Filed under: Breakfast, Southeast Portland | Tags: Breakfast, ground beef dish, pale, Portland, potato pancakes
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This was my birthday breakfast! Sanborn’s has been around for a while and all they serve is breakfast. They specialize in fruit pancakes and waffles, but they have a lot of other choices as well. As per usual for Portland breakfast places, they are pretty busy during the weekend, unless there’s a parade (tis the season) going on, then there’s no wait! We found a small Groupon Instant Coupon (which is only redeemable on the weekdays); it was $5 for $10 worth of food.
What we ordered: Potato Pancakes, Build your own 3-egg Omelet (choice of two ingredients: sausage and peppers), Kelly Street Special (ground beef, onions mushrooms, spinach and eggs)
How we ordered it: The omelet can be ordered whipped and baked OR scrambled . We ordered it baked, just to see what it would look like. We did sub in side of fruit instead of toast for an extra cost. You can totally sub the fruit in with no cost if you don’t get the potatoes AND the toast.
What we received:
Cost: Potato Pancakes – ~$9, Build your own omelet – ~$10.99 (baked), Kelly Street Special – ~$10 (Dangit they don’t have the prices on the menu and I forgot the prices) But they are all between $9-$12. Sorry! I will update as soon as I get a chance to go back.
Quality: Everything was super tasty. Why can’t our ground beef taste like this? It turns out they put Worcestershire Sauce in it….yum.
The omelet tasted a little different though, since it is baked it’s a bit dryer on the outside and really light and fluffy on the inside. It’s not for everyone, though I thought it was pretty good.
Quantity: That is a huge omelet. Well, at least it looked huge. That is also a huge plate of ground beef and eggs and a huge plate of potato pancakes. They were ridiculous! Awesome that they were gluten free! Just potatoes and egg.
Did we eat all of it? Actually, no. 2 entrees would have been fine, but we had to order more for the blog!….(any excuse to order a lot of food )
Holy cow, this was pretty awesome. We were pleasantly surprised. Granted Sanborn’s has been around for a long time and they for sure have honed their craft. They are only open for breakfast and they do it well. The Kelly Street Special is soooo great for the amount of meat they give you! Now only if it were grass-fed beef.
We’d say it’s pretty competitive with Gravy, just because of the other non-pancake and non-omelet choices. We went on a Friday morning, so I’d be hesitant to come here on the weekend where it’s probably ridiculously busy. Though, that’s Portland breakfast for you….
Filed under: Breakfast, North Portland | Tags: Breakfast, gluten free biscuit, omelette, paleo, Portland
As of late the Meat-O-Meter and I can’t seem to justify going out to breakfast. Breakfast is eggs and bacon. Both of which we can EASILY make at home. Also the markup on this stuff is crazy in restaurants. Sure we pay for the time saved in cooking, interacting with other people and contributing to local business, but it’s still hard to justify. Hence my obsession with coupon-ing. Scout Mob is a new iphone app that has 50% off coupons in the Portland area. They also have a fun nifty mustache cam on their app. You can use this while you wait for the food you ordered using one of their restaurant coupons! Beaterville Cafe was on Scout Mob and so we decided to go on one lazy Thursday morning
What we ordered: Salmon Street Omelette: salmon, tomatoes, green onion and dill sour cream, Toronado Omelette: Chorizo, Red Onions, Mushrooms, Garlic, Cheddar & Tomatillo Salsa
How we ordered it: Salmon Street – Gluten free biscuit, next time (if there is a next time…) I’ll say no sour cream, Toronado – No cheese, biscuit or toast.
What we got:
Cost: Salmon Street – $10, Toronado – $9.50
Quality: Tasty Chorizo and Salmon, have no idea where this meat came from. (FYI gluten free biscuit was really good if you put a ton of butter on it )
Quantity: The Meat-O-Meter ordered another plate of the Toronado!! One entree was NOT enough to satisfy this guy. (at least we had a coupon)
I’m getting so good at what the Meat-O-Meter thinks that I did this one for him. Though the face really speaks for itself. Yikes, if we didn’t have the coupon, this would NOT have been a filling meal. I was OK satisfied, but the MEAT-O-METER was….well I think you get the picture, literally.
Oh, breakfast. Gravy you are still our top choice, though going out for breakfast still is not.
Filed under: American, Breakfast, Southwest Portland | Tags: Breakfast, paleo, Portland
Happy birthday Kristi ! A long time reader and new Crossfitter! We had Sunday birthday brunch at 3 Degrees recently. So we decided to make a Meateats post out of it! They have bottomless champagne on Sunday mornings! Woohoo! :P
What we ordered: 3 Degrees Omelet - sausage, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, goat cheese. Corned Beef and Sweet Potato Hash.
How we ordered it: No side of potatoes add in avocado, sub in side of fruit.
What we got:
Cost: Corned Beef and Sweet Potato Hash – $11, 3 Degrees Omelete – $10, Side of Bacon or Sausage or Ham – $4
Quality: This is a nice restaurant and the quality was pretty good. Everything was nicely presented and tasted just like good breakfast food.
Quantity: The quantity was OK too. It was regular, normal, about right, not too little, but not a lot….
In case you’re confused. The thumb is pointing towards him and the finger means he’s drunk! hahaha! The finger is for the bottomless champagne for $6.95. Seriously, that was pretty good. If you go with intention and bring a bucket, you can really capitalize on this offer.
Filed under: American, Breakfast, North Portland | Tags: American breakfast, North Portland, paleo
Ya know when somebody describes something to you and they say,”My meal was the size of a football!”, or “The meat was huge, like a baby’s head!”….well, maybe not a baby’s head, but you get what I mean. Usually when this is being said, it’s really a slight exaggeration. However at Gravy the size of the omelettes are REALLY the size of a SMALL FOOTBALL!! It was crazy. I think the MEAT-O-METER’s eyes popped out of his head when he saw his food. (true exaggeration)
What we ordered: Omelette w/ choice of 3 ingredients; bacon, sausage and smoked salmon. Pork chop and eggs. Both dishes were served w/ the choice of fruit, potatoes or hash browns.
How we ordered it: The choice of ingredients for the omelette was really diverse. There was a list of cheeses, list of veggies and list of meats to add. This made it super easy to order Paleo. We ordered the omelette w/ smoked salmon, double-wide bacon and sausage. Pork and eggs were as is. Both dishes ordered w/ bowl of fruit.
What we got:
Ummm, let’s see that again….
Cost: Omelette – $9.25, Pork chops and eggs – $11.75
Quality: Everything was very tasty. The smoked salmon was a bit dry b/c it was cooked a little too long, but apparently you can also get the salmon on the side if you like, so that it doesn’t cook any longer while in the omelette. I’d like to see how big that portion really is! Sausage and bacon was excellent as well.
Quantity: The salmon in the omelette was literally a whole filet. We had never seen anything so ginormous! The pic pretty much speaks for itself. The Pork Chops were perfect! I was definitely stuffed and very satisfied.
First meal in a long time where the MEAT-O-METER barely finished! It was a struggle but he did it and he was proud. It takes a lot to make him stuffed to the gills. Warning, do NOT go here on the weekend. If you go, be prepared to wait. During the weekdays, you are golden! They’re open until 3pm, so get in for a late breakfast and notice you will not have to eat for many many many hours.
Yay for Gravy!
We were in the Ashland area playing some ultimate frisbee, when someone recommended Brothers’ Restaurant.
Traveling to new places and eating Paleo can be challenging. So if you’re ever in the Ashland area, go check this place out for breakfast!
What we ordered: Popeye’s Scramble, 2 eggs any style with meat (chorizo) breakfast.
How we orderd it: Popeye’s Scramble came with choice of sides: sliced tomato, hash browns, or refried beans. Nice Paleo option with the sliced tomatoes! Also ordered a side of bacon. 2 egg breakfast with any meat – also with side of sliced tomato.
What we got:
Cost: Popeye’s Scramble – $11.50, Side o’ bacon – $3.50, Huevos con Chorizo – $11.95
Quantity: A single serving plate was probably 1.5 servings. It was enough and then some.
Quality: Everything was organic. The broccolli was sweet, veggies were very flavorful. The quality of the food was so good.
At first we were disappointed by the price of everything, but weighing it out with how it tasted, it was pretty worth it. If you’re in Ashland, this place is great! They were really nice and made substitutions for us willingly. Yay for Brothers’!
Filed under: American, Breakfast, Southeast Portland | Tags: Breakfast, paleo
Breakfast places everywhere! So many places to choose from! So many good places, that is.
Wild Abandon, another great surprise.
What we ordered: Sunday Morning Scramble: Chicken apple sausage, spinach, tomatoes and Parmesan cheese withchoice of bread. Pulled Pork Hash: Pork shoulder, carmelized onions, spinach, roasted potatoes, with two eggs and choice of bread.
How we ordered it: Sunday Morning Scramble: No cheese, add kalamata olives. No side of bread, sub in side of fruit. Pulled Pork Hash: No potatoes, sub in grilled vegetables, no bread, sub in side of fruit.
What we got:
Cost: Sunday Morning Scramble – $8, Pulled Pork Hash – $10,
Quality: Great tasting meal, great tasting meat.
Quantity: Considering all the subbing and elimination of potatoes, the amount was pretty moderate for breakfast.
This place was a very pleasant surprise. Another great reason why www.restaurant.com has made our lives that much more pleasurable.
They were so accomodating! With great gluten-free options and being able to sub the fruit was great! Along with the naked paintings on the wall, this places was just a treat!
Filed under: Breakfast, Northeast Portland | Tags: Bacon Explosion, Breakfast, paleo
In our opinion, meat quantities at breakfast places are pretty small. Maybe because meat isn’t usually the focus of breakfast, there aren’t a lot of things a Paleo-ite can eat. There’s the usual stuff, pancakes, waffles, cereal, toast, oatmeal or some other type of processed carb that fill the menu. So our expectations for Paleo friendly breakfast restaurants are pretty low. But of course, never say never cuz ya know know what you’re gonna get! Thanks to our handy dandy Chinook Book, we have coupons for places that we normally would not try. Using a coupon always seems to help lower the risk factor of getting jacked. Find me a coupon and I’m pretty much sold.
What we ordered: They had a special posted: Bacon explosion!!!, Catfish Hash plate (Bridges is the only place in town that serves it, so our server says).
How we ordered it: Bridges was incredibly accomodating! From our experience at Broder, we were pretty pessimistic on ordering a Hash with no poatotes. But low and behold, our server was very frank, “You’re payin’ for it! So order it however you want it!” (verbatim)
Hellloooo!!! Yes, customer service without the attitude!! Woohoo!
We substituted the side of potatoes and toast with fruit. For the hash, we were able to substitute the potatoes with broccoli, red bell pepper, roasted mushroom, roasted garlic….the server re-iterated that we could substitute with ANY vegetable. Wow. The MEAT-O-METER was completely shocked and taken aback that now he has remorse for not taking FULL advantage of this.
What we got:
Cost: $9.95 – Catfish hash, $10.95 – Bacon Explosion.
Quality: Good! Catfish nuggets were breaded unfortunately, but it was tasty! Bacon explosion had bacon, sausage and more bacon…need I say more?
Quantity: Catfish quantity could have been a little more. The fact that they were in the form of nuggets was nice and different. Well cooked, not too dry or flaky. The Bacon and sausage in the Explosion was darn good. It’s just a ton of bacon and sausage in a compact area. Mmmmm.
The second thumb is needed for all the factors that add to a great piece of meat; such as environment, service, anything that made our experience that much more fantastic. The fact that we were able to substitute everything and anything with everything and anything was pretty fantastic, well maybe not everything and anything, but pretty close. We were shocked at this. Bridges cafe just jumped up on our list to best place for asking for substitutions. The quantity as always could have been a little bit larger to make the MEAT-O-METER’s second thumb point straight up, but all in all, Bridges was a great surprise! Maybe now we will learn to expect the unexpected, bad or good.
This just in: MEAT-O-METER states; “Bridges Cafe is better than our long time staple, Cafe Francis.” Cue the music.
Filed under: Breakfast, Southeast Portland, Swedish | Tags: Breakfast, paleo, Swedish
We always drove pass this place and thought we would probably get jacked if we ate there. When we found a $25 gift certificate (gc) on restaurant.com, we figured, “What the heck? Let’s try something new.”. This gc was one where you had to spend $35 to get $25 off your meal. So we spent some time ordering and making sure we ordered $35 worth of food. Call it “too much effort” or “you two are big frugal nerds”, well, we made it happen. (Unfortunately for all you readers, upon usage of the gc, we were told that they are no longer accepting them after today!)
Broder Cafe seemed like a popular place, so we made sure to get there right at 9 am when they open. When we got there, around 8:50 am, there was a line formed already! We luckily got seated right away. Others had to wait about 45 minutes, like most Portland breakfast places.
What we ordered: 3 Scrambles all with choice of side: sauteed greens, roasted acorn squash, or potato pancake. 1) Smoked trout and red onion scramble with a side of sauteed greens 2) Wild mushroom and carmelized onion scramble with a side of potato pancake (we had to try it). 3) Duroc ham and Swedish farmer’s cheese scramble with a side of roasted acorn squash. (yes, we cheated a bit with the cheese too.)
How we ordered it: Since they are European themed, they have a lot of breads, cheeses and pastries. We first asked the host, like we always do when we go someplace new, what dishes would give us the most amount of meat. He recommended the two hash plates. We figured, OK, we can ask our server if we can sub the potatoes for other veggies. When are table server asked us for our order, we asked for the hash with no potatoes and sub some veggies. He plainly said, “You wouldn’t have a hash if you didn’t have the potatoes.” Then there was silence and we all looked at each other for a moment. In our heads, we suddenly had negative thoughts towards him. Negative thoughts, which I’d rather not describe here. So out went the hash options. The only Paleo option left were the Scrambles.
What we got it:
And of course we had to get more protein, so we got a side of bacon as well.
Cost: Scrambles – $9 each, side of bacon – $3
Quality: The scrambles were great, actually. The smoked trout was delicious and a very good Paleo perfect meal. Bacon had a good crunch to them. 3 Large pieces, not bad…eh…
Quantity: The plates look small, but it was actually not a bad amount! Plates were easily dividable into segments for easy sharing! However, just like any other breakfast place, the meat wasn’t exactly overflowing.
The frown with a sort of thumbs up…
Broder Cafe was packed after we got seated. They filled up right away when they opened and there was still a line outside. Our server was pretty rushed, curt and a bit flustered. However, I can understand, being a server once; problem customers, with excessive questions and complicated orders when you’re really busy. BUT, we were their customer and we are on a mission ourselves; to find a restaurant that will allow us to live our “clean” and healthy lifestyle. Not the best service, but in the end we got what we wanted. They gave us a great Paleo friendly, protein packed meal. Kudos for the roasted acorn squash! This is what may have tipped the MEAT-O-METER scale a bit towards the positive side. If you order anything else you may have difficulty subbing or eliminating as there is a lot of bread served. You’ve been warned!
Filed under: Breakfast, Northeast Portland | Tags: Breakfast, gluten-free, paleo, Portland, vegan
Sorry, This place no longer exists
Yay for substitutions!
We stumbled upon Cafe Francis when we were waiting 1.5 hours for another breakfast place just down the street. We were surprised that there were not that many people waiting and we figured heck, why not? Then we found out that they have vegan and vegetarian options on their menu!
What we ordered: Francis 3-egg omelette, Louisiana Sausage Hash special, Country-fried steak and 2 eggs (not pictured).
How we ordered it: The breakfast dishes come with a choice of toast or biscuit and most of the plates come with a side of potatoes. Instead, we asked to substitute the biscuit with a vegan biscuit or if you would like to opt out of the biscuit or toast alltogether, you can ask for extra fruit, they’ll gladly oblige. The same rings true if you opt out of the potatoes as well.
What we got:
Francis 3 Egg Omelette. We forgot to ask for no potatoes…
Louisiana Sausage Special Hash, Hold the potatoes, extra veggies please!
Side of fruit and Gluten-free biscuit. The Gluten-free biscuit is very dense and tasty!
Cost: $10.50 – Francis 3-egg Omelette, $11 – Louisiana Sausage Hash Special, $9 – Country fried Steak and 2 Eggs.
Quality: You get what you pay for. Side of sausage has a little kick to it, very tasty. My country-fried steak was a little on the chewy/stringy side, but I’ve had it when it was just right too. They put some light olive oil with a nice rosemary seasoning on their fruit. It’s a nice touch. Do not get their vegan Oatmeal Pancakes…blah…
Quantity: The hash plates that you get are large. For having eliminated the potatoes, you get a whole lotta food! Omelettes are pretty hardy size…solid. One dish we usual get that’s not pictured is the “Pan-fried Chicken”. It’s about half a chicken! Ask for gravy on the side, or none at all. All for $6, incredible!
That’s a solid and very stoic thumbs up. So many ways to substitute/elminate, this restaurant got some added points because they’re so flexible and the service is so nice! When I had been there before, they even substituted the flour for my country- fried steak with cornmeal!
Using another restaurant.com coupon we got another $25 off! With the discount and sharing with good friends, the total per person ended up about $12 including tip. It’s more reasons why breakfast in Portland is so great!
Tip: After you walk in, the wall behind you has the Specials of the Day written on them. It’s easy to miss and an injustice if your server forgets to tell you about them, so be on the lookout!