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Mother's Bistro & Bar

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Travelers' Choice2019 Winner
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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, International, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

Menu

BREAKFAST​
Eggs
Except for the biscuit breakfast, all egg dishes are served w/ whole wheat toast & breakfast potatoes (unless potatoes included in dish) egg whites or tofu available upon request - add 1
Egg whites $+1.00
Tofu $+1.00
Two Eggs, Any Style
$6.95
Two Eggs, Any Style
With honey cured bacon, pork-apple sausage or ham
$9.95
Grilled Portabella Mushroom Scramble
Grilled portabellas marinated in garlic, olive oil & balsamic vinegar, scrambled w/ eggs, fresh sautéed spinach & asiago cheese
$11.95
Omelet Du Jour
A three egg omelet filled w/ fresh & seasonal goodies, please inquire
$Market
Mike's Special Scramble
With prosciutto ham, roasted garlic, fresh tomatoes, basil & provolone cheese
$9.95
Stuffed Frittata
Open faced omelet w/ bacon, cheddar cheese & potatoes, topped w/ sour cream & green onions
$9.95
Biscuit Breakfast
Homemade buttermilk biscuits topped w/ country sausage gravy, served w/ two eggs any style
$9.95
Pork Apple Sausage & Cheddar Cheese Scramble
Eggs scrambled w/ pork apple sausage & cheddar cheese
$9.95
Migas
Eggs, corn tortillas, jack cheese, onions & peppers, scrambled together, topped w/ chipotle sour cream, salsa & green onions
$9.95
BREAKFAST​
Roasted Red Potatoes Sautéed w/ Bacon, Caramelized Onions & a Touch of Cream, Topped w/ Melted Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream & Green Onions
$8.95
Buttermilk Pancakes
Two​ made from scratch fluffy pancakes
$6.95
Belgian Waffle
Crispy on the outside, moist on the inside
$5.95
Crunchy French Toast
Thick slices of challah (egg) bread, dipped in cornflakes & grilled golden brown
$7.95
Bob's Red Mill Oatmeal
Slow​ cooked w/ brown sugar & cream (whole, low-fat or skim milk also available)
$5.95
Bagel & Cream Cheese
Locally made bagel w/ a side of cream cheese, choice of sesame, poppy seed, plain or everything
$3.95
House-Cured Lox Platter
Our very own lox, served w/ cream cheese, red onion, capers, tomatoes & toasted bagel
$14.95
Fresh Fruit
Cup $4.95
Bowl $6.95
One Egg
$1.95
Two Eggs
$2.95
LUNCH​
SOUPS / STARTERS​
Don’t slurp, & remember to save room for your meal
Belle's Chicken Noodle or Matzo Ball Soup
Cup $3.95
Bowl $6.95
Soup of the Day
Cup $3.95
Bowl $6.95
Hummus Plate
A dip of garbanzo beans, garlic & sesame served w/ sliced tomatoes, spicy chili paste, kalamata olives & pita bread
$7.95
Pierogi
Hand made potato-filled dumplings, topped w/ sautéed onions & sour cream
$7.95
Irish Nachos
Roasted red potatoes sautéed w/ bacon, caramelized onions & a touch of cream, topped w/ melted cheddar cheese, sour cream & green onions
$8.95
Fried Ravioli
Ricotta cheese filled, tossed w/ herbs & spices, topped w/ parmesan cheese, served w/ tomato basil sauce
$8.95
Fried Calamari
Crispy​ calamari served w/ a sweet & sour garlic sauce
$9.95
Chopped Liver
Like pâté my mother’s recipe made w/ slowly sautéed chicken livers & onions, served w/ assorted crackers
$6.95
Hummus & Greek Salad Combo
The best of both worlds
$8.95
SALADS​
Did you eat your greens today
Greek Salad
Tomatoes,​ kalamata olives, feta cheese & red onion on a bed of lettuce tossed w/ celery, dill, green onions & red wine vinaigrette (contains anchovy)
Small $6.95
Large $9.95
Mexican Chopped Salad
Julienne leaf lettuce, grilled marinated chicken breast, tomatoes, red onion, avocado, cheddar cheese & crispy tortilla strips, w/ honey-lime vinaigrette, topped w/ cotija cheese
$10.95
House Salad
Organic field greens w/ cranberries, feta cheese, sunflower seeds & red onions, lightly tossed in balsamic vinaigrette
$5.95
Caesar Salad
Mixed leaf lettuce, tossed in a lemon, anchovy, olive oil & garlic dressing, topped w/ parmesan cheese & house-made croutons
Small $6.95
Large $8.95
Grilled chicken breast $+ 3
Grilled wild salmon $+market
Cobb Salad
Red leaf & romaine lettuce, grilled chicken breast, sliced egg, avocado, tomatoes, blue cheese & bacon, w/ side of blue cheese, balsamic vinaigrette, thousand island, poppy seed or honey mustard dressing
$10.95
Served on a bed of poppy seed-dressed greens or as a sandwich on whole wheat bread w/ lettuce
Tuna Salad
With red onion, celery, pickle & mayonnaise
$7.95
Faith's Chicken Salad
With toasted pecans, grapes, poppy seeds & celery
$7.95
LUNCH​
Sandwiches served on fleur de lis or portland french bakery bread, w/ pasta salad & a pickle (except where noted) nearly everything is made from scratch—even our mayonnaise (with pasteurized egg yolks)
HOT SANDWICHES​
Benny's Chicken
Marinated & grilled chicken breast, topped w/ melted cheddar cheese, on a potato roll w/ spicy mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, avocado, red onion & crispy tortilla strips
$8.95
Dungeness Crab Cake
Our “15,000” crab cakes filled w/ green onions, celery & bacon, pan-fried & served on a potato roll w/ house made tartar sauce, leaf lettuce & cole slaw, served w/ french fries
$12.95
Grilled Ham & Swiss Panini
Shaved ham on grilled country bread w/ melted swiss cheese & stone ground mustard mayonnaise
$8.50
Sliced tomatoes $+1.00
Grilled Portabella Mushroom
On a grilled potato bun w/ organic field greens, tomatoes & sun-dried tomato mayonnaise
$8.95
Provolone cheese $+1.00
Carlton Farms Pulled Pork Sandwich
Slow cooked natural pork on a ciabatta roll w/ caramelized onions, swiss cheese & honey-mustard barbeque sauce, served w/ french fries
$8.95
Painted Hills Beef Burger
Grilled all natural 1/3 pound burger on a potato bun, w/ mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato & red onion, served w/ french fries
$9.95
“Painted Hills” Beef Meatloaf
All-natural beef meatloaf on white or whole wheat bread w/ mayonnaise, lettuce & tomato
$8.50
Mother's Reuben
Slow cooked corned beef brisket (or turkey) on grilled country bread w/ melted swiss cheese, sauerkraut & thousand island dressing
$8.95
Chopped Liver
Like pâté my mother’s recipe made w/ slowly sautéed chicken livers & onions, on toasted challah egg bread w/ lettuce, tomato & red onion
$7.95
Fresh Roasted Turkey Breast
House roasted turkey breast, swiss cheese, dijonnaise, lettuce & tomato on white or wheat bread
$8.95
ENTREES​
Cheddar Cheese Macaroni & Cheese
Varying pastas (gluten-free rice pasta available upon request, please allow 20 minutes & add 1) w/ a simple, yet cheesy sauce
$10.95
Yet cheesy sauce $+1.00
Mother's “Macaroni & Cheese” Du Jour
Varying​ pastas & preparations (gluten-free, vegetarian available)
$Market
Vegan Stir Fry, Two Ways
Tofu, peppers, onions, broccoli, mushrooms & zucchini, stir-fried w/ your choice of thai green curry sauce or ginger tamari sauce, topped w/ jasmine rice, carrots & green onions
$11.95
Chicken breast for tofu $+ 2
Fish Du Jour
Fresh local seafood, varies daily
$Market
DINNER​
Soups, starters, small plates
Don’t slurp, & remember to save room
Belle's Chicken Noodle or Matzo Ball Soup
Cup $3.95
Bowl $6.95
Cup
Bowl
Soup of the Day
Cup $3.95
Bowl $6.95
Cup
Bowl
Pierogi
Hand made potato filled dumplings, topped w/ sautéed onions & sour cream
$7.95
Cup
Bowl
Hummus Plate
A dip of garbanzo beans, garlic, & sesame, served w/ sliced tomatoes, spicy chili paste, kalamata olives & pita bread
$7.95
Cup
Bowl
15,000 Dungeness Crab Cake
With creole mustard sauce & house made cole slaw
$6.95
Cup
Bowl
Grilled Portabella Mushroom
With organic field greens
$6.95
Cup
Bowl
Three Sliders
Mini versions of our favorite sandwiches, served on a potato roll pulled pork, honey BBQ sauce & swiss cheese burger w/ cheddar & caramelized onionscrab cake w/ cole slaw & tartar sauce
$11.95
Cup
Bowl
Chopped Liver
Like pâté my mother’s recipe made w/ slowly sautéed chicken livers & onions, served w/ assorted crackers
$6.95
Cup
Bowl
SALADS​
Did you eat your greens today
Greek Salad
Tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese & red onions on a bed of lettuce tossed withcelery, dill, green onions & red wine vinaigrette (contains anchovy)
Small $6.95
Large $8.95
Mexican Chopped Salad
Julienne leaf lettuce, grilled marinated chicken breast, tomatoes, red onion, avocado, cheddar cheese & crispy tortilla strips, w/ honey-lime vinaigrette, topped w/ cotija cheese
Small $7.95
Large $11.95
House Salad
Organic field greens w/ cranberries, feta cheese, sunflower seeds & red onions, lightly tossed in balsamic vinaigrette
$5.95
Caesar Salad
Mixed​ leaf lettuce tossed in a lemon, anchovy & garlic dressing, topped w/ parmesan cheese & house-made croutons
Small $6.95
Large $8.95
Grilled chicken breast $+ 3
Grilled wild salmon $+ 4.95
Cobb Salad
Red leaf & romaine lettuce, grilled chicken breast, sliced egg, avocado, tomatoes, blue cheese & bacon, w/ side of blue cheese, balsamic vinaigrette, thousand island, poppy seed or honey mustard dressing
$10.95
About
Willamette Week's "restaurant of the year," Mother's serves comfort food classics made from scratch, perfected in the hands of four star restaurant-trained chef Lisa Schroeder. With melt-in-your-mouth biscuits, pot roast, chicken & dumplings and a decadent, different macaroni & cheese daily, home cooking is elevated to high art for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Full Bar & happy hour too!
PRICE RANGE
$5 - $29
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
International, American
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed March 24, 2020

An attractive place to stop for some mid-day refreshment. Great staff. Well-rounded menu. Delicious salads, sandwiches and desserts.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed March 12, 2020

Oh my, what a lovely meal we had. We made a reservation for 7:15 one week night and were promptly seated. Our server was a delight (blonde white lady originally from the southeast) and helped us with our selections. For a starter, we shared the...More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 10, 2020 via mobile

This place has so many options you could eat for a year. Plentiful in gluten free and vegan choices, my wife and I found this the perfect place to eat in Portland. Oh and Voodoo donuts are across the street. Bonus.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 8, 2020

Great brunch and dinner food, service, and well worth the long wait. I would recommend making reservations!

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed March 7, 2020

Mother's isn't your average restaurant attached to a hotel ... it is phenomenal. I loved everything about it. I went here twice during my stay. The first time was after the dinner hour (Thursday March 5th) with a very large group (25+) and the staff...More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

I love this new location that seems to hold twice as many tables! This is the perfect building/hotel to complement Mother’s Bistro. We have had excellent service the three times we have eaten here in the past few months. The Chicken Fried Chicken is absolutely...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 4, 2020 via mobile

This was my first visit to the new location. My friend arrived a little before me and she was offered coffee while she waited. Our brunch was excellent: I had the "special" Belgium waffles with strawberries, whipped cream, and syrup. My friend enjoyed the tofu...More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 3, 2020 via mobile

Love their breakfast and dinner, but the weekend brunch wait is absurdly long. They do take reservations for most meals (except weekend brunch) which is a nice change from so many places in Portland... Especially in such a foodie city where waits can be long...More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed March 1, 2020

Instead of donuts and fried chicken sandwiches for breakfast , we opted for a traditional breakfast at a sit down restaurant and chose Mother’s Bistro. The diner type restaurant is apparently a new addition to the Embassy Hotel where it relocated recently. The setting serves...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 22, 2020

Side note.. what is with the 1degree of separation in wierd ways Portland refers to NewOrleans? Voodoo donuts? Cajun restaurants? Mothers? I'm sure this isn't intended but merely adds to the Weirdness of Portland. Mohter's is a mutha! Sweeping menu alternatives. Most entree's big enuf...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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We did not have a reservation on a Wednesday when we arrived at 11 am. We did not need to wait, but we noticed the people that arrived after about 11:15 needed to wait, so I would suggest reservations.
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