We had breakfast at the Midpoint Cafe, which is about 10 blocks away, which is awesome.
It's SOPO (south of Powell for nonPortland folks) which is brave, or crazy, or cheap, depending on how you look at it. It's in a funny, little, ugly strip mallish thing, with zero curb appeal. Thank goodness a nail salon with reflexology has also just moved in, providing some foot traffic.
When we moved out this way 16 years ago it felt like the end of the world, but our little area has gentrified, even if we are only 1.5 blocks north of Powell.
The folks just south have not done as well.
We hold out hope every time something nice comes along, so we hope the best for these gals.
It's owned by the sisters that opened and ran Dot's for years. I have no idea why the sold it, but they did.
The new owners have yuppied it up a bit... old patrons got all bent out of shape, but the place was packed last time we were in.
"The new Dot's has better food", said Mark, and he's right. The food is better and so is the lighting, but still. I was never a regular, regular, but I have friends that were, and people hate change.
People hate tomato jam and brioche hamburger buns.
They just do.
The menu at Midpoint is a little strange, and a little limited.
The food was good, high quality, attention to details, portions smallish, and a tad over priced for the area, where you can get a diner breakfast that would feed two, for $7, a couple blocks away, at Diane's or The Trap. I didn't say that is a good thing, just that you can.
If they had any sense they would add some simple egg/meat combos, or some kind of big greasy hangover breakfast.
The coffee was passable, and the service was excellent, outstanding.
Freyja was cranky and the waitress/owner got that letting her order a hotdog before 11:00am was a really good idea. They have some good kid menu items at a great price point. Thinking like people with kids, that is a big plus.
They are offering cocktails until 11:00pm, which is great. A place to walk to for a drink is a nice thing.
The decor is charming; a tiny open space with a few red booths and some built in banquets along the walls. My chair was too high for the dinette table, but I've sat in worse. The lighting was nice. I hate dim lighting, I know I am a minority on this front, but I just hate it. I was pleased that the place was well lit.
There is lovely wallpaper and collectable salt shakers.
It is certainly to my taste.
I liked it a lot. The look was right up my alley, that is for sure.
Freyja would have liked ham.
The lack of ham pissed her off, but she is high maintenance.
Me? I like most things, so I was easy to please, with a giant cup of coffee and some sour yogurt that tasted expensive and had blueberries. Mark had soy sausage and an egg that looked overcooked to me.
That is one of the strange things, they are only offering over medium eggs.
Is the cook limited in skills?
Is it a safety issue?
There is a large selection of scrambles.
For scramble fans there is a lot of choice.