Local Sprouts Cafe is part of a food cooperative that specializes in fresh, organic fare utilizing local Maine ingredients. The cafe is relaxed, intimate and funky. A nice place to relax and enjoy a variety of creatively prepared dishes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. A significant portion of their menu is vegetarian or vegan-focused and covers a wide range of cuisine. Their Sprouts Bowl is a customer favorite and features a nice mix of rice, veggies, beans and a choice of tofu or tempeh. Also a dining pleaser is their Sesame Tofu Stirfry with seasonal vegetables over rice. Rob's Vegan Moonburger is local legend and comes with lettuce, tomato and tofu mayo. Be sure to also check out their diverse array of organic-baked goods as well as teas and beer.
Local Expert tip: Local Sprouts makes Tempeh based dishes an art form.
Since opening its doors in 1990, Bintliff's American Café has become a favorite with foodies throughout Portland and beyond. Their brunch, which is served every day, brings this cuisine standard to new heights of gourmet status. Consider, for instance, their Dark Chocolate Waffle featuring a mix of Belgian waffle batter blended with rich, smooth dark chocolate and served with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Equally tempting is their Orange Graham French Toast made with select Tuscan bread dipped in orange batter and coated with graham cracker crumb crust. Equally tantalizing are such brunch classics as Seafood Bisque with crab, scallop, and haddock; Grilled Shrimp Cocktail; and Grandy Oats Granola and Fruit Bowl featuring organic granola, fresh cut fruit, vanilla yogurt and honey drizzle. Prices average $10 - $12 per serving and the atmosphere is decidedly upscale but comfortable.
Local Expert tip: Check their website for daily specials.
Ask patrons what they like best about Brea Lu Café and, inevitably, their French Roast Coffee comes to mind. Each brew is rich, dark and robust – a real treat for those who like their coffee with true body. But, there is so much more to like about this breakfast and brunch eatery. This choice early morning destination specializes in egg dishes that are made to order. Their omelets, in particular, are light and fluffy, a perfect complement to a wide range of fillings ranging from fresh vegetables to select artisan cheeses. Their pastries are fresh baked with soft, melt in your mouth consistency and just the right hint of sweetness. Prices are very reasonable and the atmosphere is comfortable and unpretentious. Well worth checking out for breakfast or lunch.
Local Expert tip: Check out their Facebook page for daily specials.
Fans of hearty breakfasts will find a lot to like about Schulte and Herr. This Portland eatery carries on the legendary German tradition of full early morning meals that are both satisfying and tasty. Portions are generous and expertly prepared by talented chefs who take their breakfasts seriously. All of the favorites are here – eggs that are cooked in all of the familiar styles (from scrambled to eggs benedict); crusty, rich breads including rye, sourdough, wheat and white varieties, pancakes that are fluffy and delicate but also piled high on the plate; even the waffles and granola are fresh and cooked to fine, tantalizing texture. Of course, the German sausage is as authentic as you can get. If big breakfasts are your choice to start the day, Schulte and Herr has what you've been hungering.
Local Expert tip: A great place for those seeking big breakfast offerings.
Kick back, relax and ease into your day with the Artemisia Café. This intimate, comfortable eatery lives up to its name by taking an artisanal approach to breakfast offerings. The emphasis here is on creative early morning fare that tantalizes the taste buds and senses. A quick review of their menu and you realize and appreciate that you're not in your typical breakfast café. Highlights include their Florentine Benedict with sautéed baby spinach and grape tomatoes on a grilled herb scone topped with hollandaise sauce; their Pesto Breakfast Sandwich featuring scrambled eggs, baby spinach, fresh basil pesto, provolone cheese all on toasted French peasant bread and served with roasted potatoes; and Granola featuring oats, coconut, pecans, almonds and walnuts topped with French vanilla yogurt. Even their bagels are worth savoring – crusty on the outside with moist interiors. Prices are slightly higher than most breakfast eateries but its worth that something special in the morning.
Local Expert tip: Check their website for daily specials.
Located on scenic Casco Bay, the Porthole Restaurant has long been a favorite of locals – everyone from Portland investment bankers to fishermen fresh off of the boat. While not fancy, this eatery does a great job of serving up breakfast fare that is hearty and satisfying. In particular, their omelets consistently win praise from patrons for their fluffy consistently and fresh, overstuffed ingredients such as peppers, onions, and even lobster (this is Maine, after all). Similarly, there is a wide selection of fresh pastries for those with a sweet tooth to satisfy in the morning. Such beloved standards as bacon, sausage and even corned beef hash are cooked to order with generous servings. Staff is friendly and always ready with a smile. Check out this restaurant for a breakfast that is sure to get your day started right.
Local Expert tip: Visit their website for a recent, updated breakfast menu.
Since its opening in 2006, Hot Suppa has taken breakfast to new heights of culinary excellence. This eatery focuses on premier ingredients for all of its breakfast dishes, with particular emphasis on local, fresh foods and herbs. One of their best offerings is the classic bagel – their so-called Maine Made bagels compare well to the legendary New York variety. Of special note is their Smoked Salmon Bagel featuring fresh Smoked Salmon, sliced tomato, capers, red onions and cream cheese on a selected bagel. Yum. Other standouts include quiche served on a bed of baby arugulia; Biscuit and Gravy featuring a split biscuit with country sausage, two eggs, hash browns and white gravy; and their breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, Maine cheddar cheese and vegetarian black bean chili.
Local Expert tip: Check out the delicious brunch specials on a daily basis.
For those who like breakfast with a touch – or more – of spice, the Bayou Kitchen serves up several tantalizing dishes. The emphasis here is on authentic, Cajun-inspired morning fare that satisfies for those who favor kick-starting their taste buds in the morning. Among the menu highlights are their El Rancho Verde Omelet with black bean chili, spinach and cheese; The Cajun Scramble with Andouille sausage, Crawfish, jalapeno peppers and cheddar cheese; and Three Alarm Eggs featuring spicy beef chili, onions and cheddar cheese topped with homemade salsa and sour cream. Other menu standouts include French Toast, pancakes, and homemade hash that is a great complement to any egg dish. Prices are very reasonable with most dishes less than $12 per serving. Oh, and be sure to check out the fresh, moist cornbread made daily.
Local Expert tip: Be sure to specify your spice – "heat" – preference when ordering.
Becky's on Hobson's Wharf – or Becky's Dinner as it is known – has deservedly become a breakfast icon in Portland. This local establishment goes to great lengths to ensure that breakfast is, indeed, the most important meal of the day. Unlike other early morning eateries, Becky's strives to meet modern as well as traditional tastes when it comes to breakfast choices. Variety is also a focus here. For instance, eggs are prepared in every style imaginable (scrambled, sunny side up, etc.) and come with a wide selection of side dishes including hash, Italian sausage, and steak as well as bread choices ranging from white to raisin. For youngsters, their Mickey Mouse Fruity-Face Pancake is always a hit. Meanwhile, for more healthy fare, there are Fruit Bowls accompanied by non-fat yogurt and granola. Even gourmet options are available such as their Lobster and Swiss Omelette. The atmosphere is laid back, relaxed and friendly. Prices are also reasonable. Becky's is a great way to start your day.
Local Expert tip: Breakfast is served from 4:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every day.