Drop-in victuals fit for moms


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.

J&M Cafe

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

Bijou Cafe

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