Glyph Cafe Puts Art On the Walls, Tables, and Plates

On the first floor of PNCA's ArtHouse, a room with a view offers gorgeous (and affordable) composed plates with a side of gallery chic.

By Allison Jones March 12, 2015

Glyph Cafe & Art Space has only been open for fourteen months, but it's already mastered the fine art of reinvention. Nestled on a shady corner of the North Park Blocks on the ground floor of PNCA's modern ArtHouse dorms, Glyph began life as a gallery space and tea-centric cafe offering a few casual sandwiches and cheese boards. Now, thanks to the craft of chef Doug Weiler, the small kitchen is churning out affordable, white-tablecloth-worthy plates for breakfast, lunch, and late-afternoon noshing.

Owner and curator Sandra Comstock opened Glyph in January 2014 to offer a space for the visual arts, literary, culinary, and cultural worlds of Portland to come together over traditional tea service and simple fare inspired by her Fulbright travel to Bangladesh and Mexico. But as the chic space began to evolve with every poetry reading, First Thursday opening, and board game gathering, the need for heartier plates beautiful enough to complement the art on the walls and in the glass display tables prompted a change on the menu.

Today, Weiler (a new PDX transplant from New York's Roots Bistro Gourmand) and his culinary team are drawing seasonal inspiration from the Portland Farmers Market and visual inspiration from the art on display around them to craft daily-changing menus that could rival the price point of any downtown lunch joint and go toe-to-toe with some of the prettiest plates in town.  

Check out the slide show above for a glimpse of the space and the art—in the tables and on the tables.

Glyph Cafe & Art Space
804 NW Couch St.

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