Lauretta Jeans in Portland…It’s a Happy Pie Wonderland….with Booze

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I was sad when our little neighborhood coffee shop, Pix left…but I’m fickle in the fact that since Lauretta Jeans has taken their place, I don’t really care where they went, ’cause Lauretta Jeans is a happy pie wonderland….with booze.

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Lauretta Jeans is a simply appointed little spot on Division that is reminiscent of days past.  There are bar stools at the windows and a single line of seats across one wall, and a few tables out on the sidewalk.  A few retro elements exist inside like cool art and vintage bar stools

The folks who work there are friendly and accommodating.  Who could ask for more?

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The simplicity of the place speaks lightly to its appeal.  The REAL draw lies in the OMG baked goods and the full bar.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen….this is a bakery with a full bar.   Boozy baked goods are the latest craze in Portland.  Another bakery/bar just opened up down the street.

Lauretta Jeans serves brunch on weekends when they feature such delectables as biscuits with shaved asparagus in  a light lemon sauce….and vegetable hand pies.  Hand pies are very big in Portland right now…and I love them!  Golden and delicious…they are a reason to get up in the morning.

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Although I am not much of a boozer…I love the fact that they do serve booze.  I, however, go in for the soy latte….the excellent, excellent soy latte….thick, rich and delicious!  Their coffee drinks are superb!

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Their biscuits are absolute perfection…golden brown, flakey…a little crunchy on the outside….Who could ask for more?  Isn’t that what life is really about?  A good biscuit?  I think so!

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Of course, if you would prefer a muffin….Lauretta Jean’s are baked fresh daily and come in a wide assortment of flavors.

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The scones are a bit on the magnificent side as well!   They are rolled like pinwheels and are texturally interesting, flavorful taste treats that are unsurpassed by any other scones I have tried elsewhere.

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Of course, if one is a fan of flaky things savory, then the breakfast galette is the way to go!  Delightful on the taste buds….a true visual feast for the eyes.

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Ah, but the ultimate diamond in the boozy bakery crown is the Lauretta Jeans pie.  Cream pies…fruit pies…coconut pies…salted lemon pie…chocolate pie…tart cherry pie….apple/blackberry pie with brandy….Never in my entire life had I had pie as good as this.  This is serious pie!

Every week, when 3 year old Ingrid gets to choose a favorite treat, she chooses Lauretta Jean’s pie….and who could blame the adorable child?  It is the absolute best pie in the universe!  (We haven’t let her try the booze quite yet…but I’ve heard the bartender can knock out a mean Bloody Mary!)

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Published by Stacy Alexander

Stacy Alexander - Visual Artist/Writer/Professional Fact Checker

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