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Portland, OR – John’s Cafe


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I’ve been looking for a place like this; in fact, I’ve probably walked by this one a dozen times and never noticed it. If you want a crusty diner, so smack dab in the middle of the transient population center, and there it will be. Like John’s.

Short menu, short order, plain and simple diner food, with steak and eggs available all day, burgers, cold sandwiches, and dinner entrees that top out at $6.50. Dinners come with fries or mash, soup or salad, bread and butter – you could have a chicken fried steak, pork steak, cutlets, pepper steak, or shrimp. Except for the shrimp at 6.50, most of the dinners are less than five bucks.

Two men and an elderly woman, nice as good be, speaking in tongues to each other (Russian?), but cooing soft English to the customers, no matter what ilk the customer comes in.

I went with the bacon cheeseburger for a mere $3.75, and it was fine, absolutely fine. Came with piping hot crinkle fries. Onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce on the side.

Every food service person likes to add their own little artistry and my server’s stab at this was to balance the mustard pack on top of the ketchup bottle. Nice touch, lady, sez I.

I’ll be back.  You know I love a hamburger patty and eggs for brekky, and John’s does the trick.

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