The Sugar Cube {Portland, OR}

This past Sunday I got together with some Portland blogger friends to try brunch at a new spot: The Sugar Cube.

With a name like that you know it’s going to be good, and it did not disappoint.  They even do my kind of math!


The Sugar Cube story is something I think you could call typical of Portland; an amazing young pastry working at places such as Genoa and Clarklewis before striking out on her own with a food cart!  See, I told you this was a Portland story.

From that food cart came the cookbook – Sugar Cube: 50 Deliciously Twisted Treats from the Sweetest Little Food Cart on the Planet – and now the cutest little shop on the corner of NE Alberta St and NE 31st Ave.


It’s a smaller space with three two-person tables, one large u-shaped table which could seat 5-10 depending on how cozy you want to get, or you can sit at the bar and take in the local flare.



The selection is lighter fare – strata, quiche, granola, cornbread, toast, coffee cake, cookies, etc. – which is perfect for a light breakfast with some Ristretto Roasters coffee or Steven Smith tea (both local companies).

I know those selections sound normal, but they’re not.  For example, the toast is made from Little T’s (another local gem) Sally Lunn bread, and you have the following topping options:

  • Butter and Bee Local honey or preserves
  • Housemade lemon curd
  • Housemade nutella, Jim Dixon’s olive oil and sea salt
  • Almond butter, cinnamon-kissed caramelized bananas and sea salt

See what I mean?  Not normal, but in the best kind of way!  Check out the full menu here!

It was pretty much a drool-fest at the counter where you order, it was impossible to decide what to get but you really can’t go wrong.




I ended up with the Raspberry Brown Butter Crostata (that crust is perfection), and the Toast with Housemade Lemon Curd.  Both were delicious and I would order them again.  After I try everything else on the menu of course.



Of course I had to get some items to take home!  The Raspberry “Crack” Coffee Cake has this great pecan topping and leaves you jonesing for some more, and the Almond Cake with Lemon Curd – I can’t remember its official name, but I’m pretty sure it’s my spirit pastry.  That’s a thing right?


Bloggers… doing what they do.




The mugs and teapots were one of my favorite things, so colorful!


Mottos I can live by: “All Pleasure, No Guilt” & “Eat Butter, Be Happy.”


We took over that u-shaped table and had a great time chatting about everything… blogging, traveling, Feast Portland in September, our beloved pets, our not-quite-as-beloved day jobs, and even Heidi Montag – ha!


Good food.  Good people.  Good conversation.

The brunch trifecta.


Want to check out the lovely ladies I dined with?  They’re pretty spectacular, so you really should!

Rachel from love, Rachel (thanks for organizing!!), Brooke Lyn from Babbling Brookelyn, Spencer from 12 oz Beehouse, Erika from A Tiny Rocket, Annie from Serious Crust, and Erin from Bakery Bingo.

And if you’re over on Alberta, be sure to check out The Sugar Cube, Kir really knows what she’s doing!

The Sugar Cube
3039 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR  97211

Open Wed – Sun, 8am – 5pm

You can like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter too.


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