Times Visited: Too Many to Count!
Junior’s is the type of restaurant that you’ll take friends from out of town to, but only because they’ll leave town and then it’s all yours again. The space is small, and if you’re not there before 10am, odds are you’re waiting outside awhile. But as Junior’s regulars know, the wait is worth it for the food. Home of my favorite tofu scramble and the raddest gold walls in town, Junior’s is a Southeast Portland breakfast gem.
The french toast, ordered by my partner, had a splendidly subtle amount of spice to it (cinnamon and nutmeg?), though was the thinnest version we’ve ever seen. We can’t really complain though, because it’s Grand Central bread. My superhero tofu scramble is the type of dish made for hangovers, if only they served mimosas! Regardless, the tofu in it is great, with large, mildly yellow pieces that seem to be seasoned right in the pan while it cooks. The superhero comes with greens, tomatoes, onions and vegan veggie sausage. A bite of two or more of these fixings at one time just screams comfort food. And then, you have a side of roasted potatoes and toast with soy butter, all for $7.50. Both my partner’s and my potatoes were slightly undercooked, though decent, and once again lightly spiced just enough. Junior’s serves Stumptown coffee, and I had a sweettart of a drink, the papaya lemonade ($1.75).
Overall, we both adore Junior’s, but with a 20 minute wait to be seated, and 30 more minutes till our food came (our visit was at noon), it’s best to go early or with something to read. As a Southeast Portland resident, I’m sure I’ll find myself there within a few weeks, and particular if you don’t have to wait, it’s even worth a trip across town. It’s one of those places where you need to have a first meal at, because you won’t forget it.