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Byways Cafe

1212 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209-3015 (Pearl)
503-221-0011
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Ranked #45 of 3,545 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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English first
Piscataway, New Jersey
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104 reviews 104 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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Bothell, Washington
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63 reviews 63 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This diner was recommended by someone on the street, and we decided to take the advice. We were there for a late lunch and so we were the last ones to leave. This is a small place, but we were quickly offered a booth by one of the friendly waiters. The menu is mainly burgers and sandwiches. They come with... More

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NYC
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221 reviews 221 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I come here for just the hash...the other dishes are probably tasty but when I do come I always order the hash. Check the times that they have the breakfast/brunch menu because thats the only time they serve it. also it was even on Triple D on tv I think!

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Vancouver
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Great, friendly service. I loved the Americana decor - with plates and license plates from all the US states and 50s diner era pie stands, chairs, stools, milk machines... etc. The breakfast was to die for. It was HUGE and amazing.

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Louisville
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We had to leave town on a Saturday morning and tried to put our names on a couple of brunch places recommended by travel books and had no luck getting a seat for over an hour wait. We decided to start our trip out of town when we saw a sign for this cozy restaurant near the Pearl district and... More

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East Wenatchee, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We loved this little place with big taste! It is mostly sandwiches (named after Oregon destinations) but they are designed and made with a lot of consideration! They use good ingredients; some menu items even tell you what farm the grass fed beef comes from! I had the Multnomah Melt and it was so good! Very casual vibe; it looks... More

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Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This diner has it all, great pancakes, coffee that keeps pouring, amazing omelets, whatever you order, sit back the portions are large and you will not want to skip a single bite!

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Seattle, Washington
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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Not sure why these are not a staple on the menu instead of a special but they are fantastic. Love this place for breakfast.

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Lethbridge
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118 reviews 118 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

The Byways Cafe came highly recommended from several sources, so on our recent trip to Portland, we went there for breakfast as we had a long day of meetings ahead of us. The service was excellent. Not only prompt, but extremely friendly and outgoing. We ordered breakfast and it came out quickly and was enormous. In true diner fashion, the... More

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