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“Really Memorable!” 5 of 5 stars
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Brealu Cafe
428 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101-2014
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Ranked #198 of 535 restaurants in Portland
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“Really Memorable!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

This place will stick out in my mind for a long time. It feels like a little thrift store (but classy - don't get me wrong) as the walls are covered with shelving, and then really ancient books and items. Totally interesting to look at. The food was well priced, and LARGE servings to boot. The waitress was friendly and casual, which we enjoyed. The food itself was fresh, delicious, and exceptionally well made - whether you had benedict, an omelet, or pancakes (the size of your head.) If I lived in Portland, ME, I'd be a regular here.

The only thing I didn't like (and this would not keep me from going there) was that they had a $2.50 "sharing" charge -- that is, if you intended to share your meal, you had to add cash on. I can't quite see that as being fair - the amount of food should remain the same, and therefore the cost of the output product itself!

Visited April 2013
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English first
Portland, Maine
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114 reviews 114 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Delicious breakfast!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Visited here with a friend - we had a great time! The waitress who helped us was super nice and friendly, and the food was delicious!

Visited April 2012
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66 restaurant reviews
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“Wonderful breakfast, huge pancakes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We had a veggie omelet and some pancakes.
Omelet was fine, lots of veggies, very good home fries.
The pancakes were the biggest I have ever seen. A foot across maybe? Tasty, one with blueberries the other chocolate chips. Coffee (organic french roast) was very good. Service super friendly.

Visited October 2012
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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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“Atmosphere not the same in the back room”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

Have eaten here several times. Food is good. Atmosphere is good if you are out in the main dining area. We we seated in the back room recently. Changes the whole experience.

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Portland, Maine
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“BREAkfast (and) LUnch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

It is not very well known, even locally, that the name Brealu comes from a contraction of breakfast & lunch, but those are the meals that it serves, and it serves them well. It is primarily known for its excellent and delicious breakfast menu which includes all sorts of creative "specialty" omelets (potato, cheddar, sour cream and bacon for $8.95, a chili filled omelet for $7.50 and a Hawaiian omelet with pineapple, ham, sour cream and cheddar for $7.95. There are also Greek, Mexican, Western and Mediterranean omelets or you can pick your own combination of omelet ingredients. Other breakfast specialties include breakfast burritos, home made corned beef hash and eggs, pancakes, Belgian waffles, French toast, eggs Benedict, a choice of 4 different toasts, sausage and bacon. Also, the coffee is lovely and plentiful and the food portions generous and inexpensive. I go there often but always order from the breakfast menu so cannot say very much about the lunches, which include burgers, chilli, wraps & club sandwiches.

There is lovely jewlery for sale on the walls and a nice quiet atmosphere, with two separate rooms. The back room feels very private and boasts a fireplace, quite lovely during the long Maine winters. Brealu's also has pressed-tin ceilings, shelves full of books and vintage pictures of Portland on the walls. It is located a couple of blocks from the state university which accounts for some, but not all, of its thriving business. Although Brealu's is on a busy street and lacks off-street parking, I have never had any difficulty finding parking close by. The Portland Press Herald reviewed The Brealu Cafe in December, 2011 and gave it 4.5 stars out of 5. I give it 5.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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