Popular Breakfast Spots in Lake Oswego, Oregon

Celebrate National Breakfast MonthSeptember is National Breakfast Month and it’s something that’s easy to celebrate here in Lake Oswego. Check out some of our locals’ favorite spots to jump-start their day.

La Provence Boulangerie and Patisserie. Ever since this breakfast spot relocated to the renovated Lake Grove Shopping Village, it has been hopping. Get there before you’re starving as sometimes you’ll have to wait. What keeps the crowds lining up? Outdoor seating is popular as well as favorites like the Wild Northwest Salmon Hash, Risotto Cakes and Eggs, Roasted Oatmeal Brûlée, Croque Provence and their croissants. Gluten free options are available, including gluten-free bread. Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 16350 Boones Ferry Road, 503.635.4533.

Babica Hen Café. Feel the love with fresh, from-scratch food, sourced locally. Goodies include: Lemon Berry Almond Crumble Waffles, Blueberry Brûlée French Toast, and Fire Roasted Tomato Eggs Benedict. Gluten free options (waffles and bread) mean no ones feels deprived. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Breakfast is served all day. 15964 Boones Ferry Road, 503.636.4012.

St. Honoré Boulangerie. See for yourself why this was voted the Best Bakery in Portland by Willamette Week readers. The Lake Oswego location serves brunch on the weekends from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with specials like Mimosa pitchers, Croque Monsieur and Brioche Cocotte. Several variations of croissants to choose from and don’t miss out on their café au lait. Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.). 315 1st Street, 503.496.5596.

Zeppo Restaurant. Come Saturday and Sunday, this popular lunch and dinner spot is open for breakfast serving up pancakes, frittatas and breakfast burritos. Gluten free pancakes are available as well as egg substitutes. Brunch Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. 345 1st Street, Suite 105. 503.675.2726.

Lake Oswego Ice Creamery and Restaurant. Choose from traditional breakfast offerings like buttermilk pancakes, Belgian waffles, and omelettes. Be sure to request the marionberry syrup—a Northwest favorite. Breakfast hours: Monday-Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Nola Doughnuts. All the offerings here feature Nola’s signature La-ssant dough which is three days in the making. The exception is the New Orleans style beignet, that comes to  you soft and warm as it’s made-to-order. Be prepared to experience doughnuts like no other. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed on Monday. 365 N. State Street, 503.278.7312.

Chuck’s Place. Popular neighborhood spot for fresh baked goods and espresso drinks featuring illy coffee. Hours: 148 B Avenue, 503.675.7861.

Kyra’s Bake Shop. Gluten free eaters can have their breakfast and eat it too—everything here is 100% gluten free, and breakfast is served all day. Offerings include: a breakfast sandwich on housemade ciabatta bread, french toast, biscuits and gravy, quiche and yogurt parfaits. Sweet muffins may sound like dessert, but since they’ve won the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, you may want to try one. Hours: Sunday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 599 A Avenue, 503.212.2979.

Blue Moon Coffee. Want a crafted cappuccino to start your day? Blue Moon features Stumptown in its offerings as well as all day breakfast, including their legendary breakfast cookies. Hours: Monday – Friday 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.,
Saturday and Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 73975 Mercantile Dr., 503.805.1883.

Biscuits Café. Breakfast eaters weigh in on Yelp with rave reviews for their biscuits, gravy, chicken fried steak and fresh strawberry jam. Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 4200 Mercantile Drive, #790, 503.305.8058.

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Watch Artists at Work During the Third Annual Plein Air Lake Oswego This Week

jackiemccartin_luscher-farm-paintingOver 50 artists will show you how painting is done under cover of whatever kind of sky Mother Nature delivers September 22-25, as they capture local scenes set in the city’s plazas and parks from sun-up to sun-down.

Plein air, which translates to in open air, refers to a tradition begun in the early nineteenth century with the invention of portable painting equipment and supplies. Often associated with Impressionist painters, plein air artists take to the outdoors for inspiration as they complete their masterpieces while accounting for weather, changing light conditions, distractions, and interruptions.

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Susan Kuznitsky captures a scene at the Lake Oswego Farmer’s Market. (photo taken by Connie Frank)

Nicole Nathan, Executive Director of the Arts Council explains, “Plein Air Lake Oswego is a unique opportunity for the community to delve into the artist’s process and see how an idea becomes reality.” Luckily, the area is home to many gifted artists, with an increasing number participating each year. That’s a boon to spectators who can watch them at work at these locations: Luscher Farm, Foothills Park, George Rogers Park, Roehr Park, Sundeleaf Plaza, Millennium Plaza, Lakewood Village, and the Lake Oswego boundary of Tryon Creek Natural Area along the Red Fox Trail (only Friday, September 23 for Tryon Creek).

The event will culminate in Art in the Garden, a seasonal farm dinner at Luscher Farm, on Sunday, September 25 beginning at 5:00 p.m. to benefit the Arts Council. Tickets are $85 and available online or by calling 503.534.5708.

Finished plein air artworks will be on display at 510 Museum and ARTspace, 510 First Street from October 7 through October 28.

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Wine Walk LO Offers More of What You Want This Year

wine-glasses-1246240_640How do you improve an event that typically sells out? That’s the challenge organizers of Lake Oswego’s fourth annual Wine Walk were faced with when planning this year’s tasting set for Saturday, October 1, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The answer? Give the people more of what they want.

That means that wine walkers will get 12 tastings for their $40 admission fee, an increase from 8 in years past. Here’s what else you’ll find.

  • Wide selection of wines to choose from. This is a great opportunity to venture out from the regional favorites you might always gravitate towards. Wizer’s Fine Wines is making sure that wines from around the world will be represented. After you check in at the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, (459 Third Street, beginning at 1:30 p.m.) you’ll receive a map listing what venues are featuring which wines so you can plan your strategy.
  • A chance to get cultured. Besides sipping fine wine, you can listen to music and view artwork—that’s a lot of culture to absorb in one afternoon!
  • Goodies to eat. Each shop will not only be greeting you with wine to try but food to eat as well.
  • Meet up with neighbors and friends. Organizers are shooting for 500 participants so the Wine Walk LO promises to be a very social and very happy hour(s).

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5 Reasons Why You Want to Live in Lake Oswego When It’s Back to School Time

back-to-school-999248_640As I’ve mentioned before, Lake Oswego has a long list of attributes that attract people looking to buy a home. But in my 25 plus years experience as a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I’d have to say that our top-notch school district is one of our community’s strongest playing cards.

Thing is, it’s not just something those of us who live here realize. Take a look at the national recognition the Lake Oswego School District has received over the years.

  • ZipRealty identified the Lake Oswego School District as the third best school district in the country with the most affordable homes.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Lake Oswego High School and Lakeridge High School as the fourth and fifth best high schools in the state. On a national scale that included more than 21,500 public high schools, Lake Oswego came in at 635 and Lakeridge at 722.
  • GreatSchools.org, a parent resource site, gave Lakeridge High School its highest rating of 10 based on standardized test scores, with Lake Oswego High School receiving an 8. Online reviews include
  • “Lakeridge offers the best of all words – academics, community, student, teachers and family.” – Lakeridge parent
  • “I feel so lucky to be in this school with these wonderful teachers and such an advanced curriculum.” – Lakeridge student
  • “This school has provided an exemplary experience, one I will never forget. The academic, as well as athletic, programs are better than any other school I have ever gone to, and I have gone to many. No other school can compare.” Lake Oswego High School student
  • LO is “a place where kids can open up to their teachers and parents and have the best support possible to succeed.” – Lake Oswego High School parent
  • When Forbes ranked our nation’s cities in terms of which give you the most educational bang for your buck, Lake Oswego ranked #5.

So there you have it. I’m not just some crazy Realtor trying to make a sales pitch—the Lake Oswego School District is among the best in the nation on many levels. If you’d like to live here and reap those benefits, give me a call at 503.939.9801 or check out my website. I’d love to show you around.

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5 Reasons Summer Fun Doesn’t Have to End When School Starts in Lake Oswego, Oregon

Despite back-to-school week, my front door is still welcoming summer and so should you while you can.

Despite back-to-school week, my front door is still welcoming summer and so should you while you can.

If you’re a die-hard fan of summer like me, it doesn’t matter that school starts this week. The calendar, the forecast, heck–the sign hanging on my front door insists it’s still summer and I plan on celebrating it as long as the sunscreen holds out.

Our days may be numbered, but there is still time to squeeze in the summer fun you may have missed. Here are some ideas:

  1. Spend an afternoon at the Lake Grove Swim Park. The park is open today, Sunday, August 28, (so is the Lake Oswego Swim Park) but then will close for the week and reopen for Labor Day weekend next weekend before shutting down for the season. If you haven’t made it there, make it a point. Check the boundaries to see if you reside in the original Lake Grove School District and thereby are deeded admission. If not, find a friend who does and get an invite. When my kids were little this was where they hung every summer afternoon and where we bid adieu to our favorite season by jumping off the deep-end dock holding hands.
  1. Catch the last outdoor summer concert. The Moonlight and Music series closes with its swan song performance by the Norman Sylvester band tonight, August 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park at First and Evergreen. You’re in for a treat—the band has been nominated for the best R&B group for the past 10 years by the Cascade Blues Association. The concert is free and family-friendly.
  1. Eat outdoors…because you can! Check out my previous post on where to park yourselves as well as consider some of the newer options including: Hop n’ Cork with back patio seating at 17450 Lower Boones Ferry Road, 503.305.5903; Nicoletta’s Table with patio seating, weather permitting, at 333 S. State St., 503.699.2927; or one of the new spots at Kruse Village at the corner of Kruse Way and Carmen Drive.
  1. Play tourist. Maybe you don’t have time for a long getaway, but how about exploring new places close to home? We recently tracked down four of the top french fry spots in Portland for a visiting fried spud lover (you could start your hunt at Tavern on Kruse or the Giant Burger right here in town). My wife and I visited two different coffee spots that are on Portland’s booming craft coffee map to taste and compare their brews. What’s your guilty pleasure? Take advantage of the last days of summer to indulge it.
  1. Visit the Street of Dreams. If you haven’t already, today’s the last day to catch the show. There’s lots to like in this year’s event, starting with the vineyard setting as well as features to motivate you to start your own Pinterest boards for your extreme makeover like outdoor terraces, a spiral staircase, handcrafted balusters, infinity hot tub and a glass floor. 25700 SW Pete’s Mountain Road in West Linn, 503.603.4500. Admission: $17.

Once the kids are back in school, it’s a great time to start looking into whether or not now is the right time for you to buy a new home. I’d be happy to meet with you to discuss your options,  market conditions, and what your current home might be worth, if you already live here. I may be in a “summer state of mind” but I am still working and helping my clients move in, move up or move on. Give me a call at 503.939.9801 or check out my website.

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Don’t Miss Collector Car and Classic Boat Show Next Weekend in Lake Oswego

car show 2The Oswego Heritage Council invites you to take a drive down memory lane next Sunday, August 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with its 17th annual Collector Car and Classic Boat Show. While Porsches are this year’s featured car, there will be over 200 automobiles to ooh and aah over and more than 40 classic boats.

Here are a few details to help you map your route for the weekend.

  • Enjoy the pre-show festivities by greeting the arrival of the only operating World War II-era PT boat on Saturday, August 27 at the Foothills Park dock at 10:00 a.m.
  • Watch the classic boats take a spin around Lakewood Bay before docking in front of Sundeleaf Plaza at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27.
  • Plan to visit three different venues on Sunday to take in the whole show: cars at George Rogers Park, 611 S. State Street; boats at Sundeleaf Plaza, 120 S. State Street; and the working PT boat at Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Rd.
  • Treat yourself to breakfast or lunch provided by the Lake Oswego Lions Club at George Rogers Park on Sunday.
  • Check out the Esther Williams inspired performance by the Polka Dot Express at the waterski show on Sunday, August 28 in Lakewood Bay at 1:00 p.m.
  • Admission is free; however, the show may cost you. Chances are you’ll go home and decide you need to invest in a little detailing on whatever vehicle you’ve got parked in your garage.
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Why It’s Christmas in August in Lake Oswego

This sculpture greets you as you enter City Hall.

This sculpture greets you as you enter City Hall.

Drive around town and you’re likely to see great big gifts from the Arts Council of Lake Oswego wrapped up in holiday-worthy bows. Is Santa making an early appearance in LO this year? No, but the 15 new rotating sculptures in Lake Oswego’s Gallery Without Walls are and the Lake Oswego Arts Council has heralded their arrival by putting a bow on them and inviting viewers to its annual “Unveil Your Art” celebration on Sunday, August 21, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Millennium Plaza Park.

“This year the Gallery Without Walls Selection Committee has worked especially hard to bring in a diverse collection of art offering a wide range of sculptures that the community can fall in love with and enjoy,” explained Bonnie Cartwright, the Gallery Without Walls Selection Committee Chair. “Traditional bronzes, colorful vibrant abstract works, sculptures that talk about the local environment, and even an interactive sculpture that emits sound, make up some of what you’ll be seeing in this new collection.”

Both walking and shuttle artist-led tours of the new works will begin at 1:15, giving the public an opportunity to learn more about the sculptures from concept to finished product.

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the artwork you’ll be seeing:

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This piece can be found on A Avenue near 1st Street.

Stroll down A Avenue between 2nd and 3rd and you'll find this new addition to the Lake Oswego Gallery Without Walls.

Stroll down A Avenue between 2nd and 3rd and you’ll find this new addition to the Lake Oswego Gallery Without Walls.

This piece blends into the background of the park at 3rd and Evergreen a little better than its predecessor--a Mr. Potato Head doppelganger.

This piece blends into the background of the park at 3rd and Evergreen a little better than its predecessor–a Mr. Potato Head doppelganger.

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