Posts Tagged ‘Portland Food Blog’
Something’s fishy here, and it’s not the food. Restaurants Unlimited, a dominant operator in the Northwest, has closed a lot of their Portland outlets, and they should give up on this one as well.
Lackadasical service, ho hum food, and spendy prices for what’s delivered on the plate.
We wondered in last Saturday afternoon at Washington Square, and within ten minutes I was both committed to staying and regretting it.
We had a few of the appetizers, including the cajun chicken w/ ketchup, and some kind of mustard sauce, with overseasoned fries.
I think I’ve been in there once before, it wasn’t memorable. I won’t be back.
Sbarro is the king of mall pizza, arguably. And the chain recently entered voluntary bankruptcy. I saw an article recently that called Sbarro “America’s least essential restaurant,” and that may well be true.
I hadn’t been to one in a long time, but finding myself trapped in a mall the other day, I deciced to try a slice, and $6.88 later, but one slice of sausage/pepp and a bottle of water, I found myself contemplating the crust.
Why the crust? Well, the sausage, and pepperoni (diced, what’s with that?) were nothing to write home (or here) about; nor was the cheese.
The crust? I’d like to try and make a pun about “the crust was to die for,” but in reality, the crust was so hard, it could kill someone. Note the video.
When you are contemplating your shopping experience, I heartily recommend you limit yourselves to malls with Villa Pizza outlets. A vastly superior product.
I found a recipe online if you want to try and make this at home.
A tastefully decorated bar and dining area probably makes La Rambla one of the go-to places in McM town.
Featuring a menu of hot and cold tapas, as well as a few large plates, and hoity-toity cocktails, I could easily imagine sitting in there some Saturday afternoon and saying “give me the left side of the menu. (And I WILL do this!).
As it was, we went with the charcuterie plate, bread and oil, house made potato chips with cumin, fancy pants beet salad with stinky cheese bits, and all were excellent.
I was especially fond of the morcilla, a pork based blood sausage, very coarse, served hot with a crispy casing. Nice. Excellet chorizo (the dry kind) and jamon serrano, as well.
There were at least a dozen other things on the menu we would have liked to have tried, including the burger, which the bartender was pushing. The burger is made from the most excellent Harris Ranch beef from California.
Will I be back? Often. A grazer’s paradise!
Burgerdogboy went over to the dark side yesterday, hit up the buffet at the Vegetarian House in Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown. $8 all you can eat, $6 for a single plate.
There are about 8-10 items and soup on the buffet. The restaurant is clean and the host hospitable.
I enjoyed my lunch, which consisted of a spring roll, mock chicken with vegetables, fried tofu, fried rice, won ton strips, and shredded eggplant soup. All the dishes had a very “clean” taste, which was nice, but of course, the fried stuff didn’t make it all that “healthy.”
Nevertheless, I’ll hit them up again. It’s fast, it’s close to the office, and tasty!
If you haven’t hit Slappy Cakes in SE Portland, because you think it’s just for kids, you’ve missed one of the best breakfasts in town.
Although children of all ages will enjoy the concept of making their own pancakes right at the table – choose from a type of batter and a wide selection of both sweet and savory toppings, the full-service menu offers hidden breakfast gems the quality of which are rare on the Portland breakfast scene.
We ventured over on Wednesday morning (because we hear it can be a madhouse on weekends), with visiting nephew in tow, and he delighted in squeezing buttermilk pancake batter (out of a ketchup style condiment bottle) onto the griddle and tossing in chocolate chips and raisins.
The batter and griddle are perfect for cooking up a batch of virtually no fail flapjacks, and the buttermilk cakes are great just on their own.
But delve into the full service menu offerings (adult beverages as well), and you’ll find great finds like chicken fried bacon with a caramel sauce; country fried steak with potatoes, crispy on the outside, pillowy soft inside, reminiscent of New Orleans famous “Brabant style” potatoes. Cover all that with sausage gravy. Man oh man.
Mrs. Burgerdogboy went with the Huevos Rancheros, and offered me a smidgen of a taste as she scarfed up her plate. I have to say, it was delicious. The concoction rests on a pile of ‘secretly-seasonsed’ beans which are to die for.
Other interesting choices include congee, pork belly benedict, and an interesting sounding mushroom scramble. Yes, veggie offerings as well.
Slappy Cakes, where have you been my entire breakfast life? I am in love!