Friday Breakfast Club: Byways Cafe

bywaysextEvery Friday morning at 7:15 am, Bethie and I (and Michelle if she can get out of bed), meet for Friday Breakfast Club. It can be a little tricky to find a good breakfast joint that’s open before 8 am, but we ferret them out. We both work downtown, so we aim for west side destinations, in a largely futile attempt not to be later to work than usual.

This week we met at Byways Cafe on NW Glisan Street, in the Pearl. Byways is a cheerfully eclectic diner with an old fashioned soda counter and wonderful sparkly red vinyl booths to sink into on a rainy morning such as this. Hot coffee comes almost immediately, and you can hear the scrambles a’sizzling and the line cooks ribbing each other. A motley collection of regulars sit silently at a table or on a barstool and leisurely read the paper. It’s a great place to wake up and smell the bacon. 

Beth and I shared the Space Needle scramble–big chunks of savory country sausage, soft clumps of fresh bright green spinach, diced tomatoes, onions and tender sliced sauteed mushrooms, served alongside fried potatoes, with toast on the side.bywaysscramble

Other Byways favorites are their Blue Corn Pancakes with honey pecan butter, the Mt. Rushmore Hash with corned beef, and of course, their chocolate sour cream coffee cake. I inquired about the coffee cake of the day. It wasn’t due to come out of the oven for another hour! This was a dilemma. Fortunately, Beth’s eye wandered over to the counter, where she saw something she liked the look of.

This is how we came to be in possession of this HUGE PIECE OF CHOCOLATE CAKE. It is bigger than Beth’s beautiful head. It makes me happy. If everyone started their day with a piece of cake that’s bigger than Beth’s head, the world would be a remarkably better place. 


I’ll keep you posted on our Friday morning breakfast adventures, in case you want to start your own Friday Breakfast Club. You should. 

1212 NW Glisan St. Portland, OR * 503.221.0011 * Mon-Fri 7am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7:30am-2pm *