Portland >Food & Dining > Hawthorne Street Cafe
3354 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.512062 -122.629772
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Richmond
new owner again? – decided to stop in while i waited for a neighboring store to open. i was sincerely and very pleasantly welcomed. i didn't eat, i just had a few mimosas (which were very good and reasonably priced) and was still treated very well. i have been to many places where service seriously declines once the staff learns you will not be spending money on food-this was far from the case here. the people at the tables around me ordered food that looked very good, and even though i wasn't hungry, the smell almost enticed me to eat anyway. my experience leads me to believe that there is yet another owner since other reviewers have posted, or that they just went at the very wrong time-the staff that was present during my visit was attentive and i don't think the "boss" would dream of yelling at anyone-ever! i will definitely return to try the food. :)
Perfect people watching perch, a nice breakfast. – We really love this place. The building is perched up high which makes for great people watching too! The food is better than any breakfast place I know of for the money. Go for the omelets, a sure fire win. I don't care for the Benedict here nor the salsa but overall its highly recommended. The staff are wonderfully perky to boot.
Owner made it go from bad to worse – i gave this place a try for the first time today. just looking for a simple breakfast, i had very low standards walking in. the server was charming and my meal arrived promptly. my side of hollandaise, however was gloppy, ice cold, and electric orange(strangely the potatoes had so much turmeric that they were almost the same color). worse, the sauce didn't even taste like hollandaise. i have been a professional cook for 10 years and recently managed a breakfast joint. i know how one of the mother sauces taste and know that ice cold hollandaise is broken. (unless it's cut with a starch... yuk/why). i politely sent back the sauce and salvaged what i could from my plate. before i finished my meal the cook/owner approached my table and launched into a tirade, ticking off points on his fingers. he explained that:
-using egg yolks make a sauce electric orange
- the health inspector would shut him down if he held his hollandaise warm
-and anyway his recipe is very good.
these are all lies. there is no truth in any of them. he then told me that when he serves a benedict, he simply pours the ice cold sauce over the warm poached egg and it all evens out to a nice tepid. this, while likely the truth, made me glad i hadn't ordered a benedict.
i don't know what bothers me more:
-he not only served but defended this poor quality food or
-he made time to berate a customer for not enjoying it.
well hathorne cafe, when you get tired of serving that slop put the word out. im sure there are plenty of people who could run a real restaurant in that space.
Hawthorne Classic - great atmosphere, good food – A charming Victorian Home renovated into a lovely restaurant. The glassed in porch is gorgeous. The place holds a remarkable number of tables, so there's rarely a significant wait, but with the three or four small rooms, one never feels like one is eating in a crowd. The small rooms also help to cut noise so one can actually have a conversation without straining to hear. Service has always been professional and courteous. My boyfriend and I arrived there once an hour before the normal opening time and the gentleman I believe to be the owner welcomed us in and quickly got us fed and caffeinated. The food is usually very good - particular favourites are the marionberry pancakes and the Mexican potatoes. They're always happy to let me order their omlettes as scrambles. Oh! And the crepe special is wonderful! It comes with the crepe of the day, plus one Eggs Benedict or Florentine and potatoes. The perfect mix of sweet and savory - YUM!
Best breakfast burrito! – I am really surprised to read all of the negative reviews of the Hawthorne Street Cafe... I've been there twice and I have been absolutely satisfied both times. The first time I went I was with a group of people- the waitress handled the group perfectly well and the food was not to die for but it was good. Last week I went with my mother and sat outside and ordered the breakfast burrito and it was delicious. In fact, I have been talking about it so often that I went on citysearch only to find the exact address so I could go back for another breakfast burrito! This place isn't gourmet breakfast, but they don't claim to be. If you're in the mood for a reasonably priced meal that tastes good and is in a nice, friendly environment, go to Hawthorne Street Cafe. Oh, and my mother ordered the daily crepe (it was apple that day) and she, highly opinionated about food, loved it!
Submissives welcome for raw food & verbal lashings. – We sat at a table in a room that slanted downhill at a far more than noticeable degree and I thought ok, this might be fun. Coffee came 10 minutes later in cups so worn the glaze had gone and the surface was pourous and rough like a loofa on my lips but that wasn't too problematic either since the server only metered out 1/3 cup doses of coffee at a time and with a comically unsteady hand and unsure demeanor making the 1/3 cup the safest bet. Food was fairly prompt however lacking in half the ingredients posted, completely without toast at all and with what must be the newest trend of Half Raw Bacon. Delicious when washed down with the nothing we were given to drink. Ah shoot, time to pay up and go. Even though it has been awhile and no bill so I wander up to the counter where I am ignored and shuffled out of the way by the disgruntled wait staff, probably in perpetual fear of the drill seargent owner demeaning them from the open kitchen for another long while and finally say please, can I pay you for my fabulous experience? Handing them my passport card which is valid and I saw the person in front of me use theirs. In reply the waitress hissed that she just can't deal with that or any card and to just pay cash as she just can't be bothered.
Lovely divine experience. Left me filled with pleasant thoughts the rest of the day.
Can't think of anything positive to say – We stood outside for at least 20 minutes waiting to be seated at an outdoor table and the waitress forgot about us. They were shortstaffed-only 1 waitress for the entire outdoor seating area. The table never got wiped down, we never got the coffee we ordered and the $7 veggie sandwich was wonder bread with sundried tomato cream cheese spread, 2 slices of tomato and 1 piece of avocado. I'm definitely not returning.
Mean owner! Don't waste your money! – I am sure the Health Dept will be shutting this place down soon. Seriously rude owner/host. He was actually seen yelling at wait staff when they would not take fruit cup off of a customer's plate as it was not part of the special deal. He then served that same fruit cup to another customer!!! Gross! That's gotta be a health code violation, right? We felt really bad for the server as you could tell she was trying, but got absolutely no guidance or help from the owner. We think she was new cuz she kept asking him to show her what he wanted done. I guess it must be hard for him to keep employees if he's so mean to everyone...including customers! Not one smile or thank you while there. To be sure, we won't be back! Disgusting!
horrendous...ruined my day – i would rate this zero or even negative stars if i could.
we were desperately hungry and looking for a nice place to eat in a day when most restaurants were closed. i had eaten at hawthorne st. cafe about 2 years ago and remembered amazing berry coffee cake and corn griddle cakes so we thought we'd give it another go. CLEARLY this place must have changed hands. ihe restaurant was incredibly dirty and grungy---as was the food. the 'pancakes' were dry and flavorless. they had attempted to make curry potatoes and failed horribly ( i am indian and know what curry potatoes should taste like!). the service was non-existent as the waitress just plopped dirrty looking bottlesof tabasco and jam as she passed by (but not at the same time our meal came out). we felt like we was being robbed by being presented with a bill for such a miserable experience. it was an upsetting experience and i will not only NEVER go back but also warn everyone i know not to waste their money or time! what an insult to the food scene of portland to have such a horrendous restaurant in town!
OK except for the hair – Had breakfast their one Sunday. Service was good and friendly. The Spinach Omelette was OK. Nothing to write home about. It would have been better if there wasn't two hairs on the plate.
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