Portland >Food & Dining > Bertie Lou's Cafe
8051 SE 17TH Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720245.464971 -122.647205
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Sellwood - Moreland Improvement League
Some good... Some really bad. – I was having breakfast with my 10 year old daughter a few weeks ago at Bertie Lou's. I have always had decent service and solid breakfast fare in the past. Breakfast is not hard to accomplish, but it is easy to ruin. I asked my wait person to bring me a side of gravy for my daughter to dip her toast in. They brought out a 2 oz. ramekin. ( I have worked in food service and know what they are.) The gravy is home made and quite good. When I was handed the bill, the 2 oz. of gravy was $1.95. I was really shocked. A 2 oz. portion should be a gift. If I am to pay a couple of dollars for gravy I would expect a small soup cup. I asked if this was normal and got a reply from the cook, and I quote, " People come in here for that s**t all the time. No body ever f***ing complained about the portion before." My 10 year old was right at the counter with me. I asked the cook to watch his language and was told to "get the f**k out". I will never go back again. And to the cook... If you see me coming toward you on the street some day, you would be doing yourself a favor to cross the street and not get too close. You are lucky my kid was with me. You are a foul mouthed little punk who does not know when to keep it shut. I hope your boss reads this and lets you join the growing mass of unemployed.
Fun place! – Tried this place for the first time! So good. Everything about Bertie Lou's is super cute. The menu is very clever and sarcastic which I love, the food is good, and the service is great. All you Portlanders should go here for some good breakfast...only if I'm not there because the place is pretty quaint.
The owner dislikes children.... – We had 3 adults and 1 child under 3. No problem. At last minute out friends asked to join us, 2 more adults and another child under 2. We knew it was a long shot but asked the owner when if there was any chance to make that happen. She said, "No problem" (Smiling).
So we waited patiently outside in the rain. We watched 3 separate couples come in behind us and be seated so we asked about time frame. She wanted to show me her seating area and then tried to explain how it's just too hard to seat five adults and two small children at that moment. DUH, that's why we asked if it was possible- then we were told, "No problem". One of our adults said it wasn't right that she told us we could eat there then passes on us when more couples arrive. She said, (word for word) "Sir, you're welcome to take your kids to IHOP if you don't like it". Will never go back. It's good, but there are a LOT of good places to eat in Sellwood and Portland. Sully's Cafe is close, food is just as good if not better and service at Sully's is always top notch. They can seat parties of 10 if needed. And parking is a breeze at Sully's.
A great place for couples – Bertie Lou's has great coffee, great food and the friendliest staff. There's no room to be rude! It's a cozy place to have breakfast on a rainy morning and their benedicts are terrific - but so is most everything else on the menu. Just go but be patient and willing to wait a little.
For those of you that can't decide between eggs bennidict and bisciuts and gravy, I recomend the country bennidict! Will return asap!
great food & service, not good for more than 2 – Best breakfast in Portland and the friendliest service without the "attitude" of most servers in this town. The place is small so just bring one friend, larger than 2 may have to wait as they only have 2 tables that can seat 4 people. Great breakfast options and good combinations that have amazed me on an occasion or two. Be ready to wait if you bring too many people with you, but it will be worth it. I drive a long way to get my breakfast burrito, you'll know why if you try it.
Spectacular!!!! – Bertie Lou's is a cute and cozy little diner with wonderful food, colorful menus, and a great atmosphere!
Fabulous Atmosphere, Awesome food! – Michael (the cook) is my personal hero! I follow him to whatever restrauant he works at.
There are so many different kinds of Egg Benny, and many choices for the health conscious or vegetarian! Now if they would only serve dinner..........
Disappointed – It saddens me to write this review because Bertie Lou's is one of my favorite breakfast spots. I always expect to wait for a table but on 5/29/07, a friend and I waited 15 minutes while being pointedly ignored (not a simple, "it will be a minute" or anything) by the rudest, most sullen waitress I have seen in some time. In the time that we waited, three tables left and another couple came into wait. After 20 minutes of waiting, a third couple arrived and waitress lit up, hugged them, promptly sat them, brought them coffee, and took their order while my friend and I along with the second couple continued to be ignored. We left after this and went to Oaks Bottom Pub where another busy waitress actually acknowledged us right away. Yes, we still had to wait but the waitress at Oaks Bottom Pub was wonderful, nice, and actually cared about her customers.
After this last experience at Bertie Lou's, I will never return. And, the waitress, if not fired, should be advised to take on a job where she doesn't have to deal with public as she obviously resents her role as a waitress ... unless you happen to be one of her personal friends.
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