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SE Portland Breakfast - Fat Albert's

Jill-O | Jan 6, 200302:29 PM

We finally got out of our "out to breakfast" rut yesterday. You see, usually, if we go out for breakfast, it is either at Cup and Saucer, or at Zell's. Partner prefers the former, I prefer the latter.

Yesterday I decided to select 3 new (to us) places for breakfast and out of those 3 partner picked Fat Albert's in Sellwood on Milwaukee a couple of blocks north of SE Bybee. (the other 2 choices were Tabor Hill Cafe on Hawthorne and Cameo Cafe up on NE Sandy Blvd. - and any thoughts on those places would be welcome).

Fat Albert's was a great breakfast. Everything was tasty and came as we ordered it (a very important thing, but for me especially so at breakfast) - crispy "home browns" potatoes, crispy bacon, eggs over easy, etc. Service was great, my coffee cup was ever-full, water refilled to our heart's content, food came quick and hot - we felt well taken care of - like regulars, even though it was our first time there.

In addition, I had the best biscuit of my life there yesterday. It was fluffy yet dense enough to be a biscuit and it tasted wonderful, not overly like the leavening agent used to make it, like some biscuits I have had. Omelet that partner had was very fluffy, despite being incredibly full of stuff, and very good.

It is cash only, breakfast only, and open until 3pm. It is a small place, so if you go at prime times, you will wait (it will probably be worth it, but you WILL wait!). We went at 1:30 on Sunday and had to wait about 15 minutes for a table...but we were eating food 10 minutes later. I thought my breakfast was a decent deal at $6 (2 eggs, meat, lots o' potatoes, bread - w/out the meat it is $4.50).

Where else should we try breakfast in SE? What do folks think about Bread and Ink, Tabor Hill Cafe, etc.?

What's worth venturing to NE for breakfast? How good is the Cameo Cafe for pancakes, anyway?

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