Batter Griddle and Drinkery
Just trying to get a taste of what Portland has to offer
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…]
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…]
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.
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
1987 NW Kearney St
There were 3 Eggs Bendicts to choose from…classic, veggie and intriguing. Yep the last one was was pork tenderloin with berry compote. The first question I had to ask was to make sure there was going to be hollandaise sauce on it, which there was. Then I made him describe the layering, because I couldn’t wrap my head around berries covered in hollandaise sauce. [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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
1632 NW Thurman St. Portland
503 894 8136
Olympic Provisions NW
We stumbled upon this place a few weeks back when we were out running around. We had already eaten, but we stopped anyways and checked out the menu and quickly put it on our list of places to visit.
We went for brunch, which is only offered on the weekends. This place was packed. We found a few seats up at the bar where you can watch the chefs do their thing. I always love that.
Because I am such a food nerd, [Read more…]
1338 Northwest Hoyt Street Portland, OR
Today was one of those days you wake up and say I want a good breakfast. We looked at each other and said “Olympic Provisions”. Then we got the frugal bug and decided to use a Groupon we had purchased. We ended up at Brix Tavern.
This was our second visit to Brix. Unfortunately [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
102 Oak Street
Hood River, OR
When we were in Hood River we stayed at the Hood River Hotel. I love this place because it’s right in the heart of all that’s happening. You can hit wineries or breweries and not have to drive home. Or just eat well and waddle back across the street to your room. Whatever works for you.
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…]
Some people wonder how I stay so thin while I Eat My Way Thru Portland. That’s easy, I just exercise. As a matter of fact the only reason I exercise is so I can eat. It works for me.
Others wonder how I can afford to Eat My Way Thru Portland. Well I take advantage of Groupons like today. You can get $16 worth of food for just $9(breakfast) or $20 worth of food for $10(lunch/dinner) at Emanon Cafe. [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.
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.
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.