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My Father's Place on MLK Boulevard
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14 Solid Portland Breakfasts for Under $8

Looking for the best dirt-cheap breakfast in town?

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Just because you can't drop a bunch of cash on breakfast, it doesn't mean you can't get a well-made, filling, and potentially even healthy breakfast in Portland. In fact, this town was built on delicious and dirt-cheap deals, from filling breakfast sandwiches when you're on the go, to a complete meal of eggs and pancakes. Without further ado— Here are some of Portland's most budge-friendly breakfast options.

Want to give some love to your favorite cheap breakfast spot? Give them a shoutout in the comments. (The points on this map guide are not ranked but organized geographically).

—Amelia Ayrelan Iuvino

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cameo Cafe's Quarter Acre Pancake, $5.50

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8111 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 284-0401
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The fluffy buttermilk pancakes at this quirky Korean diner on NE 82nd and Sandy are sold by the quarter acre and are so large that they hang off the sides of the plates. Top them with the homemade berry sauce in the squeeze bottle on every table, and good luck finishing it.

[Photo: Trip Advisor]

2. Prescott Cafe's Prescott Quickie, $4.50

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6205 NE Prescott St
Portland, OR 97218
(503) 287-8495
This long-standing, family-owned diner in Cully serves big breakfasts for low prices. A six-egg omelette with every topping available mixed in, plus hash browns and toast, is a fair $11.50, but for less than half that price, you can grab a Prescott Quickie: bacon, egg, and cheese on an English muffin.

[Photo: Facebook/Prescott Cafe]

3. The Big Egg's Breakfast Wrap, $7.50

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3039 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
The bright yellow cart with long wait times on North Mississippi has become the bright yellow cafe with slightly shorter wait times on NE Alberta, but for the perfectly cooked eggs and soft brioche sandwiches served at this tiny, cozy breakfast spot, it’s worth the wait. The portobello sandwich is deliciously rich and messy, but don’t be afraid to get the cheapest option, a warm and crisped breakfast wrap with a tangy yogurt lime sauce inside.

[Photo: Facebook/The Big Egg]

4. Eisenhower Bagelhouse's The Wesley, $7

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3990 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 282-1259
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Good bagel sandwiches can get pricy—what with the meat and the cheese and the egg on top of the fresh-made bagel—but Eisenhower’s, the popular boiled bagel spot on N Interstate that moved from Pinky’s Pizzeria into their own space last fall, does it right: an egg sandwich on the bagel of your choice with bacon, Sriracha, roasted kale, and cream cheese for just $7.

[Photo: Yelp]

5. Miss Delta's Half Order of Biscuits and Gravy, $7

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3950 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 287-7629
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For a cheap and fast Southern breakfast option, head to Miss Delta, where a half order of biscuits and gravy, topped with eggs cooked any way you like, is just $7. The portion’s so large you might even need to take some home.

[Photo: Yelp]

6. John's Cafe's Breakfast Special, $5

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301 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 227-4611
Prices have recently gone up by a little more than a dollar at this little old diner on an oft-forgotten block of NW Broadway downtown (the Breakfast Special used to cost $3.95 for two pancakes, an egg, and two strips of bacon). Pretty much everything else is under $7, so it’s still one of the best deals in town, but be prepared: It’s cash only.

[Photo: Yelp]

7. Portland Penny Diner's PDXWT, $5.75

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410 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 228-7222
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At the Portland Penny Diner, Vitaly Paley’s cheaper and more casual cafe, located on the corner of Imperial, you can get a great breakfast deal, and it’s not even dive-y. For just $5.75, you can enjoy an egg sandwich with duck bologna and coffee mayo on one of Imperial’s famous and fresh parker house rolls. They’re served all day, but the Penny Diner’s only open in the morning on weekdays.

[Photo: Yelp]

8. My Father's Place's 3 Egg Omelette, $6.25

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523 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 235-5494
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A bar and restaurant that’s open every day of the year and nearly every hour of the day, My Father’s Place will serve you (and anyone else who wanders in, as they boast on their website) a three-egg omelette with hash browns and your choice of a biscuit, toast, or pancakes for $6.25. Add-ins start at $0.75 each.

[Photo: Dina Avila/EPDX]

9. Pepper Box Cafe's Primo Breakfast Taco, $4.50

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932 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 841-5004
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Mexican breakfast options in Portland are still pretty limited, but Pepper Box Cafe has been serving breakfast tacos with a choice of green or red chile since it opened as a cart in 2010. Now, you can branch out and try a breakfast taco with pastrami and chipotle crema on a soft house-made flour tortilla for just $4.50, and it just might make you full.

[Photo: Yelp]

10. Sandy Hut's The Basic, $6

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1430 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 235-7972
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Sandy Hut, the well-loved dive bar on NE 14th and Sandy that was taken over by new owners last year, now offers cheap brunch with your breakfast drinks. For a dirt-cheap meal, stick to the basics with two eggs, meat, toast, and potatoes or grits for just $6.

[Photo: Facebook/Sandy Hut]

11. Cricket Café's To-Go Special, $5

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3159 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 235-9348
Cricket Cafe specializes in crispy hash browns, huge portions, and, unfortunately, huge wait times. The best-kept secret in SE Portland is their daily takeaway special. It's not one but two whole breakfast sandwiches (egg, cheese, and Canadian bacon on a homemade biscuit) and a coffee for $5.

[Photo: Yelp/Cricket Cafe]

12. Sckavone's Eggs and Homestyle Potatoes, $6.75

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4100 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 235-0630
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Walking into Sckavone’s, the old-school luncheonette that used to be soda fountain run by the current owner’s grandfather back in the 1930s, feels like walking back in time. Sit at the horseshoe counter, order some cheap eggs and chunky homestyle potatoes, and enjoy those free, freshly baked scones your server will bring you first. If you’re feeling rich, why not add bacon or sausage for two bucks?

[Photo: Facebook/Sckavone's]

13. Original Hotcake And Steak House's Two Strawberry or Blueberry Hotcakes, $6.50

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1002 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 236-7402
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The Original Hotcake House is open 24 hours a day, which means it will serve you cheap breakfast even when it’s not breakfast time. Its basic fruit pancakes get the job done.

[Photo: Original Hotcake House]

14. Bertie Lou's Cafe Breakfast, $6.25

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8051 SE 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 239-1177
Bertie Lou’s, an old-school box of a cafe in Sellwood where you can watch your eggs being cooked from the counter, boasts “Portland’s best mediocre breakfast since 1943.” There are fancier, more expensive options, but for $6.25, you can still get home fries, toast, and two eggs cooked any way you like.

[Photo: Yelp]

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1. Cameo Cafe's Quarter Acre Pancake, $5.50

8111 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213
The fluffy buttermilk pancakes at this quirky Korean diner on NE 82nd and Sandy are sold by the quarter acre and are so large that they hang off the sides of the plates. Top them with the homemade berry sauce in the squeeze bottle on every table, and good luck finishing it.

[Photo: Trip Advisor]

8111 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213

2. Prescott Cafe's Prescott Quickie, $4.50

6205 NE Prescott St, Portland, OR 97218
This long-standing, family-owned diner in Cully serves big breakfasts for low prices. A six-egg omelette with every topping available mixed in, plus hash browns and toast, is a fair $11.50, but for less than half that price, you can grab a Prescott Quickie: bacon, egg, and cheese on an English muffin.

[Photo: Facebook/Prescott Cafe]

6205 NE Prescott St
Portland, OR 97218

3. The Big Egg's Breakfast Wrap, $7.50

3039 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
The bright yellow cart with long wait times on North Mississippi has become the bright yellow cafe with slightly shorter wait times on NE Alberta, but for the perfectly cooked eggs and soft brioche sandwiches served at this tiny, cozy breakfast spot, it’s worth the wait. The portobello sandwich is deliciously rich and messy, but don’t be afraid to get the cheapest option, a warm and crisped breakfast wrap with a tangy yogurt lime sauce inside.

[Photo: Facebook/The Big Egg]

3039 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

4. Eisenhower Bagelhouse's The Wesley, $7

3990 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97227
Good bagel sandwiches can get pricy—what with the meat and the cheese and the egg on top of the fresh-made bagel—but Eisenhower’s, the popular boiled bagel spot on N Interstate that moved from Pinky’s Pizzeria into their own space last fall, does it right: an egg sandwich on the bagel of your choice with bacon, Sriracha, roasted kale, and cream cheese for just $7.

[Photo: Yelp]

3990 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97227

5. Miss Delta's Half Order of Biscuits and Gravy, $7

3950 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
For a cheap and fast Southern breakfast option, head to Miss Delta, where a half order of biscuits and gravy, topped with eggs cooked any way you like, is just $7. The portion’s so large you might even need to take some home.

[Photo: Yelp]

3950 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97227

6. John's Cafe's Breakfast Special, $5

301 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209
Prices have recently gone up by a little more than a dollar at this little old diner on an oft-forgotten block of NW Broadway downtown (the Breakfast Special used to cost $3.95 for two pancakes, an egg, and two strips of bacon). Pretty much everything else is under $7, so it’s still one of the best deals in town, but be prepared: It’s cash only.

[Photo: Yelp]

301 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209

7. Portland Penny Diner's PDXWT, $5.75

410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205
At the Portland Penny Diner, Vitaly Paley’s cheaper and more casual cafe, located on the corner of Imperial, you can get a great breakfast deal, and it’s not even dive-y. For just $5.75, you can enjoy an egg sandwich with duck bologna and coffee mayo on one of Imperial’s famous and fresh parker house rolls. They’re served all day, but the Penny Diner’s only open in the morning on weekdays.

[Photo: Yelp]

410 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

8. My Father's Place's 3 Egg Omelette, $6.25

523 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
A bar and restaurant that’s open every day of the year and nearly every hour of the day, My Father’s Place will serve you (and anyone else who wanders in, as they boast on their website) a three-egg omelette with hash browns and your choice of a biscuit, toast, or pancakes for $6.25. Add-ins start at $0.75 each.

[Photo: Dina Avila/EPDX]

523 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214

9. Pepper Box Cafe's Primo Breakfast Taco, $4.50

932 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214
Mexican breakfast options in Portland are still pretty limited, but Pepper Box Cafe has been serving breakfast tacos with a choice of green or red chile since it opened as a cart in 2010. Now, you can branch out and try a breakfast taco with pastrami and chipotle crema on a soft house-made flour tortilla for just $4.50, and it just might make you full.

[Photo: Yelp]

932 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

10. Sandy Hut's The Basic, $6

1430 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
Sandy Hut, the well-loved dive bar on NE 14th and Sandy that was taken over by new owners last year, now offers cheap brunch with your breakfast drinks. For a dirt-cheap meal, stick to the basics with two eggs, meat, toast, and potatoes or grits for just $6.

[Photo: Facebook/Sandy Hut]

1430 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

11. Cricket Café's To-Go Special, $5

3159 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214
Cricket Cafe specializes in crispy hash browns, huge portions, and, unfortunately, huge wait times. The best-kept secret in SE Portland is their daily takeaway special. It's not one but two whole breakfast sandwiches (egg, cheese, and Canadian bacon on a homemade biscuit) and a coffee for $5.

[Photo: Yelp/Cricket Cafe]

3159 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

12. Sckavone's Eggs and Homestyle Potatoes, $6.75

4100 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
Walking into Sckavone’s, the old-school luncheonette that used to be soda fountain run by the current owner’s grandfather back in the 1930s, feels like walking back in time. Sit at the horseshoe counter, order some cheap eggs and chunky homestyle potatoes, and enjoy those free, freshly baked scones your server will bring you first. If you’re feeling rich, why not add bacon or sausage for two bucks?

[Photo: Facebook/Sckavone's]

4100 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

13. Original Hotcake And Steak House's Two Strawberry or Blueberry Hotcakes, $6.50

1002 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202
The Original Hotcake House is open 24 hours a day, which means it will serve you cheap breakfast even when it’s not breakfast time. Its basic fruit pancakes get the job done.

[Photo: Original Hotcake House]

1002 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202

14. Bertie Lou's Cafe Breakfast, $6.25

8051 SE 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97202
Bertie Lou’s, an old-school box of a cafe in Sellwood where you can watch your eggs being cooked from the counter, boasts “Portland’s best mediocre breakfast since 1943.” There are fancier, more expensive options, but for $6.25, you can still get home fries, toast, and two eggs cooked any way you like.

[Photo: Yelp]

8051 SE 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

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