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Stepping Stone Cafe

2390 NW Quimby St.
Portland, OR
222-1132 | Website
Neighborhood: Northwest 21st & 23rd

7:30 am-10 pm Sunday, 6 am-7 pm Monday-Tuesday, 6 am-10 pm Wednesday-Thursday, 6-3 am Friday, 7:30-3 am Sunday.

Although its slogan, “You Eat Here Because We Let You,” comes across as oddly aggressive (it sounds like a phrase that’d be emblazoned on a sign in a prison mess hall), Stepping Stone Cafe is the epitome of a neighborhood greasy spoon, with emphasis on the grease. It’s the kind of place that has kept Americans fat and happy for decades, serving up aorta-abusing burgers ($6.50-$8.50), meatloaf ($10.50) and hash browns covered in melted cheese and bacon ($7.75). All of it makes for a fabulous tribute to Western gluttony, but nothing compares to the “man-cakes,” the absurdly massive 13-inch pancakes that once challenged Adam Richman, Man vs. Food’s human garbage disposal. If you can still form sentences after consuming the full stack ($8.50), make sure to pay homage to the restaurant’s motto and thank your server for letting you eat your way toward an earlier grave at his establishment. MATT SINGER.

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Cheap Eats 2011: Stepping Stone Cafe


Food Reviews & Stories
Although its slogan, “You Eat Here Because We Let You,” comes across as oddly aggressive (it sounds like a phrase that’d be emblazoned on a sign in a prison mess hall), Stepping Stone Cafe is    More
 
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Cheap Eats 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Beyond the steam of the coffee machine and buzzing conversation of neighborhood locals lie the biggest pancakes you have ever seen. Stepping Stone is greasy-spoon breakfast at its heartiest. Besides the fluffy “mancakes” (featured on Man v. Food; $4.50 for a full stack), the bacon is cru   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Ali Rothschild

Cheap Eats 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
This greasy spoon’s motto is, “You eat here because we let you.” Once you get past the tough façade, Stepping Stone is really quite endearing, from the music (expect lots of Dylan with occasional forays into ’80s pop) to the decorations (action figures that fly wheneve   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 CASEY JARMAN

Cheap Eats 2007


Food Reviews & Stories
The Stepping Stone's attitude is always intact (its motto is You eat here because we let you) even when the hash browns arrive a bit tired. Though innovative sweet-tooth breakfast options—french toast made from cinnamon rolls ($5.95) or banana bread ($6.25)—and yummy omelettes—the    More
 
Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Cheap Eats 2006


Food Reviews & Stories
With the motto "you eat here because we let you," you'd expect a surly staff and no-nonsense food. Indeed, the kitchen does put out huge plates of greasy-spoon fare like chicken-fried steak, sausage gravy and eggs ($7.50) and rich cinnamon-roll French toast ($5.95). Happily, the quick refills on cof   More
 
Tuesday, March 28, 2006 Ivy Manning
 
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