Old Wives' Tales

★★★★☆
  • 1300 E Burnside St

    Portland, OR 97214

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  • 503-238-0470

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The manager, Tom, and the staff at Old Wives Tale are very nice and friendly. And the food is fresh, healthy, and tasty. I'm not sure what is wrong with Daniel B. and Seita P. They gave one star for their rating? They must have come in

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The manager, Tom, and the staff at Old Wives Tale are very nice and friendly. And the food is fresh, healthy, and tasty. I'm not sure what is wrong with Daniel B. and Seita P. They gave one star for their rating? They must have come in

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I do not recommend the food at the Old Wive's Tale. The food is supposed to be "local" and "organic" and all sort of BS like that. But in reality is is hormone educed corporate food producers like Cisco, and seriously, who prepares food in

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I do not recommend the food at the Old Wive's Tale. The food is supposed to be "local" and "organic" and all sort of BS like that. But in reality is is hormone educed corporate food producers like Cisco, and seriously, who prepares food in

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Consumer beware if you have food allergies! Twice I've received a suspect meal and ate a bite, only to discover they got the meal wrong. This is a serious no-no for a restaurant that features recipes that are free of wheat, or gluten, soy,

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★★★★★

Consumer beware if you have food allergies! Twice I've received a suspect meal and ate a bite, only to discover they got the meal wrong. This is a serious no-no for a restaurant that features recipes that are free of wheat, or gluten, soy,

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This is one of my family's favorite places. The kiddos love the playroom and I love being able to eat real food while they play. I always get the Hungarian Mushroom soup with the salad bar and the hubs usually gets the Japanese veggie

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★★★★★

This is one of my family's favorite places. The kiddos love the playroom and I love being able to eat real food while they play. I always get the Hungarian Mushroom soup with the salad bar and the hubs usually gets the Japanese veggie

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This place is awesome! That's relative, so I'll break down the awesomeness for you:

1. REAL food. No half-assed thrown-together stuff here, my friends. The cooks here are REAL cooks who cook REAL food REALLY well. The food tastes better

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★★★★★

This place is awesome! That's relative, so I'll break down the awesomeness for you:

1. REAL food. No half-assed thrown-together stuff here, my friends. The cooks here are REAL cooks who cook REAL food REALLY well. The food tastes better

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I've been going to Old Wives' Tales since I was a kid and (lucky me!) now live just a few short blocks away. I've rediscovered it as an adult and am happy to report that it's everything I remembered it to be as a kid. The staff is warm &

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★★★★★

I've been going to Old Wives' Tales since I was a kid and (lucky me!) now live just a few short blocks away. I've rediscovered it as an adult and am happy to report that it's everything I remembered it to be as a kid. The staff is warm &

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So I got a little bit of an inside scoop on this restaurant.
The food is sub par at best. Owner makes all these claims that this place is Organic and Locally grown. however all the food is from a large agri-business and is prepared in a

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★★★★★

So I got a little bit of an inside scoop on this restaurant.
The food is sub par at best. Owner makes all these claims that this place is Organic and Locally grown. however all the food is from a large agri-business and is prepared in a

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my kid loves the play room... but the food is very so-so.

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★★★★★

my kid loves the play room... but the food is very so-so.

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My wife worked there for about nine months and I was surprised to find out Old Wives' Tales owner is notorious for creating a hostile work environment and has been known to be verbally abusive to her staff. Most of the food (including the pancakes!) is microwaved. The produce is of very low quality considering the outrageous prices. They should have stuck a fork in that place a long time ago!

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife worked there for about nine months and I was surprised to find out Old Wives' Tales owner is notorious for creating a hostile work environment and has been known to be verbally abusive to her staff. Most of the food (including the pancakes!) is microwaved. The produce is of very low quality considering the outrageous prices. They should have stuck a fork in that place a long time ago!

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The food was over priced for the tiny portions and horrible bland food! I would reccomend that you should not hold a party or a gathering at owt cause the service is horrible and they except you to pay them a large tip that they did not

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★★★★★

The food was over priced for the tiny portions and horrible bland food! I would reccomend that you should not hold a party or a gathering at owt cause the service is horrible and they except you to pay them a large tip that they did not

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I know that sounds sooo harsh, but as soon as my family walked in OWT this evening, the staff got chilly and scowling. Our actual waiter was fine but the rest of the staff glared at us and whispered comments then would snicker in our

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★★★★★

I know that sounds sooo harsh, but as soon as my family walked in OWT this evening, the staff got chilly and scowling. Our actual waiter was fine but the rest of the staff glared at us and whispered comments then would snicker in our

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I would give this place less than a star, but I don't know how.

food is bland. decor is bland. general atmosphere is bland. waiter was nice...then he left and was replaced with a bland individual.

prices were really high too.

salad bar was bland.

basically don't go here. I cook all the time and I am better at it than the folks at old wive's tale. we should have stayed at home and eaten rocks instead of spending 21 dollars for bland burritos.

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★☆☆☆☆

I would give this place less than a star, but I don't know how.

food is bland. decor is bland. general atmosphere is bland. waiter was nice...then he left and was replaced with a bland individual.

prices were really high too.

salad bar was bland.

basically don't go here. I cook all the time and I am better at it than the folks at old wive's tale. we should have stayed at home and eaten rocks instead of spending 21 dollars for bland burritos.

Pros: menu is in english

Cons: main con... is that it is not good

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Best of Portland's eclectic restaurants! Incredibly varied menu. Very casual atmosphere. I agree that their signature piece is the Hungarian mushroom soup. I am not a soup person but really like this dish. Vegan to bacon -- you decide

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Best of Portland's eclectic restaurants! Incredibly varied menu. Very casual atmosphere. I agree that their signature piece is the Hungarian mushroom soup. I am not a soup person but really like this dish. Vegan to bacon -- you decide

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If you have not had their Hungarian Mushroom Soup, you are missing the boat to flavor town. I am not a vegetarian. But if I want to eat vegetarian, this is were I go with my vegetarian friends. Just pick up some soup to go... you'll be hooked too. All their food is outstanding, service is great, beverage choices are fabulous, prices are great, and... what else do you want?

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If you have not had their Hungarian Mushroom Soup, you are missing the boat to flavor town. I am not a vegetarian. But if I want to eat vegetarian, this is were I go with my vegetarian friends. Just pick up some soup to go... you'll be hooked too. All their food is outstanding, service is great, beverage choices are fabulous, prices are great, and... what else do you want?

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My family has dined at Old Wives' Tales since before i can remember. The kids' play room is terrific as is their kids menu. Their food is always yummy and well proportioned. They can seat large parties pretty easily and their wait staff is always great. You won't be dissapointed!

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My family has dined at Old Wives' Tales since before i can remember. The kids' play room is terrific as is their kids menu. Their food is always yummy and well proportioned. They can seat large parties pretty easily and their wait staff is always great. You won't be dissapointed!

Pros: fun play room for kids, good selection of food, delicious

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What the hell do I have against a salad bar? Call it childhood trauma. Years of growing up in a suburban bubble, gullet packed with Applebees and TGI Fridays and Pizza Hut and all the glories of middle americana. Only to grow up and learn that food..can actually be remarkable.
The existence of Old Wives tale is a reminder that some people still believe that global warming is a myth, that natural disasters are punishment for sin, and that the moon landing is a hoax. I want a restaurant to make me a salad that is better than the one I can plop together myself. I want my soup seasoned with bone stocks and herbs, not Sysco chicken base.
Please, for the love of God people. Let places like this move on to our quaint American history, like polling taxes and the feminine mystique.

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What the hell do I have against a salad bar? Call it childhood trauma. Years of growing up in a suburban bubble, gullet packed with Applebees and TGI Fridays and Pizza Hut and all the glories of middle americana. Only to grow up and learn that food..can actually be remarkable.
The existence of Old Wives tale is a reminder that some people still believe that global warming is a myth, that natural disasters are punishment for sin, and that the moon landing is a hoax. I want a restaurant to make me a salad that is better than the one I can plop together myself. I want my soup seasoned with bone stocks and herbs, not Sysco chicken base.
Please, for the love of God people. Let places like this move on to our quaint American history, like polling taxes and the feminine mystique.

Pros: um...the sneeze guard on the salad bar looks clean

Cons: um...there is a salad bar.

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This is where we like to meet friends for brunch on Sunday. It has a central location without the hassle of being downtown. And that increasingly rare-in-Portland commodity: lots of free parking. The brunch menu is large and both the servers and the kitchen are really on top of it--coffee keeps coming and before you know it, there's your food! Although it has long been a popular place, we rarely have difficulty getting seated right away because they have lots of tables in three dining rooms. If you call ahead, they can put together a table for 10 or 20 by the time you get there. So when we want to get together with one or two other families--no problem.

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★★★★★

This is where we like to meet friends for brunch on Sunday. It has a central location without the hassle of being downtown. And that increasingly rare-in-Portland commodity: lots of free parking. The brunch menu is large and both the servers and the kitchen are really on top of it--coffee keeps coming and before you know it, there's your food! Although it has long been a popular place, we rarely have difficulty getting seated right away because they have lots of tables in three dining rooms. If you call ahead, they can put together a table for 10 or 20 by the time you get there. So when we want to get together with one or two other families--no problem.

Pros: QUICK SERVICE, EASY FREE PARKING

Cons: No sandwiches until noon

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I've been having breakfast here several times a week for years. They have a big breakfast menu with some outstanding dishes you won't find anywhere else in town. I often get the oatmeal-cornmeal pancakes with their thick sliced applewood smoked bacon. They make their own spicy chicken sausage patties and when they have the roasted potato special with the chicken sausage, green chilies, jack cheese and sour cream, I always order that. I work different shifts at a nearby hospital, so I really like the fact that I can get breakfast just about whenever I want it, except very late at night after they close. This is a place that I can bring anyone I work with because there's also several tofu scramble dishes and there's even gluten-free toast and english muffins.

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I've been having breakfast here several times a week for years. They have a big breakfast menu with some outstanding dishes you won't find anywhere else in town. I often get the oatmeal-cornmeal pancakes with their thick sliced applewood smoked bacon. They make their own spicy chicken sausage patties and when they have the roasted potato special with the chicken sausage, green chilies, jack cheese and sour cream, I always order that. I work different shifts at a nearby hospital, so I really like the fact that I can get breakfast just about whenever I want it, except very late at night after they close. This is a place that I can bring anyone I work with because there's also several tofu scramble dishes and there's even gluten-free toast and english muffins.

Pros: Best bacon and sausage in town

Cons: Not open in the wee hours

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My favorite is the JAMBALAYA, which here at its simplest is a spicy vegan dish. At other Portland restaurants the jambalaya automatically is made with a chicken or seafood stock, and typically comes with pork sausage, chicken and shellfish already cooked into the dish, so you are locked into the chef's preferences. But at Old Wives' Tales you can add what you want, and as few or as many things as you want: prawns or other shellfish, spicy chicken sausage, salmon, other fish or some kind of cheese.
This is true of many of the entrees--you can choose the "protein" you prefer and whichever of the sauces or other special preparations that are on the menu that day.

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★★★★★

My favorite is the JAMBALAYA, which here at its simplest is a spicy vegan dish. At other Portland restaurants the jambalaya automatically is made with a chicken or seafood stock, and typically comes with pork sausage, chicken and shellfish already cooked into the dish, so you are locked into the chef's preferences. But at Old Wives' Tales you can add what you want, and as few or as many things as you want: prawns or other shellfish, spicy chicken sausage, salmon, other fish or some kind of cheese.
This is true of many of the entrees--you can choose the "protein" you prefer and whichever of the sauces or other special preparations that are on the menu that day.

Pros: The choice is yours, not the chef's

Cons: It can be hard to decide, but that's a good problem to have!

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If you eat at a lot of other Portland neighborhood restaurants you will notice that many places from time to time will have Hungarian Mushroom Soup on the menu. Since there is not otherwise much in the way of Hungarian food in Portland, you might wonder why. Well, those of us who have been making the rounds of Portland restaurants for the last 20 years have realized that it is because Old Wives' Tales has made Hungarian Mushroom Soup famous. They have served it daily for many years, and OWT has such a loyal following for this soup that lots of other restaurants have added it to their rotating daily soup specials. But if you really want the Hungarian Mushroom Soup peak experience, Old Wives' Tales is the place to come. They serve it daily and if you come here some morning for breakfast you can even see people ordering it in the morning, getting their Hungarian Mushroom fix long before lunch time. I buy a quart of it to take home, either to serve as is, or over egg noodles with beef -- shortcut to the best Stroganoff!

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If you eat at a lot of other Portland neighborhood restaurants you will notice that many places from time to time will have Hungarian Mushroom Soup on the menu. Since there is not otherwise much in the way of Hungarian food in Portland, you might wonder why. Well, those of us who have been making the rounds of Portland restaurants for the last 20 years have realized that it is because Old Wives' Tales has made Hungarian Mushroom Soup famous. They have served it daily for many years, and OWT has such a loyal following for this soup that lots of other restaurants have added it to their rotating daily soup specials. But if you really want the Hungarian Mushroom Soup peak experience, Old Wives' Tales is the place to come. They serve it daily and if you come here some morning for breakfast you can even see people ordering it in the morning, getting their Hungarian Mushroom fix long before lunch time. I buy a quart of it to take home, either to serve as is, or over egg noodles with beef -- shortcut to the best Stroganoff!

Pros: Ultimate comfort food on a rainy day

Cons: It does contain wheat flour and so is not gluten-free

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Both the business that I work for and a non-profit group that I volunteer with have regular breakfast, lunch and dinner meetings in their private dining room. Since they do not require a minimum amount to be spent by each person, some of us just have a bowl of one of their wonderful soups, while others really chow down! It can be hard to find parking around many restaurants, but there is lots of free parking all around. In any large group of people, there are going to be some with special dietary needs, such as gluten-free, which this place accommodates with a large menu, many choices. It is hard to find private dining/meeting rooms!

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★★★★★

Both the business that I work for and a non-profit group that I volunteer with have regular breakfast, lunch and dinner meetings in their private dining room. Since they do not require a minimum amount to be spent by each person, some of us just have a bowl of one of their wonderful soups, while others really chow down! It can be hard to find parking around many restaurants, but there is lots of free parking all around. In any large group of people, there are going to be some with special dietary needs, such as gluten-free, which this place accommodates with a large menu, many choices. It is hard to find private dining/meeting rooms!

Pros: CENTRAL LOCATION, EASY PARKING

Cons: NO HARD LIQUOR, JUST BEER AND WINE

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We've been coming here since they opened in 1980! At first we came when our kids were young, so we could enjoy a second cup of coffee or a second glass of wine while the kids played in the playroom. Over the years we came to appreciate the way the large menu could accommodate the food allergies of different family members at the same time as it pleased our different tastes. Now we bring our grandchildren here, and when we come without them, we sit in the quieter classical music dining room which is in a different part of the building, away from the playroom.

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★★★★★

We've been coming here since they opened in 1980! At first we came when our kids were young, so we could enjoy a second cup of coffee or a second glass of wine while the kids played in the playroom. Over the years we came to appreciate the way the large menu could accommodate the food allergies of different family members at the same time as it pleased our different tastes. Now we bring our grandchildren here, and when we come without them, we sit in the quieter classical music dining room which is in a different part of the building, away from the playroom.

Pros: Large multi-ethnic chicken, seafood & vegetarian menu

Cons: No hamburgers or steaks for die-hard red meat eaters

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We've been coming here a couple of times each week since we moved to Portland and read about their soups and salad bar in an Oregonian review. They have one of the few salad bars in town and they make everything fresh, including their own unique dressings (they have Garlic Asiago instead of everyone else's blue cheese, an Apple Dijon Vinaigrette and a wonderful oil-free Cucumber Ginger VInaigrette unlike any other dressing I have ever had, plus several others).
The Salad Bar is all-you-can-eat, but the soups are served by the cup or bowl, and although many people come here for the sour cream rich Hungarian Mushroom Soup, they always have several vegan, gluten-free soups, the most amazing being the Coconut Cauliflower Curry.
If you want "fast" food, you don't even have to wait for your server to take your order--just head for the soup and salad bar, which includes house-made corn muffins, multi-grain rolls, croutons & crackers and even rice cakes for people who can't eat gluten (or who like rice cakes, which I do!)
They also have organic chicken soup, but it is not on the soup bar. It is put together to your order in the kitchen, with a choice of vegetables and choice of either rosemary poached chicken or southwest spiced chicken. So you actually have a choice of several chicken soups and can add noodles or rice if you wish. Chicken soup costs more, but there is a quarter of a pound of natural northwest Draper chicken in each bowl, so it is really an entree or a whole meal in itself, rather than a first course.
The one thing you will not find on the large menu, which includes dozens of entrees and sandwiches, is French Fries. They don't even have a deep fryer. So you will not be tempted to eat what none of us should be eating anyway!

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★★★★☆

We've been coming here a couple of times each week since we moved to Portland and read about their soups and salad bar in an Oregonian review. They have one of the few salad bars in town and they make everything fresh, including their own unique dressings (they have Garlic Asiago instead of everyone else's blue cheese, an Apple Dijon Vinaigrette and a wonderful oil-free Cucumber Ginger VInaigrette unlike any other dressing I have ever had, plus several others).
The Salad Bar is all-you-can-eat, but the soups are served by the cup or bowl, and although many people come here for the sour cream rich Hungarian Mushroom Soup, they always have several vegan, gluten-free soups, the most amazing being the Coconut Cauliflower Curry.
If you want "fast" food, you don't even have to wait for your server to take your order--just head for the soup and salad bar, which includes house-made corn muffins, multi-grain rolls, croutons & crackers and even rice cakes for people who can't eat gluten (or who like rice cakes, which I do!)
They also have organic chicken soup, but it is not on the soup bar. It is put together to your order in the kitchen, with a choice of vegetables and choice of either rosemary poached chicken or southwest spiced chicken. So you actually have a choice of several chicken soups and can add noodles or rice if you wish. Chicken soup costs more, but there is a quarter of a pound of natural northwest Draper chicken in each bowl, so it is really an entree or a whole meal in itself, rather than a first course.
The one thing you will not find on the large menu, which includes dozens of entrees and sandwiches, is French Fries. They don't even have a deep fryer. So you will not be tempted to eat what none of us should be eating anyway!

Pros: FOUR FRESH SOUPS EVERY DAY

Cons: NO DEEP FRYER, NO FRENCH FRIES

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We will never go back to this restaurant. Never, never again.
Hostess sat us at the nosiest table in the restaurant where is right by kid's play area.
After drinks were served, they didn't take our order and left us in the noise for 20 min.
Finally I stood to call server and asked her to move our table to quieter area. Then another server
(Older man) came and move us to only two tables down. (Basically the same noisy area.).
We felt very insulted because many many tables right in the middle of restaurant are empty.
Why do they do that to us? Racial issue or what?

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★☆☆☆☆

We will never go back to this restaurant. Never, never again.
Hostess sat us at the nosiest table in the restaurant where is right by kid's play area.
After drinks were served, they didn't take our order and left us in the noise for 20 min.
Finally I stood to call server and asked her to move our table to quieter area. Then another server
(Older man) came and move us to only two tables down. (Basically the same noisy area.).
We felt very insulted because many many tables right in the middle of restaurant are empty.
Why do they do that to us? Racial issue or what?

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After hearing the owner screaming at and berating her staff we won't be back. We had the BLT and the Huevos Rancheros , all of which were quite good but the atmosphere was awful. Much rather spend our money time at any number of equally good or better places in Porltand that don't scream at their staff in full hearing of the patron.

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★☆☆☆☆

After hearing the owner screaming at and berating her staff we won't be back. We had the BLT and the Huevos Rancheros , all of which were quite good but the atmosphere was awful. Much rather spend our money time at any number of equally good or better places in Porltand that don't scream at their staff in full hearing of the patron.

Pros: Large selection...veg, vegan , gluten free

Cons: Owner has no respect for staff

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Great place for families. There is a play room for small children. Can get a bit noisy, but they also have a smaller dining area in the rear reserved for adults--cozy, mostly booths and small tables, and quieter. Electic menu. Good selection of vegetarian dishes along with regular dishes, but what I go for is the homemade soups. The hungarian goulash is the best.

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★★★★☆

Great place for families. There is a play room for small children. Can get a bit noisy, but they also have a smaller dining area in the rear reserved for adults--cozy, mostly booths and small tables, and quieter. Electic menu. Good selection of vegetarian dishes along with regular dishes, but what I go for is the homemade soups. The hungarian goulash is the best.

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I knew Old Wives Tales by reputation long before I moved to the Portland area and it was one of the first restaurants I visited when I arrived. The food is consistently good. The atmosphere is casual and they have a play room for your kids. Try the Hungarian mushroom soup - it's spectacular.

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★★★★★

I knew Old Wives Tales by reputation long before I moved to the Portland area and it was one of the first restaurants I visited when I arrived. The food is consistently good. The atmosphere is casual and they have a play room for your kids. Try the Hungarian mushroom soup - it's spectacular.

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Not a bad place to eat, with the following warnings considered:

-The Hungarian Mushroom soup is roughly 30% sour cream and is anything but fresh on most days.
-Nearly everything, minus the meat and sandwiches is microwaved.
-Most salad bar salads are 'walk-in specials': comprised of old salad dressings and and prep ingredients that are not selling.
-Everything is way overpriced. Eat before 4:30 for a dollar off the same item, if it is on both lunch and dinner menus.
The seafood is kept on ice (not frozen) until sold and fittingly can be quite odoriferous.

There are some good items on the menu, if enough salt and pepper are added!!
Enjoy!

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★☆☆☆☆

Not a bad place to eat, with the following warnings considered:

-The Hungarian Mushroom soup is roughly 30% sour cream and is anything but fresh on most days.
-Nearly everything, minus the meat and sandwiches is microwaved.
-Most salad bar salads are 'walk-in specials': comprised of old salad dressings and and prep ingredients that are not selling.
-Everything is way overpriced. Eat before 4:30 for a dollar off the same item, if it is on both lunch and dinner menus.
The seafood is kept on ice (not frozen) until sold and fittingly can be quite odoriferous.

There are some good items on the menu, if enough salt and pepper are added!!
Enjoy!

Pros: Good for kids and groups

Cons: Most of the food is not good.

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I had a pretty good meal, but the decor brings to mind a cafeteria or an old folks' home. They could stand to make it a lot more restaurant-y or cafe-ish.

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I had a pretty good meal, but the decor brings to mind a cafeteria or an old folks' home. They could stand to make it a lot more restaurant-y or cafe-ish.

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it was very good i got the coconut sauce, steamed vegetables with rice. clean, nice, quick .

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★★★★☆

it was very good i got the coconut sauce, steamed vegetables with rice. clean, nice, quick .

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Food was bland and just average. My 2 yr old was happily entertained the entire time in the play room, which of course was a bonus for us. Because the menu itmes give a list of ingredients, you can figure out if something is going to fit into your particular way of eating (low fat, gluten free, vegetarian). The food was pretty good, but not stand out. The cost is a little high for what you get, and the salad bar is lacking.

I may go back if I'm facing one of those nights where I absolutely don't want to cook but would like to eat healthy.

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★★★☆☆

Food was bland and just average. My 2 yr old was happily entertained the entire time in the play room, which of course was a bonus for us. Because the menu itmes give a list of ingredients, you can figure out if something is going to fit into your particular way of eating (low fat, gluten free, vegetarian). The food was pretty good, but not stand out. The cost is a little high for what you get, and the salad bar is lacking.

I may go back if I'm facing one of those nights where I absolutely don't want to cook but would like to eat healthy.

Pros: kid friendy, diet friendly

Cons: expensive, bland, average food

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Old Wives Tales is a nice family restaurant that serves the best vegetarian, vegan and wheat free food in town. They recently donated some food for a volunteer appreciation party I attended. 3 great soups, 2 delicious salads, and a big bowl of rolls.

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★★★★★

Old Wives Tales is a nice family restaurant that serves the best vegetarian, vegan and wheat free food in town. They recently donated some food for a volunteer appreciation party I attended. 3 great soups, 2 delicious salads, and a big bowl of rolls.

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Tis a lovely place with fine people in all capacities. The food is exquisite and of such remarkable variety. My wife and I love this place. Along with the good music and friendly staff I find it a fine retreat and relaxation place for lunch or dinner when we are visiting Portland.

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Tis a lovely place with fine people in all capacities. The food is exquisite and of such remarkable variety. My wife and I love this place. Along with the good music and friendly staff I find it a fine retreat and relaxation place for lunch or dinner when we are visiting Portland.

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Great place to dine with friends who like trying new takes on old favorites. Fun and interesting menu, with a diner feel. Yummy, healthy options make eating out easy. Try the Hungarian mushroom soup! Our waiter was so sweet and explained at least 5 different items on the menu to us...everything sounded so good. Will go back again for sure.

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★★★★★

Great place to dine with friends who like trying new takes on old favorites. Fun and interesting menu, with a diner feel. Yummy, healthy options make eating out easy. Try the Hungarian mushroom soup! Our waiter was so sweet and explained at least 5 different items on the menu to us...everything sounded so good. Will go back again for sure.

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Every time I go to Portland, I stop by Old Wives Tales & get a container of Hungarian Mushroom soup to go even if I can't stay for a meal. The reviewers who mention bland food neglect to notice that condiments are available. This is part of what makes this restaurant so wonderful- everyone can go and enjoy their meal out, no matter their food requirements or restrictions. You add what you like. Holly, the owner, has been nothing but gracious to me & my friends & family and I can't wait to return.

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★★★★★

Every time I go to Portland, I stop by Old Wives Tales & get a container of Hungarian Mushroom soup to go even if I can't stay for a meal. The reviewers who mention bland food neglect to notice that condiments are available. This is part of what makes this restaurant so wonderful- everyone can go and enjoy their meal out, no matter their food requirements or restrictions. You add what you like. Holly, the owner, has been nothing but gracious to me & my friends & family and I can't wait to return.

Pros: great breakfast

Cons: might have to wait for a table- too popular!

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I've eaten at OWT many times. My wife likes the soup and salad bar. My kids (6 y/o and 4 y/o) like the fact they can play.
Regarding the food: My wife reports she has always been pleased with the soup and salad bar. While I also eat at the bar, more often then not I choose from the menu. I can't say I have ever eaten anything from the menu that I can rate above "average". There have been a few times I have been very disappointed in the food. I do not recommend the Salmon cakes - they are uninspired both in preparation and presentation. The Razor Clams are HORRIBLE - breaded, flat, and greasy, without any accompaniment. They do prepare a good BLT, but stay away from the Grilled Pastrami Sandwich, it is bland and greasy. Although I can't recall every item I've ever eaten, my overall opinion of the food is that it's average in flavor and portion size, and uninspired in preparation and presentation.
Regarding the service: Much like the food - average. Wait staff can slow and confused when it's busy. I have had to experience haggard and abrupt service at times, with missed orders that have fairly consistently been comped. I get the best service when the place is more empty then full.
The overall attraction for me and my family is that it gives the kids a place to run around, my wife a healthy salad bar, and myself the adventure of trying new menu items. Overall I recommend this place for families with small children, people who require gluten free selections, and vegetarians. Don't come for the ambiance.

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★★★☆☆

I've eaten at OWT many times. My wife likes the soup and salad bar. My kids (6 y/o and 4 y/o) like the fact they can play.
Regarding the food: My wife reports she has always been pleased with the soup and salad bar. While I also eat at the bar, more often then not I choose from the menu. I can't say I have ever eaten anything from the menu that I can rate above "average". There have been a few times I have been very disappointed in the food. I do not recommend the Salmon cakes - they are uninspired both in preparation and presentation. The Razor Clams are HORRIBLE - breaded, flat, and greasy, without any accompaniment. They do prepare a good BLT, but stay away from the Grilled Pastrami Sandwich, it is bland and greasy. Although I can't recall every item I've ever eaten, my overall opinion of the food is that it's average in flavor and portion size, and uninspired in preparation and presentation.
Regarding the service: Much like the food - average. Wait staff can slow and confused when it's busy. I have had to experience haggard and abrupt service at times, with missed orders that have fairly consistently been comped. I get the best service when the place is more empty then full.
The overall attraction for me and my family is that it gives the kids a place to run around, my wife a healthy salad bar, and myself the adventure of trying new menu items. Overall I recommend this place for families with small children, people who require gluten free selections, and vegetarians. Don't come for the ambiance.

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I am so surprised by all the negative reviews. This place has been a constant Sunday breakfast place for me and my family for years now. The food has been consistently well prepared and flavorful and while sometimes when slammed the service isn't 100% the other times they aren't busy more than makes up for it as the staff is amazingly but not overly-attentive. And, they are always friendly and seem to enjoy having kids around, hence the playroom. I've tried a variety of items on the menu (mainly breakfast but sometimes lunch) and have always been pleased. The scrambles are always a winner as well as the hungarian omelet and moroccan oatmeal. The soups are awesome. I would suggest trying it before taking the negative reviews to heart. It's just a matter of taste.

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★★★★★

I am so surprised by all the negative reviews. This place has been a constant Sunday breakfast place for me and my family for years now. The food has been consistently well prepared and flavorful and while sometimes when slammed the service isn't 100% the other times they aren't busy more than makes up for it as the staff is amazingly but not overly-attentive. And, they are always friendly and seem to enjoy having kids around, hence the playroom. I've tried a variety of items on the menu (mainly breakfast but sometimes lunch) and have always been pleased. The scrambles are always a winner as well as the hungarian omelet and moroccan oatmeal. The soups are awesome. I would suggest trying it before taking the negative reviews to heart. It's just a matter of taste.

Pros: parking, kid friendly, menu variety

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I go here a lot. PIcking out a dish as a newbie is very russian roulette style, but the variety ensures that in mixed company most everyone can find something to suit a craving. As a vegetarian myself allow me to warn against ordering the "tofu scramble" as it resembles something a mother bird might v0mit for her young. Indian burrito with lentil dal is quite good. Salad bar is great but the price is a rip off. Side salads are way lame and rather lackluster. Advise not ordering side of fruit with a meal (usually canned looking and limp). Above all I recommend the "Japanese pancake" this is a very flavorful dish with a choice of numerous sides. And for those of you who speak of blandness, if you request tabasco you get a set of four! Condiments, people!

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★★★☆☆

I go here a lot. PIcking out a dish as a newbie is very russian roulette style, but the variety ensures that in mixed company most everyone can find something to suit a craving. As a vegetarian myself allow me to warn against ordering the "tofu scramble" as it resembles something a mother bird might v0mit for her young. Indian burrito with lentil dal is quite good. Salad bar is great but the price is a rip off. Side salads are way lame and rather lackluster. Advise not ordering side of fruit with a meal (usually canned looking and limp). Above all I recommend the "Japanese pancake" this is a very flavorful dish with a choice of numerous sides. And for those of you who speak of blandness, if you request tabasco you get a set of four! Condiments, people!

Pros: classical music room, friendly waitstaff (acknowledge controversy here)

Cons: bad tofu, just steer clear of the soy curd here

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I took my vegetarian brother and my three kids. The kid's room was enjoyed by the kids. Menu prices were very good. The food was pretty good. However the wait staff was a dissapointment. Our drinks were never refilled. Some of our side items were not brought out and we had to wait for a long while for the guy to come back and then remind him. Also our bill had 2 errors (over of course). While there was more than one veggie option there was not an abundance, I think this is not the best place for vegetarians. I really wanted to like the place, and I think I'll have to give it one more try just in case this trip was a fluke. But good service is everything! If the wait staff is m.i.a. then it just isn't worth dining out.

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★★★☆☆

I took my vegetarian brother and my three kids. The kid's room was enjoyed by the kids. Menu prices were very good. The food was pretty good. However the wait staff was a dissapointment. Our drinks were never refilled. Some of our side items were not brought out and we had to wait for a long while for the guy to come back and then remind him. Also our bill had 2 errors (over of course). While there was more than one veggie option there was not an abundance, I think this is not the best place for vegetarians. I really wanted to like the place, and I think I'll have to give it one more try just in case this trip was a fluke. But good service is everything! If the wait staff is m.i.a. then it just isn't worth dining out.

Pros: parking

Cons: service

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Not only do they have a place for children, they also have a back Classical Music Room for adults.
There is a special gluten free menu available with a wide variety of items to choose from. Every ingredient is listed so there was no 2nd guessing for me. I had Ling Cod with Artichoke sauce. It was fantastic. AND, you get to choose 2 side dishes from 6 or more selections. My partner had the Salmon with Lemon basil. He really enjoyed his NON gluten free meal too.

The servor was pleasant, helpful and efficient.
The prices are very reasonable.

I have dined here a few times and have thoroughly enjoyed every visit. It is a bit more hectic on weekends. As it is everywhere :-)

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★★★★★

Not only do they have a place for children, they also have a back Classical Music Room for adults.
There is a special gluten free menu available with a wide variety of items to choose from. Every ingredient is listed so there was no 2nd guessing for me. I had Ling Cod with Artichoke sauce. It was fantastic. AND, you get to choose 2 side dishes from 6 or more selections. My partner had the Salmon with Lemon basil. He really enjoyed his NON gluten free meal too.

The servor was pleasant, helpful and efficient.
The prices are very reasonable.

I have dined here a few times and have thoroughly enjoyed every visit. It is a bit more hectic on weekends. As it is everywhere :-)

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This is a great place for healthy, boring food. The servers were nice and attentive, and my son got to play in the playroom, which is nice. It was cheap, but I'd rather stay home.

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★★★☆☆

This is a great place for healthy, boring food. The servers were nice and attentive, and my son got to play in the playroom, which is nice. It was cheap, but I'd rather stay home.

Pros: healthy, kid friendly

Cons: lack of taste

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When your eating-out plans need to include the kids, it's delightful to find a place that serves up delicious, fresh and tasty food in a setting that has nothing to do with happy meals or TV cartoon characters. Old Wives Tales has an exhaustive menu that includes items to please veggies, vegans and meat-eaters alike. The staff is always friendly and accomodating to the young ones, and they even have a playroom for kids in an adjacent room. They're also great for groups, as there's guaranteed something for everyone. Love the Hungarian mushroom soup!

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★★★★☆

When your eating-out plans need to include the kids, it's delightful to find a place that serves up delicious, fresh and tasty food in a setting that has nothing to do with happy meals or TV cartoon characters. Old Wives Tales has an exhaustive menu that includes items to please veggies, vegans and meat-eaters alike. The staff is always friendly and accomodating to the young ones, and they even have a playroom for kids in an adjacent room. They're also great for groups, as there's guaranteed something for everyone. Love the Hungarian mushroom soup!

Pros: Tasty food, Nice prices, Great for kids

Cons: Crowded on weekends

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The food is great here! And the room for kids to play in is nice too. No little toys to worry about cleanliness. There are only 2 ways in and out of the playroom and they always sit families around the doors. Great place!

PROS: fantastic food, play area for kids
CONS: a bit pricy, but worth it

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★★★★★

The food is great here! And the room for kids to play in is nice too. No little toys to worry about cleanliness. There are only 2 ways in and out of the playroom and they always sit families around the doors. Great place!

PROS: fantastic food, play area for kids
CONS: a bit pricy, but worth it

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We went here for my nephew's 2nd birthday party. Our kids were treated rudely. The staff was condescending to both the children and their parents. After we expressed our frustration with the service we were treated even more rudely and told that their "important regular customers" were complaining. We were also told that it was "socially unacceptable to order food and not eat it." We were asked "When are you leaving" and told "I'm sorry that you couldn't keep your children quiet".
Not to mention that the food is terrible and over priced. This place is a farce.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went here for my nephew's 2nd birthday party. Our kids were treated rudely. The staff was condescending to both the children and their parents. After we expressed our frustration with the service we were treated even more rudely and told that their "important regular customers" were complaining. We were also told that it was "socially unacceptable to order food and not eat it." We were asked "When are you leaving" and told "I'm sorry that you couldn't keep your children quiet".
Not to mention that the food is terrible and over priced. This place is a farce.

Cons: Staff, Food, Staff and Food again

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This rustic and cozy rest. is definetly a gem in the rough. My first notice is the rustic somewhat exotic door that lead to the restaurant. They feature the best mediterranean foods around town. The foods are served on white plate with a fork. Remember to try their salmon, it's absolutely out of this world. The only thing that bother me is their bathroom was a little bit nasty. There's water on the floor and the toilet is not flushed. They should install an automatic flush toilet or something. Other than that, the restaurant is fine.

PROS:
CONS: Sanitize: they should do something about the bathroom

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★★★★☆

This rustic and cozy rest. is definetly a gem in the rough. My first notice is the rustic somewhat exotic door that lead to the restaurant. They feature the best mediterranean foods around town. The foods are served on white plate with a fork. Remember to try their salmon, it's absolutely out of this world. The only thing that bother me is their bathroom was a little bit nasty. There's water on the floor and the toilet is not flushed. They should install an automatic flush toilet or something. Other than that, the restaurant is fine.

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CONS: Sanitize: they should do something about the bathroom

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My mom and I are always trying different restaurants around the Portland area. The other night we stopped by Old Wive's Tales after reading about it in Portland guide books time and time again. My mom got a Greek sandwich, of which I ate half of it. Although it was messy to eat, it was delicious. I got the soup and salad bar. The salad bar choices were so fresh. So many times restaurants just have plain iceberg lettuce for their salads; however, OWT had a fresh mix of mixed greens and spinach. The salad dressings were also excellent. Of course, the famous Hungarian mushroom soup was wonderful. All in all, my mom and I give Old Wives Tales two thumbs up.

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★★★★★

My mom and I are always trying different restaurants around the Portland area. The other night we stopped by Old Wive's Tales after reading about it in Portland guide books time and time again. My mom got a Greek sandwich, of which I ate half of it. Although it was messy to eat, it was delicious. I got the soup and salad bar. The salad bar choices were so fresh. So many times restaurants just have plain iceberg lettuce for their salads; however, OWT had a fresh mix of mixed greens and spinach. The salad dressings were also excellent. Of course, the famous Hungarian mushroom soup was wonderful. All in all, my mom and I give Old Wives Tales two thumbs up.

Pros: good food, resonable prices, pleasant wait staff

Cons: noisey

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As a vegetarian, our choices are often limited. I was excited when I saw all the options on the menu. My choice of Spicy African vegetables sounded really great, it wasn't. The menu had a $2.50 tofu option which I took them up on. Turned out to be a pile of plain steamed tofu on the side, uhh yuck. The rice was well cooked, I'll say that. On to the service, hopefully our 7% tip said it all. Rude, non-attentive, and generally not interested. Well, me too. As far as Old Wives Tales is concerned, I am generally not interested. Great menu, lousy food, atrocious service.

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★☆☆☆☆

As a vegetarian, our choices are often limited. I was excited when I saw all the options on the menu. My choice of Spicy African vegetables sounded really great, it wasn't. The menu had a $2.50 tofu option which I took them up on. Turned out to be a pile of plain steamed tofu on the side, uhh yuck. The rice was well cooked, I'll say that. On to the service, hopefully our 7% tip said it all. Rude, non-attentive, and generally not interested. Well, me too. As far as Old Wives Tales is concerned, I am generally not interested. Great menu, lousy food, atrocious service.

Pros: good menu, food was quick, too q, good bus access

Cons: lousy food, bland, atrocious service

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this restaurant proved to be an overpriced disappointment. although there is a large selection on the menu, our dishes were poorly seasoned, cold, and very disappointing. it will ne our first and last trip!

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★☆☆☆☆

this restaurant proved to be an overpriced disappointment. although there is a large selection on the menu, our dishes were poorly seasoned, cold, and very disappointing. it will ne our first and last trip!

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A great resaurant to take your toddlers. It has a great separat playroom which is easy to see into. The only way out of the restaurant is past the tables and the doors in plain site so you can let your kid's play without any safety worries to them.

The food is adult and child friendly. It is a very casual atmosphere.

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★★★★★

A great resaurant to take your toddlers. It has a great separat playroom which is easy to see into. The only way out of the restaurant is past the tables and the doors in plain site so you can let your kid's play without any safety worries to them.

The food is adult and child friendly. It is a very casual atmosphere.

Pros: Moderate cost, Kid friendly, Very safe for kids

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This is a place I'll go back for breakfast. I had been before and had an ordinary experience, but the breakfast was superb. There are so many interesting choices on the menu. The poppyseed pancakes with lemon curd are delicious. An interesting and tasty item was the East Indian Huevos Rancheros. I never would have imagined a mango chutney on eggs would taste so good. The breakfast potatoes were a little disappointing, since they weren't cooked with salt. No post-cooking adding of salt could save them. All in all...an enjoyable experience. I'm looking forward to try more items on their menu.

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★★★★☆

This is a place I'll go back for breakfast. I had been before and had an ordinary experience, but the breakfast was superb. There are so many interesting choices on the menu. The poppyseed pancakes with lemon curd are delicious. An interesting and tasty item was the East Indian Huevos Rancheros. I never would have imagined a mango chutney on eggs would taste so good. The breakfast potatoes were a little disappointing, since they weren't cooked with salt. No post-cooking adding of salt could save them. All in all...an enjoyable experience. I'm looking forward to try more items on their menu.

Pros: Unique Menu Choices, Extensive Breakfast

Cons: , Cooked w. no salt

 

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