Arleta Library Bakery and Cafe

arletabakerysquareNearly obscured by trees and parked cars, it’s easy to miss Arleta Library Bakery and Cafe, and I suspect the regulars like it that way. A beloved resident of the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood, this cozy cafe is the sort of place where the server knows your coffee order by heart and the cooks sing along to the radio over the sizzle of frying thick-cut bacon. The locals beat a well-worn path through the front door, hungry for hearty three-egg scrambles, tender semolina buttermilk griddlecakes served with whipped honey butter and organic maple syrup, or a hunk of Arleta’s heavenly fresh-from-the-oven “Blue Ribbon” coffee cake. One of the most popular items is the proudly named “Portland’s Best Biscuits-n-Gravy,” two biscuits with house-roasted pork loin drowned in rosemary sausage gravy–a formidable hangover cure come Saturday or Sunday morning.