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Avocado toast at Fair Weather, the new breakfast cafe from the people behind Jacqueline
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Where to Find a Real-Deal Breakfast in Portland

From portable egg sandwiches and bagels to full-blown breakfast plates

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Avocado toast at Fair Weather, the new breakfast cafe from the people behind Jacqueline
| Brooke Jackson-Glidden / EPDX

Portland has no shortage of weekend brunch spots, even during the lingering days of a brutal pandemic. But those are for slow, leisurely times, whereas breakfast is often quicker and more casual. Luckily, the city also has a plethora of dining options for the less buzzy and Instagrammed morning meals. And, unlike the eggs Benedict and pancake towers that define brunch, breakfast travels better with items like breakfast burritos, bagel sandwiches, jianbing, donuts, and savory pastries.

As sunny days replace gray ones and outdoor dining areas open up, the city offers many options for breakfast, from quick on-the-go bites to full sit-down meals. Some places are even offering indoor dining, though it’s up to individuals to decide their level of comfort with that.

A number of Portland restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Broder Söder

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8800 SW Oleson Rd
Portland, OR 97223
(971) 373-8762
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This Scandinavian breakfast cafe is a Portland gem, with locations everywhere from Hood River to this SW Oleson cafe. It has all the classics, including the cheerful little aebleskivers — spherical, fluffy pancake balls topped in powdered sugar. Those who feel comfortable eating onsite can do so, as well, for pans of lost eggs and Swedish meatballs. The cafe is open for takeout, as well as indoor and outdoor seating.

2. Cathedral Coffee

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7530 N Willamette Blvd
Portland, OR 97203
(503) 935-4312
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A popular cafe among St. Johns residents and University of Portland students, Cathedral Coffee brings long lines daily for its menu of coffee and pastries. All of the baked goods here are made in-house — the sweeter pastries include softball-sized baked apple fritters and colossal cinnamon rolls and sweet rolls, as well as gluten-free offerings. But it’s the savory pastries that really show off the kitchen’s skill, especially the baked fold-overs, with fluffy pastry crusts stuffed with fillings like maple bacon and sharp cheddar or arugula pesto and cheese. Cathedral Coffee is open for takeout.

3. Pine State Biscuits

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1717 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(971) 407-3621
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Many mornings, Portlanders can often hear people gasping as they set their eyes on Pine State’s “Reggie,” an uninhibited biscuit sandwich touting fried chicken, bacon, cheese, and sausage gravy. If that’s not enough breakfast for a single morning, there’s always the option to go “deluxe” and add a fried egg. That beast of a breakfast sandwich also comes as a meal kit, for family brunches. Pine State Biscuits is open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining.

4. Hunnymilk

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1981 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 719-7349
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Back in the day, Hunnymilk served customizable plates of both sweet and savory brunch items, side-by-side in a single meal. However, during the Year of the Pivot, Hunnymilk switched things up and became something of a doughnut shop: The menu is still a choose-your-own-adventure of sweet and savory dishes, but now its entire menu involves some sort of fried dough. For instance, one meal might involve popcorn chicken-and-waffle doughnuts with a yuzu dip and an apple pie ‘churro-nut’ with whiskey caramel apples and crème brûlée custard. Hunnymilk is now open for dine-in and takeout.

5. Behind The Museum Cafe

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1229 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 477-6625
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Even with its very literal name, Behind the Museum Cafe can be a little tricky to find. It’s worth the brief hunt, though, as this charming, independently owned cafe serves all manner of Japanese teas and breakfast treats, from baguette sandwiches to onigiri and otsumami. Every pastry and rice ball here is best when enjoyed with a cup of genmaicha, matcha, or sencha. Behind the Museum Cafe offers indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

6. Everybody Eats PDX

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138 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 318-1619
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This new Pearl District cafe starts its daily brunch service a little late — 11 a.m. — but those late-risers will be greeted with peach cobbler chicken and waffles, banana pudding french toast, and crab omelets. The shop’s shrimp and grits, smothered in Cajun cream sauce with lump crab meat and turkey sausage, is a particular stunner. Everybody Eats is open for takeout and onsite dining.

7. Fuller's Coffee Shop

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136 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 222-5608
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When breakfast calls for no more than greasy spoon simplicity and endless coffee refills, there’s nothing like Fuller’s. This institution has been serving Portlanders since the 1940s, and managed to weather the trials of the pandemic despite its intimate interior. Sure, people can’t sit at the bar and eat breakfast, but customers can order Monte Cristos and massive Pigs in a Blanket online for takeout.

8. Bernstein's Bagels

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816 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 883-1222
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Bernstein’s Bagels likely makes the city’s best bagel — chewy but not too dense, dotted with little bubbles to indicate the right level of snap. They come with bagel-sized layers of eclectic schmears and as breakfast sandwiches with eggs and prosciutto, ordered for carry-out from a walk-up window at the cafe. It’s best to arrive early, however; these days, Bernstein’s sells out more often than not.

9. Jinju Patisserie

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4063 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 828-7728
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This Williams bakery makes some of the city’s finest laminated pastries, whether they’re stuffed with meat and sprinkled with everything bagel seasoning, or simply served plain, shatteringly flaky and exceptionally buttery. Beyond breakfast, it’s always worth it to grab a dessert from the cold case while perusing the other pastries. Jinju is currently open for walk-ins.

10. Pepper Box Cafe

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932 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 841-5004
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And old-school Portland staple serving Southwestern treats with a focus on breakfast tacos, burritos, huevos rancheros, and migas, Pepper Box offers a ridiculously affordable breakfast. Its loaded tacos and packed burritos are consummate hangover treatments for those living in inner Southeast, and just generally enjoyable any day of the week. Orders are available for takeout, and diners should call ahead for orders.

11. Tin Shed Garden Cafe

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1438 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 288-6966
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The patio at Tin Shed has always been a breakfast hangout, even pre-pandemic. Neighbors would sit out among the plants, tucked away on Alberta, with piles of eggs over cheesy grits or raspberry-jam scones. For those seeking a pile of potato cakes, an asparagus-leek eggs Benedict, and a passionfruit-pineapple-orange mimosa, this is the mid-week brunch spot to hit. Tin Shed is open for takeout or onsite dining, with reservations available.

12. Fair Weather

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2039 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202

Jacqueline’s take on a breakfast cafe has become the destination brunch spot on SE Clinton. Here, mounds of fresh Dungeness land on top of house brioche and a precariously balanced poached egg, drenched in hollandaise with a pop of pickled peppers. Shrimp and grits get a dose of basil butter and brassicas. Pork belly, instead of being cut for bacon, comes doused in maple fish sauce with snap peas. And to drink, customers have a choice of pet nat mimosas or Push X Pull pourover. Fair Weather is open for takeout and dine-in.

13. Proud Mary Cafe

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2012 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 208-3475
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For years, Australian-born coffee roaster and cafe Proud Mary has served eye-catching breakfasts that Portlanders love to post on Instagram. Instead of plating pavlovas and hash cakes in the main dining room, the shop built a walk-up window into the door of the cafe, where customers order pork belly, egg, kale, and potato hash wraps with bagna cauda or saffron French toast with banana. Most importantly, Proud Mary’s iconic avocado toast, maybe the best example of the trendy dish in town, is on the menu. Orders to go can be placed on the website, with a covered outdoor patio for those who want to eat nearby.

14. Matt's BBQ Tacos

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3207 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 956-7455
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Matt’s BBQ Tacos is known for its smoked meat tacos, served in pillowy, Austin-style flour tortillas. But the migas taco — scrambled eggs with cheddar, salsa, and tortilla chips — might be the move for breakfast. The chopped brisket breakfast taco, with potatoes and cheddar, is no slouch, either. Order online before picking up at the Hawthorne cart.

15. Rose + Lincoln Juicery

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3340 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 348-9520
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In the hottest days of the summer, a breakfast of a super bright smoothie is a blessing, and Rose + Lincoln’s juices and smoothies have developed a serious following. The Great Start is livelier than the average green juice, with a savory kick of parsley, and the Lucky 7 feels downright tropical, with mango, pineapple, and limes. Pre-order online for takeout.

16. Fried Egg I'm In Love

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3549 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 610-3447
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This food cart-turned-restaurant has been a Hawthorne mainstay for years, and with other locations in Pioneer Courthouse Square and the Prost food cart pod, these sandwiches show no signs of stopping. The “Sriracha Mix-A-Lot” — a fried egg with seared ham, avocado, havarti, tomato, and sriracha — is a typical crowd-pleaser, as well as the classic “Yolko Ono,” a fried egg with pesto, parmesan, sausage patty, and “Magic Egg Dust” spice mixture. Sandwiches can be made vegetarian or gluten-free. Orders for takeout should be made online.

17. Nectar Cafe

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1925 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97213
(971) 302-6359
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A Hollywood District cafe with classic Portland vibes, Nectar offers an all-vegan menu of breakfast staples, like scrambles, waffles, breakfast sandwiches, burritos, and bowls. Additionally, it offers fresh-pressed juices, as well as coffee drinks served in eclectic mugs. Nectar Cafe is open for onsite dining and takeout.

18. Pip's Original Doughnuts & Chai

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4759 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 206-8692
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Pip’s is a Fremont neighborhood favorite for its bite-sized doughnuts, served hot and fresh-fried alongside its number of distinct chais — its honey and sea salt doughnuts are a Portland treasure. But even beyond the doughnuts and tea, Pip’s Original has stood as a leader, supporting local restaurants with its Community Chai fundraisers and speaking out about safely running food businesses during a pandemic. Order doughnuts and chai for takeout at the cafe.

19. Cameo Cafe

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8111 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 284-0401
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Eclectic from start to finish, Cameo Cafe has the quintessential funky Portland decor and serves a mashup of American and Korean flavors. Cameo is still offering its omelets and hash browns, waffles, pancakes, or other American classics, but those in the know head straight for Sue Gee’s Pindaettok, a massive Korean pancake of veggies, beans, and ground rice, served with bacon, two eggs, and toast. It holds up well, especially for those who picnic at Rocky Butte.

20. Master Kong

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8435 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97266
(971) 373-8248

This no-frills, family-owned cafe in deep Southeast may serve Portland’s best Chinese breakfast, with everything from jam-packed, blistery jianbing to the an absurdly ginger-laden congee littered with knobs of salted pork. The jianbing, in particular, is ideal for a quick breakfast on the run, and the congee easily holds up on a drive home.

21. La Osita PDX - Coffee and Mexican Food

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1515 -A, SE 122nd Ave
Portland, OR 97233
(503) 358-3364
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La Osita, the breakfast cart with some of the city’s best breakfast burritos and tacos, is still going strong during the pandemic. The chorizo-stuffed breakfast burrito with a hearty dose of pico de gallo is a smart choice, but it’s hard to beat the “brunch taco,” with thick slabs of bacon and tangy pickled onions. The cart takes walk-up orders for takeout.

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Brunch taco at La Osita
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1. Broder Söder

8800 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR 97223

This Scandinavian breakfast cafe is a Portland gem, with locations everywhere from Hood River to this SW Oleson cafe. It has all the classics, including the cheerful little aebleskivers — spherical, fluffy pancake balls topped in powdered sugar. Those who feel comfortable eating onsite can do so, as well, for pans of lost eggs and Swedish meatballs. The cafe is open for takeout, as well as indoor and outdoor seating.

8800 SW Oleson Rd
Portland, OR 97223

2. Cathedral Coffee

7530 N Willamette Blvd, Portland, OR 97203

A popular cafe among St. Johns residents and University of Portland students, Cathedral Coffee brings long lines daily for its menu of coffee and pastries. All of the baked goods here are made in-house — the sweeter pastries include softball-sized baked apple fritters and colossal cinnamon rolls and sweet rolls, as well as gluten-free offerings. But it’s the savory pastries that really show off the kitchen’s skill, especially the baked fold-overs, with fluffy pastry crusts stuffed with fillings like maple bacon and sharp cheddar or arugula pesto and cheese. Cathedral Coffee is open for takeout.

7530 N Willamette Blvd
Portland, OR 97203

3. Pine State Biscuits

1717 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

Many mornings, Portlanders can often hear people gasping as they set their eyes on Pine State’s “Reggie,” an uninhibited biscuit sandwich touting fried chicken, bacon, cheese, and sausage gravy. If that’s not enough breakfast for a single morning, there’s always the option to go “deluxe” and add a fried egg. That beast of a breakfast sandwich also comes as a meal kit, for family brunches. Pine State Biscuits is open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining.

1717 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

4. Hunnymilk

1981 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Back in the day, Hunnymilk served customizable plates of both sweet and savory brunch items, side-by-side in a single meal. However, during the Year of the Pivot, Hunnymilk switched things up and became something of a doughnut shop: The menu is still a choose-your-own-adventure of sweet and savory dishes, but now its entire menu involves some sort of fried dough. For instance, one meal might involve popcorn chicken-and-waffle doughnuts with a yuzu dip and an apple pie ‘churro-nut’ with whiskey caramel apples and crème brûlée custard. Hunnymilk is now open for dine-in and takeout.

1981 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209

5. Behind The Museum Cafe

1229 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Even with its very literal name, Behind the Museum Cafe can be a little tricky to find. It’s worth the brief hunt, though, as this charming, independently owned cafe serves all manner of Japanese teas and breakfast treats, from baguette sandwiches to onigiri and otsumami. Every pastry and rice ball here is best when enjoyed with a cup of genmaicha, matcha, or sencha. Behind the Museum Cafe offers indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

1229 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

6. Everybody Eats PDX

138 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

This new Pearl District cafe starts its daily brunch service a little late — 11 a.m. — but those late-risers will be greeted with peach cobbler chicken and waffles, banana pudding french toast, and crab omelets. The shop’s shrimp and grits, smothered in Cajun cream sauce with lump crab meat and turkey sausage, is a particular stunner. Everybody Eats is open for takeout and onsite dining.

138 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

7. Fuller's Coffee Shop

136 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

When breakfast calls for no more than greasy spoon simplicity and endless coffee refills, there’s nothing like Fuller’s. This institution has been serving Portlanders since the 1940s, and managed to weather the trials of the pandemic despite its intimate interior. Sure, people can’t sit at the bar and eat breakfast, but customers can order Monte Cristos and massive Pigs in a Blanket online for takeout.

136 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

8. Bernstein's Bagels

816 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227

Bernstein’s Bagels likely makes the city’s best bagel — chewy but not too dense, dotted with little bubbles to indicate the right level of snap. They come with bagel-sized layers of eclectic schmears and as breakfast sandwiches with eggs and prosciutto, ordered for carry-out from a walk-up window at the cafe. It’s best to arrive early, however; these days, Bernstein’s sells out more often than not.

816 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227

9. Jinju Patisserie

4063 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

This Williams bakery makes some of the city’s finest laminated pastries, whether they’re stuffed with meat and sprinkled with everything bagel seasoning, or simply served plain, shatteringly flaky and exceptionally buttery. Beyond breakfast, it’s always worth it to grab a dessert from the cold case while perusing the other pastries. Jinju is currently open for walk-ins.

4063 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

10. Pepper Box Cafe

932 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

And old-school Portland staple serving Southwestern treats with a focus on breakfast tacos, burritos, huevos rancheros, and migas, Pepper Box offers a ridiculously affordable breakfast. Its loaded tacos and packed burritos are consummate hangover treatments for those living in inner Southeast, and just generally enjoyable any day of the week. Orders are available for takeout, and diners should call ahead for orders.

932 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

11. Tin Shed Garden Cafe

1438 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

The patio at Tin Shed has always been a breakfast hangout, even pre-pandemic. Neighbors would sit out among the plants, tucked away on Alberta, with piles of eggs over cheesy grits or raspberry-jam scones. For those seeking a pile of potato cakes, an asparagus-leek eggs Benedict, and a passionfruit-pineapple-orange mimosa, this is the mid-week brunch spot to hit. Tin Shed is open for takeout or onsite dining, with reservations available.

1438 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

12. Fair Weather

2039 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

Jacqueline’s take on a breakfast cafe has become the destination brunch spot on SE Clinton. Here, mounds of fresh Dungeness land on top of house brioche and a precariously balanced poached egg, drenched in hollandaise with a pop of pickled peppers. Shrimp and grits get a dose of basil butter and brassicas. Pork belly, instead of being cut for bacon, comes doused in maple fish sauce with snap peas. And to drink, customers have a choice of pet nat mimosas or Push X Pull pourover. Fair Weather is open for takeout and dine-in.

2039 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202

13. Proud Mary Cafe

2012 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

For years, Australian-born coffee roaster and cafe Proud Mary has served eye-catching breakfasts that Portlanders love to post on Instagram. Instead of plating pavlovas and hash cakes in the main dining room, the shop built a walk-up window into the door of the cafe, where customers order pork belly, egg, kale, and potato hash wraps with bagna cauda or saffron French toast with banana. Most importantly, Proud Mary’s iconic avocado toast, maybe the best example of the trendy dish in town, is on the menu. Orders to go can be placed on the website, with a covered outdoor patio for those who want to eat nearby.

2012 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

14. Matt's BBQ Tacos

3207 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Matt’s BBQ Tacos is known for its smoked meat tacos, served in pillowy, Austin-style flour tortillas. But the migas taco — scrambled eggs with cheddar, salsa, and tortilla chips — might be the move for breakfast. The chopped brisket breakfast taco, with potatoes and cheddar, is no slouch, either. Order online before picking up at the Hawthorne cart.

3207 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

15. Rose + Lincoln Juicery

3340 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

In the hottest days of the summer, a breakfast of a super bright smoothie is a blessing, and Rose + Lincoln’s juices and smoothies have developed a serious following. The Great Start is livelier than the average green juice, with a savory kick of parsley, and the Lucky 7 feels downright tropical, with mango, pineapple, and limes. Pre-order online for takeout.

3340 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

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16. Fried Egg I'm In Love

3549 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

This food cart-turned-restaurant has been a Hawthorne mainstay for years, and with other locations in Pioneer Courthouse Square and the Prost food cart pod, these sandwiches show no signs of stopping. The “Sriracha Mix-A-Lot” — a fried egg with seared ham, avocado, havarti, tomato, and sriracha — is a typical crowd-pleaser, as well as the classic “Yolko Ono,” a fried egg with pesto, parmesan, sausage patty, and “Magic Egg Dust” spice mixture. Sandwiches can be made vegetarian or gluten-free. Orders for takeout should be made online.

3549 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

17. Nectar Cafe

1925 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97213

A Hollywood District cafe with classic Portland vibes, Nectar offers an all-vegan menu of breakfast staples, like scrambles, waffles, breakfast sandwiches, burritos, and bowls. Additionally, it offers fresh-pressed juices, as well as coffee drinks served in eclectic mugs. Nectar Cafe is open for onsite dining and takeout.

1925 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97213

18. Pip's Original Doughnuts & Chai

4759 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213

Pip’s is a Fremont neighborhood favorite for its bite-sized doughnuts, served hot and fresh-fried alongside its number of distinct chais — its honey and sea salt doughnuts are a Portland treasure. But even beyond the doughnuts and tea, Pip’s Original has stood as a leader, supporting local restaurants with its Community Chai fundraisers and speaking out about safely running food businesses during a pandemic. Order doughnuts and chai for takeout at the cafe.

4759 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213

19. Cameo Cafe

8111 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

Eclectic from start to finish, Cameo Cafe has the quintessential funky Portland decor and serves a mashup of American and Korean flavors. Cameo is still offering its omelets and hash browns, waffles, pancakes, or other American classics, but those in the know head straight for Sue Gee’s Pindaettok, a massive Korean pancake of veggies, beans, and ground rice, served with bacon, two eggs, and toast. It holds up well, especially for those who picnic at Rocky Butte.

8111 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213

20. Master Kong

8435 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97266

This no-frills, family-owned cafe in deep Southeast may serve Portland’s best Chinese breakfast, with everything from jam-packed, blistery jianbing to the an absurdly ginger-laden congee littered with knobs of salted pork. The jianbing, in particular, is ideal for a quick breakfast on the run, and the congee easily holds up on a drive home.

8435 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97266

21. La Osita PDX - Coffee and Mexican Food

1515 -A, SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97233
hand holding a brunch taco from La Osita
Brunch taco at La Osita
Krista Garcia/EPDX

La Osita, the breakfast cart with some of the city’s best breakfast burritos and tacos, is still going strong during the pandemic. The chorizo-stuffed breakfast burrito with a hearty dose of pico de gallo is a smart choice, but it’s hard to beat the “brunch taco,” with thick slabs of bacon and tangy pickled onions. The cart takes walk-up orders for takeout.

1515 -A, SE 122nd Ave
Portland, OR 97233

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