537 SE Ash St., 230-0463, jandmcafepdx.com. Breakfast and lunch daily.
From biscuits and gravy ($10.25) to a crispy chicken sandwich ($9.25) to its self-serve Extracto coffee ($2.60),the industrial eastside's J & M Cafe has been quietly making some of Portland's best no-frills breakfasts and lunches for decades in an exposed-brick building with roomy windows and a relaxing bistro ambiance. J & M is a place that has the charm of your favorite greasy spoon with the modern quality of our city's high-end big-name spots. It isn't going to overthink your go-to brunch order with atypical ingredients, but it'll make damn sure your chorizo scramble ($10.25) is going to be among the best you've ever had.