Name: Utopia Cafe
Location: 3308 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97214
Contact information: (503) 235-7606
Web address: N/A
Hours: Mon, Wed-Fri 7am-2:30pm; Sat-Sun 7:30am-2:30pm
Cost: $7-9 for breakfast
Reservation recommended: No
Good for: Breakfast
Insider tip: Go during the week and early
In the trendy part of Belmont this cafe was empty when we arrived at 7am. The decor was simple and clean. The concrete benchtops gave us plenty of room to spread out.
The breakfast menu was dominated by scrambles but they were varied and sounded tasty. I went with the Baja which consisted of avocado, chorizo, tomatoes, a huge dollop of sour cream and some other goodies. It was a little light on the avocadoes but three of us ordered the same thing so portion control may have been unevenly distributed. The toast options were interesting but my oatmeal mollasses toast was a single piece and not that special. And extra slice would have been perfect.
Coffee was decent and topped up frequently, though we always seemed to be getting the bottom of the pot even though we were the only ones there.
Service was friendly and efficient.
The other items on the menu looked good and the specials were prominently displayed and interesting. Prices hovered under $8 for just about everything.
Overall, the Utopia Cafe was above average and I would go back there again to try other items on the menu. I imagine this place would be packed on weekends, but for a mid-week breakfast you have the place to yourself.