Last night, I met my friends for a productive dinner at Paradox Cafe. A few years ago, Paradox seemed to be hands down, the restaurant I visited the most in Portland. I lived in the Sunnyside neighborhood and was there regularly, often deciding between corn and 4-grain pancakes or rice and roasted potatoes on the old early bird list.
It’s amusing to look back on, and to have ever complained about, but it was one of the few places an old boyfriend of mine would ever dine at. I ordered a whole lot of those pancakes and would anticipating the changing of the seasonal decor and menu. On the bright side, dining at Paradox so often let me actually make my way through the menu. There are so many memories of brunches with old friends in the blue booths, casual dinners, and for some reason – I’m blaming a self-imposed fad in my early 20s?!? – drinking cups and cups of decaf coffee with a little pitcher of soymilk.
These days, I don’t go as often as I’d like, maybe a few times a year – it’s Portland and I live in a different neighborhood – yet, I’ve gladly dined there twice in the past week. First, it was to reacquaint myself with a classic Portland breakfast (for dinner, even better) for Breakfast in Bridgetown, and the other was last night.
One of my favorite friends was working (who should comment if they want to be outed!) and I have to say, it seems like new management has brought changes for the even-better in the past year or so. For starters, “nooch” was on the specials board last week, and the menu looks more versatile – both in selections and pricing. They’ve added Field Roast sausages, more tempeh, and still have those great pancakes. I should really visit more often…