Sugar Mamas' Cafe. Curiously, none of my Portland friends had ever visited this spot.
What interested me about this cafe is that they made their food by scratch, from hash to hash browns, and that they allegedly created fantastic cinnamon rolls, though they only made them on Fridays. How fortuitous for me. Their photos on Facebook were enticing and they had garnered some positive reviews. It was a short walk from my hotel and seemed like it might be a good find. So, early on the Friday morning that I was in Portland, I trekked to the cafe, seeking breakfast and a cinnamon roll.
Tillamook cheddar). The hash browns, which covered most of the plate, are freshly grated Yukon Gold potatoes, which you don't often see, and they had plenty of tasty, melted cheese within them. There was a nice crispness to the hash browns and I can see why the menu carries several options to just order hash browns, such as covered with country gravy or stuffed like a Reuben sandwich. The bacon was also nicely crisp and meaty. Overall, a hearty and tasty breakfast which I would recommend.
The others who traveled with me also made stops here, at different times, for breakfast and they all were impressed with their choices. A diverse menu, plentiful & quality food made from scratch, and good prices make this an excellent choice for breakfast. And those cinnamon rolls elevate it above other such spots. In Downtown Portland, this should be at the top of your list of restaurants for breakfast, especially on Fridays.