Food & Drink

The 12 Best Breakfast Places in Portland

Published On 04/13/2015 Published On 04/13/2015
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We’ve told you where to get the best brunch in every neighborhood, where to go if you don’t want to wait in line, AND all about the new spots. But what do you do if you want breakfast on like, a Tuesday? You hit one of these 12 place that serve breakfast every day...

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Stepping Stone Cafe

Alphabet District
Of course the booziest brunch spot in the Northwest is one of the best places to get breakfast every day! This greasy spoon offers everything from three egg omelettes to a stack of “mancakes” that was featured on Man v. Food. They serve lunch and dinner too, but since you can get breakfast all day, who cares?

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Pepper Box Cafe

Buckman
A New Mexican food cart turned brick-and-mortar not too long ago, Pepper Box brings Southwestern-style breakfasts East of the river. Get your breakfast taco fix here with any combination of bacon, carne adovada, chorizo, and avocado. Or go for a plate of huevos rancheros.

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Urban Farmer

Downtown
Just because it’s the best place to party while having a nice steak dinner doesn’t mean it isn’t also the best place to stumble into hungover the next morning. And not only because there's candied bacon in the Bloody Marys. It also has the best English muffins in town, topped with local favorites like Tails & Trotters ham, Dungeness crab, and house-butchered sirloin. You can’t be disappointed.

Besaw's

Besaw’s

Alphabet District
One of the classic breakfast spots, Besaw’s has been a Portland institution since 1903. It’s almost always busy, especially on the weekends, and for good reason. It has a simple breakfast menu with appropriate specials and quick, friendly service. The Wild Salmon Scramble is always a good bet but it’s hard to avoid a good Croque Madame.

Broder and Broder Nord

Broder Nord

Eliot
This Swedish outpost on North Interstate is an extension of the extremely popular, extremely small restaurant on SE Clinton. It still offers our absolute favorite Bloody Mary, as well as baked eggs, Swedish hash, and its specialty, aebelskivers (Danish pancakes).

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Pine State Biscuits

Multiple locations
Purveyors of the best and widest selection of biscuit sandwiches, Pine State has now expanded to almost every quadrant. Most of its biscuits are topped with fried chicken, but if you’re smart you’ll get with with cheese, bacon, and gravy. I guess what we’re saying is order the Reggie Deluxe.

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Fuller’s Coffee Shop

Pearl
A surprisingly blue-collar counter operation nestled between the Pearl and Old Town, Fuller’s U-shaped counter and friendly, mostly older, staff feel like something you’d find on the way out of town, not a couple minutes from what people don't actually call Portland’s financial district (even though it’s true). The food is cheap but delicious. It’s not trying to be anything other than a place for properly cooked eggs, crispy hash browns, and a seemingly never-ending cup of hot coffee.

Trinket

Trinket

Southeast Portland
Sorry everyone, but since we last talked about Trinket and touted its lack of a brunch line, the tiny restaurant has gotten a tad busier. But good for it! With delicious items like its Fried Duck Egg Sandwich and Sausage Hash, this is a cozy place to bring that person you convinced to stay over last night, and it's well-worth the wait.

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Gravy

Boise
Let’s get this out of the way first: the best thing at Gravy, surprisingly, isn’t the gravy. But that shouldn’t keep you from going because this trendy little joint on Mississippi happens to make some of the biggest and best omelettes and scrambles not only in town, but also probably the entire West Coast. If you’re going for the first time try The Dalise, an obscene combination of bacon, sausage, ham, sweet peppers, mushrooms, onions, and cheddar cheese, all smothered with sausage gravy.

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Pure Spice

Southeast Tabor
Criminally missing from our first ever dim sum round-up, Pure Spice separates itself by not having its food delivered questionably on a variety of carts. Instead, you get to sit down, look at a menu and order from a bonafide server. Definitely order a couple of the hand-pulled noodles and a scallion pancake. And the five-spice duck. It’s all good.

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Sweedeedee

Humboldt
Tiny ceramic pots with miniature wooden spoons for salt containers; a well-curated selection of records and tapes; overflowing green indoor plants perched just so on the rafters -- and we haven’t even made it to the food yet. Sweedeedee is the quintessential twee Portland restaurant. Sure, you may have to wait for a table to open up, and then again to order, but everyone will be friendly, the music will be good, and by all means you will order a slice of the salted honey pie to have with coffee.

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Bertie Lou's Cafe

Sellwood
Bertie Lou’s has been “serving Portland’s best mediocre breakfast since 1943” and that statement, proudly printed on the front of its menu, should be reason enough to go. No one’s trying to sell you anything beyond some of the best breakfast in town. Although, they are self proclaimed “culinary prostitutes” who will cook “anything you want -- for ‘enough’ money.” But when chicken fried steak & eggs goes for less than $9 why would you want 'em to?

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1. Stepping Stone Cafe 2390 NW Quimby St, Portland, OR 97210 (Nob Hillalphabet Dist)

Behind the battered red door of this hole-in-the-wall eatery lies some of the tastiest burgers and brunch specials in the Alphabet district.

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2. Pepper Box Cafe 932 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214 (Buckman)

A New Mexican food cart turned brick-and-mortar not too long ago, Pepper Box brings Southwestern-style breakfasts East of the river. Get your breakfast taco fix here with any combination of bacon, carne adovada, chorizo, and avocado. Or go for a plate of huevos rancheros.

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3. Urban Farmer 525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204 (Downtown)

An actual sustainably sound restaurant (not just another trend-follower...), Urban Farmer boasts "barrel to bar" drinks, beef-cut options that will make you pound your chest, and sides like Asparagus and Lefse (asparagus and what?), which consists of crème fraîche, confit lemon, and dill. It's located on the 8th floor atrium of the Nines Hotel and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner. There's also a popular weekend brunch complete with a Bloody Mary bar.

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4. Besaw's 2301 NW Savier St, Portland, OR 97210

Besaw’s has been a Portland institution since 1903. It’s almost always busy, especially on the weekends, and for good reason. It has a simple breakfast menu with appropriate specials and quick, friendly service. The Wild Salmon Scramble is always a good bet but it’s hard to avoid a good Croque Madame.

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5. Bröder Nord 2240 N. Interstate Blvd, Portland, OR 97227 (Ne Portland)

Although Broder Nord -- and offshoot of Broder Cafe -- may only have 12 tables and limited bar seating, they make the most out of it by serving up delicious Swedish fare and an array of adult beverages that are worth waiting in line for. Be sure to stop by for brunch or their Friday smorgasbord dinner.

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6. Fuller's Coffee Shop 136 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

A surprisingly blue-collar counter operation nestled between the Pearl and Old Town, Fuller’s U-shaped counter and friendly, mostly older, staff feel like something you’d find on the way out of town, not a couple minutes from what people don't actually call Portland’s financial district (even though it’s true). The food is cheap but delicious. It’s not trying to be anything other than a place for properly cooked eggs, crispy hash browns, and a seemingly never-ending cup of hot coffee.

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7. Trinket 2035 SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

Trinket focuses on brunch and cocktails, and does both with creativity and gusto. Unexpected eats like pistachio french toast with orange marmalade, fried egg duck breakfast sammies, and libations like the Jerez 75 with cava, fino, sherry, ginger, & lemon are the order of the day at this morning hot spot.

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8. Gravy 3957 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

Let’s get this out of the way first: the best thing at Gravy, surprisingly, isn’t the gravy. But, that shouldn’t keep you from going because this trendy little joint on Mississippi happens to make some of the biggest and best omelettes and scrambles not only in town, but also probably the entire West Coast. If you’re going for the first time try The Dalise, an obscene combination of bacon, sausage, ham, sweet peppers, mushrooms, onions, and cheddar cheese, all smothered with sausage gravy.

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9. Pure Spice Chinese Restaurant 2446 SE 87th Ave, Portland, OR 97216

Pure Spice separates itself from other dim sum spots by not having its food delivered questionably on a variety of carts. Instead, you get to sit down, look at a menu and order from a bonafide server. Definitely order a couple of the hand-pulled noodles and a scallion pancake. And the five-spice duck. It’s all good.

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10. Sweedeedee 5202 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR 97217 (N Portland)

Saturdays and Sundays bring long wait times for the exceptional home-style brunch at this bright and cozy counter-serve cafe, stocked with mason jars of pickles and display cases of pies, but no one will complain when hearty corn cakes, fresh-baked rye, a massive breakfast burrito, and a slice of heavenly honey pie arrive table-side. That last one is a piece of sticky-sweet bliss on a flaky crust that's absolutely mandatory when you visit this adorable spot, which is homey enough to be your grandmother's house.

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11. Bertie Lou's 8051 SE 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97202 (Sellwoodmoreland)

Bertie Lou’s has been “serving Portland’s best mediocre breakfast since 1943” and that statement, proudly printed on the front of its menu, should be reason enough to go, plus when chicken fried steak & eggs goes for less than $9 why would you want 'em to?

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