Besaw’s Cafe has been a Portland institution since 1903.
Originally the home of Portland’s first beer parlor and gambling hall Besaw’s cafe quickly became the most popular meeting place in the neighborhood, with a reputation for a pleasant drink, a scrumptious meal and lively conversation.
More than 100 years later that is still Besaw’s recipe for success. You can still sit at the same mahogany bar that’s that has graced Besaw’s since the turn of the century.
Besaw’s serves breakfast and lunch 7 days a week and dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
Our first trip to Besaw’s was for a Saturday morning breakfast. We were told their Eggs Benedict was to die for.
My husand chose a little lower glycemic meal and went for the eggs, bacon and fresh fruit.
I decided to try the oatmeal pancakes with brown sugar and dried cranberries with real maple syrup. Yum! They were fluffy, moist and healthy. I order a side which was just one large pancake and it was plenty for me. They were delicious and I went right home to look for a recipe so I could make them myself.
By the time we left an hour later there was quite a line waiting to get in on a beautiful Saturday morning.
So if you’d like to enjoy a taste of Portland history and some good food pay a visit to Besaw’s Cafe.