Portland >Food & Dining > Cameo Cafe East
8111 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions 9721345.552319 -122.579272
Neighborhoods: Central northeast Neighbors Incorporated, Roseway
Good food..different atmosphere. – Been here before and came back again. The seafood omelet is delicious. I had it with the 1/2 acre blueberry pancake, hash browns with sausage gravy, and toast. Whuuugh. stuffed to the gills and lovin it. BBuuuurp.
I'll be back again for sure.
The serve staff is kinda kinky but it's still worth coming
Open mind, big appetite, you'll be fine.!
gone downhill – Just returned from what will be my last trip to the Cameo Cafe. For years, my wife and I frequented the location in NW until they closed, and now occasionally will hit up the East side location near Sandy and 82nd. I used to love their waffles as they used a malted batter, which is hard to find anymore. It is one of the few restaurants where I always knew what I was going to order even before we got there...the waffle special with one egg and two pieces of bacon for a very reasonable $8.95. I have always endured the very mediocre coffee and the very "unique" (read: brusque and sloppy) service we have gotten in the past. Today, however, it finally reached a melting point. We were seated at the bar and the place was packed. Twice coffee was spilt around my place setting when they were refilling as both times it was done like a Cirque du Soleil stunt. There was no acknowledgment of the spills either time...No matter, I let it go. When our food arrived I eagerly spread the biutter around the hot waffle and began with my syrup strategy. Since they only have ONE! freaking waffle iron, we had to wait for my wife's waffle. Anyhow, I began eating and it tasted nothing like the waffles I have had here in the past...no malted batter and really not much taste...the worst part? It wasn't quite done...as in doughy/mealy and inedible...not even the edges were slightly crisp. This is inexcusable, and while I realized that they were busy, and that they only had the ONE waffle iron (that, incidentally was being operated by a server, not the cook and she was refilling coffee's, water's and doing many other things...maybe should have been watching the waffle iron instead?) so I was patient, and even tried another bite or two...My wife's waffle arrived and it seemed to be ok to her. I waited a little longer, politely, until I got the eye of the older woman (owner?) who has been there for years and when she came over I politely told her that my waffle was underdone and she gave me a dirty look, paused, then reached for my coffee spoon, cut herself off a chunk, threw half of it in her mouth, took a chew, and then with mouth still full of food said, "it done..." and chucked the other half of the waffle chunk across the kitchen and into a dish bin, and walked away! Seriously? WTF? We both sat there stunned, and even the folks sitting next to us were wide-eyed in disbelief. We debated the course of action from there, but decided to not make a scene and left some money on the counter and left the place. Never will go back there, ever. That was simply the rudest and most unprofessional behavior I have ever endured in a restaurant. both my wife and I worked in the restaurant industry all through high school and college and because of the experiences we have had, we give SO much leeway to our servers. It really takes a lot to turn us off.
Fusion pancake and kimchi – Always looking foward to lunch or breakfast at the Cameo. Try a kim chi omlette, tofu pancake , or crab benedict. The portions are huge - they mean it when they say ACRE PANCAKE!
My favorite is the savory rice flour, cheese and vegetable savory fusion pancake. Goes great with kim chi, not so great with coffee. The hashbrowns are always great.
The whole experiece is a little ironic, but totally worth a visit. Look for the news clippings, stuffed animals and carousels
Buy a loaf of strong bread! – This place is kinds creepy, but they make this incredible bread that you can buy by the loaf. Skip the diner and make delicious toast at home.
Great Service, Great Food, Modest Prices – This has quickly become a favorite establishment for my wife and I to dine in. Breakfast never disappoints whether it is the oversize pancakes or custom built omelette. The LongLife soup is a great lunch meal.
The wait staff is friendly and dependable and always ready to give another ounce of coffee refill to the cup. The owner is there daily and adds warmth, humor and style to the cafe.
Not even worth 1 star! Market Price for panckes?! This isn't lobster! Horrible service too! – Just got home home from the MOST stressful breakfast EVER! My sister, my 2yo daughter & I took our Dad out for Father's Day. Dad used to take us here as little girls and I can remember it being fantastic. My sister put our name in while I parked. The owner came out to the lobby to recheck names & started with my sister. A lady, and I use the term loosly, interupted and said she was there first. The owner said no, she came in after my sister- the rest of us were parking. We were next so what does the "lady" do? She takes her party of 4 and seats herself! The owner confronted her, as did my sister and she said she was there before us so they were sitting down. Do you think the owner reserved her right to refuse them service?! NO! She simply let them stay and made us wait.
When we were finally seated and ordered our waitress was confused no matter how many times we said our order. We each ordered pancakes, my sis got the 1/2 acre blueberry, my Dad got the full acre blueberry, I got the full buttermilk with a side of browns plus an extra plate for my tot + drinks. Not hard. Food came, Dad was given buttermilk. He corrected her and the waitress said he didn't say blueberry- since when do you argue? No extra plate for my tot so I stood up to ask for one and the woman had the nerve to get snippy with me and say "they're coming!" I said, "fine, but I'm asking for the plate we never got."
Long story short- HORRIBLE service. My Dad is a coffee junkie and said up front to keep it coming. It came once- and that was after asking several times. Then the bill came- pancakes were "market price" on the menu so that should've been a clue. They charged me $78!! I nearly had a heartattack! After several times of asking for someone to explain it to me they started helping the people behind me! I got very angry and said no- stop what you're doing and explain my bill! She recounted and came up with $49. Still pretty steep for the BS we put up with. NO PANCAKE IS WORTH $14 ala carte!!
Excellent food, outside seating – They accepted a last minute breakfast reservation for 8 on Labor Day! They are only 5 minutes from our airport hotel and wer easy to find. It was tight quarters on one end of the table but it was ready when we got there and we sat together. (Note: outside seating is limited to tables of 4 or less.) Wait staff was accomodating - suggesting smaller portion options or Mickey pancakes for our kids - as well as efficient. These ladies hustled their bustles! This restaurant is cozy (read: small) and the wait staff has clearly been doing this for a while - efficiently choreographing their moves around tables, bussing tubs and patrons with practiced efficiency. They're great at rounding with the coffee & water and handled several refills we needed quickly.
We ordered the steak breakfast, eggs benedict, french toast and pancakes. Portions were large and the food was excellent (if you like french toast or hash browns be sure you try them here). The french toast was excellent, steak cooked to order and much more than we could eat, eggs benedict wonderful and Mickey arrived complete with a fruit face much to my son's delight. There were only two down sides: 1) our order took a little longer than we'd have liked - probably due to group our size and our steak order. Everything did arrive fresh and hot. And 2) we had several flies divebombing our table. However I much preferred this quirky mom & pop type local restaurant to the chains (Elmers & Shari's) available near the airport. Very enjoyable but not good for uptight persnickety types.
Great Service, Great Food – Mornings can be very crowded, but that is because the food is food is great tasting and the service personel have character. There are many menu items outside the typical breakfast and lunch fare. All are worth a repeat visit. Long life soup, Kimshee omelette, and Korean pancake are just a few of the unique favor experiences available there. The cook Martha is exceptionally gifted as a short order cook and will do specials just for you. if coffe is your thing: your cup will always be "topped off" and warm
You've been warned... – service was strange, place didn't look clean, the food was gross - you've been warned...
We've been to countless other PDX restaurants for breakfast - we've never been creeped out like this.
BEST BREAKFAST IN THE AREA – Too bad the last people left that's probably why I was able to get a table! I can't speak to the service he rec'd only what I have experienced there and I have never had a bad server or bad food quite th contrary they over serve you with the best brekfast you will experience in the city. Go there !!~
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