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Jun 16, 2010 08:20 AM

Breakfast in Portland

Seeking a ham, eggs and hash browns kind of breakfast in Portland. Nothing fancy...just good food...prepared well. We are staying on the Northwest side at the Inn at Northrup Station. Thanks for any suggestions you may have.

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  1. a) A picky friend who lives in NW says there are no good breakfast spots in the general neighborhood. I'd probably agree - my fav breakfast spots are on the eastside (Broder, Screendoor, Tasty and Sons)... But that's not very helpful - here are four basic breakfast spots:

    Besaws: 23rd and Savier
    Byways Cafe: In the Pearl - 12th and Glisan
    Bijou Cafe: Downtown on 3rd and Ankeny(?)
    Fullers: Pearl at 9th and Davis. Never been but it's a longtime old school greasy spoon diner type place.

    b) hashbrowns - if you mean the shredded and fried kind, they are hard to find in Portland...most places do breakfast potatoes in a home-fry style...

    2301 NW Savier St, Portland, OR 97210

    Screendoor Restaurant
    2337 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

    1. I second Bijou. It's an easy bus ride from your hotel.

      1. There's also the Stepping Stone Cafe @23rd & Quimby
        Gravy on N Mississippi St, altho I'm not sure how easy it is to get there...

        Stepping Stone Cafe
        2390 NW Quimby St, Portland, OR 97210

        1. Stepping Stone is probably the closest to you that fits the bill, and many folks like it a lot. I have not been. I think it made it onto an episode of Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives. And I think hashbrowns are a specialty there.

          Stepping Stone Cafe
          2390 NW Quimby St, Portland, OR 97210

          1. Thanks for the great ideas. I went out and checked them all out...difficult choice but I think we will try Fullers. Will report back.

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            1. re: Tripper

              I'd say Fuller's based on location. One of my writers just did a write up on Portland's Best Breakfast spots.. here is her review of Fullers.

              "Breakfast used to be more American. In our country’s cultural memory, before we had personal espresso machines and cold-press coffee, we had the endless refillable cup of roadside joe. Fuller’s Restaurant harkens back to this cultural archetype. Hardly your typical road-trip stop, Fuller’s nevertheless evokes the bygone era of the American diner. Counters snake through the restaurant, dotted with paper napkin dispensers and ketchup. Customers perch on stools at the counters, attended to by friendly waitstaff bearing pitchers of coffee. This isn’t the place to go for culinary surprises; it’s the simplicity of the menu that delights. Try crispy yet tender bacon, paired with a few fried eggs and fluffy hash browns – and don’t forget the endless cup of joe."