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.
This Portland punk legend, recently reopened after closing it's doors for a couple years. These days, it is home to punk, hardcore, metal, and other indie shows. And has once again closed.
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!
As in: If you're not "in the know," you're not there. Indie art gallery, live music venue, and screening room. They serve bottled beer only but that doesn't deter young hipsters "in the know" from packing the joint.
Another hip place to go on Alberta? Say it ain't so. Oh it is so so. The Bye and Bye is a large happenin' place with lots of different rooms and sick (that means cool) art. The relatively small menu is 100% vegan with some good choices ranging from the healthy (the Georgia Bowl, marinated southern-style tofu served over brown rice with a side of seasonal greens) to the indulgent (BBQ veggie chicken, black-eyed peas and seasonal greens). The great big back patio is great for cooperative weather and smoking breaks.