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Portland, OR – Horn of Africa Restaurant

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Met my pal here for the lunch buffet today, it’s a bargain at about $8, and enough variety to satisfy whatever kind of “vore” you are.

I had curried goat, the minced beef casserole common to that region, greens, hummus, bideena bread, hibiscus tea.

Picked up a cup of soup and the falafel plate to bring home to Mrs. BurgerDogBoy, which included bideena, pita, hummus, tabouli as well.

It’s obviously a kind of hybrid menu, with both African and Mediterranean dishes, they do have some offerings which are more “family style”, if you want to go the whole sharing route.

I really enjoyed it.  Ample free off-street parking in back, as well.

My plate runneth over.

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Ridgefield, WA – Jollie’s Restaurant/Bar

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Odd I find myself here.  Even odder, I find myself here for the 2nd time in a couple months.

Out looking at land for a client project, we rolled into Jollie’s for a bit o lunch repast…being as it was the only thing around.

This kind of dive/diner/truck stop is fine with me.  My companions were leery, one being the goddess of gluten-free, and it’s hard to find a menu which suits her special diet.  Our other pal?  A sandwich would do, and he would surely find a selection at a place like Jollie’s.

The last time I was in here was with Mrs. Burgerdogboy, we were wasting 30 minutes or so on the way to an event.  We were in the bar, and treated like lepers, being as we were obviously “from away.”   The regulars gathered in their huddle, and the help was only interested in getting tips (or laid?) by one of the regulars that night.

Today was different, in the dining room, service was affable, if not courteous, and unrushed.

I ordered the Deluxe Cheeseburger, gluten-free girl was saddled with a plate of iceberg lettuce with strips of pressed chopped and formed protein, and other dude went for the club sandwich.

A cry came from the other side of the table at the first bite of the club.  It was “hot!”  In that, in all my experience, a club sandwich is served on white toast, but the innards are cool, if not cold and crisp.  This sandwich was apparently prepared like a grilled cheese, which resulted in hot mayo, something not many people like.

The iceberg with protein got pushed around a plate.

I dissected my cheeseburger, scraped off the shredded lettuce and special sauce (thousand island), looked underneath the patty to find a whole slice of raw onion, as I had requested;  I adorned it with dill chips and yellow mustard myself.

Dug into the fries.  Wow.  The fries are really good.  Shoestrings with skin, fried crisp, seasoned to my liking.  Could have eaten a couple pounds of those.

The burger was fine.  Slightly seasoned, beefy flavor, probably began its life in the kitchen as a frozen patty, but good, nonetheless.  The bun was fresh, as well, and the cheese nicely salamandered.

Would I go back? Well, I never thought I would be back a second time, but seems like my life is going to have a big to do in that area, so yeah, maybe.  From reading other reviews, I know the service won’t be consistent, but I can hope the cheeseburgers are!

 

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Nationwide Chain – Sbarro’s

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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.

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Portland, OR – Vegetarian House

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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!

Vegetarian House, Portland, OR

Vegetarian House, Portland, OR

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