Portland >Food & Dining > Sanborn's
3200 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720245.500249 -122.654117
Neighborhoods: Brooklyn Action Corps, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
Best breakfast I've had in a long time - service and food! – I found Sanborn's on Citysearch and I think I may have found my new favorite breakfast in town. There were so many choices on the menu, it was hard to decide what to have. My girlfriend and I decided to split two entrees; the blueberry belgian waffle and huevos rancheros. Sanborn's is not kidding when they claim to have the best huevos rancheros in Portland. The ingredients were very fresh and the red and green sauces were perfect. The blueberries in the waffle tasted fresh-picked and were delectable. After enjoying such delicious food, we were very surprised as to how inexpensive our bill was. I look forward to my next breakfast experience at Sanborn's.
Rude Customer service, Attitudes that need adjusting – I had my husband take me to Sanborn's after reading about it today. We were seated promptly where we were asked if we wanted coffee. Of course I said. Then there were 2 tables seated right after us who wanted coffee as well. We were forgotten about and the other tables were given their coffees and drinks. When our waitress who had black hair with pink highlights came over to ask how things were, I voiced my concern about the cofffee. She got an instant attitude with me and proceeded to tell me well ill get your coffee jeez. then she talked bad about us to the first lady who asked if we wanted coffee. When she came back to the table, I had made up my mind to go elsewhere. We told here we were not here to put up with her attitude and that we were leaving. She acted like she had won the battle. Unfornately for this restaurant I will not come back nor refer anyone to them. I instead will send them to Denny's where at least they will get good service and their coffee..
Incredible Service and Food to Match – This was our first visit to the restraunt, but definitely won't be our last. We were greeted right as we walked in the door and seated at a lovely outdoor pation. Being the only customers on the patio, I was sure that service would be lacking but our waiter arrived promptly, our cups filled with water and coffee and lo and behold I never once saw the bottom of my cup, without a doubt the best service i've had at any restraunt in Portland!!!! Then the food arrived, I had huevos rancheros it was wonderful, everything made fresh, it tasted great and looked good. My partner ordered the apple german pancake and was so smitten by it, he declared it "the best pancake I've ever eaten" and has badgered me ever since to recreate the exact same recipie (I'm a good cook, but I ain't that good, oh well, I guess we will be visiting Sanford's on a regular basis.
Best breakfast ever! – We had mixed feelings the first time we went to Sanborn's. The food was excellent but we waited for our food for 45 minutes after we had ordered. They say you never have have a second chance to make a first impression but with food like this you gotta go back. We went back today and the food hadn't changed a bit. AMAZING! Huevos Rancheros and German Pancakes were the two things we ordered. They were fantastic! Large portions and great service. Jodi was our server and she was very friendly. Actually, I believe that every single server in the place stopped by our table and one point to ask how everything was, fill our drinks, clean up plates, ect. DO show up early! We went on a Sunday, got there about 9:45am and got the last vacant table. We left at about 11am and there was probably 15 people waiting. Even if you show up late, it's worth the wait! MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM GOOD!!!!!
Really great food! – This place is not your trendy hip joint that serves nuevo junk, this place is your regular 'come in and eat' joint that I love. The decor is bright and cheery without being pretentious; the servers are friendly and can actually carry on an intelligent conversation (if you so choose). We had the owner's daughter wait on us and she was a delight. The food was wonderful, hot and tasty without being over-sauced or spiced up. The prices are right in line with the amount of food you receive as well. The coffee is hot and always coming but I really recommend a cup of their hot cocoa! Spectacular!
Love the patio – After hearing freinds rave about the biscuits, I decided to have brunch with the girls. There were six of us at 11:45 on a Saturday. I was the first there, greeted promptly and kindly. Two others arrived and we had just a short wait for seating on the enclosed patio. We were treated to pleasantries and frequent updates durring that time. Coffee was good, service was great, they didn't seem to mind waiting for the rest of our party to arrive. I had the eggs benedict. The best I have had in portland and possibly ever. The eggs were perfectly poached (I often have to send them back at other places) and the hollandaise is delicious, lemony and zingy as it should be, but since it is made to order, I'm sure that less zip could be requested. I kept finding more and more ham hiding under the sauce, and good ham it was. I tasted the german pancake with fresh rhubarb from the farmers market. i LOVE German pancakes and can't wait to try the mango one. I had a biscuit and everyone was right. Yum! with rasberry jam. The entre prices were very reasonable and the portions plentiful, unless you want to make a meal of sides, but that bacon did look good. I highly reccomend!
Great food but Stop trying to cut cost and turn on the heat! – I wish I could give Sanbourns 5 stars. I like it. I love their juevos rancheros.
However, whenever I go the place is cold and the atomsphere is lacking.
Where a jacket and enjoy some great food!
Amazing food – I live down the street from Sanborn's but had never tried it. I went this morning and it was amazing. it's very appealing inside and you are greeted immediately. I had the orange juice and the corned beef hash. The juice was fresh squeezed and had a great flavor. The hash had just the right amount of onions and potatoes. I also really liked the strawberry jam. Service was quick and with a smile.I will be coming back often.
On my way to the airport... – On my way to the Airport, I stopped into this cute little purple building after having driven by it multiple times on my way to work. First thing's first, I was greeted at the door by a smiling young man who showed me to my seat. Even after a few minutes of watching other peoples' orders go by and the service people were getting, I could tell that this was someplace special. I decided on one of the "specials" of the day which was a Banana Praline German pancake. Now admittedly, it wasn't that busy when I was there, but my food came in less than 10 minutes!
What else can I say--Great service (the young man who met me at the door chatted with me for a while about the history of the business), and Great food (I couldn't believe my eyes when my food came down in front of me, and the taste...oh my).
And best of all, I got to the airport on time and was full for my whole flight to Chicago!
Highly recommended for those who want a personal breakfast experience, great food, and a healthy dose of things done right in the world.
You may leave unsatisfied. – Imagine my delight as a breakfast restaurant junkie when I moved into my place with a breakfast place a block and a half away! I was soo excited I ate there alone and right away. I was not impressed with my B&G. A couple weeks later I ventured over again for some potatoes and an egg. The egg was O.K. but the potatos(one of my favourites) was over cooked and somewhat burnt served luke warm. Bummer! O.K. fast forward, It had been a long time since I decided to go again (I mean c'mon! a block and a half away!), I caved and my bf and I went(who also wonders at the ratings) and we both ordered eggs benedict. The hollandaise was so lemony it overtook the meal and was just not good. I actually brought it up to the waitress thinking that maybe it had gone bad and they didn't know but the answer was "this is our speciality". Ooofta! I do not get it why people rate this place so highly. I can only guess they have not been out much at all to anywhere else. And I am not ripping on the decor, just the food. Really I have tried and tried to find something to like and haven't found it. AND the prices are not balanced well with the portions.... I really wish I could say different. Sorry guys.
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