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Mother's Bistro & Bar

212 SW Stark St. (SW Second Ave.) Send to Phone
503-464-1122 | Menu
Mothers from all over the world inspire a menu of appealing comfort food dishes.

Breakfast & Lunch Tues.-Sun., Dinner Tues.-Sat.

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Mother's Bistro & Bar, Portland, OR

Mother's Bistro & Bar Restaurant Review

: Open since 2000, Mother's Bistro has become a fixture in the Old Town neighborhood, a magnet for tourists as well as locals. Chef, owner and mom Lisa Schroeder dishes up large platters of comfort food inspired by recipes from mothers of all nations. Breakfast, arguably the most popular meal, includes enormous waffles, oatmeal, bagels and wild salmon hash. Try the matzoh ball soup, chopped liver or Greek salad for lunch, and for dinner, the pierogi, chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, Dungeness crab cakes or pulled pork are always hits. Each month, Schroeder features a Mother of the Month, with dishes highlighting favorite home-style recipes from this mom's home country or culture. Dishes may include fried zucchini, rigatoni with "Sunday gravy," beef cutlet Milanese or tiramisu. There's always a daily pie, a brownie sundae and Devil’s Food chocolate cake. An enticing wine list features varietals from the mom's home country, as well as Oregon wines. Breakfast waits may be long, but you can wander off to the nearby Saturday Market and Mother's Bistro will text you when your table is ready. The dining room, in a lushly decorated historic building, is sometimes too loud and not very private (just like home), but these annoyances are minor.


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