Slappy Cakes for a DIY Breakfast in Portland, Oregon

Slappy Cakes just might be my favorite place to eat when visiting Portland, Oregon–and that’s saying a lot because Portland is a bit of a foodie paradise!

With locations in Maui, Singapore, Japan and Thailand – this breakfast/brunch/lunch spot makes you work for your pancakes.

That’s right – all of the tables come equipped with a griddle in the center of the table and the first thing your server does is crank up the heat.

The main idea here is DIY pancakes. In fact, Slappy Cakes’ motto is: SQUEEZE,  ADD,  FLIP,  EAT. Easy enough, right?

First you order squeeze bottles of pancake batter with flavors like buttermilk, peanut butter, chocolate, etc.

For our party of seven – four adults and three  kids –we ordered five bottles.

Next, you choose things to add “into” and “onto” your pancakes. Things like chocolate chips, coconut, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, bacon, or nuts to sprinkle “into” your pancake.

Finally, you choose from maple syrup, honey, whipped cream and more to pour “onto” your pancake. Drooling yet?

And here’s where the FUN begins. Along with a napkin, knife, fork and spoon, everyone gets a SPATULA! Because like I said, DIY.

Everyone then starts squeezing and squirting and sprinkling and flipping and eventually slurping–it’s a pancake pandemonium, I tell you, pancake pandemonium!

But Slappy Cakes is about more than just pancakes. They serve up all of your classic breakfasts, as well as migas and huevos rancheros, a variety of scrambled concoctions, benedicts and all of your standard breakfast sides.

They offer weekly specials as well as a full bar with some specialty breakfast/brunch cocktails.

And all the locations take advantage of locally grown produce and ingredients in an effort to support regional vendors.

That makes it taste good not only in your belly, but in your heart too!

Slappy Cakes is a popular place having been featured on The Cooking Channel, as well as being hailed by famous chefs like Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Rachel Ray.

So check their website for their hours and arrive early–there is typically a line for a table, especially on weekends!Contact Info:4246 SE Belmont St., Portland, OR / 503 477-4805 /

Where we camped while in the area

During our last two visits to Portland, Oregon, we camped at Columbia River RV Park.

This park is about as central as you can get while visiting all of the tourist attractions that Portland has to offer. Located across the street from the beautiful Columbia River and its extensive paved trail, it is an ideal location if you enjoy walking, jogging or biking.

The park has paved interior roads with mostly pull-through sites and although on the cramped side, they all have concrete pads and nice plots of green grass. The park is nicely manicured and easily navigable.

They provide laundry facilities and a dog park but not pool or playground –we have grandchildren in the area and they are rather bored when visiting us here.

And then there are the jets that SCREAM overhead every morning around 8:00 a.m. –but only Monday through Friday. As my ears crackle, I remind myself this is the sound of “freedom”.

This park is just too convenient for us to stay elsewhere –we will be back in the future.

They feature stays as low as $40.00 a night and offer AAA™ and Good Sam Club™ discounts.

Are you planning a visit to the Portland, Oregon area? Check out MORE things to do below:

5 FUN Things to Do in Portland, Oregon

5 FUN Things to Do in Portland, Oregon –Part II

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