The café will serve savory and sweet creations from owner/baker Jennifer Plitzko
Customers at Jennifer Plitzko’s new cafe may not know what “heim” means yet, but they will feel it when they walk through the doors of the German-inspired, Portland-born space. Heim describes a feeling of home – not attached to a physical place, but a memory, sensation or longing. Plitzko’s new bakery is meant to evoke her German upbringing while creating a warm community for her home of the past five years. Previously the head baker at Bushel and Peck Bakeshop on Martin Luther King Blvd., Plitzko is a classically trained sweet baker and pastry chef.
Plitzko has transformed the former Roseway Play Café location into a bright airy space with what she describes as “living room vibes.” She undertook the majority of the upgrades herself, with help from a large group of friends and supporters. Plants spring up in the large street-facing windows and an entire bathroom wall is adorned with a shot of the Matterhorn (Plitzko is an avid hiker and climber). Part of the bakery doubles as a retail area with cards, tote bags adorned with bread puns and works by local artisans for sale, including mugs by Dan Kunnecke.
The German theme continues with Heim’s menu, where patrons can choose from grosser hunger (big appetite) and kleiner hunger (small appetite) options. Selections range from a more traditional “Heim special sando” breakfast sandwich with bacon, fried egg and tomato relish ($9) to the “Herman!,” a unique sourdough breakfast waffle with ribbons of caramelized carrots, pesto sour cream, fried egg and maple syrup ($9). For lighter fare, Heim offers soup, quiche and sourdough toasts with a variety of toppings. Plitzko’s bread is a classic, dense sourdough, without the usual air pockets, but perfect for topping with housemade nutella or avocado.
Heim forgoes espresso, but serves a full range of coffee and teas, along with mimosas, beer and wine. Try the “Hugo” – a refreshing wine cocktail with elderflower cordial, sparkling wine and lime, served with a basil garnish. A rotating selection of sweet and savory pastries including stuffed pretzel rolls, scones and kouignettes – Plitzko’s take on the classic French pastry kouign-amann – are available daily.
7137 NE Fremont St.
Portland, OR 97213
Wednesday-Friday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.