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Saturday brunch at City State Diner

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Dilemma: You're a vegetarian whose friends are a die-hard carnivore and a gluten-free convert, and you're looking for a spot in Portland where the three of you can brunch happily. If this scenario sounds familiar, then City State Diner is your answer.

Located at 128 NE 28th Avenue, City State Diner is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. During prime brunch hours, the weekends can get pretty busy, with patrons cramming into the lobby to write their names down on the waiting list by the front counter.

On the bright side, there's fresh and locally roasted Cellar Door coffee to sip while you wait and, thanks to the quick yet courteous staff, the wait tends to be under half an hour and well worth the trip.

Vegetarians can look forward to the usual breakfast standbys of eggs, french toast, and pancakes, along with veggie versions of huevos rancheros and biscuits and gravy. Delicious veggie sausage and smoked tofu are available as 'meat' sides for the breakfast plates at no extra charge. Additionally, any of the scrambles can be made with tofu instead of eggs, and a side of gluten-free toast is no problem.

Lunch options include tameyas (a fava bean patty available in a Reuben sandwich or burger), the 'Fancy Pants' tofu sandwich, and a variety of salads. Drinks are a bit pricey, but strong. Treat yourself to a mimosa for $4.50.

Both breakfast and lunch are served all day long. Bakery items are ever-changing, but include random flavors of cookies and adorable cupcakes.

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