6320 SW Capitol Highway
Almost 2 years ago I had a post about a fabulous food cart called Gaufre Gourmet. This food cart was, and still is, cranking out some pretty awesome Liege waffles in Downtown Portland. But the story doesn’t end there. This is another great story of a food cart that grew up and into something fantastic. For those of you that want that leisurely sit down meal with your waffle, check out Gigi’s Cafe.
You know me and my benedicts, well Gigi’s enticed me with a weekend special of Duck Egg Benedict with Duck Bacon. I know it sounds crazy, but [Read more…]
This place is as sweet as every single picture you have seen. I have read that there is quite a line at this place, so we got there very early on a Saturday morning and didn’t have much of a wait, which was perfect. The staff was super helpful in helping us make decisions too, which you all know I love. They know what’s good right?
410 SW Broadway
This was a last minute decision as I always forget about some of these great downtown restaurants. I’m really glad we remembered this place because our breakfast was exceptional. I also want to go on the record and let you know that there were Eggs Benedicts on the menu, but I did not get them. They looked good, but I am trying to not be so predictable. Instead I barely stepped it up a notch [Read more…]
4118 NE Sandy Blvd
Pono Farms South Kitchen
Japanese comfort food. That’s what Pono Farms Soul Kitchen says about themselves. They have a farm in Central Oregon where they raise beef and pork. They choose specific breeds and even feed their pigs squash. They have it all dialed in, as far as flavor goes. But as stated they are also a Japanese restaurant, so yes there is seafood and sashimi as well. Deciding to try this for brunch made for quite an adventure. I even told my husband we could check out the menu before we made any decisions about staying. After seeing Eggs Benedict, Corned Beef Hash, Burrito, Biscuits & gravy, and French Toast we decided to give it a go.
I’m not sure how busy they are during brunch normally, but we [Read more…]
Meat Cheese Bread
Seriously don’t know how it has taken me so long to discover this place, but I will tell you right now it’s a favorite. I had my mind made up before I even got there. I wanted the Green Bean sandwich. But the menu!!! It’s crazy! The options of goodness roll off the board making you feel like you should order 2 sandwiches each. We managed to contain ourselves, well kind of.
Just to be clear I ate way more than 8 great meals this year, but every year a I do a “Best of” list and this is the list. Every year the list will be different, because this is a list of my favorites of all the new places I tried in 2014. So yes places like Cocotte still have my heart as an all time Favorite restaurant, but it won’t be on this list. If you want to see my all time favorites check out My Favorites page. I am always adding to it as I stumble upon new places.
Here is my list of my favorite meals I ate in Portland this year:
5433 North Michigan Avenue
Bad Habit Room
We started the meal out with a pop tart. I won’t lie, I was never a fan of pop tarts, but nonetheless I was transported back to Saturday morning and Scooby Doo as I dug into this thing. It was incredibly authentic. I love that pop tarts are starting to pop up around town. (See what I did there Our whole meal was fantastic, but this was a very fun way to start the meal. Brunch appetizers? Does it get any better than that? [Read more…]
4057 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
Thanks to all your awesome input I ended up at Interurban’s weekend brunch. It’s always a gamble when you go to bar for brunch, especially when you are greeted with, “What will you be drinking? I’m guessing something boozy since this is a bar?” I don’t think we disappointed her too much when we said tea and coffee. Nonetheless we looked over the menu briefly before making some of the most excellent decisions.
I, of course, got the Eggs Bennies and my husband got the Campfire Skillet with smoked trout. The prices were so reasonable and she said that his wasn’t huge, so we went ahead and tagged on the [Read more…]
525 SW Morrison Street
Portland, OR 97204
I had been to Urban Farmer before and I had enjoyed the burger on the house made English Muffin. It was then that I learned that they also serve their Eggs Benedict on the same house made English Muffins. Only problem is somewhere in my long list of places to try I had forgotten this bit of info until a reader reminded me.
I ordered the Tails and Trotters Ham Eggs Benedict and our server suggested I also try [Read more…]
3925 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
I had seen that Ned Ludd was serving brunch, but it’s on Sunday mornings. Not the most convenient for us, so when the opportunity presented itself we jumped on it. We showed up in late August. The weather was beautiful. Not hot, and most definitely not cold. We sat outside all by ourselves while the crowds kept going in. The inside is incredible and the atmosphere is quite enjoyable, so I get wanting to be inside, but the outside felt really good as well. No complaints, we loved having space to ourselves. [Read more…]
3279 SE Hawthorne Blvd
The Hazel Room
I’ve been to the Hazel Room for tea. Well, actually tea and coffee cocktails. The sign kind of woos you in. When we were there they told us they had an incredible breakfast and we needed to come back for it. So we did….
We were pouring over the menu when our severer told us we needed to order the Breakfast Burger, which is pictured above. We also wanted to try a hash, so we ordered the Chorizo and Sweet Pepper Hash. The Breakfast Burger is huge. HUGE! We could have easily split it and been happy. It’s one messy breakfast burger and hard to eat, but so good you [Read more…]
1473 NE Prescott St
Grain & Gristle
We have tried to get into Grain & Gristle a few times. Each time we show up there seems to be a wait, and we never feel like waiting it out. Finally we got smart and showed up at like 2 in the afternoon. Score! Nearly had the place to ourselves AND you could order breakfast or lunch.
As we were trying to decide which to order they came out and told us about the bagel plate. Well that sounded amazing! So we ordered it. [Read more…]
128 NE 28th Ave
City State Diner
I had never really heard much about this place, but when we were at Navarre for breakfast one day I looked down and saw this crowd, waiting to be seated, and we discovered it was City State Diner. I figured I should see what all the fuss was about. The beauty of this place is that they are open on weekdays early, so we took advantage of that over the weekend crowd. We didn’t have a wait, we just walked right in. [Read more…]
We had been for dinner at Old Salt Marketplace and we were wowed. When we saw that they were starting to offer breakfast, we knew we needed to get there.
There were no Eggs Benedicts on the menu, but I saw plenty of things I would like to try. Since our visit I did see they have added Eggs Benedicts, so we will be back. My husband got a special hash and I got the smoke trout omelet. Before they brought out our food we thought we would at least try something small to start the meal off. So we opted for [Read more…]
5513 SE 72nd Ave
Arleta Library Bakery Cafe
I asked a few of you what your favorite hidden gem was and Arleta Library Bakery Cafe came up. Funny things, I had already been there just days before. It’s tucked away on a somewhat quiet street and it’s a very small space with minimal tables. Even on a weekday at 11:00 we barely snagged a table. Only one left towards the back.
They boast Portland’s Best Biscuits and Gravy. Even though this is not a dish I normally order [Read more…]
1900 NW 27th Ave
Rae’s Lakeview Lounge
We stopped in here for breakfast because I saw that they had quite a great menu for under $10 and back in April I did a Cheap Eats series and that’s how it got on my radar. Here is what I knew of the place. First and foremost there is no lake and no view, I’m still questioning if there is even a Rae that works here. The other thing I knew is that this was going to be more maybe bar like and maybe even diner food (which I’m not a huge fan of) but we decided not to hold any of those things against this so called “Rae” and check it out anyways. [Read more…]
10 NE 28th Ave
Back in October I wrote a post 9 Breakfast Places I’m Excited About. It has taken me up until this last weekend to hit all the places on my list. My very last place was Navarre, and after we dined there my thought was, “Why did we wait so long?” I think this was one of my most favorite dining experiences and I think more restaurants should do this.
First off they have self serve coffee and tea at the counter, but everything else is full service. We love this because my husband powers through coffee and we often spend our time trying to chase someone down for a refill, plus I like my tea hot and I become high maintenance with asking that they pour out the cold water and add all new hot water. After she showed us where our coffee and tea was she laid down our menu and our order sheet. We must have looked confused because [Read more…]
3848 SE Gladstone St
Shut Up and Eat
Finally I made it to Shut Up and Eat. They post great pics and people really talk about this place, so I knew we needed to get there. I’m pretty sure it’s this place that shared a picture of a city bus stopping in front of their place, the driver got out, ordered a sandwich and then got back on the bus and drove away. (There is not stop here and apparently no place to park a bus.) A big plus too, is this place actually works really well for my Cheap Eats series and I’ll tell ya why. It’s priced really well, and the sandwiches are HUGE.
I really wanted to go for a breakfast sandwich because I heard they made their English Muffins in house. Luckily they serve the breakfast sandwiches all day. After a few questions and suggestions I settle on the [Read more…]
3001 SE Belmont St
Happy Sparrow Cafe
We actually had friends that told us we needed to stop at this place. Funny thing is we had walked past it the week before when we were leaving Accanto. Not knowing what it was, my husband poked his head in and asked what Kolaches were. They are dough stuffed with all kinds of goodies. You have your sweet options like Poppyseed and cinnamon (the way the Czech’s make them) all the way to savory with Ham & Cheese and Smoked Salmon with cream cheese and capers (the way the Texan’s make them).
We were intrigued, but full from breakfast. Fast forward a few weeks [Read more…]
Portland, OR 97202
For those of you that have passed by Lauretta Jean’s because it’s just a pie shop, I need to know what were you thinking? It’s PIE! Second, it’s not just a pie shop, there is so much more or at least I had heard. I was on a mission to find out. This place is just darling, so I chose to invite Debbie from Sweet Bliss to join me. I knew she would enjoy the atmosphere way more than my husband, which she did by the way. [Read more…]
2908 SE Belmont St
Bare Bones Cafe
I was told I needed to go down and try the breakfast sandwiches at Bare Bones Cafe. I grabbed a friend and we made our way over to check out these goodies. Once I was there I began to ask about the menu. It was then that I was told I also needed to try the Chorizo And Egg Breakfast Tacos with a lime sauce. Not knowing what to do, [Read more…]
2838 SE Belmont St
This is another place that I had eaten dinner at, but I had never done breakfast. Once I remembered they were offering breakfast I quickly add them to 9 Breakfast Places I Am Excited About. The location is great, the space is great, all I needed to find out now was if the breakfast was great too. [Read more…]
This was our second visit to Olympic Provisions, but just our first visit to the SE location. I added it to my list 9 Breakfasts I’m Excited About just so I could checkout the other space. I have to say I loved this location. It truly feels like a hidden gem, mostly because it’s really hidden. You aren’t even really sure you are entering into the right door of what feels like a warehouse, but it leads right to it. Inside it’s truly a Portland restaurant with it’s funky look that is all it’s own. A wall of [Read more…]
3449 NE 24th Ave
Dinner at this place is fabulous, so when I heard they were serving brunch on Sunday I knew it would be good, but I needed to find out for sure. I did a little Facebook stalking and found that they do have Eggs Benedict so I was set. I always look over the menu, you know, just in case. He did say that they had cinnamon rolls right out of the oven. [Read more…]
2035 SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd
Trinket was another place I have had my eye on for quite some time. Even as I write this they are still fairly new, having just opened early September. The menu, although small, intrigued me. Quite a few savory dishes and a few sweet dishes too. Plus the weekend specials thrown in to mix it up a bit.
As we entered we were greeted by a very charming space with antlers as a chandelier and dark wood throughout. The space is really small, but very inviting. This used to be home to the [Read more…]
I have discovered many new places this year. This is a list of some of my favorites that I ate at this year for the very first time. Having visited over 100 restaurants and food carts combined for the first time, it’s hard narrowing down my favorite, so I broke down my favorites into categories. [Read more…]
1538 NE Alberta St
Helser’s on Alberta
I have a list of places that I am super excited about trying for breakfast. It just so happens that all but one left on my list does only weekend brunches. So when we had an early morning, weekday run to the airport I decided it was time to try Helser’s on Alberta. Which is also on my list, just another list.
It was nice to go during the week because we almost had the place to ourselves. I already knew they had eggs benedicts and I also had read about the french toast. I am glad we had our son with us, because he loves french toast and I think he’s a pretty good judge of finding a decent french toast. While we were checking the menu over we started with drinks. I of course got the tea, and was surprised when it came out in a little [Read more…]
We’ve all seen pics of the bridge. Maybe even been over the bridge, but I have to say, I have never walked down to Cathedral Park or shopped through the quaint town of St. John, which is basically north Portland. I kept saying to my husband, “I feel like I’m a tourist in my own town.” Quite frankly, I liked being a tourist that day. Our first stop was [Read more…]
1818 NW 23rd Pl
This hidden gem will not stay hidden for long. Things are going to start getting crazy, so do yourself a favor and get on over there while there are still seats available. I will say this so you can skip the whole review and just take in the pics. It was off the charts fabulous, one of the bests breakfasts we have had in a long time. It’s not [Read more…]
1411 NE Broadway
This place caught our eye one day when we were out. It sits down in a little driveway, so it’s kind of tucked back. Yet the sign up front lets you know it’s there. We were there on a beautiful November morning and there were people sitting out on the patio, some under heaters, and some just bundled up and all of them enjoying themselves.
When breakfast menus contain both both hashes and eggs benedicts, we know this place is for us. For those of you that like the sweet dishes, they also have french toast on the menu, but it’s always changing with seasons as to what flavor is. The day we were there it was Gingerbread French Toast. We went with friends, so it was fun to see 4 different entrees. I have to say, we all had very different experiences this day. Read on, you will see what I mean. [Read more…]
1325 NE Broadway Portland, OR
Milo City Cafe
I am crossing places off my breakfast list. You know my 9 Breakfast places I’m Excited About list. Just last week I also took Roost off my list. The problem is I take them off my breakfast list, but then find something on their dinner menu, so it’s like an endless list.
All that to say, as I keep working through my list, we finally made it to Milo City Cafe. We heard that there is often a line during the weekend, so we went in early. We got there just before 9:00 on a Saturday and there were still plenty of seats to choose from. If we have a choice, and we did, we always like to sit at the counters so we can watch all the action. [Read more…]
403 SE Belmont St
Roost was on my list of 9 Breakfast Places I’m Excited About, so you can imagine how excited I was when we finally decided to try it. For the fun of it we grabbed a few adventuresome friends to join us. We told them, we really had no idea what we were in for, we just knew it was going to be great.
We made it in just in time to get breakfast. They closed at 2pm and we got there at 1pm. They said our timing was perfect as it had been a busy morning. From what I’ve read, I kind of assumed that would have been the case. We quickly grabbed a seat and began to peruse the menu. Here’s the thing you need to know about Roost; [Read more…]
580 SW 12th Ave
Tasty n Alder
Yes Tasty n Alder has been on my list. This place, like Tasty n Sons, is crazy popular and I have never really wanted to wait for a table, even though I knew it was going to be good. We rolled the dice and went down on a weekday morning and you know what? No line and lots of tables. I even suggested a table I wanted next to the window and they were happy to let us do that.
Having been to Tasty n Sons just recently we knew that their Chocolate potato donuts were really good. That was our dinner dessert there, but today, they were about to become our breakfast appetizer. [Read more…]
I was asked recently what places were on my list. Well, my whole entire list is like 70+ places long, but my breakfast list is a little shorter. I am such a nerd when it comes to looking for places to eat. I read reviews, I have my Breakfast in Bridgetown book out for some guidance and I follow restaurants on Facebook. I like to think of it as research. So after digging, looking and drooling….I bring you my breakfast list:: [Read more…]
2508 SE Clinton St
After looking over the menu I would have said there is no way I’m going. I mean it looked ok, different, but ok. And the wait for this place…I really wondered if it was worth it.
We kept getting recommendations from people, and the persuasion of one reader that knew we needed to go, is what finally made us get in line. By that I seriously mean, get in line. The place opens at 9am. We rolled up just before 9am and the line was out the door. A guy comes through asking how many people in your party. We say 2 and he takes off. As the doors open you are directed to your seat. We grabbed the [Read more…]
When you get a notification that a special has been named after you at one of our favorite restaurants the only thing to do is go check it out. Right? Even if that means getting up at the crack of dawn and making a trek to Salem.
You see it’s heirloom tomato season. These are by far the best tomatoes ever. Becky, from Word of Mouth, out does herself with specials when tomato seasons comes along. It truly is the best time to visit her place. Last year she took the tomatoes, gave them a panko [Read more…]
1800 NW 16th Ave. (at Thurman)
I was meeting up with someone for breakfast. We wanted some place new, but not down in the hustle and bustle of downtown(Sometimes, I like a little slower pace). After some research I came up with this place. We decided on a meeting time and we were all set. Then I put it into Google maps, and I was a little concerned. I was afraid I was taking us to [Read more…]
2935 NE Glisan St
The reason I chose Bakery Bar is because it’s a very cool space. They have a large outdoor seating area, and they recently added even more tables to it. I have watched the breakfast menu and I have kind of kept it on my radar. Then I heard they were getting new owners, so I waited to see what was going to happen. I was kind of bummed [Read more…]
3901 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97212
Kenny & Zukes Deli Bar
We have been to Kenny & Zuke’s Deli in Downtown Portland for both breakfast and dinner and loved what we ordered. Best Eggs Benedicts in Portland if you ask me. I knew by going to the Deli Bar that we would not have eggs benedicts as an option, but with this place it doesn’t matter. They make their own pastrami and it’s what they are known for, so just make sure you order something with pastrami or Corned Beef. I love their corned beef as well.
One of the things we had gotten in the past was [Read more…]
6446 SW Capitol Hwy
I am a huge fan of Verde Cocina. We first discovered them a few months ago, in the Pearl, and enjoyed their Happy Hour and some dinner. I just love that every dish is filled with veggies. They gather whatever is in season and add it to their dishes with a Mexican flair. Ever since we went for the Happy Hour I knew [Read more…]
SW 9th and Alder, Portland
The first time I heard about this food cart was at the Portland Summer Food Cart Festival, where I was a judge. Not only did I love their stuff, we chose their waffle as the overall winner of at the Festival. It was was the Spicy Goat that won that day. I only got a partial piece of the waffle (I had to share it with the other judges), but I have dreamed of the day that I would make my way downtown and get myself one WHOLE Spicy Goat waffle. [Read more…]
43rd and SE Belmont
Fried Egg I’m In Love
Seriously this is the best name for a food cart. Especially since I LOVE fried eggs. I pretty much eat one every day, because I like my eggs. The only thing I could possibly like more than my own eggs, scrambles and frittatas is someone wowing me with a fried egg sandwich.
I asked the guy working which sandwich I should order. He said either the Yolko Ono or the Sriracha Mix-A-Lot. As I looked at the two I was leaning towards [Read more…]
140 17th St NE
Word of Mouth Bistro
There are 2 things I really enjoy. Going to Word of Mouth in Salem and Sharing the love. Read on to find out exactly what I mean by “Sharing the Love”.
If you have never been to Word of Mouth here is something you should know. The lines get long and it’s totally worth the wait. TOTALLY worth the wait. I have waited, with a party of 6, for an hour, and every person in our party was completely [Read more…]
4246 SE Belmont St
So why would you go out to eat at a restaurant where you have to cook your own food? We had done it before years ago when we lived in Germany at this place called Di Kartoffel. It was a very special treat. We liked the concept and even though we cooked our own steak, it was outstanding. We always took our friends and family when they came to visit and it got rave reviews every time.
Fast forward 20 years and we decide to try the same concept with pancakes. [Read more…]
Paul Gerald from Breakfast in Bridgetown interviewed me awhile back. It was so great meeting him and talking about food. He shared some of his favorites and I shared many of mine. You can tell by the interview that we did have a lot of fun doing this.
By the way his breakfast book is a great tool to have on hand when you are searching for some good breakfast options. I have one and have literally poured over it looking for suggestions on places to go. I have it bookmarked, dog eared and notes in it.
I spare you all the details. I just talked about Portland food and crack cocaine. You know, all good things.
Head over to Breakfast in Bridgetown and listen to the podcast. He starts with a chef from Olympic Provision, which is a place I love by the way, and then I am towards the end.
1038 Southwest Stark Street
Kenny & Zuke’s
Original review from November ’12
I had a hankerin’ for Corned Beef Hash. I began to check through Yelp and saw this place come up a few times. We have not been here before, because I kind of wrote it off as a sandwich shop. Yes, I was mistaken.
I always read completely through menus to make sure both of us would enjoy a place, so I knew going in I was getting the Corned Beef Hash. My husband quickly saw the Pastrami Hash. And to be honest having not been here I wasn’t completely sure what the specialty was. But it’s pretty easy to figure out when you look up at the sandwich board [Read more…]
830 N Shaver
Portland, OR 97227
After enjoying a great breakfast we knew we needed to get back and see if the dinner was as impressive as the breakfast. Armed with another Groupon we made reservations and gave it a try.
We started with a bread salad with grilled summer squash. It was fantastic. It even had [Read more…]
6839 SE Belmont St
Update: We made it back for dinner, review is at the bottom of this post!
I feel like when I share this, I am letting you in on a little secret place, like maybe I should whisper or something. Hopefully the locals won’t mind me sharing this find. Songbird Cafe is a cute cafe in SE Portland, in a great area near Mt. Tabor. It really felt like we had discovered the local breakfast place that also has a great happy hour and dinner. And let’s not forget lunch. We went for breakfast, but we checked out all the menus.
I ordered the Dungeness Crab cakes with eggs and they were [Read more…]
3200 SE Milwaukie Ave
This place reminds a bit of Cheers. As we sat there we watched the staff say “Hi” to people as they walked in, give them hugs, and check on them. Not just a few couples, but quite a few couples. This is a neighborhood hang out for sure.
Don’t worry I told him we had never been there before and he gave us a good amount of attention too, no hugs, but at least we didn’t feel left out.
I went to get the Eggs Benedict. I heard they were so lemony that they warn you before you order them. [Read more…]
4150 N Hwy 101
Lincoln City, OR
After leaving Pacific City and heading home we decided for a little detour through Lincoln City for breakfast. I did some research and liked what we saw. Before we fully committed we checked the menu and it had 4 Eggs Benedicts on the menu, “Heck [Read more…]
1101 SE Division St
I”ll be honest I don’t remember how this place got on my list, but it did. I had also read tons of reviews and it gets rave reviews. The only bummer on this day was that the sun was shining and they didn’t have outdoor seating, but not to worry, they have huge windows, so you can still experience all the sun.
When you first walk in you enter what seems like a coffee shop, and a sign that says “Wait to be Seated” with a sign in and no one in sight except for the barista, who pretends your not there. Very Portland, don’t be offended, just do what it says.
Once in, [Read more…]
2958 NE Glisan St
Laurelthirst Public House
*This review is based on brunch only*
I got invited by Paul Gerald, author of Breakfast in Bridgetown. He was doing some dive bars and I thought chances are I would never try one of these places, so I might as well give it shot with a couple of people and see what the place is about.
Laurelthirst is very much a dive bar. The first thing I noticed upon entering is they have 18 beers on tap. It was breakfast, so [Read more…]
2028 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
The Blue Pig
There are so many things that drew me to the Blue Pig. I love my bennies and they have 4 on the menu, plus they have a weekly bennie special. We, mostly my husband, love hashes and they had 5-6 hashes on the menu. What pushed me over the top and had me actually making the trek down today was the [Read more…]
1300 NW Lovejoy
*Make sure you read all the way to the bottom as there is a coupon attached*
I always love finding a hidden gem, and had I not been tipped off by one of my readers, I would have never known about this place. When I say hidden, I mean hidden. This restaurant is underneath the Office Max in the Pearl. Who knew?
As you walk in you feel like you have literally entered a different world, with it’s very own [Read more…]
16147 SW Railroad St
With so many places to try right in Portland, hitting some of the suburbs is sometimes a challenge. I finally made my way to Fat Milo’s in Sherwood. We went with friends who had been several times and enjoy it.
It was nice to get there a little later on a Sunday, just in time for breakfast. We cut it close, but we were able to still order breakfast. There were many scrumptious things on the menu, but as always, [Read more…]
You asked for it, here it is, our next giveaway.
The Egg Carton has to be one of my all time favorite Food Carts. I know there are a lot to choose from, but let me explain why. This is a family run food cart by Sarah and Tim. They take great pride in fantastic food and they are know for great customer service. We have been several times and I agree, they have great customer service, like seriously, they come out and check on you and the food is fabulous. Not only that but your meals are served on real [Read more…]
This is a new comer to my favorites list. I love the story behind The Slide Inn. The owner Eugen, had spent some time in Europe years ago and had learned to cook there. His wife is vegan and vegetarian and together they opened The Slide Inn. They also boast a great gluten free menu.
I have only been in for Brunch, but I have been eying [Read more…]
One of our favorite out of town getaways, that’s also close, is Hood River. There is something for everyone. We love the food, the beer, great wine, hikes, bike rides and water sports. That’s just the beginning of what Hood River has to offer.
Hood River offers so many great places to eat, so we really have to think about a schedule. Yes we are that bad. We plan our day around our meals. We try to get in the right amount of walking and hiking so we can keep on eating. Here is where we ate ::
Solstice Wood Fire Cafe – This was our first time crossing the river into Bingen, WA to try some food. Wow, it was worth the $1 toll bridge fee to get over there, plus what a great view of Mt. Hood. UPDATE: Solstice has moved across the river into Hood River. They are located on the Riverfront. The food is wood fired, even the dessert. They are known for their pizza. As a matter of fact [Read more…]
That’s right Giveaways. Stay tuned all month as I will be showcasing some of my favorite places to eat and an opportunity for you to win a free meal. I have places in Salem, NE Portland, SE Portland and Lake Oswego. Check back here often or even follow me on Twitter or Facebook as I will be adding new giveaways throughout the month and announcing winners.
Without further ado I give you my most favorite breakfast place of all time. [Read more…]
900 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
I had been to this restaurant one other time when it was Fenouli. We had drinks outside and somehow I had never wandered inside. I was struck by how beautiful this place is. Old barn wood covers the high walls, chandaleirs hung in bird cages provide the lighting. Huge doors open up in the summer to let in the warm sun at it offers a view of Jamison park. The bar has bar stools that seem extra large and high giving a great view of the chefs cranking out some awesome creations. Yep, the atmosphere alone won me over.
Before we left I checked out the menu online and I was excited, to say the least to try this place, already making [Read more…]
2348 SE Ankeny
I love when I discover a new place that is on a street I have never been on. That’s also what I truly love about Portland. I feel like every time I go out and try a new place, it’s a complete adventure! Today, was no exception.
Slide Inn is off of Ankeny, in an up and coming area. There are empty lots, brand new condos followed by run down buildings and tucked in between all of that you find some great eateries, like Slide Inn. It’s those places that make me happy.
We got there for their weekend brunch, right when the doors opened. We were greeted by the owner. I love talking to owners. They are passionate about something on the menu, [Read more…]
Favorite Find – The burger at Yakuza Lounge. The sushi was pretty awesome as well. Great find!
Favorite Lunch – Jade Teahouse. I wish it was closer, I would definitely go more often.
Favorite Dinner – Oven and Shaker. I love that they have seasonal rotating pizzas. My latest was the winter squash pizza.
Favorite Out of Town Food Destination – Still Hood River. Great food, great beer and also lots of wine.
Favorite Beer – Double Mountain. I love that they started bottling this year and we can now have even at home.
Favorite Burger – The Sicily Burger from Tree’s.
What are your favorites?
5222 SE 52nd Ave
Seriously??? I was just reading that Toast has been around since 2007. Wow, I’m late to the party.
We wanted to try a new place to celebrate my father in laws birthday. After much research I decided this menu would please everyone.
Toast is a neighborhood diner. It looks like a hole in the wall restaurant, but inside it’s a charmer. Every.single.item we saw coming out was [Read more…]
3957 North Mississippi Avenue
I hope I don’t let anyone down, but….I didn’t order any gravy.
That’s ok though, because this place is great with or without gravy.
The first thing that jumped off the page to me was the Corned Beef Hash. I had also read ahead of time that this was supposed to be great. My husband agreed that a hash sounded good so he ordered the Smoked Salmon Hash.
To say the servings are large is a gross understatement. [Read more…]
1408 SW 6th St.
503 484 1099
I know what you are thinking….What took me so long to get to this place to review it? I don’t know. I just know I am glad we finally made it.
We went on a Sunday and barely enjoyed a great brunch. Literally we got there 5 minutes before they closed that menu. Things looked so good we ordered quickly….before our kids got there. Yeah, we are bad parents.
Even though the afternoon was hot, we sat outside and they put up umbrellas for us. With a Mimosa in hand I was ready to sit back and relax. [Read more…]
5205 SE Foster Rd.
The Egg Carton
I have seen write ups about this food cart so I knew I needed to try it myself. I do love Eggs Benedict and it was on the menu and it was receiving great reviews. I needed to find out for myself how good it was. Since I was dragging my husband along I checked the menu and reviews to find a second option to order and knew it was the FoPo Cristo.
The Eggs Benedict were really good. The Hollandaise sauce had a hint of lemon that just makes it [Read more…]
3610 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
The Waffle Window
If you head over to my Facebook page you will see that my cover picture is of the Waffle Window, funny thing is, I have never reviewed it. The fact that I went back should speak volumes.
I do love the Waffle Window. It’s that place on Hawthorne that you take out of town guests. You get a good feel of SE Portland and you get some great food.
I talked my friend into going even though she assured me that she did not like waffles. [Read more…]
2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
Jam on Hawthorne
I won’t lie, I have heard mixed reviews on this place. But when a place has waits up to 30 minutes even after they have expanded to a much larger place, you need to find out what all the hubbub is about. We wanted to go for breakfast even though they are open all day.
I was hoping for some kind of benedict, but they don’t have any on the menu, they only have them as specials on the weekends, and even then just sometimes.
Don’t worry, I also like Corned Beef Hash. Since that was on the menu it was a no brainer. Wanting to try more, we questioned our server, who told us that we could order single serving of things in order to sample more items. [Read more…]
We just spent a weekend in Hood River. If you are a foodie and love the outdoors then you will love this little town. We have stayed here often and we have driven through and stopped just as many times. We love Hood River.
We’ve been here enough that we have favorites, but this time we decided to try and hit up the rest of the places that we had not been to you. So sit back as I give you a quick run down of what Hood River has to offer for the foodies.
3640 SE Belmont ST
Pine State Biscuits
Update:: Belmont is closed. Now Pine State Biscuits is located on SE Division and also on NE Alberta.
If you are a lover of this place, then I apologize up front. This is not my kind of place. But in all fairness I will give you all the great details.
Pine State Biscuits is a very, very, very small building with limited seating. We just so happen [Read more…]
1720 NW Lovejoy Street, Suite 121
There are a few things that always make a place stand out. Great food of course, good location, but also good customer service. Modern Love is so much about customer service we were, shall I say it, feeling the love.
What we didn’t know at first was, [Read more…]
1000 Northwest 17th Ave
One thing I do enjoy is trying new places. Yes, I do find places that I love and return, but sometimes the newness wins me over. But you have to be ready for disappointment, just in case, but also be ready to be wowed!! You never know when you try something new, do you?
I shared a few weeks back that they way I can afford to try different places is by using group buying sites like Groupon and Living Social. I also shared that day how I was purchasing my Groupon to Emanon Cafe.
Rarely do my food Groupons sit for very long and that was the case with Emanon Cafe. I just couldn’t wait to cash it in and try some new food.
My research ahead of time had shown me that they had eggs benedict, huevos rancheros and pancakes. I knew with a line up like that, that we would both be happy with something. [Read more…]
The first time I went down I was blown away by the amazing food, the affordable prices and the HUGE portions. I was just thinking they needed to upgrade their tea. I wrote about it and the owner contacted me and acted on my suggestion. Since then she has ordered Two Leaves and Bud tea. Apparently since getting it in, it has been a huge hit with customers.
The owner wanted me to come back and check out the new tea selection. She had also read my About page and knew I liked anything pork. She wanted to make her favorite pork dish for me. What’s not to love about that?
I finally made my way back to Word of Mouth in Salem. [Read more…]
1220 Southwest 1st Avenue
Portland, OR 97204-3201
Last summer we made our way down for a breakfast out on the patio at Veritable Quandary, or as the locals call it, VQ. This place is so well done on the inside, but the patio is the place to be. When the sun is shining in Portland there is no place I would rather be, and I plan on enjoying that sunshine by eating outside every chance I can get.
Since last summer we have been thinking about our return trip, just waiting for the sun to finally come out, which it did for a few days.
Before I get into this review too much let me first say, we love this place, we will be back because of the food, but [Read more…]
4641 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213-1723
It’s been around for years. As of April 16, 2011, they will no longer be open for dinner. The owner was ready, after all these years, to not be serving 3 meals a day. They will be open for breakfast and lunch.
7820 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
Fat City Cafe
Let me just preface this whole review by saying this is NOT my kind of breakfast Place, but I have nothing bad at all to say about Fat City.
BUT… [Read more…]
132 Southwest 3rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
I am not a huge breakfast person, but my husband is, and lately we have been hitting a fair amount of breakfast places and I am starting to enjoy it.
Let me tell you what it is I really enjoy though. At home I make eggs, bacon or sausage and toast. So if I go out it needs to be something I won’t take the time to make and special, especially since I have to pay a pretty penny for it.
Today I actually talked my husband into going out to breakfast by suggesting we go to Veritable Quandary. Just so you know, they only serve breakfast on the weekends. As we were walking away someone that was going to to work there suggested we try Bijou Cafe.
Heck we had already paid for parking so we might has well try something, and anything new is always on my list.
We made our way over to Bijou Cafe. It’s a cute little shop on the corner. [Read more…]
Updated :: 6 May ’11
We have started a search for the best cinnamon roll in Portland. We found after today we have some work ahead of us.
Here’s how it came about. My friend Wendy sent out an email to me and another friend, Rose, and said we needed to hit a few shops and rate cinnamon rolls. She had me at “cinnamon roll.” [Read more…]
1801 Northeast Broadway Street
Portland, OR 97232
It seems we have been on a bit of a breakfast kick lately. It’s my husbands favorite meal to eat out, so we take advantage of opportunities. Today he had to run downtown to take care of business. So I did what any supportive wife would do, I road along.
We have been going to Cadillac Cafe for years. As a matter of fact my in laws were going there before they even were at the new location and they have been at the “new” location for years and years.It’s our go to place for a perfect breakfast and for incredible service. You will not be disappointed at all with this place.
3517 Northeast 46th Avenue
Portland, OR 97213-1025
We just went there, I mean literally we just got home and I can still taste the garlic in my mouth from the pesto on my Eggs Benedict.
Bumblekiss is located in the Beaumont Village of Portland. It is so small. I think I counted 7 tables inside. They did have a tent set up outside, but there weren’t using it. In the summer the tent is gone and it’s all outdoor seating.
I know, really deep subject huh? But hear me out on this one, because I actually think I might be onto something. [Read more…]
6439 Southwest Macadam Avenue
Portland, OR 97239
Cafe Du Berry
Cafe Du Berry has been our list for a very long time. We stumbled upon it one day when we were waiting for Porcelli’s to open. We walked down, saw it was very crowded and looked at the menu and knew at that moment we needed to try it.
I checked out Urbanspoon and saw that it got great reviews.
We finally made our way down. The French toast had been written up several times and the comments on it were over the top. So we knew we would order that.
And you know me, the lover of Eggs Benedict, so I ordered that. Their site said, “The wild mushroom omelets, thick French toast and eggs Benedict are truly memorable.” So I knew that the Eggs Benedict would be a good choice.
6500 Southwest Virginia Avenue
Portland, OR 97239-3504
Don’t miss this gem of a place!!!
We went here because we had a Restaurants.com coupon.(if you see this coupon grab it because they go quickly.) We had no idea what we were getting into. All we knew is we had to order $35 worth of food to get $25 off. Sounds easy, well it wasn’t. It was priced so well, the two of us had to order 3 entrees and 2 drinks and a side of something. But we finally got the price up there.