The Cup and Saucer is the epitome of the Portland diner. Egg and tofu scrambles, sweet scones and a classic diner menu cater to a variety of tastes. The NE location even has a full bar, and tends to be less crowded than its SE Hawthorne sister restaurant.
Fuel Cafe is an adorable retro-ey coffee house with tasty sandwiches, soups and salads, and a beautiful back patio. Lots of organic, local, free trade, vegetarian/vegan options. Drinking, reading, and relaxing are easy at Fuel.
Vita arrived on the Portland scene a number of years ago as the grown-up sister of the(mostly) vegetarian mainstay the Paradox Palace. They have since parted ways and new owners have taken over either restaurant. However, don't think you can't still get your vegetarian "chicken fried steak", burritos, mushroom stroganoff, corn cakes, etc.. The big, varied menu is relatively unchanged. Your meat-eating friends can still get a free-range, hormone-free burger, a plethora of deserts and to top it all off the patio even has a bocce ball court!
A good spot to have your Caffe Vita coffee, use the free WiFi, and have a bite to eat or a drink. In-house bakers churn out fresh pastries, treats and both sweet and savory pies. They also serve a variety of creative breakfast and lunch sandwiches and soups and now have a full on bar complete with infusions and a happy hour. Don't miss their rotating art show, a wall of crafts-for-sale and ostriches. Well, not real ones but they really like the world's largest flightless fowl here. Ask 'em about it.
A cute little coffee shop on NE Alberta that's got your cigarette, caffeine, and internet needs covered. If you're hungry munch on a bagel or panini, or perhaps some fresh juice or a gelato will do the trick.