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Breakfast Hot Spots for Families in Portland

The weekends used to be about sleeping in and having lazy mornings. But now, the kiddos are up at the crack of dawn, ready to face the day with tons of energy. Get the day started off right by going out for a hearty breakfast with the fam. Think of it as en excuse to get out of the kitchen in the morning and a way to get the kids out and about (and start tiring them out!). Here are some of our go-to spots for breakfasts in Portland when the weekend rolls around and you’re out of milk and eggs.

City State Diner
Greasy plate breakfasts are out, and healthy breakfasts featuring American classics are in! City State Diner is the perfect spot to grab a weekend breakfast with the family – the menu is simple, but delicious and you will love that the service is quick! Bonus points for having a pancake of the day special and for their homemade catsup!

City State Diner

128 Northeast 28th Avenue
Portland, Or
503-517-0347

Biscuits Café
When you go to Biscuits, you’ll quickly realize that it’s not just the kid’s menu that’s great – the entire family will have a hard time picking from their extensive list of breakfast options! It’s not a big surprise that kids love their order of three small chocolate chip pancakes, but we also love their kid’s order of three small pancakes with fresh berries on top. Bonus points for also selling loaves of the delicious breads that they use for toast!

Biscuits Café

Mount Scott – Johnson Creek & I-205
9201 SE 91st Avenue, Suite 100
Happy Valley, Or
503-777-2800
Online: biscuitscafe.com

The Portlander Inn’s Cascade Grill
It’s almost too good to be true – not only do kids eat free, but breakfast is served 24-hours a day at the Cascade Grill! Pick from their Sunday Brunch option (chicken and waffles are a favorite!), or their classic breakfast menu. Bonus points for reasonable prices and being able to pick either the buffet or full-service dining option, depending on what you prefer!

The Portlander Inn’s Cascade Grill
10350 North Vancouver Way
Portland, Or
503-345-0300
Online: portlanderinn.com

Salty’s on the Columbia River
We know that sometimes you don’t want to have to sacrifice having a high-end delicious meal for dining with your kids. Salty’s in Portland offers the perfect solution – their weekend brunch is well-known as one of the best in the city, but they love having families visit and are accommodating with even the littlest diners. Bonus points for the chocolate fondue fountain – a perfect treat for kids who eat a good breakfast!

Salty’s on the Columbia River
3839 Northeast Marine Drive
Portland, Or
503-288-4444
Online: saltys.com/portland

Pine State Biscuits
On weekend mornings, Pine State Biscuits is one of the hottest breakfast spots in all of Portland, which doesn’t work well with hungry, wiggly kids! Instead, check out Pine State on a weekday morning – the little ones will love a fresh biscuit with fresh fruit or jam while you enjoy an amazing biscuit breakfast sandwich. Bonus points for serving gourmet chocolate milk!

Pine State Biscuits
3640 Southeast Belmont Street
503-236-3346
Online: pinestatebiscuits.com

Posies Café
Posies Café may be your newest breakfast heaven on earth – not only do they have the most delicious selection of baked goods that are all made fresh in-house every morning, but the coffee is amazing and they have a full playroom for the little ones! Bonus points for their signature buttermilk biscuits (only available on weekends).

Posies Café
8208 North Denver Avenue
Portland, Or
503-289-1319
Online: posiescafe.com

Urban Grind Coffeehouse & Roaster
Just because you want to go out to breakfast with the kids, doesn’t mean you have to settle for sludgy diner drip coffee. To get some liquid caffeine in your body while keeping the kids happy and fed, visit Urban Grind. The staff is extremely accommodating to little customers, there is a play area, and the breakfast panini sandwiches are a nice add-on to a latte. Bonus points for the family friendly restrooms.

Urban Grind Coffeehouse & Roaster
911 Northwest 14th Avenue
Portland, Or
503-546-5919
Online: urbangrindcoffee.com

The Big Egg
It will be hard to believe that this delicious breakfast was made in a food cart, but your taste buds will easily convince you! The menu is geared towards adults (trust us, you’ll love it), but they are happy to make accommodations for little customers. Bonus points for all the menu items being under $7.50 and for using local and organic products as much as possible.

The Big Egg
4233 North Mississippi Avenue
Portland, Or
Online: thebigeggfoodcart.com

Mother’s Bistro and Bar
With “Mother’s” in the name, it goes without saying that this little bistro is more than accommodating should you decide to bring the whole troop with you. They even have a small play area that the kiddos can keep themselves occupied in while you wait for your table (and yes, there’s almost always a wait). Everything on the menu is mouth-watering, so don’t be surprised if you plan a second trip to this breakfast spot next weekend.

Mother’s Bistro and Bar
212 Southwest Stark Street
Portland, Or
503-464-1122
Online: mothersbistro.com

Helser’s

Skip the very long lines at Tin Shed and settle in for a shorter wait at Helser’s. (Or go early and skip the wait altogether!) A great way to begin a day exploring Alberta Street. The kids’ menu includes options range from $1-$3. And that $1 pancake is pretty darn big.

Helser’s
1538 Northeast Alberta Street
Portland, Or
503-281-1477
Online: helsersonalberta.com

Slappy Cakes
Is there anything more satisfying than the slap and sizzle of a pancake when it gets flipped over onto the griddle? Now you can watch you own pancakes be prepared right at your table at this Belmont Street eatery, which has built-in griddles at every table (think Benihana meets IHOP). This means that you get to pick and choose what goes into your pancakes. If you want something more savory, Slappy Cakes also offers a full menu that will satisfy everyone’s appetite.

Slappy Cakes
4246 SE Belmont Street
Portland, Or
503-477-4805
Online: slappycakes.com

Cup & Saucer
This breakfast establishment is the recommended way to start the day if you’re anywhere near Mississippi Avenue. They boast an extensive breakfast selection, from pancakes and french toast to oatmeal and omlettes. This “mini-chain” of restaurants has four locations in Portland, so there’s one in just about every major area of town.

Cup & Saucer
3000 Northeast Killingsworth Street
Portland, Or
503-287-4427
Online: cupandsaucercafe.com

Waffle Window
In the great search for delicious waffles in Portland, Waffle Window is high on the list for many who crave a crispy, warm Belgian waffle. Just the waffles themselves are delicious enough, but pile them high with bacon, cheddar and jalepeno and you’ve got yourself one tasty breakfast treat. Try the “Three B’s” for a salty and sweet combo (Pepper bacon, Brie, fresh basil and house-made peach jam–Wow!) Afterwards, go exploring in the Hawthorne District–Portland’s bohemian hideaway.

Waffle Window
3610 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, Or
503-239-4756
Online: wafflewindow.com

Did we miss your favorite breakfast spot? Let us know in the comment section below.

– Katie Kavulla

Photo Credit: eyeliam via Flickr

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