On the side of the Bread & Ink Café there's a big blue awning, beneath that a red door with a window. This is the place where you would go if by some chance you wanted a delicious Belgian waffle topped with any number of sweet (and a few savory) offerings like chocolate, fruit pies, whipped cream, but you don't want that! Or do you...
Newest location. Specializing in sustainable and local ingredients, Hot Lips serves up an fine selection of specialty pizzas and salads. They now even make their own hand brewed sodas and home made hot sauces. They serve beer and wine and even have carry-out prices! If you get delivery, they might just show up in one of their little electric cars! Cool!
Serving: scotch eggs, bangers, fish-n-chips, pasties, and other British homestyle food along with a few not-so-British specials to soak up an impressive selection of American and import beers on tap. Don't forget: single malt scotches as well as dart lanes for a true public house experience.
The signature gravy comes in both meat and veggie varieties, and the brunch here is very popular. It's the details that really make the wait worth it. Consider: double wide bacon, good veggie sausage, big fluffy biscuits, killer mac & cheese and homey decor.
Grab a loaf of superb rustic bread or a pastry to go or get a delicious sandwich and soup at this smaller storefront Grand Central.
Mid-century-modern sophistication and Portland cool all come together at the Gold Dust Meridian, the latest bar on the Hawthorne strip. Swank and suave, with a naughty side almost like it was conceived by Ian Fleming himself, the moodily-lit interior is a perfect pace to unwind with one of their signature cocktails like the Hawthorne Wallbanger or the Casino Royale. The menu consists of stylish appetizers, salads, and sandwiches, with a few entrées as well. Your secret-agent mission, should you decide to accept it: Slip on your sport coat and Romeos, then drive your Austin Healy directly there.
Bar, Coffee Shop/Tea House, DistroLocation, Cafe, American, Burgers, Soup/Salad and/or Sandwich, Diner, Breakfast Brunch, Staff Pick, Menu
Big windows and booths make this airy yet oft-crowded cafe the place to be seen sipping your coffee and eating breakfasty/brunchy scrambles, hotcakes, and all your fave early day eats. Wash it all down with a Bloody Mary or a Cosmo, then head back home for a nap. Or be there around the noon hour for a sandwich, salad or hot, savory entrée—add a martini or cold one and the rest of the day will float lazily by.
The romance just oozes out of the Farm Cafe. This little restaurant is nested in an old house with a nice deck and backyard patio. The menu is all local, organic, sustainable, fare and lovingly prepared. The house cocktail menu and the wine list are both remarkable, rounding out this perfect date night location.
The Detour is, yes, another good spot for breakfast or lunch in Southeast Portland(!!!), with low ceilings and modern furniture. They serve breakfast all day with; egg sandwiches, French toast, potato skillets and more. Lunch consists of; soup, sandwiches, salads and pizzas and is also conveniently served all day! Plenty of vegetarian options available. Enjoy the front entryway patio when its nice.
The Cricket is a popular hipster/neighborhood brunch spot with a funky multi-level layout and a little bit of attitude. The coffee is hot and the portions are enormous, so go there hungry for a scramble, potatoes, and a Bloody Mary—-or try one of the more creative choices off the extensive menu, which includes a bunch of veggie items, even gravy!
This breakfast and lunch place found in a quaint little bright orange house may be small, but that don't mean they can't cook a big meal! This is high quality food without a big cost. "You can't go wrong" with the ham, havarti & pear on sourdough or the "Lucky 7" for a vegetarian meal. Try it once and you'll definitely find yourself going back.
Located in a garden level walk down in the Pine Street Studios building, Biwa is a simple, high-quality Japanese restaurant, emphasizing everyday Japanese cuisine. Ramen and udon noodles are made in-house, and there's also a large selection of skewered vegetables and meats (including unusual cuts like pork belly and pork cheek). Much of the menu is available vegan or vegetarian.
Neighborhood bar with: six pool tables, a decent mix of people, a bunch of TVs showing sports, lots o' beer selections, stiff drinks and better-than-average burgers.
The inviting atmosphere lets you relax and enjoy Asian inspired vegan and vegetarian dishes. The steamed dumplings are filled with seasoned diced vegetables and browned slightly, making them irresistible. Mushroom crisp also makes for an excellent starter. And standouts like the sweet Sesame Tofu and the Mu Shui Vegetable are not to be missed. All of the food is nicely and artfully prepared and a good selection of teas are available for sipping.
Coffee Shop/Tea House, DistroLocation, American, Italian, Northwest, Diner, Breakfast Brunch, Bar, Featured Happy Hour, Staff Pick, Menu
The Southeast Foster/Powell neighborhood has been in need of a handsome bistro for some time now; Bar Carlo is just that. With a menu that mixes classic American fare with down home Mexican cooking, Portlanders seek out Bar Carlo (located on SE Foster between 64th and 65th) when in need of comforting meals, stiff house-made cocktails, and an upbeat environment. The popular weekend bunch is not to be missed, and breakfast is served all week long - even through lunch and dinner! Don’t be afraid to try some of the wonderful vegan and vegetarian options.