Portage Bay Cafe

Written by on May 9, 2015 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(portagebaycafe.com) – South Lake Union neighborhood, Seattle, Washington

Portage Bay Cafe SLU

How I heard of this place: Portage Bay Cafe in the University District has been around as long as I can remember; this addition to the cafe empire opened sometime in the past three to five years, and has been racking up customers like it’s nobody’s business. I guess people in SLU really do Eat Like They Give a Damn.

Portage Bay Cafe SLU Patio

Type of cuisine: Food sourced from local, clean and sustainable farms and producers. Type of cuisine you would choose if you give a damn.

Portage Bay Cafe SLU Kitchen Staff & Fresh Fruit Bowls

Ambiance: A contemporary feel, this space is expansive, open, full of natural light and very modern.

Portage Bay Cafe SLU Entry Counter

The space, with large windows and high ceilings, wooden chairs, booths and tables reminiscent of the older cafe in the U-District,

Portage Bay Cafe SLU View from Dining to Kitchen

yet full of upgrades and clean lines, including bamboo waves along the open kitchen space.

What I ordered: Being Mother’s Day weekend, the place was packed, and among the hoards was our party of seven! My husband selected the Migas ($13.50), adding Ulit’s Maple Pork Sausage ($3) and sautéed mushrooms ($2) to the three eggs scrambled with chipotle & cumin, Tillamook medium & sharp cheddar, fresh basil, homemade salsa & sour cream, folded into a large flour tortilla, served with an avocado salsa garnish, and roasted organic potatoes.

Portage Bay Cafe SLU Migas

For me, the Specials Menu struck with either the Chocolate and Tart Cherry Oven Baked French Toast ($14): PBC’s famous Challah french toast tossed with organic tart cherries, Callebaut dark chocolate and a rich egg cream, oven baked and topped with a Vanilla and Kentucky Bourbon glaze or the Chicken Mole Benedict ($14.50): two poached Stiebrs Farms eggs atop organic braised chicken with roasted chilies and dark Mexican chocolate with house made Yukon Gold Potato English Muffin, with avocado cream and cilantro hollandaise, served with café potatoes. Since they had already sold out of the French Toast, I went with the latter.

Portage Bay Cafe SLU Chicken Mole Benedict

Others in our party selected the Chicken Mole Benedict, the Swedish Pancakes ($12): rice & tapioca flour cakes, almond extract, lingonberry compote, lingonberry compound butter,

Portage Bay Cafe SLU Swedish Pancakes

Vegan Banana Pancakes ($12.50): rice flour, hemp milk, fair trade bananas,

Portage Bay Cafe SLU Vegan Banana Pancakes

the Classic French Toast ($11.50): house-made challah bread, rich egg batter, cinnamon garnish,

Portage Bay Cafe SLU Classic French Toast

and the Wild Mushroom Benedict ($14.50): seasonal mikuni wild harvest mushroom blend, sautéed with dry sherry, cream and fresh organic herbs, two poached eggs, fresh hollandaise.

Portage Bay Cafe SLU Mushroom Benedict & Swedish Pancakes

What I loved: The toppings bar! Having the opportunity to share among the group, I made a little trip to the toppings bar for fresh strawberries and blackberries topped with a hint of maple syrup and fresh whipped cream. Glorious.

Portage Bay Cafe SLU Front/Bar Seating

Why I loved it: An ambiance great for people-watching, enjoying everything the establishment has to offer and tasty food to boot!

Portage Bay Cafe SLU Dining

Cost: Average ($11 – $16.50 per breakfast entrée)

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