So we'd been dying to check this place out, it always looked great when we walked past and we finally got a chance about a month ago. On Saturday morning, early (8 am), we walked over to check it out. The partner was in severe need of a breakfast out, he was hungover, I however, was sadly not.
The reason it's taken me so long to post about it is due to how much I wanted to like this place and how little I did. It has great atmosphere and it's 5 blocks away...what's not to like? Well, in short, the food.
I always order the same thing when I'm trying a breakfast place out for the first time: 2 eggs over easy, sausage, and potatoes (however they do it, hashbrown, fried, etc). If they can get it right, I'll come back and try other things, if they can't I usually won't, since it's often what I want to eat if I go out for breakfast. My eggs weren't cooked properly, they were crunchy on the edges and had raw white parts near the yolk. The potatoes were disappointing, I'm not sure if they start with a frozen product or what, but they were salty and soggy. The sausage was wierd, I think it was maple flavored. The biscuit was cold and stale. To be fair, the partner's breakfast burrito was better then my breakfast. It had scrambled eggs, 2 kinds of cheese, the aforementioned wierd sausage links and potatoes, some sort of loose spicy sausage (wasn't any chorizo I'm familiar with), and sauteed bell peppers in a big flour tortilla. It was served with decent enough pico de gallo, store bought bright green "guacamole" and sour cream. He was happy enough with it, and it was definitely better then what I had but I don't think we'll be back. Next time we'll walk to Fat Alberts.
Bertie Lou's Cafe
8051 SE 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97202-6762
Phone: (503) 239-1177