Saturday, April 19, 2008

J&M Cafe

I haven't been to J&M for quite some time and to be honest this wasn't our initial destination. We were actually heading to Bridges Cafe but if you are familiar with Bridges you are aware that we were obviously too far south. I saw the sign for J&M and decided I might as well add them to my blog so here it is.

J&M is a quaint little cafe on the corner of SE Ash St. and 6th Ave. We showed up this morning around 9:45AM and there was hardly a wait, which is unheard of on a Saturday morning but I have an idea the winter like weather in April, might have had something to do with it. We helped ourselves to an eclectic array of mugs hanging from steel sculptured roots attached to a post in the middle of the restaurant. The coffee is Stumptown, I honestly think they are taking over the Portland area, which is fine with me.

The prices here are actually quite reasonable, more so than I remember them being. I had the scrambled eggs with the homemade turkey sausage patty. Yummm... My husband enjoyed his burrito, which is great if you have a big morning appetite.

This is a great place to go if you're a solo breakfaster. There is a bar if you want to solo it with others, or there are quite a few small tables where you could enjoy your breakfast and maybe sneak in a few minutes in you favorite book or paper, that is if not too many people are waiting to be seated.

We will definitely be coming here again soon. Maybe I'll actually brave it and be a solo breakfaster one of these days. I always think about it and some things are much more romantic in thought than in actuality. But I guess I'll never know unless I try...

Monday, April 07, 2008


I have been here before but last time was on the weekend and it was quite a bit busier.  This time I came with my parents during the week.  It was nice because it was much more laid back and we were able to get to know our server a little better because she wasn't so busy trying to make a crowd of people happy.  
I really enjoyed the food here.  My mom and I split a
scramble and my dad got the pancakes 

with ham and we were all pleased.  They serve satisfying portions and the prices are average.  Their coffee is a special 
 that Portland Roasters made just for them, the "Utopia" blend.  I think I had 3 refills, if that tells you anything. 
Utopia is located on Belmont.  It does get quite busy on the weekend and you will most likely be waiting outside but there are some beautiful flowers across the street, so go stop and smell the roses and get out of the rain for a bit.  Utopia can be found at
3308 Se Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 235-7606