Genie's

1101 SE Division St
(503) 445-9777
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sassy diner with sweet food

Genies
Inside Genie's
Genies is one of the best breakfast places in town. Really. And that explains the crowds that descend upon it, ensuring a wait unless you are very early, or very late.

And, it's also a great lunch place. On weekdays, breakfast is served all day (which is to say, until 3pm), and you also have a selection of sandwiches and entrees like meatloaf with mashed potatoes and mac-n-cheese.

I had their excellent, unpretentious, burger. It's substantial, but not too much—maybe a third of a pound, cooked to order. The bun is squishy but not bad squishy, and the burger is dressed with the usual lettuce, tomato, onion, and.... whole-grain mustard aioli. I was a doubter, until I bit in. It's a good burger—one of the best in town.

It comes with fries or salad. I can't speak to the salad, but the fries were thin, double-fried, a slight hint of batter, perfect.

Another argument to come in on the weekdays is the Heuvos Rancheros. It's just an wonderful combination of eggs, tortilla, nicely-seasoned beans, and sauce, the sort of good meal that sticks in the corner of your mind for a long time.

Some people like the cocktails, ranging from $4-$6, including the EmergenC Elixir (orange vodka, EmergenC, muddled lemon, and a splash of cranberry juice). There are coffee and champagne cocktails too. Beer in bottles, and Caldera pale in cans, but no beer on tap.

I first fell in love with the roasted potatoes. Potatoes can be the most lovely food, but so often at breakfast they are lackluster, undercooked, underloved. Not these potatoes, oh no. Little wedgelets, crispy, tender, delightful, I could eat a bowl of these plain.

But no reason to do that with all the wonderful stuff on the menu. There are 19 different egg-variables, from the traditional eggs, potatoes and toast to omelettes to scrambles to benedicts, $5.50-$9.25. The basic ingredients are good, even free-range groovy, stuff, and it's all kept simple enough so there's some semblance of balance.

Take for example, the classic benedict. The hollandaise is lemony and luscious, topping the soft poached egg, the local canadian bacon (yumm!), the crispy english muffin, and begging to be draped over the potatoes.

Another example of being caught off-guard is the white chocolate chip & toasted hazelnut pancakes. One, you could feed several people well with one plate. Two, the white chocolate serves as the secret agent taste that makes the pancakes irresistable. Three, real maple syrup and a bowl of butter bricks wait on your table.

They also have some sandwiches, which I may never try. The menu is amazingly vegetarian friendly, with 14 different options, and you can sub in tofu for eggs for a buck. Oh, and they serve Stumptown coffee. No espresso.

The two dining rooms are a little cramped, with the back one like a basement bar, and the front like a bright and cheerful diner. The rooms have both booths and tables, and there are a couple of outside tables for good weather as well.

Just know, you'll probably be waiting a bit to get in, and you'll be waiting outside. But you can have some coffee while you wait.

After having been there for lunch, I am so bummed that they aren't open for dinner. But I guess that's good for my wallet.

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October 26, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (4)

4 Comments

J.J. said:

My favorite is the Tasso Benedict. It's all I've had the last four or five times I've been there - total junkie.

GD said:

Genie's used to be open at night. Not sure why they stopped doing that. Definitely one of the better breakfast spots in town.

gastronaut said:

they were open for dinner for the first 9 months to a year--highfalutin' stuff like squab with blackberries. Everything was quite a bit more inconsistent then; they closed ranks, shut down dinner and have been hitting dingers ever since--i should know too, the top of my head is peekin' out in that second photo :)

Jill-O said:

So true: the best breakfast potatoes in town, hands down.

I like to have the ham instead of bacon as a side with my eggs or scramble at breakfast - yummy stuff.

I've been there for lunch too and have had one of their grilled chicken breast sandwiches. It was one of the best I have had...and yeah, the fries are good there.

It's a great place to go for lunch during the week when it isn't crowded at all.

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