While conventional wisdom holds that you should treat mom to mimosas and more on Mother's Day, you might not be able to score reservations at restaurants serving full-fledged holiday brunches at this late date. But these old reliables always whip up beautiful breakfasts, with no res required.
Self-serve coffee (Stumptown organic) and water at J&M ensure that you never have to wait for either and, on this occasion, allow you to gallantly fetch for Mom. With its industrial-height ceilings, cobalt floor and mosaic art, this breezy cafe radiates light on the dreariest days. The food is refined and wholesome. French toast is made from a baguette (a whopping five pieces) and accompanied by pure maple syrup. Other top ingredients make their way into 10-grain hot cereal, cornmeal waffles and creative scrambles.
537 S.E. Ash St., 503-230-0463
Marco's Cafe & Espresso Bar
At both Marco's locations, exuberantly friendly staffers find you a table and prepare your eggs and cakes quickly. Blessedly, breakfast is served all day, tempting diners with several Mexican-tinged plates, cheese blintzes and nearly a dozen omelets. Recent morning specials included a Canadian bacon scramble and Belgian waffle with fresh bananas and strawberries. Daily specials are posted on Marco's Web site at www.marcoscafe.com.
7910 S.W. 35th Ave., 503-245-0199; 3449 N.E. 24th Ave., 503-287-8011
Mom couldn't hope for a better breakfast than Bijou's. A whitewashed interior, signature blue-green-white checkered tablecloths and perpetual bustle lend genuine cheer to this 25-year-old gem. Start with a chubby glass full of organic, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and take advantage of a breakfast menu that lets you pair savory and sweet in a more ingenious coupling than short stacks with omelets. Substitute a thick slab of grilled cinnamon bread for toast with your eggs. Overachievers here include oyster hash, Flintstone-sized brioche French toast and the garlicky tofu scramble, so spot-on it could even convert tofu-haters.
132 S.W. Third Ave., 503-222-3187