They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we suspect “they” are from Portland. Portland is a breakfast hound’s paradise, filled with restaurants that open in the early AM, and close after lunch. One of our favorites is a high-energy, stylish but casual place called the Bijou Cafe.

The counter seems to be a favorite place for catching up on the morning news.

The counter is a favorite place for catching up on the morning news.

You will likely wait for a table at the Bijou; this place is no secret, and locals and tourists alike fill the airy dining room. Young couples read the morning paper over good coffee at the counter. The personable host and helpful waitstaff add much to the scene. All comers, regulars or not, are made to feel welcome. They all come for generous breakfasts built around top-notch ingredients, beginning with fresh-squeezed OJ with an uncommon intensity of fresh orange flavor. Hash is a specialty here, although this is no hash house. The Bijou is famed for their oyster hash, which we haven’t tried, but we very much enjoy the roast beef hash and halibut hash. It seems hash in these parts is not like the finely chopped, crusty versions we’re more familiar with. This hash is based on chunky home fries combined with chunks of the named meat or seafood. The halibut tastes remarkably fresh, and the roast beef is, in fact, like “roasted beef.”

"Bijou, cafe" is a warm and welcoming breakfast spot.

“Bijou, café” is a warm and welcoming breakfast spot.

Lunch is also served, and we understand that they make a first class burger from something called Cascade Natural beef, which as far as we can gather, is a locally prized organically produced beef. If it’s the same beef as is used in the hash, it’s surely worth a try. They also now serve dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.

132 SW 3rd Avenue
Portland OR 97204
Bijou Cafe’s Website
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BEST THING TO EAT: Roast beef hash