old days of 1996. In the fall of 1996, when I was just off a fishing boat in Alaska and making Portland my new home, I settled into a house […]

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New SE Portland Breakfast Place: Pepper Box Cafe

by BreakfastGuy on October 20, 2014 · 0 comments

Two of my favorite old breakfast places have combined to create one of the newest Portland breakfast places: Pepper Box Café. You might remember the old Pepper Box cart, which was last seen in the now-gone Dreamers Marketplace on MLK Blvd. (It was most recently a Crossfit). In the second edition of Breakfast in Bridgetown, […]

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John’s Cafe: Last of the Downtown Diners

by BreakfastGuy on October 16, 2014 · 0 comments

With the closing of Leo’s Non-Smoking Coffee Shop (and its replacement by the better Dime Store) and my sense that Fuller’s over in the Pearl has been kind of “discovered,” I got to thinking that the downtown Portland diner is a dying breed. So here’s what I wrote in my book about John’s Cafe at […]

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Well, another Portland brunch place completely has completely surprised and pleased me. I had some vague memory of eating at Mehri’s on SE 52nd years ago, but all I remembered was a small place with good baked goods. And since I don’t tend to put “small places with good pastries” into my book, I wrote […]

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The Dime Store: Newest Brunch in Downtown Portland

by BreakfastGuy on September 22, 2014 · 15 comments

I’m sitting at the counter of The Dime Store, the new downtown Portland brunch place, contemplating why we choose the places where we eat breakfast. Is it the food? Maybe, but maybe not as much as you think. The location? The staff? Sheer habit? Since I am “the Portland breakfast guy,” author of a book on […]

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Since there are 31 new places in the new 3rd edition of my guidebook, Breakfast in Bridgetown, I thought I would share one or two of them here on the blog. This time around, I am happy to tell you about a place few Portlanders seem to know about: Aquariva, which sits in a quiet little […]

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