Little Red Bike Café

It's a cozy, sunlit refuge that opens at 7 a.m. each morning, six days a week.

By Joanna Kang May 19, 2009 Published in the December 2007 issue of Portland Monthly

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WITH PORTLAND’S ROADS increasingly crowded by an army of pedaling commuters, couriers and leisure cyclists, it was only a matter of time before the drive-thru became a bike-thru. One of the city’s first bike-thru cafés can be found at the aptly named Little Red Bike Café in North Portland—a cozy, sunlit refuge that opens at 7 a.m. each morning, six days a week. Even from a block away, you can smell the Courier coffee ($1-1.75) brewed from beans that were hand-roasted by a local indie coffee company and delivered by—you guessed it—bicycle. But there are plenty of other breakfast and lunch delights to be had here. Bikers on the move can wheel through the to-go window (only open in the afternoon) and grab a roast beef sandwich ($6) served on chewy ciabatta bread or a curried tempeh salad sandwich ($6) that envelops a creamy slaw of shredded carrots, celery, almonds and golden raisins along with sautéed cubes of tempeh. But this isn’t just a grab-and-go kind of place. Should you need a respite, park your spandex on a sleek white chair in the soothing sea-green-and-butter-cream-colored café, the perfect setting in which to wind down from (or rev up for) a long day of cycling. Fill up on a Paperboy Special ($5)—a fried-egg-and-cheddar sandwich and a cup of morning coffee, tea or orange juice—or toast the miles you’ve pedaled with an old-fashioned buttermilk milkshake ($4.50) made with homemade ice cream. No matter what you order at this refreshing rest stop, the alliance of sweet and savory here is all the delicious fuel you’ll need to take to the open road—or the open bike lane.?

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