Breakfast Reviews

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 · 4 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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I was having a rough morning the day I ate brunch at the Woodsman Tavern. Various aspects of life, particularly life in Portland, were getting on my nerves, among them such small matters as work, money, the weather, traffic, and other people. Such was my foul mood that when I arrived early at the little […]

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Brunch at Southeast Portland’s Slide Inn

by BreakfastGuy on May 12, 2014 · 0 comments

Sometimes it seems to me that there are Portland brunch places, then there are places that do brunch. That probably seems like a “distinction without a difference,” but it’s what I found myself thinking about while having brunch at Southeast Portland’s Slide Inn. Think of it this way: Byways Café? Breakfast and brunch place. Bijou? […]

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Breakfast Road Trips: The Bon Ton Cafe in Memphis

by BreakfastGuy on April 30, 2014 · 0 comments

It’s a funny thing, going back to your hometown as a tourist. I lived in Memphis the first 30 years of my life, other than some Texas college years, but in all those years I, for example, never really hung out downtown. That may seem weird, and I guess it is. But Memphis is weird. […]

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Here’s My Indiegogo “Blooper” Reel

by BreakfastGuy on March 29, 2014 · 2 comments

Seeing yourself on video — that’s one level of adjustment. Seeing yourself screw up on video — that’s even more fun! Below is the “blooper” reel from my Indiegogo campaign video. You can see the original at the link. It was done by the wonderful people at Ampersand Productions in Portland. Please contribute today so I […]

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I confess slipping, occasionally, into a Portland-centered state of mind. In fact, when putting together the new edition of Breakfast in Bridgetown, I kind of skipped over the suburbs entirely. But I still get the question: What are some good brunches in Beaverton or Gresham? Well, now I can say that I know of at least […]

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