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Published: Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:44:07 GMT


A Couple of Articles about the Portland Bar Scene

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:44:07 GMT

The Oregonian and Eater PDX have each had an article about the Portland bar scene in the last couple of days. Aside from the brewpubs, food carts and innovative restaurant fare, Portland has, IMHO, some of the best bars anywhere! -- sw From the Oregonian: From Eater PDX:

Taylor Railworks to close in Portland

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 09:42:47 GMT

There was a blurb in one of the local papers a few days ago saying that John Gorham was taking over the Taylor Railworks space for a larger, Eastside outpost of his Israeli street food concept Shalom Y’all. I rather quite like Shalom Y’all...the food/drink there is simple but flavorful (the falafel balls, fresh pita & fennel salad make a great lunch & the shakshuka a great dinner). The downtown location has a wonderful wine list. IMHO, it’s one of Portland’s better casual restaurants. — sw

Breakfast all day - Portland

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:56:09 GMT

I finally made it to Fuller's by travelling on a Tuesday. Lots of counter space, which is what I prefer. A plus. Hat hooks on the wall! Double plus. The paucity of hat hooks is a frequent source of annoyance. I had one of their "creamy" omelettes, which seem to be their specialty. Not creamy at all, but rather dry. A bit overcooked in my opinion. I don't know why they would use that adjective. Maybe it's a holdover from 50 years ago and the cook who did them that way retired long ago. Still, an acceptable diner breakfast, served all day (but not on Monday!). The house-made hashbrowns are very good -- nice and crispy.

A Beginner’s Guide to Portland Beer: What to Drink, and Where to Drink It.

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 03:33:27 GMT

See the posted link. -- sw

Dress code in Portland Restaurants

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 20:40:37 GMT

I will do a separate post on our experiences, but I will say that we probably hit the mid-line on attire at most of the places we went. I don't know if I saw any jackets and ties, but I wasn't really looking. I live in a college town, so I have a skewed perception of what passes for appropriate attire in "fancy" restaurants. Part of the reason we were asking is that the bar here is so low. Also, no one ridiculed us for our "foreign" rain gear. ;)

NE Portland's 40 Best Restaurants

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:05:11 GMT

More on Chin's Kitchen: -- sw

French fried artichoke hearts

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:46:59 GMT

Apparently Brasserie Montmartre had them back in the day but it is long gone, as was/is Perry's. The closest I've seen was on a now-defunct menu at Hawthorne Hopworks (viz "crispy artichoke hearts"). Good luck in your quest and I will keep an eye peeled as I do my usual ongoing Portland research :-).

Voodoo Doughnut Enters Partnership With San Francisco's Fundamental Capital

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:58:46 GMT

See: Soon, you too will be able to wait in line for mediocre dick-shaped donuts filled with pastry creme stuffed into pink boxes. -- sw

Best Rice cooker for two in 2017?

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 21:13:30 GMT

Thank you!

Portland Restaurant Could Have ‘America's Best Restroom’

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:31:01 GMT

Just when you thought the creepy clown bar was the ultimate in keeping Portland weird... See: Vote early and vote often! I've eaten at Off the Waffle several times...never had the occasion to use the restroom though...I'll have to now! It's a small fast/casual breakfast/brunch spot at the corner of SE 26th & Clinton...across the intersection from the original Broder Cafe. The waffles are mildly sweet and crispy. My favorite is the one topped with 2 eggs, tomato, basil & goat cheese. Their coffee is fresh and strong. It's counter-ordering and self-bussing of tables but OTW has a laid-back neighborhood vibe that lends itself to a relaxing meal. My brunch has always been light and flavorful and service has always been quick and cheerful. It's not expensive. I'd recommend OTW to anyone! I think they sell frozen waffles and batter too. -- sw

Portland's 40 best restaurants

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:53:20 GMT

Today, the O published their list of the 40 best restaurants in SE Portland: -- sw

Portland - Need 1 Dinner and 1 Breakfast Place

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:58:17 GMT

The easiest way to walk to all of these places is to walk along the riverfront from your hotel until you get to SW Salmon St (there's a fountain there called the Salmon St Springs...may not be operating if it's raining). Make a left turn across SW Naito Pkwy until you get to SW 2nd (for Q & Mother's) or SW 3rd (for Bijou) then turn right. You can take SW 2nd or 3rd directly to your destination. The intersections you want to watch for are: Q: SW 2nd & Taylor; Mother's: SW 2nd & Stark Bijou: SW 3rd & Pine To return to your hotel, make your way back to the riverfront and then follow it all the way back to the Marriott Waterfront. If you are near the Burnside Bridge, you can check out the Portland Saturday Market on your way back. It looks like autumn has fallen in Portland so make sure you bring warm clothes (esp if you are out at night) and a raincoat. The temps have fallen dramatically from 2 weeks ago. -- sw

Portland Food News

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 05:50:21 GMT

I loves me some beef tendon chicharrones. Thanks!

See Inside Portland’s New Creepy’s Clown Bar

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:51:07 GMT

See: Well, another place in Portland that won't last long enough for me to go into (inconvenient-for-me location notwithstanding)... Bars are supposed to be FUN PLACES! You know...places "where everyone knows your name"...not places to get creeped out by weird robots... I guess the owner didn't get that memo (or the whole effort is a tax dodge for a real-estate developer or other 1%-er...designed to fail). -- sw

Friday Lunch with a Small Dog

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:48:41 GMT

There are definitely too many places in Portland where dogs are (tacitly) allowed but shouldn't be. I went into a local place to grab burger and there was a dog sleeping under a patron's bar stool. I complained to the manager. The bar patron and his dog were ejected and my tab was taken care of by the manager. My big gripe is dogs in grocery stores (these are places that sell food!)... People buy official-looking doggie sweaters at Goodwill and claim that Fido is a "service animal." An establishment can't ask that a patron prove his/her assertion about their dog (a very stupid, IMHO, State law apparently). It seems that every "purse rat" dog in Portland is a service animal... Sometimes, people don't even bother with the service animal ruse. I have seen dogs that are caked with mud walking leash-less behind owners in search of a PBR tallboy at the cold beer case. When I complain to a manager about it, all I ever get is shrugged shoulders and an admonition to "lighten up." This is a big reason we don't shop at "Psycho Safeway" at SW 10th & Jefferson. Funny... The Starbucks across the street doesn't have this problem... -- sw P.S. We have 3 dogs...and none of them have been to a grocery store, a bar or a restaurant.

Looking for a couple of dinner spots in Portland

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 02:30:04 GMT

PS The catfish at Po' Shines is not greasy and doesn't taste like mud. It's crispy and flavorful and awesome! I LOVE the cold sesame/peanut noodle dish at Wei Wei (blood sugar Dr says I should "cheat" once in keeps me honest most of the time...blood sugar control is a "long game"). The potstickers are really great...esp with hot mustard! -- sw

Visiting Portland - Restaurant Recommendations

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 21:28:24 GMT

This was published on Eater Portland today: I've been to almost all of these. I will not patronize the Multnomah Whiskey Library however. If you read my previous posts cited above, you'll understand why. I'm still waiting for that text saying they have a table for me for my visit 2+ years ago... -- sw

Dil Se... new Indian restaurant in downtown Portland

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:11:21 GMT

Neat comparo! And I agree with you that such places are relatively rare in Portland. That is one of the reasons we often eat more "high end" in Portland than we would at home, at least at dinner. There seem to be more mid to upper range spots that appeal than mum and pops/HITW, which are what we frequent in Vancouver.

FEAST Portland question

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:53:04 GMT

Awwww shucks! Your worst experiences with respect to crowds and queues are going to be wherever you go for breakfast/brunch. This is Portland-normal. You must choose...choose wisely. -- sw

Server with septum ring? Gross!

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:00:18 GMT

You don't go to restaurants to eat food because you don't like what the restaurant staff look like? I thought I'd heard it all.....