One of the fave natural, whole grain, locally sourced bread bakeries in Portland's Southeast Tabor neighborhood (right next to Mount Tabor Park up the hill ‒ and actual small volcano in Portland's city limits!). Cozy and wonderful and delicious doesn't even begin to describe it, but upon arriving, you feel right at home by some of the most friendly and welcoming staff you will meet. It's like charming elves built a little brick bakery in the side of a magical volcano. They all look so happy and healthy because they eat so happy and healthy there.
These folks do baking right from scratch ‒ they do not buy most flours, but actually buy wheat grain from locally sourced organic farmers and mill it into their own brand of flours right there! ‒ you can even see the mill grinding in the glass mill room behind the front counter in the mornings. The best thing, besides delicious food, is their massive brick oven on display in the back of the front dining area. It is stocked by woodfire the night before and throughout the day to achieve 700 - 900°F, you can watch them slide bread dough loaves through there and see them bake in 5 - 15 minutes!
On top of all that, the wonderful they make with all this bread ‒ coffee drinks with baristas, wonderful teas, local micro brew beer, cider and local wine selctions, sodas, as well a great selection of daily breakfast egg + bisquit (served until noon), frittatas and savory bread pudding, sandwiches, salads, daily natural made soups, and bread loaves, scones, pastries, and cookies to buy and take home. Saturday and Sunday a sumptuous brunch menu is served until 1 pm, and Sunday evening, they open the big brick oven to pizza chefs and make many varieties of baked sourdough crust pizza.
They also offer to sell you their own milled local organic flours for baking and offer "Breaducation" classes in their baking techniques. Wifi is strong and plentiful, and the dining area seats 30 - 40 people comfortably, with a small table by the counter with toys and children't books for families. There are only really two plugs in the dining area with a total of four power outlets, so best, perhaps, to bring a couple of power strips. Also, check their web site for special evening multi-course meals served from the harvest of local farmers.
On cold winter days, what could be better than to be seated snug near the stoked red brick oven, sipping a hot cocoa and gazing at the flurries outside through the frosty windows? Or in summer, you can sit on their nice outside tables and enjoy a cool glass of chardonnay. Why would you ever leave? Oh, yes, they have to close and go home themselves, sometimes, too.