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Looking for good Breakfast Place in Portland

Elzoe Aug 10, 2006 02:56 PM

We're going up to Portland for a Saturday afternoon wedding and are much interested in recs for a good breakfast place that will be open on Sunday morning.

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    Keefer Lucas RE: Elzoe Aug 10, 2006 06:53 PM

    I predict an onslaught of recommendations for Becky's Diner, which is fine if you are looking for blueberry pancakes in a diner-syle atmosphere on Commercial Street in Portland. That being offered, if you are looking for something more "upscale" I would recommend Mim's, also on Commercial Street - though central to the Old Port section of town for shopping. Bintliff's on Portland street adjacent to the Post Office is another great choice, though its a bit out of the way unless you happen to be transitting Forest Ave that morning. There are no shortage of favorite neighborhood eateries that I am sure others will chime in with...

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      rufustfi RE: Elzoe Aug 10, 2006 08:05 PM

      I've been to Bintliff's for Sunday Breakfast/Brunch only once, and maybe it was an off day. But the food was pretty bad. And overpriced. Unless someone can tell you that things have improved in the past year or so, I'd steer clear of Bintliff's. It's often the first place people mention when discussing brunch in Portland, and I suspect people go there because they don't know of other options.

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        memom RE: Elzoe Aug 10, 2006 08:22 PM

        I like Pat's on Stevens Ave for brunch. I think they open at 9am.....yum!

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          gorgo RE: Elzoe Aug 10, 2006 09:46 PM

          Do try Artemisia Cafe on Pleasant St. for breakfast (or lunch), a small neighborhood eatery offering some very well prepared and tasty food.

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            Jerry Saywell RE: Elzoe Aug 11, 2006 07:12 PM

            We had breakfast at the Porthole Restaurant, on Commercial Street near the Ferry Dock, last Saturday. It was great. And the location right on the wharf is very pleasant.

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              cervisiam RE: Jerry Saywell Aug 21, 2006 05:23 PM

              second porthole--it's a pretty laid-back place where you can get a VERY hearty breakfast

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                bewley RE: cervisiam Aug 25, 2006 04:30 PM

                I'll third porthole--it's a dive, yes, but we enjoyed it.

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                MangiaMuse RE: Jerry Saywell Aug 24, 2006 01:55 AM

                I am always amazed when people like the Porthole. Heavy emphasis on HOLE here. The place is a dive, and the food is just o.k. The oatmeal is made with quick oats. I'm unimpressed, and think this dump is WAY overrated. I think its the worst breakfast in Portland, and would rather go to Mim's, Bintliff's, Becky's, or even Big Mamas. Haven't tried Artemisia for breakfast, but I will. Their lunch is lovely!

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                  cervisiam RE: MangiaMuse Aug 25, 2006 01:58 PM

                  to each his/her own--i like divey locales better than chichi places.

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                    Karl S RE: MangiaMuse Aug 25, 2006 05:59 PM

                    My impression of Porthole is that it can vary wildly depending on who shows up to cook breakfast and whether the staff was out partying the night before. Not just in terms of service or quality of cooking, but what is actually cooked. I've had smack-down fine food there and lackluster food there. I like the divey atmosphere, but I'd consider it faux divey.

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                      MangiaMuse RE: Karl S Mar 19, 2007 07:59 AM

                      I like that expression--faux divey! You are right--not a true dive anymore. Too trendy.

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                  birddog RE: Elzoe Aug 12, 2006 12:15 AM

                  Bayou Kitchen on Deering Ave has the best corned beef hash, period. Plus andouille sausage, jalapeno cheddar corn bread, that kind of thing. I'd go just for the hash.

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                    jackattack RE: Elzoe Aug 22, 2006 01:22 AM

                    Hash at Becky's. There's a reason this little diner made TOP TEN DINERS IN AMERICA on epicurious.

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                      irwin RE: jackattack Mar 19, 2007 07:06 PM

                      I second that motion !!!!!!

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                      toaster RE: Elzoe Aug 22, 2006 01:36 AM

                      I'd suggest the Front Room, on Congress Street. It's a great neighborhood place, with a nice feel, helpful staff, and really good food. Biscuits and gravy side is a meal in and of itself, though I don't recommend stopping there. Prices are extremely reasonable, especially for the high quality of the food. Mmmmmmm . . . .

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                        irwin RE: Elzoe Aug 26, 2006 02:12 AM

                        Becky's is the best........
                        Big choices, quick service, reasonable prices, large quantities, and just about anything you would want. Besides, its an experience to eat at Becky's. Their non-fat yogurt with frest fruit is not made until ordered and is fabulous. Meanwhile, enjoy, and report back to us!

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