Mae’s Cafe offers a sun-filled breakfast and lunch menu that includes old favorites and new twists, with particular emphasis on vegetarian and gluten-free options. Service is friendly, the atmosphere is charming, and although the space fills quickly on a Sunday morning, it never felt overwhelming or disproportionate. Try the cinnamon buns and the pecan sticky buns.
The Bayou Kitchen has been serving Louisiana-style breakfast and lunch favorites to Portland for more than 23 years — for a reason. Until Portland has a uniquely Cajun or Creole sit-down dinner restaurant, those looking for a bayou influence must content themselves with earlier hours, but the upside of this schedule is an authentic bayou flair applied creatively to brunch favorites. Go, and I doubt you will be disappointed.
Most people think of the cafe as a place where you pop in before curtain time at Portland Stage for a nice dinner of chipotle braised pork or steak frites, to quote a couple of items currently on the dinner menu. But it also serves lunch three days a week.
Anyone who drives anywhere near Willard Square in South Portland knows about the gravitational pull of Scratch Baking Co. There was a time when it was all about the bagels at Scratch. Believe you me, it still is. And it’s also about the cookies, the cakes, the glorious array of baked goods. And now: Soups and sandwiches, too.
An extension of the Portland Pottery studio and store, the cafe is filled with sturdy but attractive wooden tables and chairs, and lots of pottery is for sale on the shelves. The cafe serves breakfast items all day and also has a menu of sandwiches and wraps, salads and sweets.
I’m sharing with you my picks for the ten best cheeseburgers in Portland based on my son’s criteria: Is it good plain? So you won’t find heirloom vegetables or foie gras on this list, although I assure you that a number of these places do jaw-dropping things with the fancier iterations as well.