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1212 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209-3015 (Pearl)
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Ranked #43 of 3,596 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Coffee Shop, Diner, Vegetarian
Neighborhood: Pearl
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

While in Portland, I wanted a big breakfast to start my day, and the Byway Cafe in Portland turned out to the perfect choice! Great food, great value, great service. A variety without pretentious, over priced 'breakfast cuisine'.

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Florence, AL
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69 reviews 69 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

My friends and I had lunch here - I had a hamburger and fries and they had the veggie burger. We all thought it was great. It is a busy place but fortunately we found a table right away. Service was very good and the waitress was attentive. Overall, a very good experience.

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Kamloops, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Byways Cafe was recommended by our hotel for breakfast and we were not disappointed!! It has a retro feel-American Diner decor inside which is cool. Our server was just great very happy and just made our breakfast that much better. Everything we ordered was fresh and delicious. I don't think it matters what you order from the menu it all... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 via mobile

I'm in the airline business and travel to Portland several times a year. I started have breakfast here eight years ago. It's a quirky fun place to eat. Jeb his sister Comfort know me. Food is tasty albeit ain't cheap. Breakfast will cost you $15 with the tip. The food and atmosphere is worth it. Be careful and pay attention... More

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South Lake Tahoe, California, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is the second time we have visited the Byways Cafe. Again, we were not disappointed. The wait staff was fabulous, although the young lady busser was a bit standoffish. The food was fabulous, worth the drive in. My daughter had the Napa burger and called it "heaven on a bun!". Great food, great prices. We'll go back when visiting... More

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Portland, Oregon
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125 reviews 125 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This is a wonderful breakfast cafe and always has a healthy option available. Today I had the fruit bowl. Loaded with fruit and topped with yogurt, dried cranberries and slice nuts. Special treat. Go early as this popular place gets packed.

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Tampa, Florida
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203 reviews 203 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The service was impeccable and the food was great as well. Menu selections are diverse and appetizing. Portions are healthy and you will not leave hungry. I believe all their omelettes are made with three eggs, joy! Mine came with potatoes and toast. Everything was great and from order to service was expected time.

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Columbus, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

I had a fantastic lunch here on my way in to town. Small and quaint little place. The Rueben & potato salad are made in-house and well worth the trip. If you're downtown for business and can walk a couple blocks, you need to give this one a try.

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san diego
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52 reviews 52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We came to the byways cafe after seeing a segment on drive ins, diners and dives. It's a small dinner with excellent food. I had the three day weekend which consisted of biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, potatoes , all which were very good. My husband had pancakes which tasted good but he prefers them a bit thinner. The cafe... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We walked around for about an hour on Labor Day morning looking for a place that was open for brunch. Walked past a Spanish fusion place that seemed a bit too hoity-toity. Stumbled upon Byways and stuck around for about a 15 minute wait. It was just what we needed. Tiny place, food made from scratch (including my husband's biscuits... More

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Additional Information about Byways Cafe

Address: 1212 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209-3015
Phone Number: 503-221-0011
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Pearl
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Diner, Vegetarian

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