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Byways Cafe

1212 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209-3015 (Pearl)
503-221-0011
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Ranked #41 of 3,561 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Coffee Shop, Diner, Vegetarian
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: Pearl
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san diego
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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Boynton Beach, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Food is outstanding!!!! Very small place so keep that in mind. Very difficult to seat large parties, we were 7, and had a very long wait. Definitely worth it though. We all had the scrambles, and all were equally excellent. Services was fun and quick, and all the wait staff were pleasant and helpful. Definitely a place to try on... More

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Victoria, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This place is funky and walks the line of being tacky which makes it one of my favourite brunch spots. Food is fantastic, great service...all in all gets a 10/10 from me! Was reviewed on DDI from the food channel and also got his vote. Try the house specials...the infused french toast is to die for. You will not be... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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97 reviews 97 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We ate here for lunch just walking by and tried it. So glad we did. Loved the decor, felt like we walking back in time, think 1950s. Nice lunch selection for all different palates to try. I had the "Sonoma," a lovely looking and great tasting chicken salad. My friend had a chicken sandwich, which she tasted wonderful. Large portions,... More

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Campbell, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

My corned beef was served with a scrumptious horseradish spread, & potato salad with bacon is just cheating. Turkey,bacon,avocado also yummy. Side green salad was a delightful surprise; big and fresh! I appreciate the cleanliness too.

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Brooklyn, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Our first morning in Portland, we went to the Byways Cafe based on TA reviews. We walked in and were seated right away. Our server was friendly, I think his name was Chip. The place had a warm neighborhood feeling and I could see how this place would be someone's regular breakfast and or lunch spot. It's decorated with vintage... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We just happened upon Byways Cafe when searching for a breakfast spot on our last morning in Portland. What a great find!! Everything was extremely fresh, the coffee was excellent, they had gluten free bread for gluten free me and the service was quick and very friendly. This is a must for a quick, delicious breakfast.

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Piscataway, New Jersey
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143 reviews 143 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We waited about 15 minutes to get a table on a Saturday morning (not a big deal) but then once we ordered it took over 40 minutes to get our food. Once we got our food, it was hit or miss. The oj (fresh squeezed) was great and the coffee so so. The home fried potatoes and toast were good... More

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Just wait to be seated. It's busy with locals and others but sure worth the waiting. Had an omelette and pancakes, superb quality. Great staff. Very kind. Hidden treasure. Will be back soon!

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