It can be hard to hunt down those old Ma-and-Pa-vibe haunts, especially in districts as gentrified as Portland’s Pearl District, but Fuller’s Coffee Shop is a much-cherished institution that’s still going strong. You can’t get much more old-school than this. Fuller’s is certainly not fancy and thankfully hasn’t been given a makeover, but instead has plenty of real-deal style and great, no-nonsense food. This is a classic American diner (think Edward Hopper's Nighthawks) that serves up traditional West coast fare: burgers, steak and gargantuan breakfasts – vast omelettes, hash browns, toast and bacon, pancakes... all at reasonable prices. It looks like nothing has changed here since Fuller’s first opened in 1947, with two horseshoe bars encircling the baristas, and wraparound chrome and red-leather-topped stools, anchored to the ground. This is retro, but original retro – a living, breathing museum piece, with plenty of history to tell, if walls could talk.
Fuller’s Coffee ShopOld-school Ma-and-Pa-style American diner with a classic menu and very reasonable prices
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