The Daily – 12/30/12

3.5 stars

The Daily Cafe
503.242.1916
902 NW 13th ave
Portland 97209

Steel Cut Oatmeal Winter Garden Vegetable Hash

Busy little concrete cube

Our first option was going to be Morningstar Cafe but it was gutted and in the middle of an apparent remodel so after circling downtown a few times we drew from the magic hat of Siri and ended up at The Daily Cafe off 13th & Kearney. Parking once again was remarkably easy and there were only about 4 entries on the list ahead of us. After about 25 minutes we were seated at the end of a long communal table and greeted warmly by Shelly who you’d swear was a retired kindergarten teacher based upon her cheery demeanor and Captain Crunch earrings. The menu contained the typical breakfast fare of eggs & bacon but being adventurous I opted for Foursquare recommended & Sam Adams approved Garden Hash with poached eggs and coffee, Carly chose a safer option of Oatmeal & Orange juice. The interior of “The Daily” is a combination of industrial with warm touches of nature and bright floral accents with a few large colorful art pieces. Shelly had offered to use the prix fixe offering for our breakfast so that we would also get a sampling of breakfast pastries before our meal.
Our breakfast selections arrived shortly after we polished off the 2 scones & mini muffin that preceded it. The meals looked delicious and tasted quite good as well. My winter vegetable hash contained carrots, potatoes, chard, rutabaga (which I just realized was misspelled on their menu & Brussels sprouts topped with two poached eggs. I don’t know if I’ve ever had so many vegetables I avoided as a youth together for one meal but I was less underwhelmed by the collection of flavors, I also wish it had been accompanied by a piece of bacon or a slice of toast but this isn’t Denny’s. I was proud of myself for trying something new but should have chosen the frittata which occupied many tables as I looked around. Carly’s steel cut oatmeal was decent and cane with raisins, brown sugar, milk and some nuts to sprinkle in which were a special request Carly made to Shelly. All told a good location with a nice atmosphere and warm welcoming service.

GALLERY

Entrance with Logo Foursquare Tip Interior Interior The Daily Menu

SERVICE
Shelly offered great service and made us feel very welcome.
4 stars

AMBIANCE/DESIGN
It’s a cool little place that even with concrete walls felt warm and artsy with all the potted flowers on the tables.
3 stars

MEAL
There were a little too many roots & carrots in my winter vegetable hash but the poached eggs really made it quite good.
3 stars

Mother’s Bistro & Bar – 12/22/12

3.5 stars

Mother’s Bistro & Bar
503.464.1122
212 Southwest Stark Street,
Portland 97204

Gouda Ham Scramble French Toast and Sausages

Stark raving delicious

We trekked back into downtown but before even reaching the tunnel Carly had already decided upon Mothers Bistro & Bar off of Stark. There was a bit of a wait but the amount of foot traffic and plates we saw going by led us to believe we were in for a major treat. The specials on the chalkboard looked highly inviting and Foursquare recommended we not miss the cornflake crusted French toast. Since Carly knew in advance of the French toast it took us all of 30 seconds after being seated to place our order, I chose the Gouda & Ham scramble I spotted on the daily specials board. Along with her French toast Carly also got a side of 3 little sausages which while delicious we’re nothing extra special. My scramble was quite amazing and also contained caramelized onions which really gave it a delicious sweetness. The potatoes were well seasoned but could have been a little thinner to stay crispier. The cornflake French toast was quite good as well but didn’t maintain it’s crisp flakiness for more than a few minutes. I’d very much look forward to a return to try whatever shows up next on the daily specials board.

SERVICE
As busy as it was we still received our breakfast incredibly fast but our server was super buys with many tables.
3 stars

AMBIANCE
The second room we sat in is surrounded by windows so you feel like a goldfish feeding, lots of mirrors too.
3 stars

MEAL
The best scramble I’ve had yet.
4 stars