Stepping Stone Cafe

★★★☆☆
  • 2390 NW Quimby St

    Portland, OR 97210

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  • 503-222-1132

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Sat: 7:30pm-3am, Sun: 7:30am-10pm, Wed-Thu: 6am-10pm, Fri: 6pm-3am, Mon-Tue: 6am-7pm

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Great food, great people great atmosphere

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★★★★★

Great food, great people great atmosphere

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When my bf said 'mancakes' are as big as a plate, he means a dinner plate! Our standard diner fare was complemented by interesting 'old Portland' charm and was packed, even at the end of brunch. Clearly a neighborhood fave and now mine too.

3
★★★★★

When my bf said 'mancakes' are as big as a plate, he means a dinner plate! Our standard diner fare was complemented by interesting 'old Portland' charm and was packed, even at the end of brunch. Clearly a neighborhood fave and now mine too.

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i would love to give a RECOMMENDED star. Ive had some great meals here. (but dont get the chicken fried steak) \r
The food is good..but dont look up or around at your surroundings, refrigerators etc. \r
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Clean the place up please. Clean

3
★★★★★

i would love to give a RECOMMENDED star. Ive had some great meals here. (but dont get the chicken fried steak) \r
The food is good..but dont look up or around at your surroundings, refrigerators etc. \r
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Clean the place up please. Clean

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This little hidden gem is my new favorite restaurant.

As the other posters have stated, I found out about this place after seeing the Portland episode of Man vs Food. Upon walking up it was interesting to see the "sign up" sheet and

3
★★★★★

This little hidden gem is my new favorite restaurant.

As the other posters have stated, I found out about this place after seeing the Portland episode of Man vs Food. Upon walking up it was interesting to see the "sign up" sheet and

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No frills, just consistently GREAT breakfasts. GREAT service, friendly attentive and delicious. Simply a crowd pleaser. EVERYTHING is flavorful and delicious and the portions ? you'll wanna doggie ( ha ? that would be "people" ) bag for sure.

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★★★★☆

No frills, just consistently GREAT breakfasts. GREAT service, friendly attentive and delicious. Simply a crowd pleaser. EVERYTHING is flavorful and delicious and the portions ? you'll wanna doggie ( ha ? that would be "people" ) bag for sure.

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We drove from Lane County to try this place (220 miles round trip) because of the Man vs Food show. What a JOKE! After waiting to be called from the list, we watched inside and in 20 minutes, not ONE TABLE was served with food. Several people were seated before us, and then several after. Young men called you in and gave menus and water, and then stood around doing nothing. FINALLY a woman who was a waitress showed up and began taking orders from people seated LONG after we had been seated. No one was keeping track of who was first, or whatever. The young men were pretty useless. We left and went to Rose's. This place is a joke.

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★☆☆☆☆

We drove from Lane County to try this place (220 miles round trip) because of the Man vs Food show. What a JOKE! After waiting to be called from the list, we watched inside and in 20 minutes, not ONE TABLE was served with food. Several people were seated before us, and then several after. Young men called you in and gave menus and water, and then stood around doing nothing. FINALLY a woman who was a waitress showed up and began taking orders from people seated LONG after we had been seated. No one was keeping track of who was first, or whatever. The young men were pretty useless. We left and went to Rose's. This place is a joke.

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Have you ever took a scat on a pickle and smelt it? well thats what this place smells like.. I cant believe this place was on Man Vs. Food. I mean.. Now that I've tried this place from watching it on T.V, I dont even watch Man vs. Food anymore. The pancakes tasted like someone took a scat on a piece of bark dust and let it rot over night... in all seriousness.. This place was a flunk for me anyways.. i would not recommend it.

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★☆☆☆☆

Have you ever took a scat on a pickle and smelt it? well thats what this place smells like.. I cant believe this place was on Man Vs. Food. I mean.. Now that I've tried this place from watching it on T.V, I dont even watch Man vs. Food anymore. The pancakes tasted like someone took a scat on a piece of bark dust and let it rot over night... in all seriousness.. This place was a flunk for me anyways.. i would not recommend it.

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Ever had a time where you had a delicious meal and said, "That was worth the wait"? Well the Stepping Stone Cafe is farrr from that. Now I'm not one to talk poorly of a restaurant; or to write a bad review, but this place was so terrible that I feel like I must. I could write a few pages full of why the experience was so horrible and why you should never go here, but i will sum it up into a few sentences. The waiting line (outside!) is ridiculous; youre basically screwed if its raining. Service is slow. Food is extremely bland. Dont waste your time going here.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Ever had a time where you had a delicious meal and said, "That was worth the wait"? Well the Stepping Stone Cafe is farrr from that. Now I'm not one to talk poorly of a restaurant; or to write a bad review, but this place was so terrible that I feel like I must. I could write a few pages full of why the experience was so horrible and why you should never go here, but i will sum it up into a few sentences. The waiting line (outside!) is ridiculous; youre basically screwed if its raining. Service is slow. Food is extremely bland. Dont waste your time going here.

Pros: Cant think of any.

Cons: Terrible food, Wait was ridiculous, Service was bad.

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After reading the reviews I really did not want to go here, but my nephew from out-of-town was dying for a mancake. So we went. After waiting an hour - during which time a waiter came outside and yelled at everyone in line to "get off their cell phones because he was talking" (okay, seriously?) we finally got a table. Of course the kids loved the giant pancakes - what kid wouldn't, but my omelette was bland to the point of being tasteless. With all the amazing breakfast places in this town (Toast, Cadillac, Besaws) I can't imagine why anyone would go here. Like being kitchy and rude makes them unique and cool. In PDX? LOL.

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★☆☆☆☆

After reading the reviews I really did not want to go here, but my nephew from out-of-town was dying for a mancake. So we went. After waiting an hour - during which time a waiter came outside and yelled at everyone in line to "get off their cell phones because he was talking" (okay, seriously?) we finally got a table. Of course the kids loved the giant pancakes - what kid wouldn't, but my omelette was bland to the point of being tasteless. With all the amazing breakfast places in this town (Toast, Cadillac, Besaws) I can't imagine why anyone would go here. Like being kitchy and rude makes them unique and cool. In PDX? LOL.

Pros: Ummm,,,,,

Cons: Newsflash: Rude does not equal cool

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Like everyone else, we saw this restaurant on Man vs. Food and have been trying to dedicate the time to eat there. Today we decided we would go. We waited 45 minutes to be seated. After we were seated we waited an additional 10 minutes for someone to take our order. The restaurant is filthy and there seems to be an adequate amount of staff to take care of the customers, but only a few of them actually take orders. Our food comes within 15 minutes after ordering and it is HORRIBLE. I ordered an Italian scramble and my husband ordered biscuits and gravy. The artichoke was canned and pickled and needless to say NASTY. The scramble was NOT good. The "hashbrowns" were sliced UNRIPENED and Under cooked, disgusting potatoes. The biscuits and gravy were also nothing to write home about. The biscuits were gross, we could have gotten better biscuits out of a can, and the gravy was probably out of a box. We have honestly had better gravy at a McDonalds in South Carolina!
This place is a joke, a complete waste of time and they seem to think they are a part of Portland' s elite breakfast restaurants with their motto being "you eat here becase we let you." PLEASE ban us from your restaurant because the service, the food and the overall experience is a joke and we will never eat here again!
If you're looking for a great place for breakfast try the Screendoor, Zell's, The Country Cat or Marco's. ALL of these places have amazing food, great service and decent pricing! Don't waste your time with the hipster wanna be elite's at The Stepping Stone Cafe.

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★☆☆☆☆

Like everyone else, we saw this restaurant on Man vs. Food and have been trying to dedicate the time to eat there. Today we decided we would go. We waited 45 minutes to be seated. After we were seated we waited an additional 10 minutes for someone to take our order. The restaurant is filthy and there seems to be an adequate amount of staff to take care of the customers, but only a few of them actually take orders. Our food comes within 15 minutes after ordering and it is HORRIBLE. I ordered an Italian scramble and my husband ordered biscuits and gravy. The artichoke was canned and pickled and needless to say NASTY. The scramble was NOT good. The "hashbrowns" were sliced UNRIPENED and Under cooked, disgusting potatoes. The biscuits and gravy were also nothing to write home about. The biscuits were gross, we could have gotten better biscuits out of a can, and the gravy was probably out of a box. We have honestly had better gravy at a McDonalds in South Carolina!
This place is a joke, a complete waste of time and they seem to think they are a part of Portland' s elite breakfast restaurants with their motto being "you eat here becase we let you." PLEASE ban us from your restaurant because the service, the food and the overall experience is a joke and we will never eat here again!
If you're looking for a great place for breakfast try the Screendoor, Zell's, The Country Cat or Marco's. ALL of these places have amazing food, great service and decent pricing! Don't waste your time with the hipster wanna be elite's at The Stepping Stone Cafe.

Pros: None

Cons: EVERYTHING

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Stepping Stone Cafe i actually saw this on man vs. food. the pancakes were like 13 inches. you will definitely enjoy your time here.

5
★★★★★

Stepping Stone Cafe i actually saw this on man vs. food. the pancakes were like 13 inches. you will definitely enjoy your time here.

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PROS:
*Man-Cakes w/ Blueberries
*Smothered BA (Country Fried Steak Omelette)

CONS:
*Tattered Furniture, Old everything
*Questionable Sanitation
*Poor service

Wanted to come here since it's airing on the Food Network for it's behemouth pancakes.

Food was good, in good sized portions, but the price was comparable to those portions, so it didn't feel like you were getting a bargain.

Service could have been better. Seemed like the staff spent more time mingling with other customers that were regulars and forgot about the rest of the patrons. Also seemed a little un-professional.

Place felt old, cramped and run down. Although what was on my plate looked good, it was conversely offset by the questionable appearance of the establishment.

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★★★☆☆

PROS:
*Man-Cakes w/ Blueberries
*Smothered BA (Country Fried Steak Omelette)

CONS:
*Tattered Furniture, Old everything
*Questionable Sanitation
*Poor service

Wanted to come here since it's airing on the Food Network for it's behemouth pancakes.

Food was good, in good sized portions, but the price was comparable to those portions, so it didn't feel like you were getting a bargain.

Service could have been better. Seemed like the staff spent more time mingling with other customers that were regulars and forgot about the rest of the patrons. Also seemed a little un-professional.

Place felt old, cramped and run down. Although what was on my plate looked good, it was conversely offset by the questionable appearance of the establishment.

Pros: Man-cakes w/ blueberries

Cons: Run down, service

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The "ManCakes" are not good. they have no flavor and are very dry. go to the hotcake house it is way better and you get a better deal on food.

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★★☆☆☆

The "ManCakes" are not good. they have no flavor and are very dry. go to the hotcake house it is way better and you get a better deal on food.

Pros: Very interesting atmosphere, good service.

Cons: Dry food, tasteless

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I saw this place on the travel channel and wanted to give it a go. Waited about 20 minutes to be seated even though there were open tables. 4 guys that were "friends" of the staff came in were seated immediately and got their food in about 15 minutes. Very irritating after waiting 45 minutes and had to watch these "friends" get their food ASAP. Finally got my food which had a small piece of a mans mustache on top, I decided to just pick it off and deal since we had waited so long. After going in to take the first bite off my omelet a LARGE 2 inch pubic hair was cooked into the egg!! Talk about GROSS!! When I notified the waiter he said "oh" and took off with my plate??? That was it...he just kind of stumbled off and couldn't have cared less. That is the point where my mother and I walked out. I will NEVER eat there again!!! The service is horrendous, and the food didn't look to great either. 2 hairs in my food? That is pretty gross, it honestly would not have surprised me to see a whole handful of hair if I had picked through that omelet. I noticed another party that was seated 10 minutes after us also walked out...This place is quickly earning a reputation for terrible service, and bad food. I would have had 10 times the meal and service at McDonald's...and I hate McDonald's! I was taking my Mom out to breakfast for her birthday and this was a bad choice...Thank goodness there are plenty of good restaurants in that area. Skip this place and go to Papa Hydens, or Besaws.

I Give this place an "F"

*Staff is Horribly Rude

*Absolutely Filthy

*Gross Looking Food

*Service SUCKS

This place is an absolute DIVE!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I saw this place on the travel channel and wanted to give it a go. Waited about 20 minutes to be seated even though there were open tables. 4 guys that were "friends" of the staff came in were seated immediately and got their food in about 15 minutes. Very irritating after waiting 45 minutes and had to watch these "friends" get their food ASAP. Finally got my food which had a small piece of a mans mustache on top, I decided to just pick it off and deal since we had waited so long. After going in to take the first bite off my omelet a LARGE 2 inch pubic hair was cooked into the egg!! Talk about GROSS!! When I notified the waiter he said "oh" and took off with my plate??? That was it...he just kind of stumbled off and couldn't have cared less. That is the point where my mother and I walked out. I will NEVER eat there again!!! The service is horrendous, and the food didn't look to great either. 2 hairs in my food? That is pretty gross, it honestly would not have surprised me to see a whole handful of hair if I had picked through that omelet. I noticed another party that was seated 10 minutes after us also walked out...This place is quickly earning a reputation for terrible service, and bad food. I would have had 10 times the meal and service at McDonald's...and I hate McDonald's! I was taking my Mom out to breakfast for her birthday and this was a bad choice...Thank goodness there are plenty of good restaurants in that area. Skip this place and go to Papa Hydens, or Besaws.

I Give this place an "F"

*Staff is Horribly Rude

*Absolutely Filthy

*Gross Looking Food

*Service SUCKS

This place is an absolute DIVE!!!!

Pros: Non

Cons: Worst Place in town

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Went here after running "The Run Like Hell" 10k...Had the banana bread french toast with bacon. So, so good. Like the uniqueness and the customers and staff were all having a good time. I will be back for more!

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★★★★☆

Went here after running "The Run Like Hell" 10k...Had the banana bread french toast with bacon. So, so good. Like the uniqueness and the customers and staff were all having a good time. I will be back for more!

Pros: Great service...helpful, nice and quick

Cons: Didn't notice any.

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The food almost made it worth putting up with the crappy service and the rude hipster attitude. But after today I will NEVER go to stepping stone again!! We waited for 45 min. with our names on a list along with others. Suddenly with our name next to be called, a family walked in and just sat down! All the people waiting were furious and when we all confronted the family and servers- the servers/management said- "well, just come in and sit down there's tables available." So they were going to just let all these people wait outside without bothering to tell them tables were available? The management/servers should have stepped in & sat the people that had been waiting for 45 min. FIRST-then sat the uncourteous individuals who after seeing all these people waiting, just sat themselves. I will NEVER be back! That was the last straw! PLUS this place is filthy.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food almost made it worth putting up with the crappy service and the rude hipster attitude. But after today I will NEVER go to stepping stone again!! We waited for 45 min. with our names on a list along with others. Suddenly with our name next to be called, a family walked in and just sat down! All the people waiting were furious and when we all confronted the family and servers- the servers/management said- "well, just come in and sit down there's tables available." So they were going to just let all these people wait outside without bothering to tell them tables were available? The management/servers should have stepped in & sat the people that had been waiting for 45 min. FIRST-then sat the uncourteous individuals who after seeing all these people waiting, just sat themselves. I will NEVER be back! That was the last straw! PLUS this place is filthy.

Cons: customer service, managment & filthy

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Dont bother bringing children. The menu is not for kids, there is no changing facility, and the waitstaff are frightened by them. The food is ok, but not worth the aggrivation.

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★☆☆☆☆

Dont bother bringing children. The menu is not for kids, there is no changing facility, and the waitstaff are frightened by them. The food is ok, but not worth the aggrivation.

Pros: Example: best croissants in town

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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We went to Stepping Stone recently hoping to have the pumpkin pancakes that were featured on Man vs. Food. No pumpkin pancake..."those are a seasonal thing" said the waiter. When we do get our food the side of scambled eggs was cold, I almost poured cream on my pancakes because the didn't bring syrup, and one guest had to wait at least 10 minutes before he got his whopping plate sized pancakes. When I asked for syrup and where our friend's meal might be, I got a snotty reply from the punk waiter.

DO NOT BOTHER WITH THIS PLACE.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to Stepping Stone recently hoping to have the pumpkin pancakes that were featured on Man vs. Food. No pumpkin pancake..."those are a seasonal thing" said the waiter. When we do get our food the side of scambled eggs was cold, I almost poured cream on my pancakes because the didn't bring syrup, and one guest had to wait at least 10 minutes before he got his whopping plate sized pancakes. When I asked for syrup and where our friend's meal might be, I got a snotty reply from the punk waiter.

DO NOT BOTHER WITH THIS PLACE.

Pros: Good whole wheat pancakes

Cons: Terrible service!

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We also saw the stepping stone on man vs. food so last tuesday my boyfriend, mom, and I decided to give it a shot. First off we were barely greeted after waiting for about 5 mins. The girl at the counter kind of nugged at us and said it would be a bit. She never gave us an estimated wait time. We ended up waiting about 20 mins. We all enjoyed the food. The gravy was amazing and so was the country fried steak. If service is a deal breaker for you then i wouldn't go out of your way to eat here. I didn't think the staff was all the friendly and the bathrooms were pretty gross.

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★★★☆☆

We also saw the stepping stone on man vs. food so last tuesday my boyfriend, mom, and I decided to give it a shot. First off we were barely greeted after waiting for about 5 mins. The girl at the counter kind of nugged at us and said it would be a bit. She never gave us an estimated wait time. We ended up waiting about 20 mins. We all enjoyed the food. The gravy was amazing and so was the country fried steak. If service is a deal breaker for you then i wouldn't go out of your way to eat here. I didn't think the staff was all the friendly and the bathrooms were pretty gross.

Pros: Food

Cons: Service

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After seeing a Portland episode of "Man vs Food," the hubby and I HAD to try this place. But then after reading all the poor reviews, we weren't so sure anymore. Still, we shrugged our shoulders and decided to experience it for ourselves and I must say were very pleased. MAYBE those who had bad experiences came on a wknd and encountered stressed-out workers. We went on a weekday morning and had no problems parking. The place was pretty full but we were seated immediately by a smiling guy behind the counter who immediately got our drink orders. The menu was diverse, mostly of typical b-fast fare along with some original interesting ones. A different guy took our food order, but also very friendly and joked around with us. Even the gal who refilled our coffee, tea and water was extremely cheerful. In fact, we liked the entire crew. The '80's tunes were loud, but it set a fun mood and our little girl danced in her seat while enjoying her fruit bowl. We ordered chicken fried steak, chicken sausage scramble, fruit bowl, and a single GINORMOUS pancake that barely fit the plate. Highlight of our choices was the gravy on the chicken fried steak. Although nothing was lip-smacking spectacular, it was still good. I didn't enter the bathroom, but my hubby did say it could use more cleaning. The last two comments are why we didn't give this place a 5-star rating. So, if you're curious about this place and want to increase your chances of nice service, go on a weekday morning.
PS - There was a local news weather girl sighting while we were there.

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★★★★☆

After seeing a Portland episode of "Man vs Food," the hubby and I HAD to try this place. But then after reading all the poor reviews, we weren't so sure anymore. Still, we shrugged our shoulders and decided to experience it for ourselves and I must say were very pleased. MAYBE those who had bad experiences came on a wknd and encountered stressed-out workers. We went on a weekday morning and had no problems parking. The place was pretty full but we were seated immediately by a smiling guy behind the counter who immediately got our drink orders. The menu was diverse, mostly of typical b-fast fare along with some original interesting ones. A different guy took our food order, but also very friendly and joked around with us. Even the gal who refilled our coffee, tea and water was extremely cheerful. In fact, we liked the entire crew. The '80's tunes were loud, but it set a fun mood and our little girl danced in her seat while enjoying her fruit bowl. We ordered chicken fried steak, chicken sausage scramble, fruit bowl, and a single GINORMOUS pancake that barely fit the plate. Highlight of our choices was the gravy on the chicken fried steak. Although nothing was lip-smacking spectacular, it was still good. I didn't enter the bathroom, but my hubby did say it could use more cleaning. The last two comments are why we didn't give this place a 5-star rating. So, if you're curious about this place and want to increase your chances of nice service, go on a weekday morning.
PS - There was a local news weather girl sighting while we were there.

Pros: Going on a weekday will help with parking, seating and service

Cons: None really while we were there. Maybe just cleaner bathrooms.

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Good food. HORRIBLE service. I ordered fruit with my meal which I got cottage cheese. Then when I brought it up with waiter it took about 15 min to get it and it was slammed down on the table. The table next to us came after us and got there food about the same time our order was taken. Getting a refill on a cup of coffee was next to impossible! On waitress snapped a someone trying to sit down. And then to top it off they charged my credit card wrong and gave them a higher tip. I will not be going back, there are too many great breakfast places in Portland that actually know how to treat people!!!

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★★☆☆☆

Good food. HORRIBLE service. I ordered fruit with my meal which I got cottage cheese. Then when I brought it up with waiter it took about 15 min to get it and it was slammed down on the table. The table next to us came after us and got there food about the same time our order was taken. Getting a refill on a cup of coffee was next to impossible! On waitress snapped a someone trying to sit down. And then to top it off they charged my credit card wrong and gave them a higher tip. I will not be going back, there are too many great breakfast places in Portland that actually know how to treat people!!!

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I took my kids here twice right around Thanksgiving. It's my favorite breakfast place in Portland.

I find the staff friendly, there were a ton during the Holiday. The food was hot, the service was good. I've only done breakfast.

I think the "worst" thing about Stepping Stone is parking. It's in the middle of a very residential area, mostly condos/apartments, so on street parking is the only option. Be ready to park a block or two away and walk, but that's as bad as it gets.

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★★★★★

I took my kids here twice right around Thanksgiving. It's my favorite breakfast place in Portland.

I find the staff friendly, there were a ton during the Holiday. The food was hot, the service was good. I've only done breakfast.

I think the "worst" thing about Stepping Stone is parking. It's in the middle of a very residential area, mostly condos/apartments, so on street parking is the only option. Be ready to park a block or two away and walk, but that's as bad as it gets.

Pros: good food, good service, fun atmosphere

Cons: parking can be a challenge

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The reviews of this place seem to veer between 1) people who have experienced the Stepping Stone's bad service and won't return and 2) people who have experienced the Stepping Stone's bad service and seem to think it's great to be in a place so edgy and hip.

The one thing we can agree on is that the Stepping Stone has bad service.

The question is: have you been living in PDX for so long that you've become inured to being treated like garbage by inept, lazy jerks with beards, clunky glasses, and doo rags? Why give this place your business? I won't. Hell, I'd rather go to some Denny's and be treated politely by some middle-aged mother of four busting her butt than some sullen 20-something chick (whoever that "hostess" is...short black hair...mumbles...bitchy...FIRE HER IMMEDIATELY!)

my two cents

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★☆☆☆☆

The reviews of this place seem to veer between 1) people who have experienced the Stepping Stone's bad service and won't return and 2) people who have experienced the Stepping Stone's bad service and seem to think it's great to be in a place so edgy and hip.

The one thing we can agree on is that the Stepping Stone has bad service.

The question is: have you been living in PDX for so long that you've become inured to being treated like garbage by inept, lazy jerks with beards, clunky glasses, and doo rags? Why give this place your business? I won't. Hell, I'd rather go to some Denny's and be treated politely by some middle-aged mother of four busting her butt than some sullen 20-something chick (whoever that "hostess" is...short black hair...mumbles...bitchy...FIRE HER IMMEDIATELY!)

my two cents

Pros: Some decent dishes, good portion size.

Cons: Everything else.

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My partner and I had a mid-morning breakfast last Saturday at Stepping Sone. Our expectations were somewhat high because every time we drove by there was always a line of people waiting to get in. We were seated almost immediately in a spot close to the counter where we could easily be seen. Water arrived and 5 minutes later menus. Five minutes after that we were ready to order but it was if we were invisible. It took another 10 minutes for us to flag down a server. Incredibly, it took 45 minutes for our food to arrive. One meal of all side orders was fine but the scramble for the second order was not even warm and had obviously been waiting for a long time. When the server asked if I wanted the kitchen to make a new order that was hot, it took every ounce of control to not be snide and respond, "No, I think I'd like to eat my scramble cold." What a question to be asked. Lastly, the music was so loud you could barely talk. It was if the employees had it cranked up so they didn't have to listen to complaining customers. Long story short, save your time and money and eat at Byways Cafe if you want a good breakfast with great service. Step away, step far, far away from Stepping Stone Cafe.

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★☆☆☆☆

My partner and I had a mid-morning breakfast last Saturday at Stepping Sone. Our expectations were somewhat high because every time we drove by there was always a line of people waiting to get in. We were seated almost immediately in a spot close to the counter where we could easily be seen. Water arrived and 5 minutes later menus. Five minutes after that we were ready to order but it was if we were invisible. It took another 10 minutes for us to flag down a server. Incredibly, it took 45 minutes for our food to arrive. One meal of all side orders was fine but the scramble for the second order was not even warm and had obviously been waiting for a long time. When the server asked if I wanted the kitchen to make a new order that was hot, it took every ounce of control to not be snide and respond, "No, I think I'd like to eat my scramble cold." What a question to be asked. Lastly, the music was so loud you could barely talk. It was if the employees had it cranked up so they didn't have to listen to complaining customers. Long story short, save your time and money and eat at Byways Cafe if you want a good breakfast with great service. Step away, step far, far away from Stepping Stone Cafe.

Pros: None

Cons: Service, food, parking

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I work graveyard shift, so The Stepping Stone is a great place for my coworkers and I to get breakfast and adult beverages at 7:30 in the morning. The bacon seems to always be slightly overcooked, however this can work to your advantage as it fixes The Dilemma. The Dilemma is delicious on it's own, fresh hash browns, baby spinach and melted jack, but if you crumble the crumbly bacon on top...heaven.

Saturday and Sunday mornings so far have great service

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★★★★☆

I work graveyard shift, so The Stepping Stone is a great place for my coworkers and I to get breakfast and adult beverages at 7:30 in the morning. The bacon seems to always be slightly overcooked, however this can work to your advantage as it fixes The Dilemma. The Dilemma is delicious on it's own, fresh hash browns, baby spinach and melted jack, but if you crumble the crumbly bacon on top...heaven.

Saturday and Sunday mornings so far have great service

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The food was good, but it's hard to mess up cheese and eggs. Our friends told the host stand that we were going to have 4 people, so they sat them in a booth that could have easily fit 5 people. When we showed up and tried to join our friends in the booth, they said 5 people were "not allowed" in the booth and they kicked us out and put us at the end of the waiting list. The hostess was totally not apologetic for making us wait again. We ended up waiting another 45 minutes for our table. Once we were finally seated and ordered our food, we waited ANOTHER 30 minutes before our food began to arrive. The server who was delivering our food mumbled the name of the dish he was presenting, and when we asked him to repeat it, he was super rude! "THIS IS THE ANGRY GOAT OMELETTE." What a jamoche. The toast was wrong on her plate, so my friend did not think it was the right dish, but decided to take the plate anyway. When she raised her hand and said that it was hers, he pretended to pull it away from her, saying, "are you sure it's yours?". He did not, needless to say, fix her toast selection. Our actual server was nice, the food was okay, but all in all, the service and attitude at this place are completely ridiculous.

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★★☆☆☆

The food was good, but it's hard to mess up cheese and eggs. Our friends told the host stand that we were going to have 4 people, so they sat them in a booth that could have easily fit 5 people. When we showed up and tried to join our friends in the booth, they said 5 people were "not allowed" in the booth and they kicked us out and put us at the end of the waiting list. The hostess was totally not apologetic for making us wait again. We ended up waiting another 45 minutes for our table. Once we were finally seated and ordered our food, we waited ANOTHER 30 minutes before our food began to arrive. The server who was delivering our food mumbled the name of the dish he was presenting, and when we asked him to repeat it, he was super rude! "THIS IS THE ANGRY GOAT OMELETTE." What a jamoche. The toast was wrong on her plate, so my friend did not think it was the right dish, but decided to take the plate anyway. When she raised her hand and said that it was hers, he pretended to pull it away from her, saying, "are you sure it's yours?". He did not, needless to say, fix her toast selection. Our actual server was nice, the food was okay, but all in all, the service and attitude at this place are completely ridiculous.

Pros: Decent food

Cons: Service is awful

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Stepping Stone is by far my favorite place to eat in Portland. A weekend rarely goes by where I haven't stopped by late at night. I've been going for years now and everything i've tried on the menu is excellent. Everyone I've taken there goes back again and again for the best food you can get. The fries are amazing, the best I've ever had, crispy, a little greasy and lots of potato in the middle. The pancakes are huge and take up the entire plate, all the breakfast items are delicious, try the cinnamon roll french toast! and they can make any kind of milkshake you want, they're always thick and served with lots of whipped cream. the service is one of a kind and I've being patient, I've never had any complaints about it because they make up for it by being entertaining and friendly. they're always playing a huge variety of good music. Night is the best time to go, so go in for breakfast for dinner or just the best fries and shakes.

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★★★★★

Stepping Stone is by far my favorite place to eat in Portland. A weekend rarely goes by where I haven't stopped by late at night. I've been going for years now and everything i've tried on the menu is excellent. Everyone I've taken there goes back again and again for the best food you can get. The fries are amazing, the best I've ever had, crispy, a little greasy and lots of potato in the middle. The pancakes are huge and take up the entire plate, all the breakfast items are delicious, try the cinnamon roll french toast! and they can make any kind of milkshake you want, they're always thick and served with lots of whipped cream. the service is one of a kind and I've being patient, I've never had any complaints about it because they make up for it by being entertaining and friendly. they're always playing a huge variety of good music. Night is the best time to go, so go in for breakfast for dinner or just the best fries and shakes.

Pros: Weekend hours, food, awesome staff

Cons: Randomly closed at times?

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Well, their motto is "You eat here because we let you". Unfortunately, there is no reason to. I have been on the search for the perfect Reuben sandwich. Theirs was soggy and bland with basic lunch meat and came with the WORST potato salad I have ever had. Apart from an odd flavor (onion powder?) and virtually no other seasonings, the potatoes had an undercooked yet rubbery consistency that I have never experienced before. I'm guessing they had them soaking in water for a very long time before they were undercooked. I would have mentioned the potato salad, but no one ever asked us how things were. They don't ask because they don't have to...and I won't eat here, because there are so many other good places.

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★☆☆☆☆

Well, their motto is "You eat here because we let you". Unfortunately, there is no reason to. I have been on the search for the perfect Reuben sandwich. Theirs was soggy and bland with basic lunch meat and came with the WORST potato salad I have ever had. Apart from an odd flavor (onion powder?) and virtually no other seasonings, the potatoes had an undercooked yet rubbery consistency that I have never experienced before. I'm guessing they had them soaking in water for a very long time before they were undercooked. I would have mentioned the potato salad, but no one ever asked us how things were. They don't ask because they don't have to...and I won't eat here, because there are so many other good places.

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I was pretty pleased with the food, atmosphere and location. I was excited about the portions, the prices, the goofy bluegrass music. But the service...yeesh. The service was spastic even by Portland standards. I waited close to 20 minutes to put in a drink order, then the drinks arrived after the food did. (And that ain't fresh squeezed tomato juice as they say in their menu. Just saying.) It seems like jam and butter should automatically come with the food, but they never materialized even after I asked the server for them. He then pulled a vanishing act on me, leaving empty plates on my table and no check anywhere in sight for about 30 minutes after I'd finished eating. Good thing I've become inured to being ignored by my servers, or I would have walked. Despite all that, the Italian scramble I had was delicious and my bloody mary was spiced just right.

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★★★☆☆

I was pretty pleased with the food, atmosphere and location. I was excited about the portions, the prices, the goofy bluegrass music. But the service...yeesh. The service was spastic even by Portland standards. I waited close to 20 minutes to put in a drink order, then the drinks arrived after the food did. (And that ain't fresh squeezed tomato juice as they say in their menu. Just saying.) It seems like jam and butter should automatically come with the food, but they never materialized even after I asked the server for them. He then pulled a vanishing act on me, leaving empty plates on my table and no check anywhere in sight for about 30 minutes after I'd finished eating. Good thing I've become inured to being ignored by my servers, or I would have walked. Despite all that, the Italian scramble I had was delicious and my bloody mary was spiced just right.

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From the reviews here, it seems that Stepping Stone has laxed off in the quality department, both in service and food. I'm not sure I agree. Perhaps the ill-advised--and frankly, insulting for a neighborhood diner--slogan has gone to their heads. "You eat here because we let you" would better serve the likes of Montage or The Roxy. The most telling reviews here are posted below by "pdxnstuff," "shagbag," and "LemurMaster."

Stepping Stone is still a standout neighborhood diner. I recommend it everyday, living and working two jobs in the neighborhood. My experiences have been overwhelmingly positive, and even on a swamped Memorial Day Monday, we were treated well with decently portioned dishes and table service.

I want the Stepping Stone to last, succeed, and continue to be the place where I want to eat and recommend. After reading the reviews here, and considering my own experiences over the many years at Stepping Stone, I can only suggest this (as a fan, and loyal patron): Lose the attitude; it is misplaced here. Be attentive and respectful to your customer; you never know who will be a repeat and who will slag you off and lose you a few $30 tables. Keep the quality of food tops. Keep the quirkiness, it makes you unique.

This is one of my favorite NW eateries since the decade ago I moved here. Like the many "concerned" reviews before me, this one is written from a fan. If you are hungry folk reading this review and considering the Stepping Stone, I say please do try it--chances are you will love it. I want to encourage you to give it a shot. Even the regulars who are unhappy with the service, etc... will continue to be a regular. That says something.

To sum up my review, I love the Stone, I continue to recommend the Stone, and I hope that the Stone finds it's way back to pleasing the regulars and new patrons alike. I want to see nothing but 5 star reviews here! Amen.

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★★★★★

From the reviews here, it seems that Stepping Stone has laxed off in the quality department, both in service and food. I'm not sure I agree. Perhaps the ill-advised--and frankly, insulting for a neighborhood diner--slogan has gone to their heads. "You eat here because we let you" would better serve the likes of Montage or The Roxy. The most telling reviews here are posted below by "pdxnstuff," "shagbag," and "LemurMaster."

Stepping Stone is still a standout neighborhood diner. I recommend it everyday, living and working two jobs in the neighborhood. My experiences have been overwhelmingly positive, and even on a swamped Memorial Day Monday, we were treated well with decently portioned dishes and table service.

I want the Stepping Stone to last, succeed, and continue to be the place where I want to eat and recommend. After reading the reviews here, and considering my own experiences over the many years at Stepping Stone, I can only suggest this (as a fan, and loyal patron): Lose the attitude; it is misplaced here. Be attentive and respectful to your customer; you never know who will be a repeat and who will slag you off and lose you a few $30 tables. Keep the quality of food tops. Keep the quirkiness, it makes you unique.

This is one of my favorite NW eateries since the decade ago I moved here. Like the many "concerned" reviews before me, this one is written from a fan. If you are hungry folk reading this review and considering the Stepping Stone, I say please do try it--chances are you will love it. I want to encourage you to give it a shot. Even the regulars who are unhappy with the service, etc... will continue to be a regular. That says something.

To sum up my review, I love the Stone, I continue to recommend the Stone, and I hope that the Stone finds it's way back to pleasing the regulars and new patrons alike. I want to see nothing but 5 star reviews here! Amen.

Pros: Neighborhood joint, with quirkiness needed to break the "snob hill" vibe. Late night hours are tops!

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I have been a Stepping Stone regular for years. In fact, I used to eat there daily when I lived around the corner. I actually worked there for 6 months or so as a busser, dishwasher, and server. I loved the place.

But in the last two years, I think the owners have lost sight of what was so wonderful about the place.
It had an comfort, an age, which made it stand out among the swath of breakfast options in town. That atmosphere was something worth saving. It was a place people wanted to come in because it was entertaining to eat there. It was a place where it was easy to strike up a conversation with the person next to you, where the wait-staff chatted happily with the customers, and where one would go to have a good laugh and a cup of joe.
Now the food quality (and quantity) has dropped dramatically. The last 4 meals I've eaten there have left me extremely unsatisfied. Hashed potatoes are both undercooked AND burnt (offering up a chewy texture not unlike plastic), scrambles taste bland, and the toast is floppy and unpleasant. All this, and the prices have been raised.
The staff has changed too. The kitchen is run by different folks, and it shows. Though a couple of the old guard remains up front, the majority of them are run ragged, fighting to keep up with the pace of the restaurant because of changes to the way dishwashing is done.
Finally, the charm is all drained out of the place. The last few times I was in there, the Radio was playing! It used to be that the music played a significant role in the atmosphere of the place, but when it's tuned into pop radio, including commercials -- forget about it.
It pains me, but I can get better food, for cheaper prices, from staff who have more time to interact with me, and in a more pleasant atmosphere, from at least 10-15 other spots in town.
The Stepping Stone managed to take that which made it unique, and they cashed it in and became a mediocre version of so many other restaurants in town.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been a Stepping Stone regular for years. In fact, I used to eat there daily when I lived around the corner. I actually worked there for 6 months or so as a busser, dishwasher, and server. I loved the place.

But in the last two years, I think the owners have lost sight of what was so wonderful about the place.
It had an comfort, an age, which made it stand out among the swath of breakfast options in town. That atmosphere was something worth saving. It was a place people wanted to come in because it was entertaining to eat there. It was a place where it was easy to strike up a conversation with the person next to you, where the wait-staff chatted happily with the customers, and where one would go to have a good laugh and a cup of joe.
Now the food quality (and quantity) has dropped dramatically. The last 4 meals I've eaten there have left me extremely unsatisfied. Hashed potatoes are both undercooked AND burnt (offering up a chewy texture not unlike plastic), scrambles taste bland, and the toast is floppy and unpleasant. All this, and the prices have been raised.
The staff has changed too. The kitchen is run by different folks, and it shows. Though a couple of the old guard remains up front, the majority of them are run ragged, fighting to keep up with the pace of the restaurant because of changes to the way dishwashing is done.
Finally, the charm is all drained out of the place. The last few times I was in there, the Radio was playing! It used to be that the music played a significant role in the atmosphere of the place, but when it's tuned into pop radio, including commercials -- forget about it.
It pains me, but I can get better food, for cheaper prices, from staff who have more time to interact with me, and in a more pleasant atmosphere, from at least 10-15 other spots in town.
The Stepping Stone managed to take that which made it unique, and they cashed it in and became a mediocre version of so many other restaurants in town.

Pros: Still has one of the coolest counters in town.

Cons: Disappointing food (quantity and quality), and lackluster atmosphere

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I have been a regular at the stepping stone for years, recently I have noticed the decrease in food quality and increase in prices. Also it seems like the owners are trying to change the place into a bar, its the stone for christs sake! It used be a cheap eat, where you could get a huge plate of food, for not much dough, and it was high quality! now the place just seems like every other restaurant , with low quality sisco food (most likely genetically modified, non-organic), and everytime i went in there for the last month or 2 they have been out of whatever it is I want like last time i went in there and they were out of biscuits! I always have biscuits with my breakfast and even though they were not as good as they used to be I still wanted one. After all the disapointments I am sorry to say that I will not be back to the stone, and would encourage the management to renew the old stone!. Also whats the deal with the paint job?? its an eyesore!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been a regular at the stepping stone for years, recently I have noticed the decrease in food quality and increase in prices. Also it seems like the owners are trying to change the place into a bar, its the stone for christs sake! It used be a cheap eat, where you could get a huge plate of food, for not much dough, and it was high quality! now the place just seems like every other restaurant , with low quality sisco food (most likely genetically modified, non-organic), and everytime i went in there for the last month or 2 they have been out of whatever it is I want like last time i went in there and they were out of biscuits! I always have biscuits with my breakfast and even though they were not as good as they used to be I still wanted one. After all the disapointments I am sorry to say that I will not be back to the stone, and would encourage the management to renew the old stone!. Also whats the deal with the paint job?? its an eyesore!

Pros: Staff and the ambience

Cons: the changes, food quality

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Okay, I see a lot of people writing reviews complaining about the service or the food or whatever. Did anybody stop to read the motto? It pretty much says everything. If you decide to eat here, expect a little attitude! The first couple of times I came, I was verbably served pretty good. But the food was delicious. I mean, great. You can't get a better omlet or scramble in the morning. The coffee is meaty and perfect. What sets this place apart from every other breakfast place is the attitude. And the atmosphere. Being a huge fan of underground hip hop, I was elated to hear the Special Herbs instrumentals playing one sunny morning. I had a perma-grin on my face the whole time.

I do have a couple of negative points though too. First off is the wait. I know it's a popular spot, but some mornings, I just want to eat without the wait. Not really anybody's fault, but it is what it is. Secondly, I've notice am increase in food wait time after you've ordered. This was never an issue a couple of months ago, but seems to be the new trend. My friend and I patiently waited for our foor for almost an hour. We were cool and so was our server, but I was starving, so it kinda sucked. Other than that, everybody who I've every brought there has loved it. Wether it be jus tthe food or the whole thing. If you live in the NW area and haven't yet ventured in, your completley missing out. I challenge you to find a better scramble! And if you do, tell me. I could be wrong, but I know I'm not.

2
★★★★★

Okay, I see a lot of people writing reviews complaining about the service or the food or whatever. Did anybody stop to read the motto? It pretty much says everything. If you decide to eat here, expect a little attitude! The first couple of times I came, I was verbably served pretty good. But the food was delicious. I mean, great. You can't get a better omlet or scramble in the morning. The coffee is meaty and perfect. What sets this place apart from every other breakfast place is the attitude. And the atmosphere. Being a huge fan of underground hip hop, I was elated to hear the Special Herbs instrumentals playing one sunny morning. I had a perma-grin on my face the whole time.

I do have a couple of negative points though too. First off is the wait. I know it's a popular spot, but some mornings, I just want to eat without the wait. Not really anybody's fault, but it is what it is. Secondly, I've notice am increase in food wait time after you've ordered. This was never an issue a couple of months ago, but seems to be the new trend. My friend and I patiently waited for our foor for almost an hour. We were cool and so was our server, but I was starving, so it kinda sucked. Other than that, everybody who I've every brought there has loved it. Wether it be jus tthe food or the whole thing. If you live in the NW area and haven't yet ventured in, your completley missing out. I challenge you to find a better scramble! And if you do, tell me. I could be wrong, but I know I'm not.

Pros: Great food, great tunes

Cons: sarcastic staff leaves the weak scared

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Dear Stepping Stone owners,

I'm not sure if you are aware of how great your place is. Not only the food, but the atmosphere. The workers. The loud music. So when I see and hear about changes that have been made or that are going to be made, I say this one thing. STOP. You're going ro ruin a gem. It's unique. It's fun. It's dirty. It's the stepping stone that we all love.

Words of advice to you guys. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Be careful what you guys do. You may very well destroy this gem.

Yours truly,
One of the many loyal customers for years now that loves the STEPPING STONE for what it is.

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★★★★★

Dear Stepping Stone owners,

I'm not sure if you are aware of how great your place is. Not only the food, but the atmosphere. The workers. The loud music. So when I see and hear about changes that have been made or that are going to be made, I say this one thing. STOP. You're going ro ruin a gem. It's unique. It's fun. It's dirty. It's the stepping stone that we all love.

Words of advice to you guys. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Be careful what you guys do. You may very well destroy this gem.

Yours truly,
One of the many loyal customers for years now that loves the STEPPING STONE for what it is.

Pros: Food, Atmosphere, fun servers

Cons: The changes

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I have a love-hate relationship with Stepping Stone. Pluses include location (close to home on a quiet street), cozy atmosphere, and good food (see caveat). Negatives include the greasy 17-year-old stoned bed-headed server who looks like he desperately needs a shower and a trip to rehab. Why does he work here? Each time I eat at SS, it seems to require supreme effort for him to keep his eyes open, walk past our table, and perhaps even bring us something (a napkin, a menu, a spoon, etc.). Last time, he offered us beverages and then sort of stood behind the counter, gazing into space, while the other staff brought our drinks, took our orders, brought food, etc. Okaaaay. Then there's the food. First time I was there, I had an egg-white omelet that was huge and great. Second time, the omelet was less than half the size of my boyfriend's omelet and decidedly not great. What happened in the intervening weeks? Did the chickens get smaller? Portobello shortage? I like the pancakes, but they taste overwhelmingly of bacon grease. I'm not a prude, but that's gross. Oh yeah, and there's always a wait, you'll always be ignored, and you'll never be cool enough to eat there. Eat up!

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★★★☆☆

I have a love-hate relationship with Stepping Stone. Pluses include location (close to home on a quiet street), cozy atmosphere, and good food (see caveat). Negatives include the greasy 17-year-old stoned bed-headed server who looks like he desperately needs a shower and a trip to rehab. Why does he work here? Each time I eat at SS, it seems to require supreme effort for him to keep his eyes open, walk past our table, and perhaps even bring us something (a napkin, a menu, a spoon, etc.). Last time, he offered us beverages and then sort of stood behind the counter, gazing into space, while the other staff brought our drinks, took our orders, brought food, etc. Okaaaay. Then there's the food. First time I was there, I had an egg-white omelet that was huge and great. Second time, the omelet was less than half the size of my boyfriend's omelet and decidedly not great. What happened in the intervening weeks? Did the chickens get smaller? Portobello shortage? I like the pancakes, but they taste overwhelmingly of bacon grease. I'm not a prude, but that's gross. Oh yeah, and there's always a wait, you'll always be ignored, and you'll never be cool enough to eat there. Eat up!

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When you're a bit inebriated and looking for some greasy, filling grub, go to the Stepping Stone. They're open late on Fridays and Saturdays, 'til 3am, and it's just what you're looking for after a night of bar hopping. The omelette selection is plentiful, and they have plenty of other good food too. My omelette of avocadoes, tomatoes and cream cheese was AMAZING, I loved my hash browns and toast was good too. My friend ordered a cinnamon roll that was great.
If you're uptight, don't bother, but if you want yummy food, check it out.

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★★★★☆

When you're a bit inebriated and looking for some greasy, filling grub, go to the Stepping Stone. They're open late on Fridays and Saturdays, 'til 3am, and it's just what you're looking for after a night of bar hopping. The omelette selection is plentiful, and they have plenty of other good food too. My omelette of avocadoes, tomatoes and cream cheese was AMAZING, I loved my hash browns and toast was good too. My friend ordered a cinnamon roll that was great.
If you're uptight, don't bother, but if you want yummy food, check it out.

Pros: Omelettes, open late

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I used to love this place! Even took my grandparents once. Never had bad service or food. Always been slow on coffee refills. But I had one of the worst dining experiences I've had in a long while since (gag) Paradox. First, mealy-mouthed girl with short hair rudely tells us to sit where there's a clean table. DUH. I know, as a server, I've said this but not in the manner which made me want to leave. She brings us water HOLDING THE THE GLASSES WITH HER FINGERS IN THE CUP. GROSS! I ask for coffee which she brings and doesn't bring any silverware to stir sugar or cream. I have to ask someone else. I prayed she wasn't our server.

Meanwhile, mindnumbing annoyingly loud and repetative (and bad to boot) techno beats blaring over head. It's the morning for *&%$ sake! Another server takes our order, I start to relax a bit. She seems nice and somewhat professional. I look over to see too-cool-for-school girl grabbing dirty dishes, stuffing her face, and bringing out food and waters (fingers in glass) WITHOUT WASHING HER HANDS once.

Food comes without my toast. I've always enjoyed the breakfast, especially when dready guy is working the grill. He failed me. It's not like 12 or 2pm so I'm not sure why the potatoes are crusty, burnt woodchips. I'm bummed. Too-cool-for-school girl walked by and I asked her for my toast. She passed the buck onto my server (not like she's busy or anything). Server forgets to tell dready guy. Almost finished (annoyed and bummed) with food when toast arrives. I told the server about the potatoes. Told her she needed to tell the cook not to serve those. She has that I-don't-care-really look on her face.

I'm relieved to leave once I pay up. I apologize to my friend who I told this was a great place. He said it sucked. I said I agreed. Never going back. There are soo many other restaurants in Portland where I can go and get bad food and service from people who are too cool to work where they are at.

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★★☆☆☆

I used to love this place! Even took my grandparents once. Never had bad service or food. Always been slow on coffee refills. But I had one of the worst dining experiences I've had in a long while since (gag) Paradox. First, mealy-mouthed girl with short hair rudely tells us to sit where there's a clean table. DUH. I know, as a server, I've said this but not in the manner which made me want to leave. She brings us water HOLDING THE THE GLASSES WITH HER FINGERS IN THE CUP. GROSS! I ask for coffee which she brings and doesn't bring any silverware to stir sugar or cream. I have to ask someone else. I prayed she wasn't our server.

Meanwhile, mindnumbing annoyingly loud and repetative (and bad to boot) techno beats blaring over head. It's the morning for *&%$ sake! Another server takes our order, I start to relax a bit. She seems nice and somewhat professional. I look over to see too-cool-for-school girl grabbing dirty dishes, stuffing her face, and bringing out food and waters (fingers in glass) WITHOUT WASHING HER HANDS once.

Food comes without my toast. I've always enjoyed the breakfast, especially when dready guy is working the grill. He failed me. It's not like 12 or 2pm so I'm not sure why the potatoes are crusty, burnt woodchips. I'm bummed. Too-cool-for-school girl walked by and I asked her for my toast. She passed the buck onto my server (not like she's busy or anything). Server forgets to tell dready guy. Almost finished (annoyed and bummed) with food when toast arrives. I told the server about the potatoes. Told her she needed to tell the cook not to serve those. She has that I-don't-care-really look on her face.

I'm relieved to leave once I pay up. I apologize to my friend who I told this was a great place. He said it sucked. I said I agreed. Never going back. There are soo many other restaurants in Portland where I can go and get bad food and service from people who are too cool to work where they are at.

Pros: Good salsa, Chx Fried Steak, Omelettes

Cons: Bad Service, small tables, no AC

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Dear Stepping Stone,

We've eaten at Stepping Stone a total of four times over the last 8 years of living in this neighborhood! We've always had a pleasant time, and enjoyed the service and food. So why only four times in eight years? Because you are never open during the afternoons when we want to go there!

We understand peak hours (breakfast, lunch, late night), but this eclectic neighborhood has proven that we are not as predictable as that. Look at the Old Pharmacy Cafe---that place is packed 24 hours a day. What is their draw? Certainly not the food. It's location and wifi, and that they are open.

The menu at Stepping Stone is great. We wish we could go get a coffee and *something to eat* there everyday when we walk by, but you are always closed; instead we go to Vivace. Crepes are good, but not all the time. The menu at Stepping Stone is great. As a tucked away little diner, you could rock. We say this selfishly because we want to come in there more.

The service is good as far as diner-type restaurants go (you naysayers need to stick to Denny's and Shari's). The locale is potential. It's all good, but for the hours.

You have a menu that lends itself to "all day" (as opposed to 24 hours). You are a gem in hiding. Please come out.

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★★★★★

Dear Stepping Stone,

We've eaten at Stepping Stone a total of four times over the last 8 years of living in this neighborhood! We've always had a pleasant time, and enjoyed the service and food. So why only four times in eight years? Because you are never open during the afternoons when we want to go there!

We understand peak hours (breakfast, lunch, late night), but this eclectic neighborhood has proven that we are not as predictable as that. Look at the Old Pharmacy Cafe---that place is packed 24 hours a day. What is their draw? Certainly not the food. It's location and wifi, and that they are open.

The menu at Stepping Stone is great. We wish we could go get a coffee and *something to eat* there everyday when we walk by, but you are always closed; instead we go to Vivace. Crepes are good, but not all the time. The menu at Stepping Stone is great. As a tucked away little diner, you could rock. We say this selfishly because we want to come in there more.

The service is good as far as diner-type restaurants go (you naysayers need to stick to Denny's and Shari's). The locale is potential. It's all good, but for the hours.

You have a menu that lends itself to "all day" (as opposed to 24 hours). You are a gem in hiding. Please come out.

Pros: good diner menu, good diner atmosphere...

Cons: the hours...... the hours....... the hours........

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At first I was a little aprehensive after reading all the reviews to try the stone. But we wanted to go out for a great breakfast and thats just what we got. It was busy (sundays are expected to be) but it was worth the wait. They had a wide variety of menu items, good choices for omelettes and scrambles! My boyfriend and I each ordered an entree and we shared pancakes. The pancakes were huge! The service was fine, I don't see what everyone is complaining about. I guess if you need someone to tie a bib around you and cut your meat for you, then sure. This is our new fave!!!

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★★★★★

At first I was a little aprehensive after reading all the reviews to try the stone. But we wanted to go out for a great breakfast and thats just what we got. It was busy (sundays are expected to be) but it was worth the wait. They had a wide variety of menu items, good choices for omelettes and scrambles! My boyfriend and I each ordered an entree and we shared pancakes. The pancakes were huge! The service was fine, I don't see what everyone is complaining about. I guess if you need someone to tie a bib around you and cut your meat for you, then sure. This is our new fave!!!

Pros: big portions, great variety

Cons: limited seating

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If you are over 30 or have any shred of class, do NOT eat here. The menu reads, "You eat here because we let you," and a sign hangs saying "Dinner Options: 1. Take it. 2. Leave it." Believe me, that says it all. The service was terrible, I had to beg for their attention. The food was mediocre and incorrectly prepared. And isn't it a major no-no to allow wait staff to be seen eating in front of customers? Not here - the busboy was chowing down in full view. Staff also wear offensive T-shirts and let the swear words fly. I guess I must just not be "cool enough," but my money's pretty cool, and I will never spend my money here again.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you are over 30 or have any shred of class, do NOT eat here. The menu reads, "You eat here because we let you," and a sign hangs saying "Dinner Options: 1. Take it. 2. Leave it." Believe me, that says it all. The service was terrible, I had to beg for their attention. The food was mediocre and incorrectly prepared. And isn't it a major no-no to allow wait staff to be seen eating in front of customers? Not here - the busboy was chowing down in full view. Staff also wear offensive T-shirts and let the swear words fly. I guess I must just not be "cool enough," but my money's pretty cool, and I will never spend my money here again.

Pros: Location, Reasonably priced

Cons: Rude waitstaff, Question sterility

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I've been to the "Stone" of and on over the last year, and have witnessed none of what others are complaining about. Granted, Denny's it ain't. But that's why we go there. Great food, reasonably priced, no pretention. I've added numerous CD's to my collection by inquiring what they were playing over the sound system. Y'all just need to lighten up.

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★★★★★

I've been to the "Stone" of and on over the last year, and have witnessed none of what others are complaining about. Granted, Denny's it ain't. But that's why we go there. Great food, reasonably priced, no pretention. I've added numerous CD's to my collection by inquiring what they were playing over the sound system. Y'all just need to lighten up.

Pros: Good food, Great coffee, Good tunes

Cons: Far away from home

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I have been going here for a while and the food is ok for a big meal in the morning. Good portions, not so great service. This restaurant hasn't been as busy lately, I am not quite sure why, but maybe their service policy needs to change. The food is ok though.

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★★★☆☆

I have been going here for a while and the food is ok for a big meal in the morning. Good portions, not so great service. This restaurant hasn't been as busy lately, I am not quite sure why, but maybe their service policy needs to change. The food is ok though.

Pros: good prices, big portions

Cons: bad service, not good for kids

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It's easy to tell the good diners by the crowds, and this one often has a small line out the door on weekend mornings, and even has a lot of weekday traffic as well. With a charming retro look and supposed purposefully brusque behavior on the part of the wait staff (a little Soup Nazi influence?), this small diner serves up an array of breakfast and lunch fare (heavy on the egg and omelet dishes). Normally open from mornings until the afternoon, they're also open late night into the early hours of the morning Thursdays through Sunday for those insomniacs with an appetite.

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★★★★☆

It's easy to tell the good diners by the crowds, and this one often has a small line out the door on weekend mornings, and even has a lot of weekday traffic as well. With a charming retro look and supposed purposefully brusque behavior on the part of the wait staff (a little Soup Nazi influence?), this small diner serves up an array of breakfast and lunch fare (heavy on the egg and omelet dishes). Normally open from mornings until the afternoon, they're also open late night into the early hours of the morning Thursdays through Sunday for those insomniacs with an appetite.

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Excellent place for breakfast anytime, even late night! This restaurant has a young and hip wait staff, ready to serve up some great eggs and toast. The music plays loud all day, and the coffee cups are bottomless. Serves alcohol during limited hours, and stays open until 3 a.m. on the weekends. Sit at the counter or get a booth, you wont be disappointed.

PROS: all the food and the music, late nights yeahhh
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★★★★★

Excellent place for breakfast anytime, even late night! This restaurant has a young and hip wait staff, ready to serve up some great eggs and toast. The music plays loud all day, and the coffee cups are bottomless. Serves alcohol during limited hours, and stays open until 3 a.m. on the weekends. Sit at the counter or get a booth, you wont be disappointed.

PROS: all the food and the music, late nights yeahhh
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The "Stone" as we know it is our favorite breakfast spot. Featuring inventive omelets bursting with ingredients, scrambles, and many vegetarian options. My favorite, the Cat Fishing, overflows with shrimp, carmelized onions, avocado and cheese. Grab a booth if you can, or settle in on the almost-every-season-patio (with heaters and curtains for not so perfect days). The laid back staff manage a great balance of banter and service. My coffee cup is never empty. Lunch is equally appealing with one of the best spinach salads in town. Go once and you'll be a regular. One con: a group of 5 or 6 is hard to seat. Keep your crowd to 4 or fewer.

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★★★★★

The "Stone" as we know it is our favorite breakfast spot. Featuring inventive omelets bursting with ingredients, scrambles, and many vegetarian options. My favorite, the Cat Fishing, overflows with shrimp, carmelized onions, avocado and cheese. Grab a booth if you can, or settle in on the almost-every-season-patio (with heaters and curtains for not so perfect days). The laid back staff manage a great balance of banter and service. My coffee cup is never empty. Lunch is equally appealing with one of the best spinach salads in town. Go once and you'll be a regular. One con: a group of 5 or 6 is hard to seat. Keep your crowd to 4 or fewer.

Pros: Wait staff , Food, Prices

Cons: Limited table sizes, Busy on Sunday AM

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This place is great - you will here just about any style music - The staff are great, the food wonderfull, the coffee incredible! What more can I say!! It does get crowded and there is a reason. The scambles are inventive and great, the Hashbowns are like homemade fried taters - to die for!! and they even cater to low carb! and if you aren't - try the brownies and cookies!

Always a great way to start a weekend!! What a lively bunch (warning - they don't take no guff!)

Try it - you'll like it!

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★★★★★

This place is great - you will here just about any style music - The staff are great, the food wonderfull, the coffee incredible! What more can I say!! It does get crowded and there is a reason. The scambles are inventive and great, the Hashbowns are like homemade fried taters - to die for!! and they even cater to low carb! and if you aren't - try the brownies and cookies!

Always a great way to start a weekend!! What a lively bunch (warning - they don't take no guff!)

Try it - you'll like it!

Pros: Hashbrowns, Staff, coffee

Cons: , not open evenings, no credit cards

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This is a wonderful place for people who are laid back and go with the flow. The food is great and the atmosphere is hopping. My Husband and I have been here several times and always have a great time. Fresh ground French roast coffee is always fresh and hot. but if it's busy as weekends usually are, you just might have to ask for that re-fill. There's a waiting list, but if the counter is empty help yourself to no waiting as we usually do. For us it's a great way to start our week-end. No complaints here and I can be very picky. Try the Veggie Scramble it's great!

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★★★★★

This is a wonderful place for people who are laid back and go with the flow. The food is great and the atmosphere is hopping. My Husband and I have been here several times and always have a great time. Fresh ground French roast coffee is always fresh and hot. but if it's busy as weekends usually are, you just might have to ask for that re-fill. There's a waiting list, but if the counter is empty help yourself to no waiting as we usually do. For us it's a great way to start our week-end. No complaints here and I can be very picky. Try the Veggie Scramble it's great!

Pros: relaxed atmosphere, good food, full of personality

Cons: , can be crowed, not for everyone

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I am not sure what all the complaining is about. I have found that the service is great when compared to the lousy service one is accustomed to in Portland. I have a feeling that the complainers are the typical uberblanco 40 somethings who tend to seek out abusive scenarios. The food is great and guess I am in the minority when I say I like the hashbrowns. I dont think they are destined for ruin as every time I go there is a wait.

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★★★★★

I am not sure what all the complaining is about. I have found that the service is great when compared to the lousy service one is accustomed to in Portland. I have a feeling that the complainers are the typical uberblanco 40 somethings who tend to seek out abusive scenarios. The food is great and guess I am in the minority when I say I like the hashbrowns. I dont think they are destined for ruin as every time I go there is a wait.

Pros: Dale Davis, Heidi Fleiss

Cons: , Charles Manson

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Good food, good service. Hash browns aren't my favorites but I'm picky. Good scrambled eggs (a rarity) and good specials. I have no dramatic victim stories - even on the busiest days, I get taken care of in short enough order, I've never gotten the wrong bill, and even the one server who is usually brusque seems to be warming up.

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★★★★☆

Good food, good service. Hash browns aren't my favorites but I'm picky. Good scrambled eggs (a rarity) and good specials. I have no dramatic victim stories - even on the busiest days, I get taken care of in short enough order, I've never gotten the wrong bill, and even the one server who is usually brusque seems to be warming up.

Pros: Inexpensive, Good breakfast, Good lunch

Cons: Busy on weekends, parking is iffy

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I've been a regular customer for 2.5 years now...and seen many things happen...It was never dull and always entertaining...the food was a sideline to be honest...With Don being the public face, things were great, he had good days when he was fantastic, and bad days when it was best not to talk to him...but if you were a reg then you would know that...service was always great when Don was there...his music selection was also vivid and entertaining...Cool events like the thankgiving meal were a joy to be part of.
The hash browns really need to be replaced, they suck...The quality of the coffee is different every day...mostly it is bad...The future does not look bright any more for the stepping stone..."We eat here because we let you" the way it used to be...

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★★★☆☆

I've been a regular customer for 2.5 years now...and seen many things happen...It was never dull and always entertaining...the food was a sideline to be honest...With Don being the public face, things were great, he had good days when he was fantastic, and bad days when it was best not to talk to him...but if you were a reg then you would know that...service was always great when Don was there...his music selection was also vivid and entertaining...Cool events like the thankgiving meal were a joy to be part of.
The hash browns really need to be replaced, they suck...The quality of the coffee is different every day...mostly it is bad...The future does not look bright any more for the stepping stone..."We eat here because we let you" the way it used to be...

Pros: Denise, Counter seating, Free papers

Cons: No Don anymore, The edge is gone, Hash browns, Yukk

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