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[PDX] Cup & Saucer

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[PDX] Cup & Saucer

benschon | Mar 7, 2005 03:09 PM

Saturday breakfast was at the new outpost of Cup & Saucer Cafe on NE Killingsworth, at about NE 30th.

In a word: bad. It's really unfortunate, too, because the service was friendly and efficient, the space is beautiful, and it's a good spot in the Concordia neighborhood. The food? Not so much.

First, the coffee (K&F was the logo on the side of the pot) was dreadful. It managed to be both flavorless and bitter at the same time. Despite my heavy lidded state, I almost couldn't finish the cup. I mean, come on! This is Portland. Don't you think people will notice?

I had a smoked salmon scramble with the house potatoes and a scone. The eggs were serviceable, but cooked dry, and the potato cubes were similarly dry and unseasoned. Ketchup made them tolerable. The "scone" is a circular, biscuit-looking thing that had the moisture content of a compressed disk of sawdust.

The best that can be said about my partner's walnut pancakes is that they were large. Doughy, puffy, flavorless flaps. I think they forgot to put salt in the batter. The syrup, which was quickly absorbed by the pallid, spongelike interior of the pancakes, tasted only of Karo's and caramel coloring. Not even a hint of maple flavoring. Although you can upgrade to real maple syrup for a $1 more, the menu didn't list an upgrade to pancakes that taste good.

Blah. Time for an overhaul in the kitchen. On the bright side, the cash register sat on a beautiful piece of finish carpentry, a cabinet with panels made of stamped tin.

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