Portland >Food & Dining > Francis Restaurant
2338 Ne Alberta St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721145.558974 -122.641414
Neighborhoods: Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Concordia
A must miss on Alberta – When we sat down we probably should have known from the wafting smell of rotting milk that this was likely to be a less than pleasurable meal. . .
We couldn't get the beverage we wanted because their seltzer wasn't working, ok, this is understandable. Our burger arrived raw and needed to be sent back... mistakes happen.
The bun was slathered with peanut butter, under the patty... odd.
Christopher, the cook/owner, seasons french fries with SUGAR! Very difficult to understand and unpleasant. So I mentioned to our server that I didn't really like the seasoning. She took the feedback to the, very open, kitchen and i heard "too f&*^%#$ing bad" I just looked at him and said, "I heard that, not a great customer service move."
If you are going to make such a bold move as to season your french fries with sugar, please mention it on the menu! It's very difficult how he could have so little pride in his business that he will aggressively insult customers.
not a good place to eat! – Just had the worst breakfast experience at a place called Francis on Alberta. The restaurant smelled like urine in both places we were sat. The place had an overall dirty feel. There were ants crawling on the table and the condiments. The food was ...barely edible, with a dried out biscuit covered in a runny country-ish gravy and dried out ham. I have had better experiences in third world country and I would definitely not recommend this place.
Something pefect for breakfast, lunch or dinner... – I have never ordered a meal at Francis's and been disapointed (which says a lot given my weekend morning routine which included walking to 23rd and Alberta to find a table on the patio at Francis's.)
I always order the special, which guarantees I never have the same thing, and it is always AMAZING. I have come to trust the Chef so much that often I don't even ask what the special is because he has opened up my palate to food I didn't care for. Last night Francis's opened for dinner for the first time, and you can bet we didn't miss it.
We ordered a full meal, with everything from aps, to wine, to desert! Our server was great, and provided us with the 100% spot on recommendations. My boyfriend's one complaint was that our server didn't insist that he have what I ordered, which was the chef's specialty braised lamb (to die for).
For desert we ordered the olive oil cake, which sounds weird, but it is really unique, and delicious. I can't wait to go back for dinner again. I hate to break the news about how great this place is, as I want to be able to always get a table, but if you are looking for some of the best food Portland has to offer, look no further.
Really terrible food.. 8/14/09 breakfast – I ordered vegan biscuit + tempeh gravy, hash browns, and toast. My friend ordered rabbit in a hole and we both got coffee.
The biscuit was completely inedible. I'm not one to send food back- I usually tough it out and eat whatever I order (I'm not picky), but this was really bad. It was salty, grainy, and had and undercooked, pasty texture.
I was left with a hash brown, which was alright but I only ate about half of it because it was oily to the point of being mushy.
My friend's rabbit in a hole was decent, but his fruit was bruised and looked like it was from a few days ago, and his toast was cold and under-toasted when it came out. The coffee was watery, but drinkable.
I wish there was something redeeming I could say about the food, but there wasn't. The service however, was great. Our server, a medium height guy with a buzz cut, did a fantastic job. He was attentive, friendly, and did his best to save the experience for us.
I don't think we'll be back, but I hope this review helps you!
Mediocre food, disinterested service – Service was slow and unapologetic. The waiter never smiled once. Seemed to hate his job and wish we weren't there. Brought me a regular biscuit instead of the gluten-free one I ordered. Waited a long time just for menus. Walls, floors, chairs were dirty or stained. Peeling ceiling over kitchen, damaged (scratched or graffitti-scrubbed?) window marred view. The eggs and potatoes were fine, the amount of fresh fruit "garnish" was more than expected. The home-made(?) chicken-turkey sausage was inedible. The veggie hash was good.
Breakfast is HORRENDOUS!!! – I came clear across town to dine here with my vegan brother at around noon April 28, '09. Were greeted first before a party ahead of us and had to tell the host, but he didn't seem to care and seated us anyway, sans menus. Unfriendly, lifeless, hipster dude (our waiter) finally arrived and asked if we wanted coffee. I said "yes" & my brother asked if the o.j. was freshly-squeezed. His disinterested mumble was affirmative, but then he brought two lukewarm coffees that tasted like burnt Texas oil, but no o.j. Sent both coffees back and got a hotter cup that was too strong (overly strong coffee doesn't make up for a good cuppa joe, guys!) and my brother got his CONCENTRATED o.j. I had their oatmeal pancakes and a side of bacon that was literally swimming in grease and tasted like it had been under a heat lamp for hours. The pancakes turned into maple-flavored mush after only a couple bites, and the side of mint-jelly covered out-of-season melons and half a strawberry tasted like styrofoam. My bro had vegan hash that tasted more like stir-fry, and after eating the first few bites, we both noticed that the remainder was BURNT BLACK! His vegan sausage was nothing more than lentil powder with a few spices and absolutely NO texture or flavor. My coffee refill came from the same urn as the week-old motor oil of my first cup, and the waiter didn't seem to care; instead sighed and mumbled to himself after every complaint. The only friendly moment was when he delivered our tab, proudly telling us we weren't charged for the so-called hash. The owner/chef was standing 10 feet from us the entire time, ignoring our gestures for attention. I was charged $2.75 for that dreck they call coffee and the bill totaled $16.50 for the WORST BREAKFAST we've ever had in Portland. Never coming back!! Oh, and fix the damage to your building; it'll only take 10 minutes and $1 in materials. Citysearch made me give them at least one star, but Francis doesn't deserve it. The faster they shut down, the better for Portland breakfast lovers.
Worst breakfast ever!!!! – We went to Francis last weekend for breakfast. We were there early and there were only two other tables filled. First, the place is dirty, the comfy chairs are stained and look terrible, the vase on the table was covered in dust, and I think we were sitting near the garbage because it smelled. Unfortunately, the food was really bad as well. Cold, slimey eggs, and somehow they managed to burn and undercook the bacon at the same time. The hash browns were a bit like mashed potatoes. The waiter was nice, and noticed that we didn't eat our food and reduced the bill. He seemed pretty resigned to serving bad food and didn't argue or really even apologize.
I would also note that during our entire breakfast, somebody with a chefs shirt on was sitting and chatting with a customer right across from us and never payed any attention to the fact that we were sending back food. I'm not sure who was actually cooking.
I would not recommend Francis.
Good food, bad service – A friend and I stopped into Francis for lunch on a Thursday afternoon. Our waiter seemed very distracted and was somewhat abrupt with us. We were never given their special homemade garlic ketchup (which was why i ordered something with fries), and he flat out told us he needed us to pay the tab in one minute so he could close out. I'm not sure I will be going back there.
Rich satisfying comfort food – As Alberta Arts District locals, we have tried all of the Alberta breakfast joints, and Francis remains a favorite. If you are looking for low cal, go elsewhere, but if you want something to stick to your ribs, this is an excellent option. Their pancakes and french toast are fluffy and sweet, and their ham benedicts are served on biscuits with gravy instead of hollandaise - ridiculously rich goodness. Although I am a meat eater, I have vegetarian friends who have told me that their vegan options are also very tasty.
THE worst breakfast in 12 years of eating out! – If you happen to be a meat eater, you'll not be impressed, the service is horrible, and the wait staff was so neglectful I had to get up and get my own coffee, after ordering it and then waiting 15 minutes, trying without success to get he waiter's attention. If you even think of ordering from the "Gluten Free and Vegan menu", I would strongly suggest you think again. It is obvious to me that the chef is a carnivore who assumes that just because he uses vegan ingredients he has made good vegan food. Sorry, but you dont have to sacrifice taste for meat. The Vegan Benedict with Tempeh gravy and gluten free biscuit was inedible. I had one bite, and realized that this must be what the color brown must taste like. I was reminded of the time I actually ate one of my "mud pies" as a child, but this time it cost me $10. Horrible gluten free baked goods, hard, dry, and completely flavorless. The sausage gravy (a meat friendly item) was tasteless as well, it was like eating flour mixed with water. I also sampled the Bloody Mary, a breakfast drink I always enjoy in its many incarnations. This one however, I couldn't stomach. It was a slightly blended, chunky mix of what seemed like garlic, veggies, and water. The flavor was disagreeable, but the texture was absolutely awful, it left a lump of un-chewed veggies in the back of my throat and left me reaching for my water glass. Overall, I give Francis a giant "0" on a scale of 1 to 10, wishing I could give less. I will never return, and I will advise anyone who asks me to look elsewhere, there are too many good restaurants in Portland to waste time at this place. Word to the wise, avoid Francis, word to the Chef, drop the entire Gluten free/vegan menu, you're not fooling anybody.
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