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About Bread and Ink Café
Welcome to Bread and Ink Café, a Portland place to dine. Situated in the heart of the Hawthorne district, we have been serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to locals and tourists alike for over 30 years. Our menus are creative and eclectic, focusing on seasonal offerings from the rich products of the Willamette Valley. Bite into our unique and popular Chicken and Liege Waffles, with lemon Parmesan cream and maple syrup, or savor handmade biscuits with our sausage gravy and eggs. Or come for dinner and select from salads with fresh dressings, steaks, risotto, wild-caught salmon and juicy burgers fashioned in-house and served on our buns with homemade mayonnaise, mustard and the ketchup we have been making all these years. Enjoy watching the world go by from our bright, airy dining room while sipping on one of our contemporary top-shelf cocktails. Save room for dessert, the owners" specialty, or for Max's salted caramel ice cream. Dine well and leave happy!
Portland, OR 97214
Contemporary American, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 8:00am - 3:00pm.
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am -3:30pm, Saturday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm.
Sunday Brunch: 8:00am - 3:00pm.
Dinner: Sun-Thurs: 3:30pm-8:30pm. Friday - Saturday 3:30pm -9:30pm.
SE 36th Avenue
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Small lot behind restaurant, but mostly street parking.
#14 SE Hawthorne from Downtown
#75 on Cesar Chavez 3 blocks up
Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bread and Ink Café Ratings and Reviews
Breakfast was fun and lively. Overall the food is pretty good but the place is well worn - it felt grungy in a not-so-soulful diner kind of way. Also, it felt the breakfast was not as cared for as in the past. The french toast was hard on the bottom as if it was sitting around for a while. The bacon was way overcooked and dried out and had to be sent back - the waiter thanked me for drawing attention to the bad bacon, which is weird because the waiter or the kitchen should be attentive to that. Net, I will be trying many other brunch places before I return there.
We returned just a week after trying this restaurant for the first time, again for an early dinner. Once again the food was excellent (fantastic sauce on the salmon and the cardamom in the rice was a stroke of brilliance) and the place wasn't crowded. While the ambiance is that of a neighborhood cafe, there is excellent entertainment to be had watching the people passing by on the street - very Portlandia! This time, a movie was being filmed on the sidewalk right outside the window.
We had an early dinner here so the place was not crowded, the noise level was low, and service was excellent. Both our dishes were outstanding: steak diavolo and burridda, a Ligurian seafood stew comprising white fish, shrimp, clams, mussels and enormous scallops in a tomato and fennel broth. The portions were generous and reasonably priced. We definitely want to return.
We usually go with friends for Sunday brunch. But this time my son and I wanted to go on Saturday. We are never disappointed! My 21 y/o niece is still raving about it when we she visited us back in November 2016! We had the liege waffles with fruit and whipped cream and the ABC Scramble with an onion bialy...awesome...Chicken and Waffles are excellent as well!
When I lived in the neighborhood many moons ago, I used to treat myself to brunch at the Bread and Ink with my Sunday NYT. Now, I have enjoyed introducing this Eastside gem to friends from the Westside of town. The ambience remains casual any time of day and the food maintains its consistent high quality. I recommend this location to anyone who enjoys good food without any attitude.
Food was pretty good; however, our initial interaction with the restaurant was poor. I let out my spouse and children while I parked the car. My wife was not certain where the entrance was because of the curtain in the front of the door and the sign saying they were going close at 3pm that day. A male server came out and my wife asked if this was the front entrance to which he responds, "To what?" My wife responded she was looking for Bread & Ink to which he rolled his eyes and pointed to the door; however, he said we were going to have to wait. My wife indicated we had a reservation and he said in a rude manner that she would have to wait anyway.
When I arrived, my wife was visibly upset and I almost left then but decided to give the restaurant a chance. Our server was very nice and the food was good; yet, we were charged $16 in kids drinks that never arrived. When I pointed that out on the bill she blamed it on the bartender never receiving the order because the drink printer was down rather than accepting the fault as the server. Additionally, we were provided 4 sets of silverware for our 6 people - we divided up 4 forks amongst us and shared our utensils.
Overall, the general lack of caring from the staff took away from the otherwise very good breakfast. The chef is very good; still, I do not believe the food could overcome the poor atmosphere that the front of the house staff exhibited.
If your name is Bread and Ink, you might want to be sure that that Bread you give customers upon seating them is good. It's really not. Think sliced-generic-white-bread-from-Albertsons level of bread. And while the chicken and waffles were good, everything else our party of seven ordered was just meh. Not worth the visit at all. Service was adequate, but nothing out of what basic service one would expect in a diner. I don't recommend unless you're coming strictly for the chicken and waffles. And even then, I mean this is Portland, you have so many other options.
I have been dining here for 2 decades. The food is really good. The atmosphere is fun. The restaurant feels like the Portland I know, and I appreciate that now more than ever. However, be aware that the service is just okay, and thus the prices are a bit higher than perhaps they should be.
My tip: Ask for the homemade ketchup! It annoys me that you now have to ask for what was once part of the meal service, but I made a point to ask anyway. It's so good on scrambled eggs. Also, skip the biscuits and gravy. The gravy is delicious for sure, but the kitchen didn't even bother to split the biscuit before covering it in gravy and baking it. I might be nitpicking, but $12 b&g should at least look like more than it did on Saturday. Order a two-egg breakfast with a biscuit and a side of gravy instead.
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