Stepping Stone Cafe

Diner and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Northwest District, Portland
77 Tips and reviews
  • mancakes
  • breakfast food
  • man vs food
  • pancakes
  • casual
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  • Leigh F.
    Leigh FountainNovember 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They don't always have it listed as a special but they'll make it for you if you ask. My favorite: the country Benedict. Hashbrowns, biscuits, poached eggs, sausage, and gravy on top. So good!!
  • Andy B.
    Andy BeeOctober 2, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Brilliant diner. Music varied but great and the food very dineresque!!! Worth a trip for the breakfast. Man Cakes sit with you like concrete 😄
  • roxanna t.
    roxanna thomasMarch 22, 2015
    Great little cafe. Food was awesome! Great service! So glad we made the stop. Burgers, Greek salad and meatloaf were all delicious! Oooh and mimosas!
  • Bella P.
    Bella PorterJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't forget the milkshake!!! Strawberry, chocolate, banana/walnut with whipped cream is delicious! But get what every you want as all fruit, etc is FRESH!!
  • myrrh ♫.
    myrrh ♫July 9, 2014
    May just be Portland's best greasy spoon. Huge portions, solid diner food, BREAKFAST ALL DAY. Great old school attitude & atmosphere.
  • Talia G.
    Talia GoldbergAugust 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Man up and try the 13+ inch "Mancakes." Or anything... huge portions, good food, awesome diner. Go for brunch but be prepared for a wait on the weekends!
  • Deneb C.
    Deneb CatalanApril 16, 2013
    First time? If you see a line, head straight for the clip-board on the left side of the front entrance and write your name down. You'll be glad you did. 
  • Cheapism
    CheapismFebruary 22, 2011
    Think of three fluffy pancakes, each as big as the plate they come on. At $4.50, the Man-cakes are a steal, and include massive biscuits that are a meal themselves. Read more
  • Jesse
    JesseFebruary 26, 2016
    The portions are huge, four guys could barely finish what we ordered. Long lines but just get there early ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Lori S.
    Lori SpeisApril 19, 2016
    The omlettes and mancakes were amazing! But I was very disappointed with the hash browns. Still worth a visit.
  • Eric S.
    Eric SaboJune 30, 2013
    Well known to pdxers in nw, a cool greasy spoon with attitude and open late, well for Portland anyways
  • Brian C.
    Brian C.February 24, 2013
    Food good. Bloody Mary good. Service kind of half and half but the food and drink make up for it.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SailerJanuary 5, 2016
    Banana nut bread french toast. Better than the mancakes (which are still good).
  • Sultan
    SultanApril 29, 2015
    Get the chicken fried steak with hollandaise sauce instead of gravy. You're welcome!
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelNovember 7, 2011
    Can you handle the “mancakes?” Adam tried this epic stack of 13-inch pancakes. As seen on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food Nation.
  • PDX P.
    PDX PipelineJuly 1, 2011
    Stepping Stone chicken fried steak & eggs is pretty good, but comes with about twice as much gravy as I need.
  • Anna R.
    Anna RossFebruary 28, 2016
    Great little place, open late! Weird rock music, damn good omlets
  • Caitie R.
    Caitie RMay 30, 2014
    Best diner food, hands down. Cheap too! Try the avoburger.
  • Nicole K.
    Nicole KastenSeptember 1, 2016
    Breakfast all day. Tasty pumpkin pancakes available seasonally. Good and simple bloody Mary.
  • Christian B.
    Christian BakerDecember 31, 2014
    SE quirk in NW. A little more spendy than similar joints, though.
  • Joel B.
    Joel BradshawApril 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're coming late, be aware that the kitchen shuts down about a half-hour before close.
  • Deneb C.
    Deneb CatalanApril 16, 2013
    Pancakes for two? Order a 'short stack' and ask for two plates. 
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MartensJuly 17, 2016
    Counter is first come, first serve....meaning no or short wait!
  • Gehlen E.
    Mancakes! Staff is great! Food is tasty.
  • Raven
    RavenOctober 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Mancakes! (With real maple syrup of course.)
  • Beach
    BeachNovember 9, 2015
    Great for dinner. Never crowded.
  • Absolom H.
    Absolom HaggAugust 2, 2015
    Great diner breakfast at reasonable prices.
  • H K.
    H KSeptember 18, 2016
    Mancakes were good but not especially amazing.
  • Lindsey B.
    Lindsey BainesJuly 20, 2013
    Mancakes are AWESOME, but one is really enough!
  • Kaitlin S.
    Kaitlin SiemeringJune 25, 2015
    Banana Nut Bread French Toast!!!!
  • Marion D.
    Marion DavisMarch 27, 2015
    Banana bread was orgasmic.
  • Dave C.
    Dave CarbonJuly 11, 2014
    If your fat like me.Wait for a table. Booths are made for tooth pick people
  • Paula L.
    Paula LinteJune 13, 2013
    Coffee and sumthin' sumthin' is sumthin' else! Love it!
  • Saultite
    SaultiteJanuary 14, 2016
    Cool retro! Great service, good food!
  • Adam D.
    Adam DriesFebruary 4, 2011
    Gotta have a man-cake. How do they cook such a big pancake just right? Tried it at home myself and failed.
  • Darkkatpouncing !.
    Darkkatpouncing !May 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Karaoke to the music playing :) The Waiter sings a mean Kim Carns.
  • Karen H.
    Karen HJune 12, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Great basic food, good service
  • M Q.
    M QMay 27, 2013
    Corn beef hash. Awesome.
  • Courtney S.
    Courtney ShannonMarch 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Despite their slogan, the service here is excellent.
  • Beach
    BeachNovember 9, 2015
    One Man Cake will do ya good.
  • Dorena
    DorenaFebruary 1, 2015
    Yummy food and interesting decor.
  • Amber C.
    Amber C.November 4, 2015
    Portland 1.0. You'll love it.
  • Woody W.
    Woody WommackMay 22, 2015
    Get some big ass pancakes. They're huge.
  • Abdulwahab A.
    Abdulwahab AlfaresFebruary 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Corned beef hash the best dish
  • Laura R.
    Laura RoweOctober 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Most amazing Eggs Benedict! Yum!
  • Elena L.
    Elena LagoDecember 5, 2014
    Omelette ripiena ! ! ! Pancakes giganti ! ! !
  • Jared W.
    Jared WienerDecember 31, 2011
    Was worth the wait, Harold & kumar-esque "perfect meal"
  • Chris F.
    Chris FloresOctober 18, 2014
    Early dinner - man cakes anyone?
  • Rob G.
    Rob GoodJune 21, 2014
    Id go again if someone took me.:)
  • Candy N.
    Candy NeighborsApril 19, 2014
    Love their biscuits and gravy
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Stepping Stone Cafe as seen on Man vs Food Read more
  • Denise
    DeniseJanuary 21, 2015
    The man cakes were a disappointment...kind of tastes like krusteaz....😞
  • Benny C.
    Benny ChristiansenNovember 28, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Mancakes! nuff sed. The rotary wall phone is also legit.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SalmonJune 12, 2011
    Try the GIANT mancakes or GIANT Omlet
  • Deven M.
    Deven MorgansternJune 5, 2013
    Try the Mancake Pancake
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan McGrathFebruary 23, 2012
    So many tips, and not one mention that this place is swarming with flies? Because, you know... it is.
  • Marc L.
    Marc LeGereDecember 29, 2015
    Fried Egg Sandwich and Bacon
  • Darkkatpouncing !.
    Darkkatpouncing !April 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Last time I was here I ordered the Chicken Fried Steak...AMAZING ((so gooood))
  • Bill F.
    Bill FähëyJune 2, 2012
    They reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone.
  • Konrad R.
    Konrad RotermundJune 17, 2016
    Wonderful Breakfast
  • Eric M.
    Eric MetcalfApril 1, 2012
    Fun place try it.
  • Peter B.
    Pancakes the size of manhole covers.
  • Amir P.
    Amir PanahpourDecember 6, 2011
    Country Fried Chicken is the business!
  • brandi s.
    brandi sappOctober 5, 2010
    Late night runs to Stepping Stone are what's up.
  • Sandwich J.
    Sandwich JSeptember 11, 2010
  • Levin M.
    Levin ManabatJune 9, 2010
    Seen this on Man vs Food and sounds like an awesome place.
  • Andy G.
    Andy GerstlauerJanuary 2, 2010
    The mancakes looked pretty good but I had to go for the Smothered B.A. ... sooooo good.
  • Benny C.
    Benny ChristiansenOctober 23, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    mancakes forever and Mitch is the best!
  • Odin B.
    Odin BendiksenNovember 18, 2016
    Ginger Mancakes today!
  • Nate G.
    Nate GossNovember 20, 2009
    Good cheap breakfast all hours of the day and night Read more
  • Charlotte K.
    Charlotte KatzNovember 30, 2012
    MANCAKES! That's all.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MeyerJuly 6, 2010
    ...uncle say's they have killer breakfast...
  • Kenny L.
    Kenny LouieAugust 22, 2011
    Try a mancake. Read more
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha SmithAugust 21, 2011
  • Mike F.
    Mike FieldDecember 24, 2009
    Great taste! MANCAKES! Man vs. Food great folks!
  • Sho I.
    Sho ItoMarch 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Oreo mancakes. That's it.
  • Tony T.
    Tony ThomasAugust 2, 2009
    Take the challenge and make your attempt to down their 13" Mancakes. Are you up to it? ;)
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