Stepping Stone Cafe

2390 NW Quimby St
(503) 222-1132
get there via trimet
find a bike route
miniature truckstop
cash & credit only
breakfast, lunch, late-night eats (Thurs-Sat)

Stepping Stone Cafe
This is one of those places that isn't on my beaten path, and everytime I stop in, I think, why aren't I a regular here? I love this joint, especially when I get there early enough to not have to wait to sit.

This is just a little corner cafe/diner: tiny, really, with a couple of booths, a few more tables, and counter seating. In nice weather, they have a patio as well. It's the sort of place that you can ID from the street because the windows are all fogged up, and there's a line of people reading newspapers.

Yes, they did trademark "You eat here because we let you", so there is a bit of attitude, theoretically. Sometimes, there's enough folks staffing; sometimes, it's just Denise (who's worked there since the beginning of time) and someone else working the entire place. So yes, your (Portland Brewing) coffee cup and water glass won't stay full.

As noted, the coffee is not what you come here for. They do serve expresso, or drinks if you need some hair of the dog.

And they do serve lunch. Not that I can speak to that.
The breakfast menu is huge, and there's always more on the chalkboards. If you can't see them, ask, or just make a point to check them out.

There are traditional breakfasts ($4-$8.50) which are egg, protein, potatoes, toast, including some absolutely excellent scrambles. If you fear you aren't getting enough pork in your diet, try the meat lover's scram. It has, of course, ham, bacon, and sausage in bite-sized chunks with a little jack cheese—delicious and easily two meals.

Potatoes are big slices, fried on the griddle—they don't do it for me, but they are a good excuse to have some homemade salsa.

The ala carte menu ($3.50-$7) has favorites like a decent biscuits & gravy (which you can get as a half order), and the Tichenors (Tichenor's choice, the dilemma, the other dilemma), which is home fried hash browns covered with all manner of things.

The griddle menu ($2.50-$6) includes pancakes, french toast, waffle, and blintzes. The pancakes are huge, covering an entire huge round plate (and you can get real maple syrup for a surcharge).

And finally, there are 3 egg omelettes ($7-$8.25).

With a big menu and a lot of specials, you have choices, and they all seem to be solid. The heuvos rancheros are a favorite, a delicious (and completely inauthentic) carb-fest of corn tortillas, refried beans, ranchero sauce, eggs, potatoes, and pickled jalapenos. Yum! And you can add avocado.

Whenever I have friends staying in NW, this goes on top of the list for what to do for breakfast.

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