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Chuck's Place now serving breakfast, lunch

Make Chuck's your haven for comfort food

STAFF PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE  - Chuck Shaw-Ryan poses with Anthony Francione, the new cook at Chucks Place. The restaurant is now serving breakfast and lunch.

Hungry for a warming breakfast or a great sandwich at a reasonable price? Stop in at Chuck’s Place, 148 B Ave. in downtown Lake Oswego. Owners Chuck and Lisa Shaw-Ryan have expanded the offerings at the popular coffee hangout at the request of customers and their observation that more dining options were needed.

They expanded their kitchen area to accommodate the upgrade and are pleased to offer a variety of hearty comfort-food breakfasts and a wide range of sandwiches, burgers and salads for lunch.

“It’s all in keeping with our philosophy of using great ingredients. Bringing them together in simple ways is the way to go,” Lisa Shaw-Ryan said. “We’ve been a local living room for the community. Now we want to be their breakfast nook and a place to meet for an affordable lunch. We’ve got healthy choices and treats too. You have to have those.”

Lisa Shaw-Ryan has developed the recipes for the dishes, which cook Anthony Francione expertly executes. The breakfast menu includes eggs, cheesy grits, egg sandwich, avocado toast, spiced porridge, steel cut oatmeal, bacon and waffles.

“Eggs and toast are eggs and toast,” she said. “But these are prepared with lots of love. The grits remind me of what we grew up with, they are a classic. And the waffles are for our son, Mac. He loves waffles, but these are thin waffles, not Belgian waffles.”

She said the No. 1 seller on the breakfast menu is the avocado toast.

“Toss a fried egg on it and you’ve got a great breakfast,” she said.

The lunch menu features a Chuck Burger, Chuck Cluck Burger (a chicken burger), kale salad, Greek salad, and a variety of hot and cold sandwiches, including toasted turkey, toasted cheddar cheese with apple butter, toasted provolone with pesto and tomato and roast beef on brioche. A kids’ menu is also available.

Putting the details of each dish together in just the right combination is Lisa’s favorite part of the operation.

“Chuck’s obsessed with a good burger,” she said. “We developed a custom meat blend. And we tried seven kinds of pickles until we got just the right one.”

The new cook, Francione, moved to Oregon from Connecticut about two months ago.

“I had a random opportunity to come to Portland,” he said. “And it is great! I’m happy to be here.”

Having Francione man the kitchen will free the Shaw-Ryans up to take care of the front of the house and their other business, Chuckie Pies, located at 430 Fifth St. in Lake Oswego.

“Talking to the customers is what Chuck loves to do,” said Shaw-Ryan. “He is great at building the relationships that happen here.”

Breakfast will be served from 6:30-11 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m.-1:45 Monday through Friday. Weekends customers can order from either menu all day.

To learn more about Chuck’s Place restaurant or Chuckie Pies, visit their Facebook pages.

Contact Barb Randall at 503-636-1281 ext. 100 or email brandall@lakeoswegoreview.com.

Coffee customers can punch a reward card each time they purchase coffee.