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2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd

Jam on Hawthorne on Urbanspoon

Date of visit: January 13, 2010

Price for 2 (with tip) $18.50

Jam on Hawthorne is a pretty typical Portland breakfast joint, and if you know any thing about Portland, that’s a good thing, at least foodwise. Ample portions, lots of variety and a full bar with all sorts of specialty cocktails are a must for any go-to breakfast spot in this town. But of course, there is a dark side to almost all of the good ones: the are small and usually crowded, and unfortunately, this much is also true for Jam.

We managed to arrive at prime lunch time, and had to put our names on the list and wait a good 10-15 minutes for a table. On a Wednesday. So accordingly if you try to hit up Jam on a weekend between 10-1, plan on standing out in the rain.

The menu boasts more breakfast options than lunch, but solid choices for either. Jared went lunch, with a grilled cheese and tomato with hash browns, and I went breakfast, with “The Bizness.” Not only did this corned beef, egg and onion sandwich have an awesome name, but I felt “blog-ligated” to get it. Yes, I just made that word up, but as the menu had an entire corned beef section, with the words “house-made” and “slow-roasted” in the description, it seemed like something I needed to try to get the true Jam experience.

My sandwich was giant. Like giant to the point that I looked at it for a few minutes trying to figure out how to get it down, and when I finished half of it, I rewarded myself with a pat on the back. As for the quality of the corned beef, well, as I realized shortly after ordering, I am in no way qualified to review corned beef. Aside from the occasional St. Patty’s Day dinner, I never really eat the stuff. But given my unsophisticated palate, I’d say it was pretty damn good, and definitely tender. The whole thing was quite tasty– soft rye bread and sweet and tangy long island dressing. Next time I would definitely opt to split it with someone else though, eating as much as I did mostly succeeded in making me need a nap.

We were both happy with our meals, but I am not sure that the food at Jam is worth the wait. I mean, it’s good, but like I said before, if you’re going to serve breakfast in Portland, it better be good! There was no shortage of variety and the hash browns were nice and crispy (I like to think of them as healthy french fries!) but I don’t think you’ll be seeing me sitting outside in the rain waiting for a table next Saturday.

Veggie options: tons, basically everything except the corned beef can be ordered vegetarian

Speed: Aside from waiting for a table it was respectable

Grilled cheese and tomato

Grilled cheese and tomato

The Bizness

The Bizness

Date of Visit: Nov 1, 2009

Price for 2 (with tip): $30

We hit up Bread and Ink for brunch this morning. Since I’ve already done a full review of it, and I don’t really want to work too hard today, figured I’d just post some pictures of what we got. I must say, it was some of the best-looking food I’ve ever gotten there (and it tasted pretty good too!)

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Belgian Waffle with pear, whipped cream and powdered sugar

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Skillet scramble with sausage, red onions, roasted potatoes, spinach and cheddar

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3566 SE Hawthorne Blvd

http://www.cupandsaucercafe.com/

Cup & Saucer Cafe on Urbanspoon

Dates of visits: 7/19/09 and 7/25/09

Price for 2: $22

The Cup and Saucer cafe is actually a chain of three Portland restaurants, and more of a breakfast spot than lunch. That said, we’ve visited it on several occasions, usually for weekend brunch. But since we’ve got a whole lot of new restaurants to try, and I’d already taken pictures of this one, I figured it counts!

If there’s one thing you can expect from a breakfast spot on Hawthorne (or anywhere in Portland for that matter) it’s that you’re going to wait for a solid 30 minutes for a seat during the weekends. For that reason, on my first visit to Cup and Saucer, on a Sunday, I was pleasantly surprised to not wait at all. Of course, on subsequent weekend visits I have had to wait, but never more than 10 minutes.

The menu includes both lunch and breakfast choices and is pretty standard American cafe fare. The first time I went I got a scramble with cream cheese and chives, potatoes and toast that was deliciously simple and one of the only breakfasts I’ve actually been able to finish in recent history. I tried the Florentine Benedict on another trip, which was definitely not the best Benedict I’ve had. There was too much spinach (I know that’s what florentine is, thanks) and the hollandaise was a bit bland. I also have sampled the lunch menu with a tuna melt and tortilla soup. It was decent, but I’d really have to say the simple scramble was the best of all.

Veggie Options: Yup

Speed: Never been for weekday lunch, but if breakfast is an indication, pretty quick. Also, you just bring up your check to pay at the end, which cuts down on the wait time for the server.

 Three eggs scrambled with cream cheese and chives

Three eggs scrambled with cream cheese and chives

Veggie biscuits and gravy

Veggie biscuits and gravy

Florentine Benedict

Florentine Benedict