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Fuller's Coffee Shop

136 N.W. Ninth, Portland, OR - (503) 222-5608
Posted By Michael Stern on 12/26/2012 5:43:00 AM
For the first time in a decade, we walked into Fuller’s Coffee Shop the other day … and saw a framed cover of our earlier guidebook, Eat Your Way Across the USA, hung on the wall. It was displayed there because Fuller’s used to be one of our favorite recommended restaurants in Portland, Oregon. But we left it out of Roadfood because it had been so long since we were there, we didn’t know if it was still forkworthy. We are delighted to report that it’s exactly the way it used to be.

As a matter of fact, a man sitting near us at one of the two U-shaped Formica counters mopped the last of some yolk off his plate with a forkful of pancake and declared that he used to eat at Fuller’s nearly every day thirty-two years ago, and as far as he could see, nothing’s changed but the prices. Bread is still homemade: not artisan bread, but real, normal bread. Cinnamon rolls, made each morning are soft and just-right sweet.

Lunch consists of such blue plate specials as hot beef and gravy with mashed potatoes and a corned beef sloppy Joe. There is always interesting seafood: salmon steaks in season, batter-dipped fish and chips, fresh-fried oysters, and big, slightly scary (but easy to eat) egg-battered, fried razor clams with French fries and cole slaw.

Off the tourist path but loved by locals, Fuller's is not only prime Portland; it is a taste of the sort of high-quality urban hash house now nearly vanished from most American cities.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
French Toast
Hot Beef Sandwich
Omelet
Marionberry Pie
Cinnamon Roll
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Actually, the toast comes on a separate plate, but we arranged it around everything else for the picture's sake. Note the crisp bacon ... and the crusty but soft hash browns. This is the way we like to start our day!
"Actually, the toast comes on a separate plate, but we arranged it around everything else for the picture's sake. Note the crisp bacon ... and the crusty but soft hash browns. This is the way we like to start our day!"
Michael Stern





I was never offered a bite (and honestly was too busy with my bacon and cheese omelet), but this dish was photo-worthy for sure.  The syrup came heated, a nice and rare touch.
"I was never offered a bite (and honestly was too busy with my bacon and cheese omelet), but this dish was photo-worthy for sure. The syrup came heated, a nice and rare touch."
greer westerink


Good coffee is a Portland hallmark. Fuller's serves it in abundance. Buy one cup, get refills throughout the meal.
"Good coffee is a Portland hallmark. Fuller's serves it in abundance. Buy one cup, get refills throughout the meal."
Michael Stern


There are no tables at Fuller's. Its two U-shaped counters make for speedy service and a quiet sense of camaradarie among customers and staff. Here the waitress refills a coffee cup.
"There are no tables at Fuller's. Its two U-shaped counters make for speedy service and a quiet sense of camaradarie among customers and staff. Here the waitress refills a coffee cup."
Michael Stern


Known on the menu as simply
"Known on the menu as simply "Our Famous Omelet", this belly buster is loaded with onion, tomato, ham, cheese and mushrooms. Hope you are hungry!"
Cliff Strutz


This great, old neon clock hangs behind the cash register and adds to the genuine coffee shop atmosphere.
"This great, old neon clock hangs behind the cash register and adds to the genuine coffee shop atmosphere."
Cliff Strutz


Fuller's wall gallery includes the cover of <U>Eat Your Way Across the USA</U>, an earlier guide book in which we called it
"Fuller's wall gallery includes the cover of Eat Your Way Across the USA, an earlier guide book in which we called it "a simple place, easy to love.""
Michael Stern


A very inconspicuous place in an off-the-beaten-path neighborhood now known as The Pearl District, Fuller's is a steady beacon of good eats.
"A very inconspicuous place in an off-the-beaten-path neighborhood now known as The Pearl District, Fuller's is a steady beacon of good eats."
Michael Stern



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