Date: August 18, 2007
Times visited: Too numerous
Beaterville is a brightly painted, eclectic breakfast and lunch spot on N. Killingsworth. The walls are covered with hub caps, old photographs and other random vintage fixtures, and the tables are packed closely together. Outside there is even a “flower bed” – with flowers growing within an old bed frame. It’s a fun place to go for breakfast on weekday mornings, as during the weekends there tends to be a wait as Beaterville’s popularity rises.
There are only a few options for vegans, but they are good ones. The menu is packed full of average omnivore breakfast items and even a few non-average, like the “French Poodles” which always call to me – French toast Croissants. But it’s not vegan so I always go to my trusty Vegan Poor Girl. The veggie sausage is sometimes vegan, sometimes not, so just ask. The tofu scramble isn’t so much a scramble that you’re use to, more like No Fish Go Fish’s old tofu scramble. It is firm tofu mixed with veggies and some seasoning. With all their scrambles you can replace the eggs with tofu at no extra cost.
The Poor Boy/Girl is normally eggs, home fries and toast; just sub the eggs with tofu and it’s a full meal. The name suits the meal nicely since it’s only $5.00. As the price sometimes goes up and down, it’s usually cheaper to order each item individually from the a-la-carte/Accessories side of the menu.
Two reasons to stand the wait on a busy morning: Strawberry jam and tofu. The jam is a simple strawberry freezer jam recipe, but I could eat it all day long. The tofu is pressed and cooked on the grill with a bit of Braggs until it has this wonderfully chewy texture. The home fries are nothing you haven’t seen before, but definitetly taste good. Make sure to ask for your toast dry and then slather it with jam. Don’t be afraid to slather the jam on your tofu – I swear it tastes good!
Visiting Beaterville is always best on an autumn weekday morning where you can sit outside, drink endless cups of coffee, enjoy the jam, and watch the world go by.
Rating: 4.25 out of 5
Address: 2201 N Killingsworth St. Portland, OR 97217
Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-3pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Sun 9am-2pm