Zell's an American Café

In Portland on weekend mornings, it’s not unusual to see crowds of people standing outside of diners, waiting for breakfast. Zell’s is one of those spots, a quintessential Portland breakfast (and lunch) destination, crowded with casual Eastside types enjoying good, honest fare at one of the most laid-back cafés in town. It's the kind of place where your coffee mug will be refilled even before you put it back down on the table. Everyone is friendly here, and if you have to wait a bit, there are scores of newspapers and magazines around to ease you through the hunger pangs. The omelets are standouts---wild mushroom, unusual cheeses, plus interesting vegetable combinations. There’s always fresh fruit, and the kitchen has a way with waffles, pancakes and scones that puts them in a higher league than most.