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J&M Cafe

537 SE Ash Street, Portland, OR - (503) 230-0463
Posted By Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on 9/7/2008 10:11:00 PM
We love the way the Pacific Northwest treats breakfast as more than a grab-a-bite afterthought. Some real consideration is given to the first meal of the day, and our "breakfast tour" of Portland turned up a number of winners, from the old-time hash-house Fuller's to the hash specialists at the energized Bijou. Add to that the comfortable,laid-back ambience of the J&M Cafe, a restaurant with a counterculture spirit.

This Eastsider is in a scruffy little industrial neighborhood, but the place couldn't be more welcoming. Tables are scattered about. There is an old refrigerator with a Pilsner Urquell tap for a handle (or was that an actual Pilsner Urquell tap?) Coffee is self-serve. We especially like the collection of hanging coffee mugs from which to choose. The blackboard menu of specials turned up, on one occasion, a three-corn scramble, which is an amalgam of corn- and polenta-spiked eggs on a corn tortilla, topped with salsa. Very good. We can also recommend the thick-sliced bacon. There were some mighty tempting looking strawberry scones on the counter that we wished we had more room to sample.

A nice place to add to your Portland breakfast repertoire.

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Polenta cubes and corn kernels are combined with eggs and served atop a corn tortilla in this breakfast special.  Good bacon on the side.
"Polenta cubes and corn kernels are combined with eggs and served atop a corn tortilla in this breakfast special. Good bacon on the side."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





Choose the mug that fits your mood, and pour your own coffee.
"Choose the mug that fits your mood, and pour your own coffee."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


There are a couple of very nice tables out front, too.
"There are a couple of very nice tables out front, too."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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