BREAKFAST. It’s my favorite meal to cook, my favorite meal to eat out – honestly, it’s just my favorite meal. Of course, Portland, Maine being the foodie town it is, has some absolutely delicious options for breakfast/brunch. I personally tend to enjoy diner-style breakfast a little more than the trendy and “high-end” meals. For me and breakfast – the simpler, the better. You get more bang for your buck, and you definitely won’t leave the restaurant hungry! Thankfully there is no shortage of breakfast spots in Portland.
With that being said, here’s one tip for all of you: if you go out for breakfast in Portland, get there EARLY. The hot and trendy brunch places fill up almost as soon as they open. Even the not so hot restaurants will have a long wait by 9:30am. My boyfriend and I try to make it to wherever we’re eating breakfast within an hour of the time they open.
So without further ado, below is my list for the best breakfast in Portland, Maine. Happy eating!
The 5 Best Breakfast Restaurants in Portland, Maine:
1. Miss Portland Diner
Address: 140 Marginal Way
Hours: 7am-3pm Sunday – Wednesday, 7am-8pm Thursday – Saturday
Miss Portland is your new go-to for breakfast on the weekend (they’re open weekdays too, though!). They’ve earned the very competitive and coveted title of my boyfriend’s favorite biscuits and gravy. Look out for some amazing specials that aren’t on their regular menu, too.
One time they had a breakfast flatbread with caramelized onions, roasted tomatoes, bacon, cheese, and 3 sunny-side up eggs. It was hands-down the best breakfast I’ve ever eaten at a restaurant – a meal I will truly never forget. Not to mention, their bloody mary’s are uh-mazing. The food is excellent, prices are unbeatable, service is top-notch, and it’s always fun to eat in a diner car! You will not be disappointed.
2. Artemisia Cafe
Address: 61 Pleasant Street
Hours: 9am-2pm Tuesday – Saturday
This is the cutest little restaurant in Portland. Tucked away only a few blocks from the bustling downtown area, Artemisia Cafe certainly flies under the radar. Their fresh ingredients are crafted into artisan dishes that showcase the simpler side of breakfast. Both the kielbasa and veggie hash are refreshingly different and delightful. Every dish comes with some amazing bread toasted to perfection. They are open 9am-11am on weekdays for breakfast (plus 11am-2pm for lunch), and 9am-2pm for brunch on the weekends.
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3. Hot Suppa
Address: 703 Congress Street
Hours: 7am-2pm Monday – Saturday, 7:30am-2pm Sunday
For Dinner: 5pm-9:a5pm Tuesday-Saturday
Okay, this is definitely one of those trendy “high-end” breakfast spots I mentioned in the intro… but it totally lives up to the hype. Hot Suppa, a southern-style restaurant and bar, served me the best, most fluffy and creamy omelette I’ve ever eaten.
At arguably the busiest brunch spot in town, you definitely pay more for the quality of food you’re getting. My boyfriend ordered the chicken and biscuits, which I never thought I’d be on board with, but man, they were scrumptious. Get there early, as the restaurant is somewhat small.
Address: 28 Preble Street
Hourse: 7am-2pm Tuesday – Friday, 8am-2pm Saturday/Sunday
Dutch’s is a quirky breakfast spot located a little off-the-beaten path from the busy Congress Street in Portland. The creative dishes on their menu match the interesting interior decor. Don’t let that fool you, though – the food is certainly delicious. Think grilled banana bread drizzled with rich, creamy caramel sauce. Think mashed potatoes reshaped into large squares and fried as your side of hash-browns. Although prices can be a little steep (in my mind), every trip to Dutch’s is a delightful treat.
5. Bayside American Cafe
Address: 98 Portland Street
Hours: 7am-2pm Every Day
I cannot stress this enough for breakfast in Portland – get there early. My boyfriend and I got a late start the morning we tired Bayside, and it cost us a nearly 50 minute wait. Their menu is quite diverse, and anything you order will be delicious. I got the bacon cheddar scallion pancakes with bourbon maple sauce. This was me venturing outside of my usual breakfast favorites of hash and scrambles. It was very yummy, but I’m excited to try something else next time!
Places I’ve heard good things about, but haven’t had a chance to try yet:
- Sinful Kitchen, 906 Brighton Ave, Portland, ME 04102
- Bekcy’s Diner, 390 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04105
- Ruski’s, 212 Danforth Street, Portland, ME 04102
Side note: If you want breakfast pizza, go to a little convenience store in Scarborough called 8 Corners Pizza – just do it.