Portland >Food & Dining > Tin Shed & Garden Cafe
1438 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721145.559025 -122.650875
Monday To Sunday From 07:00 AM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, King
Have kids? Eat here! Have a dog you can't bare to abandon? Bring Fido along! Love macncheese? You've hit the trifecta!
Dogs are allowed both indoors and out, and there are dog-specific menu items. On the spot’s (often long) sign up sheet, you have to account for how many canines are in your party when you put your name on the waiting list.
Tin Shed is a Portland institution: they have a four season outdoor dining room, long lines on the weekend, and a special menu for your dog. The lines are long because it's worth it.
Fabulous cheesy mac, cozy outdoor seating that is protected from the elements, a wood burning fireplace and easy place to bring the kiddos without sacrificing a fabulous meal!
Great coffee and local flavor – I can't say enough good things about Tin Shed. This is my most favorite breakfast place (although their dinners are not as memorable or worthy of a trip to North Portland). Still, it is worthy enough to take all of my out-of-town guests here as an example of Portland breakfast at its best.
The waits are long (even on a weekday morning), but the pre-seating coffee (Portland Roasting's special Tin Shed Blend) helps, especially on a chilly day. Speaking of chilly, the outdoor seating area is heated so that a staff-provided blanket is all you'll need to enjoy an alfresco breakfast in January! I always leave with a happy and filled belly. My dogs can come, too!
I just love the special touches like local Aardvark sauce and grits with breakfast. The staff can be a bit punky and standoffish, but they're usually pretty nice and worth a 25% gratuity.
Long wait doesn't equal quality of the food. – I've been hearing so many great things about the Tin Shed, sadly I learned non of them, at least in my experience, were true.
I didn't go in expecting the world, I've heard about the long wait but delicious food, but I did go in expecting a nice meal.
I now suspect people rave about the food due to the ridiculously long wait they have prior.
I was in a party of three, and it took us about 25 minutes to be sat, not big deal. Our server brought us water and menus and then disappeared for what seemed like a while. Fine.
After he finally took our order, we literally (they have a clock on the wall) waited for our food for over an hour.
I wasn't too concerned with how long it was taking until I started noticing everyone who had been waiting for their meals also, were finishing theirs. At that point it I realized we'd been waiting for about 50 minutes.
We didn't see our server again until we were almost done with our meal. (Someone else brought us the food.) I'm sure they were busy, but if they are busy like this all the time, you should be able to keep up.
In short, I was highly disappointed that a simple brunch on a monday ended up taking almost 2 1/2 hours to get in and out. And, what's more, the food was not good. It was incredibly greasy and their "homemade biscuits" tasted like they were made from some bisquick mix. If you want below average, fatty breakfast food I recommend a Denny's... and at least it's faster and cheaper.
Amazing – I love this place. I've been time and time again for both breakfast and dinner and I'm always thrilled with both. My favorite thing to get during lunch/dinner hours would have to be the Fungus Among Us sandwich. It's amazing. Mushrooms, avocado, pepperjack cheese and an amzing chipotle aoli, I wish I could duplicate it at home but alas, nothing turns out as good as the Tin Shed's version. Breakfast is amazing too, though I'd recomend opting for the potato pancakes instead of the grits. They have a pesto scramble that's fantastic, as well as the "Everything Naughty" plate. Sooooo good! The servers are always friendly, maybe all the bad reviews are from people who are none too pleasant themselves. Rudeness tends to bring out rudeness. Writing this review is making me want to head over there for lunch today! Oh, also Sunday is great, they have a happy hour that goes from 3 till close with tasty drinks and happy hour food!
Friendly service, good food – So, my friend and I decided to go to the Tin Shed for breakfast on something of a whim, knowing beforehand the wait would be long. We signed in on the list, helped ourselves to coffee and set up to wait. The host was really friendly, ballparked our wait at about an hour. Luckily, he had something for us after about 45 minutes. We ordered pretty quickly, but still had to wait about a half hour for our food to come out, which isn't all that surprising if you've ever seen the size of their kitchen (small kitchen + large-ish dining area= wait). I had the "roll over" with rosemary gravy...awesome! Very savory and tasty. Self serve water and coffee=brilliant idea! Imagine how stressed those servers would be trying to do all their work WHILE refilling things themselves. Good place, people who complain about the wait should maybe consider that seeing a long line of people waiting to get in somewhere is what makes them want to go in the firstplace...
great food/ fun staff – love this spot for brunch. i didn't realize they were only open for lunch/ brunch on the weekends, which made me sad. but well worth the wait. i get the "good dog" too, and it's the best!
best brunch – despite the wait, this is our favorite spot for brunch. the self-serve coffee and good conversation makes it go by fast. then, the best breakfasts ever! i get the "good dog" , a combo of potatoes, an egg scramble, cheese, peppers, tomatoes, and some sauce that gives it the best flavor,and my boyfriend gets the "benny hill"... their version of eggs benedict. so good!!!
Yum Yum Yum! – We found this restaurant on City Search and were so impressed with the reviews we drove from Vancouver to try it. We did have to wait 45 minutes on a Sunday morning. However, there is coffee and water available for people to drink while they wait. There are a couple of great shops around there to look at, so it wasn't so bad. Breakfast was delicious. We had the "Everything Naughty." The bacon gravy was to die for. Staff were very nice too. Loved the outdoor seating, wasn't cold at all because of the heaters. Excellent experience overall.
Best Breakfast In Portland – I have been to Tin Shed several weekends in a row now because their breakfast is amazing! If going on a weekend, you should get there before 9am or else it gets really crowded and you will have to wait. Their eggs benedict has a little bit of paprika on top, mmmm. There food is fresh, the service is wonderful, the ambiance is cute and homey...they provide coffee and tea as you wait, and if you are hungry and decide to eat on their patio in the cold, they provide blankets. Delicious and amazing every time I go!
Cheney and her excellent Tin Shed recommendations... – I was in between the san fran sandwich or the mccobb salad... both looked amazing. I asked my awesome server, Cheney (Chaney? I am sad I don't know how to spell her name), which she would reccommend, and she suggested the san fran with avacado. She said she ate it multiple times a week so I took her word for it and was a very happy camper! AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS!! My friends ate the Heartless Artichoke, the nacho starter, the artichoke dip starter, the Magic Burger, the BB Queen burger and the onion soup. We were all very much full and satisfied and stoked on life after dinner. :) We also got to sit in front of a ROARIN fire which only contributed to the amazingness that is the Tin Shed. :)
Worth the Wait! – Portland is a town with great breakfast spots - and Tin Shed is among the best. The benefit here is that the good food doesn't stop mid-day, but continues with a full dinner menu. Adding to the scrumptious, fresh food, fun atmosphere, and splendid outside area - is also the considerate service. Tonight, after an indecisive and plan-altering evening with my boyfriend, we landed at Tin Shed still in a state of indecision - which led to us changing tables from outside to inside and then within the inside. We were a restless pair. Taking our behavior in stride was Chaney, a wonderful server who was conscientious of our needs and left no small detail unattended. Even as some of the last customers on what I'm sure was a busy Friday night, we both got the sense that she genuinely wanted to make us happy - and she succeeded.
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