If you're searching for the best-kept secret in Portland, look no further than Gateway Breakfast House. Sure, it's a greasy spoon. Yes, you get the feeling the building could collapse on top of you at any time. And I admit, the decor looks like the it came off the discount racks at a thrift store. But once your plate arrives you'll forget all of that. The portions were so large that I ate all I could and had trouble fitting the remainder into a to-go box. I'm very particular about the way my eggs are cooked, and when I requested them ""lightly basted, if possible,"" my server laughed and told me ""nothing's impossible with our cooks."" They were perfect! A sign on the wall declares ""Tasty food and tasteless conversation served daily,"" and half the fun of my experience there was to listen to the familiar banter between the waitresses and their regulars. This is a terrific, friendly place that anyone with an appetite and a personality would be foolish not to try. If you're heading there on the weekend, get there early. The word is getting out about this place. See you there.
Pros: Huge portions, friendly service, great cooks
Cons: The ugliest restaurant ever