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Byways Cafe

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1212 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209-3015
+1 503-221-0011
07:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 15:00
Sat - Sun 07:30 - 14:00
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Boise, Idaho
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The food at Byways is like from the old American Breakfast Diner. They even have license plate memorabilia on the walls of the various states and even old movie posters. They have some interesting types of pancakes such as blue corn pancakes (very filling) and they has a lot of pancake specials offering different flavors. The French Toast is good... More 

Thank Milestogo007
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273 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

good breakfast. parking is a bit of a pain and the tables are a bit cramped, but the food is very good with great menu selections. a nice local option in the pearl district.

Thank Gabrandall
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in town visiting and my daughter steered me here. The decor is vintage and there are so many interesting things to look at, the staff was very friendly and welcoming, and the food was divine! I had the Multnomah melt and it was excellent! Enough for two meals for me! They even had a nice selection of teas.... More 

Thank TXswimmer
Portland, Oregon
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89 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

My friend introduced me to this place and I was impressed! I had a scramble with potatoes and it was so flavorful and delicious! The service was amazing! I cannot say anything bad about my experiene. I see now why it is a local favorite and was fetured on one of the Food Networks shows. Give it a try if... More 

Thank C M
Vancouver, Washington
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83 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

We went here for brunch and were so glad we did. The cafe is casual, with a friendly staff. We enjoyed the license plates lining the walls and the mismatched dinnerware. The scrambled eggs tacos were very flavorful and fun to eat. The spiced pancakes had a nutty flavor with ginger and cinnamon highlights. Even though it was busy, our... More 

Thank TheCheerfulGivers
Portland, Oregon
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Really enjoy coming to Byways when I'm in the mood for a very hearty breakfast. I had the Pikes Peak omelet and added a home made biscuit. The food was excellent with super large portions. Entrees could very easily be split. The service was very friendly yet a bit on the slow side. As busy as Byways is, I think... More 

Thank Maranello05
Renton, Washington
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

We love trying different places while traveling. This was a bit of a walk, but real biscuits and gravy sounded great! And they were. Simple diner with good service and fabulous food. My husband got the French toast. We were warned the regular was huge and got the meal with eggs and meat and it was still a ton of... More 

Thank girlpi1ot
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Near the downtown core, this little hole in the wall cafe is a great find. Choice of tables or counter seating. Bottomless coffee, killer bloody mary. I had the sappho scramble (egg, spinach, feta, artichoke, kalamata olives, tomato) super delicious! Came with side choice of pan fried potatoes and toast or fresh fruit. Highly recommended

Thank Rachel L
Portland, Oregon
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136 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Lucky to find this place for brunch. We each had a scramble, one from the menu one special of the day. Eggs 🍳 were cooked to perfection. Not too loose or dry. The combination of ingredients was very pleasant to the palate. Great place with excellent food and a funky atmosphere.

Thank TeriLou31
New York City
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93 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

I had the biscuits and sausage gravy, probably the best I've ever had. And very nice people working there.

Thank Yoritomo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 14:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1212 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209-3015
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Pearl
  • Neighbourhood: Pearl
  • Phone Number: +1 503-221-0011

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