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Byways Cafe

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1212 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209-3015
7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Medford, Oregon, United States
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We walked by this restaurant around noon and thought let's give it a try!! Glad we did!! We had a fried egg sandwich and the chicken salad sandwich. The chicken salad was delish and plentiful. It was offered with house made potato salad which was to die for!! The place was pretty full and the wait staff very attentive to... More 

Thank Tammi M
Mentor, Ohio
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

LOVE IT!! We stayed in the Pearl District for a few days and couldn't help but eat breakfast at Byways each morning! We wanted to try different places, but couldn't. Nothing could have been better for breakfast, so we just kept going back. The sweet cream pancakes with Strawberries and Megs Veggie Mound were the clear favorites. Simply delicious. The... More 

Thank Phil A
Tonasket, Washington
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are heading to Powells Book Shop in the Pearl District to get a copy of Blue Highways, then this is the right place for breakfast. In his book Least Heat-Moon makes a great case for avoiding the interstates, enjoying the more interesting slower routs. This cafe is a step out of the fast lane and into quality. (And... More 

Thank Scott_Tonasket
Cocoa, Florida
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very good food, unique atmosphere, good service, will go again. Had the pikes peak omelette, very good ingredients. Blue corn pancakes were more like eating a flat corn muffin than a pancake but overall no complaints here.

Thank connaughtond
Portland, Oregon
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has lots of good really basic options for breakfast and lunch, but the Turkey Burger here is legendary.

Thank Amanda G
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having already indulged in sugar at Voodoo Doughnuts on a previous visit, I decided to get something more substantial for my next breakfast. Just a quick walk from downtown I decided to the Triple D recommended Byways Café. I went with the raved about Corned beef and Hash and it was delicious. I got there around 9-9:30am on a Tuesday... More 

Thank pilotman06
San Diego, California
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48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here twice for breakfast on a trip to Portland. The portions are huge, so it's probably best to split a dish. The biscuits and gravy was very good and the scramble was also equally delicious. The staff is friendly and the diner location is easy to find. Highly recommended!

Thank Joe J
Folsom, California
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104 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here for breakfast today and loved it! Cute little place with a lot of character. Very nice people working there. The food was delicious! Their red potatoes and biscuits were excellent! One of the best restaurant biscuits I have ever had! They served a delicious jam with it too that appeared to be homemade.

Thank TravelDeMistyFied
London, United Kingdom
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157 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Really enjoyed our brunch here - better than other places we tried (see my other reviews). We each chose egg dishes with a bunch of other things (Alamamo & El Dorado Scramble). Again they only do drip coffee, which is annoying when you want a decent espresso or Americano! Friendly service, nice atmosphere, lots of decorative plates on the walls!

Thank Satkinson1
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

Very Friendly staff, awesome pancakes. My husband got the banana pecan and I got the blue corn. Both were amazing! Will come back when we visit Portland again.

Thank calbry838

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Cafe, Vegetarian, Diner, Gluten Free
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
7:30 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1212 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209-3015
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Pearl
  • Neighborhood: Pearl
  • Phone Number: 503-221-0011

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?