Francis Restaurant

★★★☆☆

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When we sat down we probably should have known from the wafting smell of rotting milk that this was likely to be a less than pleasurable meal. . .

We couldn't get the beverage we wanted because their seltzer wasn't working, ok, this is understandable. Our burger arrived raw and needed to be sent back... mistakes happen.

The bun was slathered with peanut butter, under the patty... odd.

Christopher, the cook/owner, seasons french fries with SUGAR! Very difficult to understand and unpleasant. So I mentioned to our server that I didn't really like the seasoning. She took the feedback to the, very open, kitchen and i heard "too f&*^%#$ing bad" I just looked at him and said, "I heard that, not a great customer service move."

If you are going to make such a bold move as to season your french fries with sugar, please mention it on the menu! It's very difficult how he could have so little pride in his business that he will aggressively insult customers.

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★☆☆☆☆

When we sat down we probably should have known from the wafting smell of rotting milk that this was likely to be a less than pleasurable meal. . .

We couldn't get the beverage we wanted because their seltzer wasn't working, ok, this is understandable. Our burger arrived raw and needed to be sent back... mistakes happen.

The bun was slathered with peanut butter, under the patty... odd.

Christopher, the cook/owner, seasons french fries with SUGAR! Very difficult to understand and unpleasant. So I mentioned to our server that I didn't really like the seasoning. She took the feedback to the, very open, kitchen and i heard "too f&*^%#$ing bad" I just looked at him and said, "I heard that, not a great customer service move."

If you are going to make such a bold move as to season your french fries with sugar, please mention it on the menu! It's very difficult how he could have so little pride in his business that he will aggressively insult customers.

Pros: none that i can think of

Cons: bad food, worse service

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I love the food at Francis. The Salmon Benedict is to die for. Plus there isn't the insane wait that many brunch places have!

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★★★★☆

I love the food at Francis. The Salmon Benedict is to die for. Plus there isn't the insane wait that many brunch places have!

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Just had the worst breakfast experience at a place called Francis on Alberta. The restaurant smelled like urine in both places we were sat. The place had an overall dirty feel. There were ants crawling on the table and the condiments. The food was ...barely edible, with a dried out biscuit covered in a runny country-ish gravy and dried out ham. I have had better experiences in third world country and I would definitely not recommend this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

Just had the worst breakfast experience at a place called Francis on Alberta. The restaurant smelled like urine in both places we were sat. The place had an overall dirty feel. There were ants crawling on the table and the condiments. The food was ...barely edible, with a dried out biscuit covered in a runny country-ish gravy and dried out ham. I have had better experiences in third world country and I would definitely not recommend this place.

Pros: none

Cons: unclean eating experience.

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I have never ordered a meal at Francis's and been disapointed (which says a lot given my weekend morning routine which included walking to 23rd and Alberta to find a table on the patio at Francis's.)

I always order the special, which guarantees I never have the same thing, and it is always AMAZING. I have come to trust the Chef so much that often I don't even ask what the special is because he has opened up my palate to food I didn't care for. Last night Francis's opened for dinner for the first time, and you can bet we didn't miss it.

We ordered a full meal, with everything from aps, to wine, to desert! Our server was great, and provided us with the 100% spot on recommendations. My boyfriend's one complaint was that our server didn't insist that he have what I ordered, which was the chef's specialty braised lamb (to die for).

For desert we ordered the olive oil cake, which sounds weird, but it is really unique, and delicious. I can't wait to go back for dinner again. I hate to break the news about how great this place is, as I want to be able to always get a table, but if you are looking for some of the best food Portland has to offer, look no further.

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★★★★★

I have never ordered a meal at Francis's and been disapointed (which says a lot given my weekend morning routine which included walking to 23rd and Alberta to find a table on the patio at Francis's.)

I always order the special, which guarantees I never have the same thing, and it is always AMAZING. I have come to trust the Chef so much that often I don't even ask what the special is because he has opened up my palate to food I didn't care for. Last night Francis's opened for dinner for the first time, and you can bet we didn't miss it.

We ordered a full meal, with everything from aps, to wine, to desert! Our server was great, and provided us with the 100% spot on recommendations. My boyfriend's one complaint was that our server didn't insist that he have what I ordered, which was the chef's specialty braised lamb (to die for).

For desert we ordered the olive oil cake, which sounds weird, but it is really unique, and delicious. I can't wait to go back for dinner again. I hate to break the news about how great this place is, as I want to be able to always get a table, but if you are looking for some of the best food Portland has to offer, look no further.

Pros: Order the Special, and you will get something Special!

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I ordered vegan biscuit + tempeh gravy, hash browns, and toast. My friend ordered rabbit in a hole and we both got coffee.

The biscuit was completely inedible. I'm not one to send food back- I usually tough it out and eat whatever I order (I'm not picky), but this was really bad. It was salty, grainy, and had and undercooked, pasty texture.

I was left with a hash brown, which was alright but I only ate about half of it because it was oily to the point of being mushy.

My friend's rabbit in a hole was decent, but his fruit was bruised and looked like it was from a few days ago, and his toast was cold and under-toasted when it came out. The coffee was watery, but drinkable.

I wish there was something redeeming I could say about the food, but there wasn't. The service however, was great. Our server, a medium height guy with a buzz cut, did a fantastic job. He was attentive, friendly, and did his best to save the experience for us.

I don't think we'll be back, but I hope this review helps you!

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★☆☆☆☆

I ordered vegan biscuit + tempeh gravy, hash browns, and toast. My friend ordered rabbit in a hole and we both got coffee.

The biscuit was completely inedible. I'm not one to send food back- I usually tough it out and eat whatever I order (I'm not picky), but this was really bad. It was salty, grainy, and had and undercooked, pasty texture.

I was left with a hash brown, which was alright but I only ate about half of it because it was oily to the point of being mushy.

My friend's rabbit in a hole was decent, but his fruit was bruised and looked like it was from a few days ago, and his toast was cold and under-toasted when it came out. The coffee was watery, but drinkable.

I wish there was something redeeming I could say about the food, but there wasn't. The service however, was great. Our server, a medium height guy with a buzz cut, did a fantastic job. He was attentive, friendly, and did his best to save the experience for us.

I don't think we'll be back, but I hope this review helps you!

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Service was slow and unapologetic. The waiter never smiled once. Seemed to hate his job and wish we weren't there. Brought me a regular biscuit instead of the gluten-free one I ordered. Waited a long time just for menus. Walls, floors, chairs were dirty or stained. Peeling ceiling over kitchen, damaged (scratched or graffitti-scrubbed?) window marred view. The eggs and potatoes were fine, the amount of fresh fruit "garnish" was more than expected. The home-made(?) chicken-turkey sausage was inedible. The veggie hash was good.

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★★★☆☆

Service was slow and unapologetic. The waiter never smiled once. Seemed to hate his job and wish we weren't there. Brought me a regular biscuit instead of the gluten-free one I ordered. Waited a long time just for menus. Walls, floors, chairs were dirty or stained. Peeling ceiling over kitchen, damaged (scratched or graffitti-scrubbed?) window marred view. The eggs and potatoes were fine, the amount of fresh fruit "garnish" was more than expected. The home-made(?) chicken-turkey sausage was inedible. The veggie hash was good.

Pros: Vegan & gluten-free menu section

Cons: Unfriendly, dirty interior in need of repairs

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I came clear across town to dine here with my vegan brother at around noon April 28, '09. Were greeted first before a party ahead of us and had to tell the host, but he didn't seem to care and seated us anyway, sans menus. Unfriendly, lifeless, hipster dude (our waiter) finally arrived and asked if we wanted coffee. I said "yes" & my brother asked if the o.j. was freshly-squeezed. His disinterested mumble was affirmative, but then he brought two lukewarm coffees that tasted like burnt Texas oil, but no o.j. Sent both coffees back and got a hotter cup that was too strong (overly strong coffee doesn't make up for a good cuppa joe, guys!) and my brother got his CONCENTRATED o.j. I had their oatmeal pancakes and a side of bacon that was literally swimming in grease and tasted like it had been under a heat lamp for hours. The pancakes turned into maple-flavored mush after only a couple bites, and the side of mint-jelly covered out-of-season melons and half a strawberry tasted like styrofoam. My bro had vegan hash that tasted more like stir-fry, and after eating the first few bites, we both noticed that the remainder was BURNT BLACK! His vegan sausage was nothing more than lentil powder with a few spices and absolutely NO texture or flavor. My coffee refill came from the same urn as the week-old motor oil of my first cup, and the waiter didn't seem to care; instead sighed and mumbled to himself after every complaint. The only friendly moment was when he delivered our tab, proudly telling us we weren't charged for the so-called hash. The owner/chef was standing 10 feet from us the entire time, ignoring our gestures for attention. I was charged $2.75 for that dreck they call coffee and the bill totaled $16.50 for the WORST BREAKFAST we've ever had in Portland. Never coming back!! Oh, and fix the damage to your building; it'll only take 10 minutes and $1 in materials. Citysearch made me give them at least one star, but Francis doesn't deserve it. The faster they shut down, the better for Portland breakfast lovers.

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★☆☆☆☆

I came clear across town to dine here with my vegan brother at around noon April 28, '09. Were greeted first before a party ahead of us and had to tell the host, but he didn't seem to care and seated us anyway, sans menus. Unfriendly, lifeless, hipster dude (our waiter) finally arrived and asked if we wanted coffee. I said "yes" & my brother asked if the o.j. was freshly-squeezed. His disinterested mumble was affirmative, but then he brought two lukewarm coffees that tasted like burnt Texas oil, but no o.j. Sent both coffees back and got a hotter cup that was too strong (overly strong coffee doesn't make up for a good cuppa joe, guys!) and my brother got his CONCENTRATED o.j. I had their oatmeal pancakes and a side of bacon that was literally swimming in grease and tasted like it had been under a heat lamp for hours. The pancakes turned into maple-flavored mush after only a couple bites, and the side of mint-jelly covered out-of-season melons and half a strawberry tasted like styrofoam. My bro had vegan hash that tasted more like stir-fry, and after eating the first few bites, we both noticed that the remainder was BURNT BLACK! His vegan sausage was nothing more than lentil powder with a few spices and absolutely NO texture or flavor. My coffee refill came from the same urn as the week-old motor oil of my first cup, and the waiter didn't seem to care; instead sighed and mumbled to himself after every complaint. The only friendly moment was when he delivered our tab, proudly telling us we weren't charged for the so-called hash. The owner/chef was standing 10 feet from us the entire time, ignoring our gestures for attention. I was charged $2.75 for that dreck they call coffee and the bill totaled $16.50 for the WORST BREAKFAST we've ever had in Portland. Never coming back!! Oh, and fix the damage to your building; it'll only take 10 minutes and $1 in materials. Citysearch made me give them at least one star, but Francis doesn't deserve it. The faster they shut down, the better for Portland breakfast lovers.

Pros: Not many; oh, real maple syrup

Cons: Awful, ambivalent service; terrible food, everything else.

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We went to Francis last weekend for breakfast. We were there early and there were only two other tables filled. First, the place is dirty, the comfy chairs are stained and look terrible, the vase on the table was covered in dust, and I think we were sitting near the garbage because it smelled. Unfortunately, the food was really bad as well. Cold, slimey eggs, and somehow they managed to burn and undercook the bacon at the same time. The hash browns were a bit like mashed potatoes. The waiter was nice, and noticed that we didn't eat our food and reduced the bill. He seemed pretty resigned to serving bad food and didn't argue or really even apologize.
I would also note that during our entire breakfast, somebody with a chefs shirt on was sitting and chatting with a customer right across from us and never payed any attention to the fact that we were sending back food. I'm not sure who was actually cooking.
I would not recommend Francis.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to Francis last weekend for breakfast. We were there early and there were only two other tables filled. First, the place is dirty, the comfy chairs are stained and look terrible, the vase on the table was covered in dust, and I think we were sitting near the garbage because it smelled. Unfortunately, the food was really bad as well. Cold, slimey eggs, and somehow they managed to burn and undercook the bacon at the same time. The hash browns were a bit like mashed potatoes. The waiter was nice, and noticed that we didn't eat our food and reduced the bill. He seemed pretty resigned to serving bad food and didn't argue or really even apologize.
I would also note that during our entire breakfast, somebody with a chefs shirt on was sitting and chatting with a customer right across from us and never payed any attention to the fact that we were sending back food. I'm not sure who was actually cooking.
I would not recommend Francis.

Pros: location

Cons: food, service, cleanliness

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A friend and I stopped into Francis for lunch on a Thursday afternoon. Our waiter seemed very distracted and was somewhat abrupt with us. We were never given their special homemade garlic ketchup (which was why i ordered something with fries), and he flat out told us he needed us to pay the tab in one minute so he could close out. I'm not sure I will be going back there.

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★★★☆☆

A friend and I stopped into Francis for lunch on a Thursday afternoon. Our waiter seemed very distracted and was somewhat abrupt with us. We were never given their special homemade garlic ketchup (which was why i ordered something with fries), and he flat out told us he needed us to pay the tab in one minute so he could close out. I'm not sure I will be going back there.

Pros: easy to get a seat

Cons: bad service

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As Alberta Arts District locals, we have tried all of the Alberta breakfast joints, and Francis remains a favorite. If you are looking for low cal, go elsewhere, but if you want something to stick to your ribs, this is an excellent option. Their pancakes and french toast are fluffy and sweet, and their ham benedicts are served on biscuits with gravy instead of hollandaise - ridiculously rich goodness. Although I am a meat eater, I have vegetarian friends who have told me that their vegan options are also very tasty.

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★★★★★

As Alberta Arts District locals, we have tried all of the Alberta breakfast joints, and Francis remains a favorite. If you are looking for low cal, go elsewhere, but if you want something to stick to your ribs, this is an excellent option. Their pancakes and french toast are fluffy and sweet, and their ham benedicts are served on biscuits with gravy instead of hollandaise - ridiculously rich goodness. Although I am a meat eater, I have vegetarian friends who have told me that their vegan options are also very tasty.

Pros: Just about everything here is made from scratch, high end greasy spoon goodness for a decent price

Cons: Service is not always spot on, especially during peak hours

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If you happen to be a meat eater, you'll not be impressed, the service is horrible, and the wait staff was so neglectful I had to get up and get my own coffee, after ordering it and then waiting 15 minutes, trying without success to get he waiter's attention. If you even think of ordering from the "Gluten Free and Vegan menu", I would strongly suggest you think again. It is obvious to me that the chef is a carnivore who assumes that just because he uses vegan ingredients he has made good vegan food. Sorry, but you dont have to sacrifice taste for meat. The Vegan Benedict with Tempeh gravy and gluten free biscuit was inedible. I had one bite, and realized that this must be what the color brown must taste like. I was reminded of the time I actually ate one of my "mud pies" as a child, but this time it cost me $10. Horrible gluten free baked goods, hard, dry, and completely flavorless. The sausage gravy (a meat friendly item) was tasteless as well, it was like eating flour mixed with water. I also sampled the Bloody Mary, a breakfast drink I always enjoy in its many incarnations. This one however, I couldn't stomach. It was a slightly blended, chunky mix of what seemed like garlic, veggies, and water. The flavor was disagreeable, but the texture was absolutely awful, it left a lump of un-chewed veggies in the back of my throat and left me reaching for my water glass. Overall, I give Francis a giant "0" on a scale of 1 to 10, wishing I could give less. I will never return, and I will advise anyone who asks me to look elsewhere, there are too many good restaurants in Portland to waste time at this place. Word to the wise, avoid Francis, word to the Chef, drop the entire Gluten free/vegan menu, you're not fooling anybody.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you happen to be a meat eater, you'll not be impressed, the service is horrible, and the wait staff was so neglectful I had to get up and get my own coffee, after ordering it and then waiting 15 minutes, trying without success to get he waiter's attention. If you even think of ordering from the "Gluten Free and Vegan menu", I would strongly suggest you think again. It is obvious to me that the chef is a carnivore who assumes that just because he uses vegan ingredients he has made good vegan food. Sorry, but you dont have to sacrifice taste for meat. The Vegan Benedict with Tempeh gravy and gluten free biscuit was inedible. I had one bite, and realized that this must be what the color brown must taste like. I was reminded of the time I actually ate one of my "mud pies" as a child, but this time it cost me $10. Horrible gluten free baked goods, hard, dry, and completely flavorless. The sausage gravy (a meat friendly item) was tasteless as well, it was like eating flour mixed with water. I also sampled the Bloody Mary, a breakfast drink I always enjoy in its many incarnations. This one however, I couldn't stomach. It was a slightly blended, chunky mix of what seemed like garlic, veggies, and water. The flavor was disagreeable, but the texture was absolutely awful, it left a lump of un-chewed veggies in the back of my throat and left me reaching for my water glass. Overall, I give Francis a giant "0" on a scale of 1 to 10, wishing I could give less. I will never return, and I will advise anyone who asks me to look elsewhere, there are too many good restaurants in Portland to waste time at this place. Word to the wise, avoid Francis, word to the Chef, drop the entire Gluten free/vegan menu, you're not fooling anybody.

Pros: Good location, and should close down so GOOD restauraunt can have it!!

Cons: Service, food, vegan biscuits, coffee, bloody mary, all terrible

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Worst Restaraurant in Portland. Order scrambled eggs, you get greasy fried eggs. biscuits are salty and cold. gluten-free biscuits make hocky pucks look appetizing. mint slime covers the fruit; tell me, why coat fruit in anything, much less something disgusting and oily? vegan benedict with tempeh gravy looks like something a dog coughed up, a lumpy brown glob. that's the food, now onto the service: where oh where does a waiter disappear to exactly? also, when someone orders black coffee how had is it to remember to actually bring it to the table? particularly when you write it down? this place should do the neighborhood a favor and simply never open its doors again. Portland would be a better place if they did.

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★☆☆☆☆

Worst Restaraurant in Portland. Order scrambled eggs, you get greasy fried eggs. biscuits are salty and cold. gluten-free biscuits make hocky pucks look appetizing. mint slime covers the fruit; tell me, why coat fruit in anything, much less something disgusting and oily? vegan benedict with tempeh gravy looks like something a dog coughed up, a lumpy brown glob. that's the food, now onto the service: where oh where does a waiter disappear to exactly? also, when someone orders black coffee how had is it to remember to actually bring it to the table? particularly when you write it down? this place should do the neighborhood a favor and simply never open its doors again. Portland would be a better place if they did.

Pros: not a damn thing

Cons: everything about this place is HORRIBLE

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Francis' is located right in the middle of the Alberta St. action. It serves breakfast and lunch with a touch more fancy than most Portland breakfast joints. This usually means your food may take a little longer. They have a great outdoor seating area when the weather turns sunny, and they make a delicious bloody mary.

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★★★★☆

Francis' is located right in the middle of the Alberta St. action. It serves breakfast and lunch with a touch more fancy than most Portland breakfast joints. This usually means your food may take a little longer. They have a great outdoor seating area when the weather turns sunny, and they make a delicious bloody mary.

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I absolutely love this place!!!! I live in Vancouver and I come to this place at least once a week. They have the best omelets and their biscuits are to die for. The food is always good. I've been going for over a year and a half and have never had a bad experience. I take everyone I know to this place and they love it just as much as I do. You have to try Don's Benedict, it's awesome. The french toast is also supposed to be great as well. Christopher, the owner, is nice and has created a great atmosphere with concrete tables and suede covered chairs. You must try this place!

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★★★★★

I absolutely love this place!!!! I live in Vancouver and I come to this place at least once a week. They have the best omelets and their biscuits are to die for. The food is always good. I've been going for over a year and a half and have never had a bad experience. I take everyone I know to this place and they love it just as much as I do. You have to try Don's Benedict, it's awesome. The french toast is also supposed to be great as well. Christopher, the owner, is nice and has created a great atmosphere with concrete tables and suede covered chairs. You must try this place!

Pros: great food, great atmosphere, friendly service, fun neighborhood.

Cons: sometimes parking can be difficult

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Francis is absolutely the best breakfast joint in Portland. The atmosphere here is polished yet still very casual and the food is amazing. The french toast specials (ginger pear should be on the menu permanently) and oatmeal are addictive. The mimosas and Bloody Mary's are also some of the best in town. I think that most if not all of the ingredients in the food, drinks, and condiments are organic and homemade and you can tell the difference. Wait times can be a little busy on the weekends but are nothing in comparison to the other more popular breakfast restaurants on Alberta plus I think that the food is waaayyy better!!

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★★★★★

Francis is absolutely the best breakfast joint in Portland. The atmosphere here is polished yet still very casual and the food is amazing. The french toast specials (ginger pear should be on the menu permanently) and oatmeal are addictive. The mimosas and Bloody Mary's are also some of the best in town. I think that most if not all of the ingredients in the food, drinks, and condiments are organic and homemade and you can tell the difference. Wait times can be a little busy on the weekends but are nothing in comparison to the other more popular breakfast restaurants on Alberta plus I think that the food is waaayyy better!!

Pros: Everything on the menu especially french toast, benedicts, oatmeal, mimosas, and bloody mary's

Cons: small area for large groups but you can make reservations and they are very accomidating

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We stopped in to have breakfast/lunch today, a Friday. The restaurant was not busy but I could tell that things were not going to go well when we were seated by what appeared the only waitress there and were not given menus. After several minutes I sent my son over to grab us menus. It took quite a while to order and even longer to finally get our cold food. The Oatmeal obviously had been under a heat lamp for quite a long time as it was baked and crusty on the top. My Toad in a Hole tasted like a Wonder Bread sandwich and the veggies that came with it cut way too thin and then overcooked.....The waitress was nice and I know that it was not her fault that it was understaffed and had bad food. Quite honestly, we won't be going back.

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★★☆☆☆

We stopped in to have breakfast/lunch today, a Friday. The restaurant was not busy but I could tell that things were not going to go well when we were seated by what appeared the only waitress there and were not given menus. After several minutes I sent my son over to grab us menus. It took quite a while to order and even longer to finally get our cold food. The Oatmeal obviously had been under a heat lamp for quite a long time as it was baked and crusty on the top. My Toad in a Hole tasted like a Wonder Bread sandwich and the veggies that came with it cut way too thin and then overcooked.....The waitress was nice and I know that it was not her fault that it was understaffed and had bad food. Quite honestly, we won't be going back.

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I'm a value and quality conscious restaurant goer in Portland and have visited a fair share of the breakfast spots in this city - Cup and Saucer, Helsers, Tin Shed, Bijou Cafe, Zells, Genies, Fat Alberts, etc. I look for breakfast that provides great value and quality. Breakfast is the easiest meal to make and if I'm going to pay you to make it, I am looking for something more exciting than what I could whip up at home. Zells and Bijou Cafe have impressed me the most with their creativity and quality(I have heard of Beast but that seems to be a totally different category)...up until I tried Francis. Simply, Francis has set the bar at a whole new level for breakfast! The attention to texture and details on every dish far exceeds the price. From the mint sauce on the fruit sides, the sliced plums (when was the last time you saw plums in a side fruit salad???) in the fruit sides, the unique homemade potatoe chips, the homemade ketchup, the $6 pan-fried chicken so moist and perfect, to the $4 homemade mix bloody marys every Monday-Friday, Francis continues to amaze me. They also offer a vegan and gluten free menu as well.

When you finish at Francis, you'll just be thinking about all the flavors in whatever you ordered and wondering how did they come up with that delicious combination.

If you like a very "meat & potatoes" breakfast, nothing fancy or creative, then there are plenty of other places in Portland that will take your money for something you could make in 15 minues yourself. If you are looking for extra-ordinary breakfast, so far, its got to be Francis.

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★★★★★

I'm a value and quality conscious restaurant goer in Portland and have visited a fair share of the breakfast spots in this city - Cup and Saucer, Helsers, Tin Shed, Bijou Cafe, Zells, Genies, Fat Alberts, etc. I look for breakfast that provides great value and quality. Breakfast is the easiest meal to make and if I'm going to pay you to make it, I am looking for something more exciting than what I could whip up at home. Zells and Bijou Cafe have impressed me the most with their creativity and quality(I have heard of Beast but that seems to be a totally different category)...up until I tried Francis. Simply, Francis has set the bar at a whole new level for breakfast! The attention to texture and details on every dish far exceeds the price. From the mint sauce on the fruit sides, the sliced plums (when was the last time you saw plums in a side fruit salad???) in the fruit sides, the unique homemade potatoe chips, the homemade ketchup, the $6 pan-fried chicken so moist and perfect, to the $4 homemade mix bloody marys every Monday-Friday, Francis continues to amaze me. They also offer a vegan and gluten free menu as well.

When you finish at Francis, you'll just be thinking about all the flavors in whatever you ordered and wondering how did they come up with that delicious combination.

If you like a very "meat & potatoes" breakfast, nothing fancy or creative, then there are plenty of other places in Portland that will take your money for something you could make in 15 minues yourself. If you are looking for extra-ordinary breakfast, so far, its got to be Francis.

Pros: creative quality breakfast, great value, bloody marys

Cons: none!

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I took my ever-so-finnicky mother to Francis today for lunch on her way out of town. I had the fresh veggie and mac n' cheese special (my 2 year old son loved it as much as I did), my wife had the breakfast special (2 eggs, hashbrowns, vegan sausage & biscuit), and madre had a bowl of chile. Everything was great, except my wifes biscuit was kind of hard. The house made strawberry jelly/compote made up for it however.
Our server was very kind and accomodating. She delivered the many specials clearly and was able to answer our menu questions easily. We had 35 minutes to eat and she made sure that we were in and out in our alloted time. I didn't catch her name, but if you are reading this, thank you. We were stressed and you helped us to relax a little bit.
My mom has a hard time complimenting any cooking but her own. She said it was the best chile she's ever had. Really, I was shocked. I am vegetarian and was unable to try the pulled pork/mole based chile, but from the smell and sight of it I knew it must be quite tasty. (I still remember what a good meat-lovers chile tastes like) Wonderful fritters topped the dish. I had no problem tearing into them.
I should also add that there are several options for us vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free dieters.
Looks like some recent diners have had bad experiences here. It's a shame because this is one of the better dining experiences we've had in Portland. (we have only been here for six weeks but have eaten out A LOT!) We will return and we hope to see you there.

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★★★★★

I took my ever-so-finnicky mother to Francis today for lunch on her way out of town. I had the fresh veggie and mac n' cheese special (my 2 year old son loved it as much as I did), my wife had the breakfast special (2 eggs, hashbrowns, vegan sausage & biscuit), and madre had a bowl of chile. Everything was great, except my wifes biscuit was kind of hard. The house made strawberry jelly/compote made up for it however.
Our server was very kind and accomodating. She delivered the many specials clearly and was able to answer our menu questions easily. We had 35 minutes to eat and she made sure that we were in and out in our alloted time. I didn't catch her name, but if you are reading this, thank you. We were stressed and you helped us to relax a little bit.
My mom has a hard time complimenting any cooking but her own. She said it was the best chile she's ever had. Really, I was shocked. I am vegetarian and was unable to try the pulled pork/mole based chile, but from the smell and sight of it I knew it must be quite tasty. (I still remember what a good meat-lovers chile tastes like) Wonderful fritters topped the dish. I had no problem tearing into them.
I should also add that there are several options for us vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free dieters.
Looks like some recent diners have had bad experiences here. It's a shame because this is one of the better dining experiences we've had in Portland. (we have only been here for six weeks but have eaten out A LOT!) We will return and we hope to see you there.

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I have eaten at Francis several times over the past year - I'd say at least 10 times. In the beginning the food and service was really good. However, the last 2 or 3 times things have gone downhill fast. The service is awful. The waiters are very rude, slow and inattentive. The food quality has suffered as well. I ordered the Chicken Fried Steak today, and it was nothing more than a small, tough, fatty piece of something with very bland gravy. The cinnamon rolls (which Chef Christopher Pierce is supposedly famous for) was dry and burnt tasting. It's really sad to see a place like Francis, that started out so good, go down hill. It's time to seek a new breakfast place on Alberta!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have eaten at Francis several times over the past year - I'd say at least 10 times. In the beginning the food and service was really good. However, the last 2 or 3 times things have gone downhill fast. The service is awful. The waiters are very rude, slow and inattentive. The food quality has suffered as well. I ordered the Chicken Fried Steak today, and it was nothing more than a small, tough, fatty piece of something with very bland gravy. The cinnamon rolls (which Chef Christopher Pierce is supposedly famous for) was dry and burnt tasting. It's really sad to see a place like Francis, that started out so good, go down hill. It's time to seek a new breakfast place on Alberta!

Pros: Mint stuff on the fruit

Cons: Food quality, service quality

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After passing by this restaurant many times, I finally decided to go in and try it. What a mistake!
The food was TERRIBLE!!! We were a party of 4, and ordered a couple of sides and 4 entrees. Every single dish was either undercooked (the meats), bland (the gravy), or somehow else botched (the pancakes were burnt on the edges and goopy in the middle). To top it off, our server was rude and acted like he had better things to do than take our orders. Our water glasses never even got refilled.

What a pathetic excuse for a restaurant!

0
★☆☆☆☆

After passing by this restaurant many times, I finally decided to go in and try it. What a mistake!
The food was TERRIBLE!!! We were a party of 4, and ordered a couple of sides and 4 entrees. Every single dish was either undercooked (the meats), bland (the gravy), or somehow else botched (the pancakes were burnt on the edges and goopy in the middle). To top it off, our server was rude and acted like he had better things to do than take our orders. Our water glasses never even got refilled.

What a pathetic excuse for a restaurant!

Pros: near other restaurants that we could go to afterwards for real food

Cons: terrible food, terrible service, way to pricey for what it is

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Francis' is the best thing that has happened to Alberta. The chili is absolutely delicious and the servers make me feel at home every time. Especially Francis himself. Thank you Francis.

2
★★★★★

Francis' is the best thing that has happened to Alberta. The chili is absolutely delicious and the servers make me feel at home every time. Especially Francis himself. Thank you Francis.

Pros: Service

Cons: Last bite

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Living in the Alberta neighborhood I was happy to see this place move in. A bit more of an upscale place but promised interesting food choices. Unfortunately I've found the execution to be disappointing. I've been here for breakfast 3 time now hoping that my previous bad experience was a fluke and worth another chance since others apparently don't seem to share my opinion.

Well today I'm sorry to say that after my third try I am giving up on the place, how you can botch simple biscuits and gravy this bad is beyond me, but they did it. And for a place that charges $2.50 for a cup of coffee, at least use a good coffee, or fix your brewing process. There are too many good options in Portland to do otherwise. The biscuits were sweet, dry, basically inedible and the entire meal was luke warm at best. Not sure why, it took a fair amount of time to get it prepared. The one positive note I'll make is the fruit side was pretty good, so I'm giving 2 stars instead of 1.

Even the ambiance was strange. Front door wouldn't latch so it continually blew open on a very cold winter morning. Wait staff, while friendly, seemed disconnected and disorganized from the kitchen and "hostess" (I've sort of come to expect this in Portland) and the music piping through their sound system gave the place an odd 'Twin Peaks' feel to the place... did I mention strange?

Maybe lunch is a better option, but I figure if they can't get breakfast down, well, I'll leave it at that.

1
★★☆☆☆

Living in the Alberta neighborhood I was happy to see this place move in. A bit more of an upscale place but promised interesting food choices. Unfortunately I've found the execution to be disappointing. I've been here for breakfast 3 time now hoping that my previous bad experience was a fluke and worth another chance since others apparently don't seem to share my opinion.

Well today I'm sorry to say that after my third try I am giving up on the place, how you can botch simple biscuits and gravy this bad is beyond me, but they did it. And for a place that charges $2.50 for a cup of coffee, at least use a good coffee, or fix your brewing process. There are too many good options in Portland to do otherwise. The biscuits were sweet, dry, basically inedible and the entire meal was luke warm at best. Not sure why, it took a fair amount of time to get it prepared. The one positive note I'll make is the fruit side was pretty good, so I'm giving 2 stars instead of 1.

Even the ambiance was strange. Front door wouldn't latch so it continually blew open on a very cold winter morning. Wait staff, while friendly, seemed disconnected and disorganized from the kitchen and "hostess" (I've sort of come to expect this in Portland) and the music piping through their sound system gave the place an odd 'Twin Peaks' feel to the place... did I mention strange?

Maybe lunch is a better option, but I figure if they can't get breakfast down, well, I'll leave it at that.

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My experience at Francis is always amazing. Christopher, the owner and chef, often there, always welcomes us, with his warm smile, twinkle in his eye and eagerness to present the perfect meals. My boyfriend and I went to Francis for the Thanksgiving feast which was perfect! I ate my first brussel sprouts, AND liked them, and the dressing, which I seldom enjoy at Thanksgiving, was delicious! The turkey was so moist, paired with the yummy made from scratch (as is everything at Francis) cranberry sauce. The delicious meal, was followed by a pecan praline creme brulee. I have been a vegetarian since 01 so was excited they have a vegan/vegetarian menu. But due to various reasons I've decided to re-introduce meat into my diet and Francis' makes this soooo easy! My favorite meals? The bacon, biscuits, sourdough pancakes, CHILI!, deep fried cornbread with the chili. Oh my god! I joke to my boyfriend, that introduced me to Francis that now I can't eat anywhere else without saying, "It just isn't Francis". I compare everything to it now and when I'm taking my first bite of whatever from Francis I sigh and say "Now this is food". Thanks for making the best food I've had in a long time! Oh, and the waitstaff are so helpful, attentive, friendly and they clearly take pride in their job. When I told our waiter the music they were playing was my favorite, they offered to turn it up AND put in more of that artist's music! Awesome! Made a very romantic meal for me and my boyfriend. We LOVE Francis! We go 2-3 times a day now as we both have difficulty cooking due to health issues. Francis is totally taking care of us! Again, thanks! And as all the waitstaff say to us when we leave each time: "We'll see you at Francis tomorrow!" though we often join them for the next meal of the day. YUM!

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★★★★★

My experience at Francis is always amazing. Christopher, the owner and chef, often there, always welcomes us, with his warm smile, twinkle in his eye and eagerness to present the perfect meals. My boyfriend and I went to Francis for the Thanksgiving feast which was perfect! I ate my first brussel sprouts, AND liked them, and the dressing, which I seldom enjoy at Thanksgiving, was delicious! The turkey was so moist, paired with the yummy made from scratch (as is everything at Francis) cranberry sauce. The delicious meal, was followed by a pecan praline creme brulee. I have been a vegetarian since 01 so was excited they have a vegan/vegetarian menu. But due to various reasons I've decided to re-introduce meat into my diet and Francis' makes this soooo easy! My favorite meals? The bacon, biscuits, sourdough pancakes, CHILI!, deep fried cornbread with the chili. Oh my god! I joke to my boyfriend, that introduced me to Francis that now I can't eat anywhere else without saying, "It just isn't Francis". I compare everything to it now and when I'm taking my first bite of whatever from Francis I sigh and say "Now this is food". Thanks for making the best food I've had in a long time! Oh, and the waitstaff are so helpful, attentive, friendly and they clearly take pride in their job. When I told our waiter the music they were playing was my favorite, they offered to turn it up AND put in more of that artist's music! Awesome! Made a very romantic meal for me and my boyfriend. We LOVE Francis! We go 2-3 times a day now as we both have difficulty cooking due to health issues. Francis is totally taking care of us! Again, thanks! And as all the waitstaff say to us when we leave each time: "We'll see you at Francis tomorrow!" though we often join them for the next meal of the day. YUM!

Pros: best food in portland

Cons: none

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As a visitor, I was looking for a resturant that best demonstrates the culinary talent in Portland. I have traveled to Portland to vacation here for couple of days from Phila. Pa. BRunch at this resturant was not only a dissappointment, it was terrible. The attitude of the one waitor was rude and condescending. The food came out 40 minutes from the time of my order and then, all of the five platters ordered were cold, or overcooked. The oatmeal pancakes were burnt on one side a lack flavor. The biscuits and gravy had a biscuit in it that could have been used in the world series. The chicken in gravy was burnt and dry chicken in it.The best kind of adviise I could give about this resturant is DON"T GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

As a visitor, I was looking for a resturant that best demonstrates the culinary talent in Portland. I have traveled to Portland to vacation here for couple of days from Phila. Pa. BRunch at this resturant was not only a dissappointment, it was terrible. The attitude of the one waitor was rude and condescending. The food came out 40 minutes from the time of my order and then, all of the five platters ordered were cold, or overcooked. The oatmeal pancakes were burnt on one side a lack flavor. The biscuits and gravy had a biscuit in it that could have been used in the world series. The chicken in gravy was burnt and dry chicken in it.The best kind of adviise I could give about this resturant is DON"T GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I truly have never had such an awful experience and food as I had here. I work in the restaurant biz and would not recommend this restaurant to ANYONE. There were 3 tables in the restaurant, us a 5 top, and two other 2's. (This at 12:00 should have been the number one sign) First, I ordered a mimosa and after 10 minutes I asked where it was, (thinking he had forgotten), he said ?I am the only person here; I am the waiter and the bartender, so I will bring it out when I get to it". After 40 minutes, I asked if there was any possible way to expedite the French toast, because I had 2 starving kids, and the waiter?s response was "so you want your French toast under-cooked then?? I could not believe it... then after receiving it, another 10 minutes later, our biscuits & gravy was not only cold but rock hard. The Fried Chicken had no chicken just gravy, and I mean a ton of gravy, my oatmeal was dry, and flavorless. The oatmeal pancakes were dry, so much so I had to have water with every bite! Net, Net.. By far the worst meal and service I have ever received.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I truly have never had such an awful experience and food as I had here. I work in the restaurant biz and would not recommend this restaurant to ANYONE. There were 3 tables in the restaurant, us a 5 top, and two other 2's. (This at 12:00 should have been the number one sign) First, I ordered a mimosa and after 10 minutes I asked where it was, (thinking he had forgotten), he said ?I am the only person here; I am the waiter and the bartender, so I will bring it out when I get to it". After 40 minutes, I asked if there was any possible way to expedite the French toast, because I had 2 starving kids, and the waiter?s response was "so you want your French toast under-cooked then?? I could not believe it... then after receiving it, another 10 minutes later, our biscuits & gravy was not only cold but rock hard. The Fried Chicken had no chicken just gravy, and I mean a ton of gravy, my oatmeal was dry, and flavorless. The oatmeal pancakes were dry, so much so I had to have water with every bite! Net, Net.. By far the worst meal and service I have ever received.

Pros: uumm... the grits?

Cons: Service, Food.. everything!

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I cannot recommend Francis more highly. At this restaurant, NOTHING is done halfway. Even the coffee is worth writing home about. The biscuits are the best in town. I like lunch and dinner better than breakfast, though certain breakfast items are stellar. Take the oatmeal brulee for example; astonishing. Christopher just introduced a vegan and gluten-free menu, which contains things like oatmeal pancakes (excellent, especially with their house coconut syrup), olive humus, and house veggie burgers.

The burgers are the best this side of Higgins. The house potato chips are top notch, as are the house ketchup and jam. It's hard to go wrong. The fried chicken is the real deal, topped in gravy, memorable. The ham steak glazed with maple sugar and nuts melts in your mouth. The bacon is cut ultra thin so it's always crispy without being overcooked. The leg of lamb sandwich is worth the trip. The reuben is the best I've had in many years. The meatloaf is on orders of magnitude better than any meatloaf you've ever had.

Dinner is sadly underpopulated at the moment. I've been in twice and they just don't fool around. The twice-cooked lamb is the best lamb I've ever had, amazingly so tender it defies belief. The cumin chicken (a roulade) can't be beat. Please give Francis business, and invite all your friends. I don't think I could handle it if my favorite neighborhood restaurant didn't make it.

2
★★★★★

I cannot recommend Francis more highly. At this restaurant, NOTHING is done halfway. Even the coffee is worth writing home about. The biscuits are the best in town. I like lunch and dinner better than breakfast, though certain breakfast items are stellar. Take the oatmeal brulee for example; astonishing. Christopher just introduced a vegan and gluten-free menu, which contains things like oatmeal pancakes (excellent, especially with their house coconut syrup), olive humus, and house veggie burgers.

The burgers are the best this side of Higgins. The house potato chips are top notch, as are the house ketchup and jam. It's hard to go wrong. The fried chicken is the real deal, topped in gravy, memorable. The ham steak glazed with maple sugar and nuts melts in your mouth. The bacon is cut ultra thin so it's always crispy without being overcooked. The leg of lamb sandwich is worth the trip. The reuben is the best I've had in many years. The meatloaf is on orders of magnitude better than any meatloaf you've ever had.

Dinner is sadly underpopulated at the moment. I've been in twice and they just don't fool around. The twice-cooked lamb is the best lamb I've ever had, amazingly so tender it defies belief. The cumin chicken (a roulade) can't be beat. Please give Francis business, and invite all your friends. I don't think I could handle it if my favorite neighborhood restaurant didn't make it.

Pros: Gourmet food in an elegant atmosphere

Cons: ?

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We went to Francis for lunch on a weekday. My companion theoretically had 1 hour for lunch. It took quite a bit longer than that, because service here is very slow. There is a large menu selection, because in addition to lunch, they serve breakfast all day. The food was not as good as it sounded from the menu descriptions. I ordered the oyster hash...oysters, potatoes, peppers, onions and two eggs on top. It's $11 and comes with a biscuit. The biscuit was heavy and doughy. The oysters were very disappointing...small, soggy and sad. The potatoes were creamy and tasty, but overall the dish just came across as fatty and slippery. My companion's Reuben was O.K. My biggest gripe with Reuben's is that few restaurants use a quality rye bread. This sandwich also had too much thousand island dressing, so that it overwhelmed the sauerkraut entirely. It would also be nice to get a Reuben with a quality corned beef (like the former Beefy Boy's used to have). Someone at the table across from us ordered a pancake, which arrived absolutely charred. i was surprised that they would serve something like that and surprised that the customer didn't send it back. When they left though, the pancake had hardly been touched. There are many fine restaurants in Portland, but this isn't one of them.

1
★★☆☆☆

We went to Francis for lunch on a weekday. My companion theoretically had 1 hour for lunch. It took quite a bit longer than that, because service here is very slow. There is a large menu selection, because in addition to lunch, they serve breakfast all day. The food was not as good as it sounded from the menu descriptions. I ordered the oyster hash...oysters, potatoes, peppers, onions and two eggs on top. It's $11 and comes with a biscuit. The biscuit was heavy and doughy. The oysters were very disappointing...small, soggy and sad. The potatoes were creamy and tasty, but overall the dish just came across as fatty and slippery. My companion's Reuben was O.K. My biggest gripe with Reuben's is that few restaurants use a quality rye bread. This sandwich also had too much thousand island dressing, so that it overwhelmed the sauerkraut entirely. It would also be nice to get a Reuben with a quality corned beef (like the former Beefy Boy's used to have). Someone at the table across from us ordered a pancake, which arrived absolutely charred. i was surprised that they would serve something like that and surprised that the customer didn't send it back. When they left though, the pancake had hardly been touched. There are many fine restaurants in Portland, but this isn't one of them.

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I go out to eat so that I can get food that I can't make better at home. It's also nice to go out cuz you get waited on. If the food at Francis was worth waiting 30 minutes to get seated for I wouldn't feel compelled to write this review. First of all the service was schizoid with one person taking my order, another person bringing drinks and yet another bringing our food. I waved down the young lady that took my order after I noticed that there was choice of biscuit or toast and she told me she'd let my server know . Huh? Someone please tell me what differentiates the bus boys from the waiters in this place. I was also delivered a random cup of coffee I didn't order for some reason. Not sure what all the hype is with this place. The "Francis" "omelet" I ordered turned out to be a shapeless mass of eggs and mushrooms packed with a fatty, virtually inedible and foul tasting ham. My wife was delivered a "benedict" which consisted of two eggs poached to rock hard, covered with a lumpy looking yellowish sauce. Needless to say that choice was a mistake also. As I said I'm no chef but I regularly make meals in my own home that put this place to shame. Did I mention the service was unspeakably bad?

0
★☆☆☆☆

I go out to eat so that I can get food that I can't make better at home. It's also nice to go out cuz you get waited on. If the food at Francis was worth waiting 30 minutes to get seated for I wouldn't feel compelled to write this review. First of all the service was schizoid with one person taking my order, another person bringing drinks and yet another bringing our food. I waved down the young lady that took my order after I noticed that there was choice of biscuit or toast and she told me she'd let my server know . Huh? Someone please tell me what differentiates the bus boys from the waiters in this place. I was also delivered a random cup of coffee I didn't order for some reason. Not sure what all the hype is with this place. The "Francis" "omelet" I ordered turned out to be a shapeless mass of eggs and mushrooms packed with a fatty, virtually inedible and foul tasting ham. My wife was delivered a "benedict" which consisted of two eggs poached to rock hard, covered with a lumpy looking yellowish sauce. Needless to say that choice was a mistake also. As I said I'm no chef but I regularly make meals in my own home that put this place to shame. Did I mention the service was unspeakably bad?

Pros: nice natural lighting

Cons: lousy service, mediocre food

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They just started doing dinner... and they do it very well. I had the duck- my friend had the rib eye. Perfection!A total departure from their daytime vibe, which I also like. The place glows at night.

2
★★★★★

They just started doing dinner... and they do it very well. I had the duck- my friend had the rib eye. Perfection!A total departure from their daytime vibe, which I also like. The place glows at night.

Pros: service, ambiance

Cons: desert

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My husband and me are used to go to Francis restaurant for his wonderfull breakfast. Then, when we heard that is was now open for dinner, we wanted to be the first to try it. That was the best idea we have had for a while. At night, the music and atmosphere are great and perfect for a romantic dinner. The food was amazing, prepared with a real know-how and the staff was really nice.
Definitely a place to discover at night.

2
★★★★★

My husband and me are used to go to Francis restaurant for his wonderfull breakfast. Then, when we heard that is was now open for dinner, we wanted to be the first to try it. That was the best idea we have had for a while. At night, the music and atmosphere are great and perfect for a romantic dinner. The food was amazing, prepared with a real know-how and the staff was really nice.
Definitely a place to discover at night.

Pros: Food, ambience, waitstaff

Cons: ...

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I was so saddened by the rude service I experienced in this restaurant. In all my years eating out I have never been treated this poorly by a restaurant staff member.

My friend?s birthday was today and they RESERVED a table (days in advance) at Francis Restaurant on Alberta for a party of 6. Well three people in our party (one being me) were running late. So after a portion of the party were seated, a restaurant staff member came over and exclaimed, "We're taking your table if they don?t get here and three minutes!? From their accounts she was very very rude. Eventually they rudely took their table and placed them at a much smaller one.

When I arrived there wasn?t a chair, at this time I didn?t know that they had their reserved table removed from them. I kindly asked a waiter if I could have a chair and he told me that it was too crowded they couldn?t put six people over there so I would have to wait by the door. He was very short and coarse towards me. Eventually another staff member said it was okay and I was given a chair.

When I finally got seated they took forever to take our order. We kindly asked the waiter as he passed if he could take our order and he said he would, ?I?ll be back in a while.? Finally he came and told us the special (which we didn?t elect to hear) and said he would be back and abruptly walked away! We didn?t want to know the specials, we?d been waiting long enough. He finally came back later to take our order. It was just the worst service ever. We all unanimously agreed we?d never eat there again.

I try to avoid being quick to accuse people of prejudice but I really felt un-welcomed there. Whether it was because we were the only ethnic minorities in the restaurant or because we were a party of 6, either way we found Francis Restaurant to be a very rude atmosphere to dine in.

Oh and the food was just okay.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I was so saddened by the rude service I experienced in this restaurant. In all my years eating out I have never been treated this poorly by a restaurant staff member.

My friend?s birthday was today and they RESERVED a table (days in advance) at Francis Restaurant on Alberta for a party of 6. Well three people in our party (one being me) were running late. So after a portion of the party were seated, a restaurant staff member came over and exclaimed, "We're taking your table if they don?t get here and three minutes!? From their accounts she was very very rude. Eventually they rudely took their table and placed them at a much smaller one.

When I arrived there wasn?t a chair, at this time I didn?t know that they had their reserved table removed from them. I kindly asked a waiter if I could have a chair and he told me that it was too crowded they couldn?t put six people over there so I would have to wait by the door. He was very short and coarse towards me. Eventually another staff member said it was okay and I was given a chair.

When I finally got seated they took forever to take our order. We kindly asked the waiter as he passed if he could take our order and he said he would, ?I?ll be back in a while.? Finally he came and told us the special (which we didn?t elect to hear) and said he would be back and abruptly walked away! We didn?t want to know the specials, we?d been waiting long enough. He finally came back later to take our order. It was just the worst service ever. We all unanimously agreed we?d never eat there again.

I try to avoid being quick to accuse people of prejudice but I really felt un-welcomed there. Whether it was because we were the only ethnic minorities in the restaurant or because we were a party of 6, either way we found Francis Restaurant to be a very rude atmosphere to dine in.

Oh and the food was just okay.

Pros: Reasonable Prices

Cons: Poor Serivice (in my experience) and just okay food

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I'm delighted to see an alternative to the overcrowded overrated breakfast spots on alberta. You can tell alot of love and effort is put into the food here as everything seems to be made in house right down to the foccacia and ketchup. Even the meats are smoked on site. The prices seem cheap considering the portions and quality of ingredients. I'm surprised noone made mention of the perfectly seasoned bloody mary's. seems many have issues with the service. I have eaten here many times since they opened and the service has gotten better. Menu highlights- smoked salmon benedict with pear sage hollandaise, two dollar hash browns, lamb muffalata sandwich on house foccacia with homemade chips, seafood patty, the rueben, oatmeal pancakes with bourbon butter, french toast, and the bloody marys. I highly recommend coming on a weekday for breakfast or lunch as it's pretty slow. The weekends are busy but you won't have to wait most of the time.

2
★★★★★

I'm delighted to see an alternative to the overcrowded overrated breakfast spots on alberta. You can tell alot of love and effort is put into the food here as everything seems to be made in house right down to the foccacia and ketchup. Even the meats are smoked on site. The prices seem cheap considering the portions and quality of ingredients. I'm surprised noone made mention of the perfectly seasoned bloody mary's. seems many have issues with the service. I have eaten here many times since they opened and the service has gotten better. Menu highlights- smoked salmon benedict with pear sage hollandaise, two dollar hash browns, lamb muffalata sandwich on house foccacia with homemade chips, seafood patty, the rueben, oatmeal pancakes with bourbon butter, french toast, and the bloody marys. I highly recommend coming on a weekday for breakfast or lunch as it's pretty slow. The weekends are busy but you won't have to wait most of the time.

Pros: very high quality food awesome prices.

Cons: street parking and some surly servers.

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I think this is an excellent restaurant, with the highest quality food on Alberta. The service is so much better now, as the good servers have stayed and the bad ones have left (or were fired). Food is consistently good now. I think the place has ironed out its problems, and now is the shining star on Alberta.

2
★★★★★

I think this is an excellent restaurant, with the highest quality food on Alberta. The service is so much better now, as the good servers have stayed and the bad ones have left (or were fired). Food is consistently good now. I think the place has ironed out its problems, and now is the shining star on Alberta.

Pros: friendly servers, great food

Cons: decor is a little bland for my taste-lets get some color!

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Every one at my table took a different meal and all of them were amazing! Furthemore, the patio is really nice and peacefull.

2
★★★★★

Every one at my table took a different meal and all of them were amazing! Furthemore, the patio is really nice and peacefull.

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We were there today (Sept 3, 2007) for breakfast. The waiter did not mention the specials. (We know there were some because we overheard another table ask him and another waiter told a table about them.) The last time our waiter talked to us was when he took our order. We never got our food. We left after waiting over one hour after ordering. The only person who checked in with us during that time was the hostess who refilled coffee once and later asked us if we wanted anything when she saw us looking around. When we explained we had been waiting for our food for over one hour, she said, "Oh, another one."

0
★☆☆☆☆

We were there today (Sept 3, 2007) for breakfast. The waiter did not mention the specials. (We know there were some because we overheard another table ask him and another waiter told a table about them.) The last time our waiter talked to us was when he took our order. We never got our food. We left after waiting over one hour after ordering. The only person who checked in with us during that time was the hostess who refilled coffee once and later asked us if we wanted anything when she saw us looking around. When we explained we had been waiting for our food for over one hour, she said, "Oh, another one."

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I arrived about 45 minutes before closing, keeping with my "never show up at a restaurant right before they close and expect good service" rule. Nonetheless, I was treated to a cold hard stare by my waiter before being sat. I ordered the namesake omelet, consisting of ham, gouda, crimini mushrooms and creme de fraiche. The omelet sat in a pool of oil and was completely overcooked. The accompanying fruit with drizzle (not really sure what it was) was good, as was toast and homemade jam. My waiter didn't appear again except to clear the table and drop the check, although I had asked for some basic things, like water. I paid with cash and he kept the change. Apparently there's a .50 surcharge to eat here. Really all I was hoping for was a good alternative to the Tin Shed, which I think is overrated, but I didn't find it. Bummer.

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★★☆☆☆

I arrived about 45 minutes before closing, keeping with my "never show up at a restaurant right before they close and expect good service" rule. Nonetheless, I was treated to a cold hard stare by my waiter before being sat. I ordered the namesake omelet, consisting of ham, gouda, crimini mushrooms and creme de fraiche. The omelet sat in a pool of oil and was completely overcooked. The accompanying fruit with drizzle (not really sure what it was) was good, as was toast and homemade jam. My waiter didn't appear again except to clear the table and drop the check, although I had asked for some basic things, like water. I paid with cash and he kept the change. Apparently there's a .50 surcharge to eat here. Really all I was hoping for was a good alternative to the Tin Shed, which I think is overrated, but I didn't find it. Bummer.

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I don't mean this lightly - Francis serves the best breakfast that I've ever had. Everytime I hear the special I run to it - the chef (Chris? something?) is a master. I don't know how he does it, but everything is better at Francis.

I also really like that I can bring my dog to the patio because it doesn't seem like the type of place that I can bring my dog.

2
★★★★★

I don't mean this lightly - Francis serves the best breakfast that I've ever had. Everytime I hear the special I run to it - the chef (Chris? something?) is a master. I don't know how he does it, but everything is better at Francis.

I also really like that I can bring my dog to the patio because it doesn't seem like the type of place that I can bring my dog.

Pros: The food

Cons: None

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The oatmeal pancakes are unusual, oaty, tangy, lovely mounds of pancake heaven. Make sure at least one person in your party orders those so you can try. And get something (eggs benedict maybe) including Francis' house-smoked salmon -- it's really the best smoked salmon ever. Everything here is done by hand in house by the owner-chef, even the breads, jams etc. When he says "from scratch" he means it. And the setting is wonderful, especially on the patio, where we enjoyed terrific live old-style blues from Steve Cheseborough, and a huge, wild mural. Like the music and the mural, Francis manages to be hip, homey, gourmet, fun, sophisticated and comfortable. This is one of Portland's restaurant treasures.

2
★★★★★

The oatmeal pancakes are unusual, oaty, tangy, lovely mounds of pancake heaven. Make sure at least one person in your party orders those so you can try. And get something (eggs benedict maybe) including Francis' house-smoked salmon -- it's really the best smoked salmon ever. Everything here is done by hand in house by the owner-chef, even the breads, jams etc. When he says "from scratch" he means it. And the setting is wonderful, especially on the patio, where we enjoyed terrific live old-style blues from Steve Cheseborough, and a huge, wild mural. Like the music and the mural, Francis manages to be hip, homey, gourmet, fun, sophisticated and comfortable. This is one of Portland's restaurant treasures.

Pros: oatmeal pancakes, music, patio, art, smoked salmon

Cons: bloody mary (although you gotta give them credit for trying to make a distinctive one, it doesn't work)

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Just read that menu...how often do you see GRITS anywhere? I was raised on them, and I appreciate good southern cooking. The menu items are different...they have flair and imagination, and that's what makes going out for a meal so worthwhile. I find the place warm, welcoming, and the people friendly. I've always enjoyed the waitstaff...even if they're still learning the ropes, they're friendly, and work hard. I haven't been since they opened up the courtyard, but I'm looking forward to eating outside.

2
★★★★★

Just read that menu...how often do you see GRITS anywhere? I was raised on them, and I appreciate good southern cooking. The menu items are different...they have flair and imagination, and that's what makes going out for a meal so worthwhile. I find the place warm, welcoming, and the people friendly. I've always enjoyed the waitstaff...even if they're still learning the ropes, they're friendly, and work hard. I haven't been since they opened up the courtyard, but I'm looking forward to eating outside.

Pros: Parking's a little iffy, but worth the walk.

Cons: cons? we don't need no cons!

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I went to Francis for lunch today and the food was fabulous and reasonably priced for the quality! I had the hamburger which was big and juicy, the homemade potato chips that came with it were very yummy. They had great homemade ketchup as well. My lunch date had breakfast - an omlette special with crab which was also really good. Her muffin was homemade and looked amazing and she raved about the homemade jam. The service was a bit slow for a quick business lunch, but our waitress was very nice and seemed excited about working there. I will definitely go back to try breakfast and their patio looks like fun on a summer morning!

2
★★★★★

I went to Francis for lunch today and the food was fabulous and reasonably priced for the quality! I had the hamburger which was big and juicy, the homemade potato chips that came with it were very yummy. They had great homemade ketchup as well. My lunch date had breakfast - an omlette special with crab which was also really good. Her muffin was homemade and looked amazing and she raved about the homemade jam. The service was a bit slow for a quick business lunch, but our waitress was very nice and seemed excited about working there. I will definitely go back to try breakfast and their patio looks like fun on a summer morning!

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We eat out for breakfast probably more than any other meal. Alberta is a great little, unpretentious neighborhood with good, affordable restaurants. We usually eat at Vita, especially because we don't eat most animals except fish. Well, every time I drove by this new restaurant, Francis, I couldn't help but see a huge sign advertising "$6.95 Breakfast Specials". We decided to give it a try on a Saturday afternoon. We were seated right away and given menus. Immediately, we noticed that the prices were rather steep. We asked what the specials were, since that was why we came. They had a Chilean crab benedict with asparagus which sounded rather exotic. We decided to order it and a simple two eggs and toast with strawberry jam standard breakfast dish. The food was good although the eggs and toast are just that and don't even come with potatoes which most places would include. When we received the bill, the special was a whopping $14 and not the $6.95 that was advertised on the sign. Well, the FINE PRINT on the top of the sign does say "weekday", but when you drive by all you really see is the $6.95 breakfast special. OK, so that was my fault. I wish the server informed us how much the specials were. Usually, they go on and on about the ingredients on the specials and then tell you the price. I should have asked, but I thought it was $6.95. We complained and the server went to talk to the manager or owner. She came back with no consolation. So, we won't be going back. We'd rather give our money to Vita or the Tin Shed in that neighborhood!

0
★☆☆☆☆

We eat out for breakfast probably more than any other meal. Alberta is a great little, unpretentious neighborhood with good, affordable restaurants. We usually eat at Vita, especially because we don't eat most animals except fish. Well, every time I drove by this new restaurant, Francis, I couldn't help but see a huge sign advertising "$6.95 Breakfast Specials". We decided to give it a try on a Saturday afternoon. We were seated right away and given menus. Immediately, we noticed that the prices were rather steep. We asked what the specials were, since that was why we came. They had a Chilean crab benedict with asparagus which sounded rather exotic. We decided to order it and a simple two eggs and toast with strawberry jam standard breakfast dish. The food was good although the eggs and toast are just that and don't even come with potatoes which most places would include. When we received the bill, the special was a whopping $14 and not the $6.95 that was advertised on the sign. Well, the FINE PRINT on the top of the sign does say "weekday", but when you drive by all you really see is the $6.95 breakfast special. OK, so that was my fault. I wish the server informed us how much the specials were. Usually, they go on and on about the ingredients on the specials and then tell you the price. I should have asked, but I thought it was $6.95. We complained and the server went to talk to the manager or owner. She came back with no consolation. So, we won't be going back. We'd rather give our money to Vita or the Tin Shed in that neighborhood!

Pros: Nice atmosphere and decent food.

Cons: Lousy prices and deceptive advertising.

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Ate there today and the service was very slow. Food was good, but probably not worth a return trip.

1
★★★☆☆

Ate there today and the service was very slow. Food was good, but probably not worth a return trip.

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Visiting this trendy street, we decided to try Francis Restaurant. We wish we would never have donned their door! Service = questionable (servers seemed uninterested in actually listening to our requests and questions) Food = Below Average (came cold, not as requested and the quality was below par) Atmosphere = Crappy 90% of why people eat out is the service and atmosphere. We can all cook at home if we want... but we can't create a dining experience. FULL DINING EXPERIENCE = D+

0
★☆☆☆☆

Visiting this trendy street, we decided to try Francis Restaurant. We wish we would never have donned their door! Service = questionable (servers seemed uninterested in actually listening to our requests and questions) Food = Below Average (came cold, not as requested and the quality was below par) Atmosphere = Crappy 90% of why people eat out is the service and atmosphere. We can all cook at home if we want... but we can't create a dining experience. FULL DINING EXPERIENCE = D+

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I've been to Francis three times and I feel half-hearted about this place. Nothing stops me cold like stale or refrigerated bread. Both have been served to me at Francis.

The menu is well-planned but poorly executed. I want to try the seafood specials but after the bread incidents, I'm scared.

The remarks about the service that are already here seem accurate. Even when it's not busy, you'll end up waiting for water or the check.

Helser's and even Vita are less expensive and have better service. I'm reminded of American Idol when people who can't sing well try to cover a diva at this place. Just trying too hard.

1
★★★☆☆

I've been to Francis three times and I feel half-hearted about this place. Nothing stops me cold like stale or refrigerated bread. Both have been served to me at Francis.

The menu is well-planned but poorly executed. I want to try the seafood specials but after the bread incidents, I'm scared.

The remarks about the service that are already here seem accurate. Even when it's not busy, you'll end up waiting for water or the check.

Helser's and even Vita are less expensive and have better service. I'm reminded of American Idol when people who can't sing well try to cover a diva at this place. Just trying too hard.

Pros: street view is a nice distractin while you're waiting

Cons: you will be waiting... food is sub par for the hype

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I've eaten at Francis Restaurant 3 times now and can't say enough good things about them! The first time I had the house smoked salmon benedict with hollandaise sauce. The salmon was delicious and moist, the eggs were perfect, and the hollandaise was the best I've ever had! Not too heavy, it accentuated and blended the flavors perfectly! And of course, the organic eggs were more flavorful than what you'll find at any regular breakfast restaurant. I HIGHLY recommend this dish.

The second time I was eating light, so I had the hash browns with tempeh gravy on the side. I've not had vegetarian gravy that actually tasted that satifying! The hash browns were perfectly crisp and the organic potatoes were sooo satifying. At $2 for organic hashbrowns, who can't afford that?!! (gravy is extra, but boy was it worth it!!)

Today I was eating light again, and HAD TO HAVE the hashbrowns again. At first I declined the offer of ketchup with it. Then I was told it was Francis' special ketchup, so I decided to give it a try. Boy was I happy I did!! The flavor out of this world and made my hashbrowns taste better than ever!! If they sold bottles of this, I would buy a case!! I also had a cinnamon roll. The crunchy & flavorful topping was sooo delicious and it wasn't too sweet.

I always come away from Francis totally satisfied, not only because the food was so good, but also because the service is excellent.

The atmosphere of this restaurant is also wonderful. It's perfect for ANY occasion, whether it's just bringing the family or an important business meeting.

I can safely say that Francis Restaurant will be one of the regular restaurants that I will ALWAYS return to. For a fairly new restaurant, I've been surprising pleased by their high quality consistency.

If you haven't tried Francis Restaurant yet, you've got to try it AT LEAST just once.

2
★★★★★

I've eaten at Francis Restaurant 3 times now and can't say enough good things about them! The first time I had the house smoked salmon benedict with hollandaise sauce. The salmon was delicious and moist, the eggs were perfect, and the hollandaise was the best I've ever had! Not too heavy, it accentuated and blended the flavors perfectly! And of course, the organic eggs were more flavorful than what you'll find at any regular breakfast restaurant. I HIGHLY recommend this dish.

The second time I was eating light, so I had the hash browns with tempeh gravy on the side. I've not had vegetarian gravy that actually tasted that satifying! The hash browns were perfectly crisp and the organic potatoes were sooo satifying. At $2 for organic hashbrowns, who can't afford that?!! (gravy is extra, but boy was it worth it!!)

Today I was eating light again, and HAD TO HAVE the hashbrowns again. At first I declined the offer of ketchup with it. Then I was told it was Francis' special ketchup, so I decided to give it a try. Boy was I happy I did!! The flavor out of this world and made my hashbrowns taste better than ever!! If they sold bottles of this, I would buy a case!! I also had a cinnamon roll. The crunchy & flavorful topping was sooo delicious and it wasn't too sweet.

I always come away from Francis totally satisfied, not only because the food was so good, but also because the service is excellent.

The atmosphere of this restaurant is also wonderful. It's perfect for ANY occasion, whether it's just bringing the family or an important business meeting.

I can safely say that Francis Restaurant will be one of the regular restaurants that I will ALWAYS return to. For a fairly new restaurant, I've been surprising pleased by their high quality consistency.

If you haven't tried Francis Restaurant yet, you've got to try it AT LEAST just once.

Pros: Ambience is excellent. Food is scrumptious! Parking was easy all the times I went.

Cons: Once I waited a little bit to be seated, but it's definitely worth the wait!

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My friends and I were excited about a new breakfast place on Alberta, but this place was a huge disappointment. We were seated quickly, but it literally took 30 minutes for the server to even take our drink orders. We were completely ignored for that entire 30 minutes, although we saw the server at tables nearby. We had been sitting at the table for 45 minutes by the time we actually received our coffee. My food was good (I had the french toast), but my friend had the chicken fried steak, which was terrible (it was not chicken fried at all, it was literally just a piece of tough blackened steak with gravy on top). Another friend had biscuits and gravy, which was inedible. They don't have an espresso machine, so you can't even get a latte (this is Portland, after all). Bottom line, don't waste your time, there are plenty of other good breakfast places in Northeast and North Portland.

1
★★☆☆☆

My friends and I were excited about a new breakfast place on Alberta, but this place was a huge disappointment. We were seated quickly, but it literally took 30 minutes for the server to even take our drink orders. We were completely ignored for that entire 30 minutes, although we saw the server at tables nearby. We had been sitting at the table for 45 minutes by the time we actually received our coffee. My food was good (I had the french toast), but my friend had the chicken fried steak, which was terrible (it was not chicken fried at all, it was literally just a piece of tough blackened steak with gravy on top). Another friend had biscuits and gravy, which was inedible. They don't have an espresso machine, so you can't even get a latte (this is Portland, after all). Bottom line, don't waste your time, there are plenty of other good breakfast places in Northeast and North Portland.

Pros: Cool building

Cons: Poor service, terrible food

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I was excited about a new restaurant on Alberta and so went for breakfast, there was a lengthy wait, terrible service and even worse food. Side of hashbrowns were equivalent to "Denny's" quality, biscuits and gravy were quite possibly the worst I've had, ever. The menu had several misspellings which signals a lack of attention to detail. A restaurant's menu is the first and most important thing customers see, the least you can do is have it edited properly. Sadly, I will not be back.

1
★★★☆☆

I was excited about a new restaurant on Alberta and so went for breakfast, there was a lengthy wait, terrible service and even worse food. Side of hashbrowns were equivalent to "Denny's" quality, biscuits and gravy were quite possibly the worst I've had, ever. The menu had several misspellings which signals a lack of attention to detail. A restaurant's menu is the first and most important thing customers see, the least you can do is have it edited properly. Sadly, I will not be back.

Pros: location

Cons: bad food, bitter waitstaff, long wait

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A group of us went for lunch. We all tried something different and we were all very happy with our selections. My burger was cooked perfectly as ordered and was moist and juicy. The chips were unique! Can't wait to try the breakfast!

2
★★★★★

A group of us went for lunch. We all tried something different and we were all very happy with our selections. My burger was cooked perfectly as ordered and was moist and juicy. The chips were unique! Can't wait to try the breakfast!

Pros: Service and portions

Cons: Pepsi products

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We eat out a lot, especially breakfast. It is so cool to find a truly unique place! We have been to Francis several times. My personal favorite is the French Toast - two huge slices of fluffy toast with this killer bourbon-hazelnut butter, perfect with a side of the crispy bacon and coffee. There is a changing menu of special omlettes. The crab, asparagus and smoked gouda was terrific! The potatos and grits are available ala carte, but since there is so much food in the entree, it is almost too much to order that as well.

For lunch, the menu of sandwiches is terrific - the Reuben was especially good and I practically stole my husband's Lamb Muffaleta sandwich which came on a great foccacia bread. I was taken aback when my "fries" turned out to be homemade potato-sweet potato chips, but again, it was a nice surprise! The housemade ketchup is a nice sweet-spicy kick. The chili is thick with shredded beef and definitely warm (spicy).

I have noticed that the service has steadily improved since we have started going to Francis. On our first visit I thought I was going to have to go across the street to get a refill on the coffee! (The coffee is excellent, by the way). The service is improving as they shake down to a professional crew - typical for any new restaurant. Chef/owner Christopher Pierce seems very sincere in wanting each customer to have a great experience. In talking to him, you see that Francis is truly a labor of love, the evolving menu is his vision that he wants to share with us. Part of that vision is opening the courtyard patio for summer seating - perfect for all the folks who want to grab a bite while out with their dogs. We'll be back!

2
★★★★★

We eat out a lot, especially breakfast. It is so cool to find a truly unique place! We have been to Francis several times. My personal favorite is the French Toast - two huge slices of fluffy toast with this killer bourbon-hazelnut butter, perfect with a side of the crispy bacon and coffee. There is a changing menu of special omlettes. The crab, asparagus and smoked gouda was terrific! The potatos and grits are available ala carte, but since there is so much food in the entree, it is almost too much to order that as well.

For lunch, the menu of sandwiches is terrific - the Reuben was especially good and I practically stole my husband's Lamb Muffaleta sandwich which came on a great foccacia bread. I was taken aback when my "fries" turned out to be homemade potato-sweet potato chips, but again, it was a nice surprise! The housemade ketchup is a nice sweet-spicy kick. The chili is thick with shredded beef and definitely warm (spicy).

I have noticed that the service has steadily improved since we have started going to Francis. On our first visit I thought I was going to have to go across the street to get a refill on the coffee! (The coffee is excellent, by the way). The service is improving as they shake down to a professional crew - typical for any new restaurant. Chef/owner Christopher Pierce seems very sincere in wanting each customer to have a great experience. In talking to him, you see that Francis is truly a labor of love, the evolving menu is his vision that he wants to share with us. Part of that vision is opening the courtyard patio for summer seating - perfect for all the folks who want to grab a bite while out with their dogs. We'll be back!

Pros: Great food, Comfortable tables and chairs, Ambience

Cons: Evolving Service, Parking, Ala carte menu

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I really want to like this place since it's so close to my house and a perfect walk for breakfast, but so far the consistently unpleasant service has put me off. I don't need a waiter to be my best friend, but if the waitstaff get much colder I?ll get frostbite! The food is ok, but it?s just not enough to overcome the unwelcoming attitude of the servers. There are plenty of restaurants nearby with really good food and great people working there which are more than worth going the few extra blocks. If Francis can get their act together and hire some nice people I?ll give it another shot, but til then I'll be going elsewhere.

1
★★☆☆☆

I really want to like this place since it's so close to my house and a perfect walk for breakfast, but so far the consistently unpleasant service has put me off. I don't need a waiter to be my best friend, but if the waitstaff get much colder I?ll get frostbite! The food is ok, but it?s just not enough to overcome the unwelcoming attitude of the servers. There are plenty of restaurants nearby with really good food and great people working there which are more than worth going the few extra blocks. If Francis can get their act together and hire some nice people I?ll give it another shot, but til then I'll be going elsewhere.

Pros: location

Cons: service

 

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