PDX Breakfast Blog

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Arleta Library Bakery and Cafe

Arleta Library
5513 SE 72nd (at Harold)

Date: 7/15/07
Arrival: 11:30am

Wow, I think it has been 5 years since I've updated my breakfast blog. Sorry. I haven't been eating out for breakfast as much as I was earlier this year. I have, however, discovered my new
favorite breakfast spot. I feel like I've cheated on my blog because I've now eaten there twice without taking any pictures. Oh well. A nice description is better than nothing, right? Oh, and I stole a couple pictures off of the internets.

My co-worker, Abbey, told me about the Arleta Library. I hadn't heard of it before, but she claimed it was the best breakfast ever. I only half-believed her but it turns out she was more than correct. Mandy and I went there about a month or so ago and I ate some delicious blueberry pancakes while she enjoyed the Hawthorne scramble. Oh, and there was nobody there except for a couple of people. Can you believe that? I think we went at around 11:30am, which is prime breaky time everywhere else in Portland.

Today Jeff and I were attempting to go to the Tin Shed at 11:00am because he only lives a few blocks away. It was packed (duh, I predicted that) so I suggested the Arleta Library. After driving for what felt like an hour (only because I got lost on some weird diagonal streets), we finally arrived at the Arleta Library at around 11:30am. Guess what? No wait.

(Use your imagination! Pretend that's us.)

I chose The Portlander (three-egg scramble with wild mushrooms and Tilamook cheddar). It was seriously the best scramble ever. Also, the Arleta "library fries" are delicious. It makes me happy when people know how to cook potatoes, y'know? Also, their homemade scones are delicious. Oh, and homemade ketchup? Yes, they even have that. It was awesome.

Jeff ordered the pancakes with a side of fruit and scrambled eggs. I think he was pretty satisfied with it, but honestly those pancakes looked like they needed blueberries inside of them (instead of outside). That's the way I ordered them last time and they were amazing.

I hope that the Arleta Library can remain my secret breakfast spot. Hopefully the Portland masses will never read my blog. It's just really nice to be able to go to breakfast at 10 or 11am and not have to wait 30-40 minutes.

Wait Time Inside:
0 minutes
Wait Time For Food: 10 minutes
Service: very friendly, cute wait staff
Food: Amazing!
Options: see their brunch menu at arletalibrary.com
Price: $7-9
Atmosphere: friendly, laid back, cute