Darcy’s is a fine example of a place that I never would have bothered to enter before Oregon’s Non Smoking law went into effect. In the past, if you saw a lottery sign on the door, that meant you could cut through the air to see the person on the other side of the table. This place featured lottery as part of it’s business name.
We actually drove clear out to North Portland in search of the Little Red Bike Cafe. LRBC doesn’t have a waiting list, but chooses to have you arm wrestle other patrons to see who gets to sit at one of two tables. Since we also happened to be a party of four this morning, we considered other options. Darcy’s is directly across the street.
The interior is exactly what you might expect. Typical bar with some booth tables and plenty of machines to gamble your spare cash while waiting for breakfast. Our waitress was very attentive since we were one of two tables with people seated. It’s funny that the standing room only place on the other side of the street was so crowded when Darcy’s has open seating, great food, and no line…. just because the front looks like a dive.
Since the competition is known for the Sunday only French toast, I will start with Tilly and John’s choice of the Apple Cinnamon French Toast. Tilly opted to have hers slathered in the apple pie goodness while John had the fruit on the side. It looked pretty good since they start with apple cinnamon bread before they even start cooking it. It might have been even better because we half expected a bloody mary and toast to be the only things available on the menu!
Teri had a simple veggie omelette with hashbrowns and wheat toast. Nothing spectacular here, but a cheap decent meal with no complaints. I just noticed that my menu link does not show all of the current items so its possible they recently changed cooks, management or both. We like the guy in the kitchen today!
Continuing with the trend of ordering the most unique item I can find on a menu, this was called the “Darcy’s Cure”. The first top down picture doesn’t do it justice. This is skillet potatoes, link sausage, bacon, onions, cheese, salsa, topped with 3 eggs and served with toast for good measure.
Here is a cutaway view to give you an idea of what is hiding under the egg layer. I gave it my best shot to finish the plate, but didn’t quite get there. I don’t know if the name of this plate is supposed to cure you from a hangover or cure you from walking the rest of the day. The food was absolutely delicious, but I probably had at least two link sausages left on the plate when I was finished. I double dog dare someone to finish this in a sitting.
If you find yourself in North Portland you could do alot worse than Darcy’s. The prices are great, the food is good, and it’s something of a secret apparently since we had the place to ourselves. I never expected to have a truly worthy breakfast in this bar\restaurant and was pleasantly surprised.
Location: 4804 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203