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Best Spots in Portland for a Homestyle Meal



Are you craving a home cooked meal like the one your mom used to make for you? In Portland, Oregon you will find a multitude of restaurants claiming to prepare just that, but how do you know which one really prepares a home style meal that will satisfy you like your mom's cooking did? We have visited many restaurants in Portland and have narrowed down what we think are the top ten home style restaurants in Portland.

Topping the list is the Screen Door where down home cooking reigns. The Country Cat is a close behind, because their food surpasses all expectations. You can truly have one of the best meals in Portland here. Huber's restaurant also made this once again, because you cannot find a better turkey dinner in all of Portland, not to mention the wonderful baked sugar glazed ham dinner. If you happen to crave biscuits with gravy and fried chicken then check out Pine State Biscuits.

No matter what kind of home cooked meal you are in the mood for it can be guaranteed there is a restaurant on our list that will make you just that.


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Meet Reggie, your new best friend: a life-changing breakfast sandwich made with perfectly fried chicken, crisp bacon, melted cheese and rich sausage gravy, held together by a perfect buttermilk biscuit. Or, take it up a notch (yes, it's possible) with the Reggie Deluxe, topped with a fried egg. In addition to soul-satisfying sandwiches crafted with fresh, local ingredients on famous homemade biscuits, this friendly eatery also offers scrumptious sides, Stumptown coffee and crave-worthy chocolate milk. Do not be surprised if there is a line out the door just to order. Just know that by the time you get in to order there will most likely be somewhere for you to sit.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Pine State Biscuits offers homemade biscuits, gravy and fried chicken.

Meagan's expert tip: Be sure to try the Reggie.

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Alphabet District


Comfortable and easygoing, this neighborhood cafe makes for a great destination any time of day. Even so, it's well-known for its breakfast fare, and you may wait in line for the privilege of sampling the eggs Benedict. A wealth of great options makes sure any diner is pleased, and you can't go wrong with a plate of airy pancakes or a plentiful helping of scrambled eggs, studded with luscious morsels of whatever's fresh that day. Regular specials also make good alternatives. Besaw's simply offers good food in a great atmosphere.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Besaw's offers homestyle favorites like meatloaf, roasted chicken and more.

Meagan's expert tip: Before you decide to share a plate remember that Besaw's charges a $2 fee for sharing an entree.

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Most come to Huber's to see their famous Spanish coffee presentation and then having an amazing meal is just a bonus to go with the Spanish coffee. But Huber's should also be known for their food as well, because they prepare and serve some of the best home cooked meals in Portland. Favorites include the turkey dinner, beef stroganoff, salmon fettuccine, baked sugar glazed ham, an assortment of steaks and much more. No matter what you order you will get to enjoy their homemade beer bread. You can then finish your meal with a dessert like cobbler or some bread pudding.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Huber's has been serving the best turkey dinner in Portland for over 100 years, since 1895.

Meagan's expert tip: Indulge a little and order their signature drink a Spanish coffee.

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Amber tones and polished woodwork characterize this restaurant, which also features expressive murals and a warm ambience. Located at the corner of SW Fifth Avenue, the upscale tavern is known for its skill with meats. Thanks to a grill, rotisserie, and wood-burning oven, many of the entrees boast a rustic, smoky flavor that seems appropriate to the area. Local ingredients boost the quality of the cuisine, which includes everything from cedar-planked salmon to prime rib, roast game, spit-roasted pork loin, and wood-fired goat cheese ravioli. The restaurant also sports a terrific lounge, where you can find specialty bourbons, local microbrews, and a great list of regional wines.

Recommended for Homestyle because: This is an outstanding restaurant taking home style cooking to new levels.

Meagan's expert tip: Order the pork chop it is wonderful.

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North Portland


Gravy is cranking out killer breakfast and lunch everyday in North Portland on Historic Mississippi Avenue. The vibe is fun at their old school diner turned hipster. The bowls of oatmeal served here look like they are on steroids, in a good way. And the Bloody Mary's here are like those you would find in Vegas, over the top and packed with a punch! All the portions here are incredibly large and easily sharable. Breakfast options include Chili Verde with eggs and hash browns, biscuits and gravy, French toast, Monte Cristos, and much more. They also serve lunch after 11 AM. For lunch you can enjoy homestyle sandwiches like the meatloaf sandwich or the hot turkey sandwich.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Gravy is homestyle cooking done right for breakfast and lunch in North Portland.

Meagan's expert tip: If you are unsure what to order we recommend the chili verde.

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Mother's Bistro and Bar has long been a Portland favorite and stays busy all the time. Walking into this bright, cheerful bistro, patrons are greeted by the mouthwatering aromas of mom-approved comfort foods. Created by chef and mother Lisa Schroeder to showcase authentic cooking from moms around the world, Mother's Bistro proves that if there's one meal mothers do best, it's breakfast. Patrons sip stellar French press coffee before diving into made-from-scratch biscuits and gravy, creamy wild salmon hash, fabulous cornflake-crusted French toast and thick Belgian waffles topped with fresh fruit. Mother's offers happy hour from 3 PM - 7 PM Tuesday - Friday.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Mother's Bistro offers "moms" home cooking at affordable prices in a fun atmosphere.

Meagan's expert tip: Try their fantastic biscuits and gravy on your next visit.

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The Country Cat Dinner House and Bar is home cooking done right. Chef Adam Sappington has been a James Beard finalist multiple times. Everything at brunch and dinner is made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. 65 percent of their produce is hand-picked from the farmer's market. Start your dinner off with one of their handcrafted cocktails, like their Marionberry Lemon Drop along with an appetizer of onion rings. Then select from their delectable entrees. Their Red Wine Braised Beef with Butter-Braised Potatoes, Andouille sausage, & Wild Mushroom Steak is spectacular. Then polish off your meal with one of their desserts. The Maple Upside Down Cake with ice cream is quite dazzling. They are kid friendly and offer a reasonably priced children's menu.

Recommended for Homestyle because: The Country Cat creates outstanding comfort food that everyone enjoys.

Meagan's expert tip: Get to the airport early so you can enjoy a meal here.

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With scratch recipe biscuits, gourmet burgers, sandwiches, salads, fried chicken, and old fashioned fruit and cream pies. Tilt is cranking out large portions of homestyle meals everyday. Tilt is best known for their hearty burgers with creative flair like the Carne Jefe burger make with a chuck patty, jalapenos, avocado. cilantro, lettuce, tomato, onions, Monterey cheese, mayo, lime, and tortilla strips or the Woody Royale burger made with a chuck patty, onion ring, jalapeno slaw, BBQ brisket, bacon, and sharp cheddar cheese. Tilt now has two sister locations in Portland, serving the same menu where you can get that home cooking fix away from home.

Recommended for Homestyle because: If you are in the mood for home cooking, Tilt will satisfy your craving.

Meagan's expert tip: Save room for a slice of pie, they've got some of the best pie in town.

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Southern cooking is done right at the Screen Door Restaurant. Considered one of the best weekend brunch spots in Portland, Screen Door is also open for dinner five nights a week. Preparing the best of southern food without pretense, the menu caters to palates with the most simple to most sophisticated tastes. Some southern classic dishes include fried buttermilk-battered chicken, Low Country shrimp and grits and Carolina pulled pork. For those dining with you looking for lighter options there is also an extensive menu of salads and vegetable dishes which changes according to availability. Screen Door offers great comfort food creatively prepared.

Recommended for Homestyle because: Screen Door offers delicious Southern home cooking, including all the favorites.

Meagan's expert tip: Be prepared to wait for seating for the weekend brunch and remember it's worth the wait.

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Meagan Wristen is an Oregon resident by choice and thinks Portland is a tremendous city that everyone should visit. Originally a Texas girl, she has lived all around the United States,...  More About Meagan

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