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Westside food

Acapulco's Gold NW

2610 NW Vaughn
(503) 220-0283
Lunch, dinner
American Mexican

The great lure of AG are their generous tasty Margaritas and their Peasant Plates, a taste platter of rice, beans, (meat), cheese, and salad, with warm buttered tortillas. Did I mention dairy products? There are a lot of them. I stick to the Mole chicken.
Zeno writes:

Acapulco's Gold is the best Mexican food I've had (with the exception of the very pricey Esparza's) since moving to Portland from Texas in May of 2000. It is true Tex-Mex, and makes me feel like I'm back at home. Take it from a mexican-food connoisseur, AG hits the mark with its flavors, presentations, and large portions. And their margaritas are top-notch to boot!


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Acapulco's SW Gold

7800 SW Capitol Hwy (in Multnomah Village)
(503) 244-0771
Lunch, dinner
American Mexican

The Multnomah village restaurant, a little more poised and sophisticated than its estranged sibling in NW.
We went to the Southwest restaurant recently and found out that while they once were affliated to and shared many menu items with the NW location, that ended a long time ago. Portion sizes at the Southwest restaurant were much smaller than in NW, and everything was pricer. Service was lackluster as well.


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Bastas Trattoria

410 NW 21st Ave
(503) 274-1572
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BastasWhen it comes to taking visitors out to dinner, there are just a couple places I consider. Cafe Castagna, Ken's Place, and Bastas. These are my special occasion places, places where the atmosphere is good, the service is good, and the food, of course, is good.

Bastas is my favorite Italian. In a former Tasty-Freez. Yeah!

Though once you step foot inside, you might never know it. You enter into the sophisticated bar, and unless you're doing their excellent happy hour, you eat in either the garden room or the other room (I'm sure it has a name). They offer, of course, lots of wine, including by the glass, and a couple beers on tap.

Our downfall is the appetizers. There are quite a few, and they all appear to be yummy. The carpaccio is a full plate of raw thin-sliced beef dressed in olive oil and parmesan, with lemon on the side. The caesar is not as garlicky as I generally like but is still one of the best in town.

Entrees. Yum. The pasta is a little less spectacular than other dishes sometimes, however, it's good. But there is so much to love amongst the entrees. The $19 steak is the best $19 steak in town, cooked to order, nested with the most decadent mashed potatoes around. The crispy fried chicken (is that Italian?) is also so very good, crispy and moist and delicious. Their version of cioppin is a delight, with lots of broth to soak up. And the lamb chops cause my partner to go into fits of pleasure.

Desserts also are good, though a little bit of a let down for me after the whirlwind beauty of the appetizers and entrees. But the fact that you can park in their lot, right there around the restaurant, is pretty darn good.

Downsides: it's a former Tasty-Freez, so when it gets full, it's like a bus station. The chairs are fine if you don't spend too much time in them, but they're torture in a long formal dinner. And, I tend to spend too much money there.


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March 3, 2006 | Permalink

Byways Cafe

1212 NW Glisan St
(503) 221-0011
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7-3, weekends 7:30-2

Byways cafe: you are here

Byways Cafe

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Byways is, by all appearances, a kitschy diner. But it's a really good kitschy diner. It's been in the Pearl since before the Pearl was called the Pearl.

First, let's look at breakfast, which runs til 11am on weekdays and all day on the weekends. The coffee is good, and hot. The menu looks like the usual greasy spoon fare: eggs & protein, omelettes, pancakes, hash. In fact they serve four different types of hash which look beautiful and taste even better. Griddle fare includes buttermilk pancakes, but also amaretto french toast, and super fabulous blue corn hotcakes with pecan butter. Eggs are treated respectfully and are always tasty. Potatoes are well-cooked home fries—not my fav, but hey. And, I don't know that this is the best bacon in town, but it's sure the best bacon I've had in town for quite a while.

Lunch is more of the same, stuff that sounds unassuming and unexciting until it's in front of you. They have malts, brown cows (coke with vanilla ice cream), rootbeer floats, stewarts sodas and arnold palmers (lemonade & iced tea). The lunch menu is the three Ss: soup, salads, sandwiches. The prices range from $3-$9, and the salads range from tuna salad, chef, cobb, greek, back to chicken salad. French fries accompany all the sandwiches, and they're thick on one side, thin on the other!

The counter makes great seating if you're there by yourself, and the booths, by the display case of vintage travel souvenirs are great if it's quiet or you're in a small group.


This is a small place and popular, so on the weekends, bring the paper and plan on a wait.


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August 31, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBacks (0)

Capitol Coffee House & Bistro

6446 SW Capitol Hwy
(503) 297-1455
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Capitol CoffeehouseI wasn't expecting much with this cute space just outside of Hillsdale. You can eat downstairs, or in the more bistro-like upstairs. They offer a weekend brunch, of about 12 breakfasty things and 11 lunchy things, as well as champagne, coffee nudge, bloody marys, and mimosas.

So it all started well: greeted at the door, immediately brought menus, coffee and water. The coffee, eh, okay, nothing to write home about. We order, and as we wait to eat, the upstairs fills. And still, one waitress. So, I wasn't terribly surprised when my meal came to the table cold, or that I never got a coffee refill. I watched as the folks behind us waited to get the tab, then waited for the waitress to pick up their credit card, then waited for it to come back—all in all, about 20 minutes!

Unfortunately, the food was similarly lackluster. My cold ham and cheese omellette was very overdone. It was accompanied by potatoes (a handful of smushy pan fried potatoes) and "fresh fruit" (three very thin, very dry slices of melon, one of starfruit). The Hillsdale Heap (potatoes with veggies, egg, and cheese) had eggplant mixed in with the veggies—just not the most harmonious combination. To add insult to injury, I was still hungry afterwards!


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February 28, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Corbett Fish House

5901 SW Corbett
(503) 246-4434
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M-F 11-9:45, Saturday 12-9:45, Sunday 12-8:45
midwestern celiac fish-fry

Corbett Fish House
the taps and Packers action figures
This is my favorite place for fish and chips.

Do you like fish? Or are you celiac (gluten-allergic to you, bud)? Or pining for the northern midwest? Need to feel that Green Bay Packers spirit? Get thee to Corbett Fish House. If you don't like fish, you could have chicken, a gardenburger or a salad. But if you like fish, well, you could sure do a lot worse than here.

The menu online isn't up to date, sadly. Appetizers include a number of seafood you'd expect, plus sweet potato fries, packer fries and deep fried cheese curd. Now, the latter is just plain wrong, which explains why it disappeared off our table as soon as it arrived. Packer Fries are their great french fries covered in melted cheddar and pickled jalapeno. The jalapeno is easy to pick off, for those who chose to. Prices range from $2.50-$12.

They offer soups, salads, sandwiches, which I'm sure are great ($3.75-$13). But the fish and chips are the thing ($10-$18). For those of you who care, they follow the Monterey Bay Aquarium guidelines. They have:

  • prawns
  • oysters
  • yellow perch
  • walleye
  • halibut
  • chile-fried catfish
served with the World's Greatest Fries (and they really are some of the best in town). They have combos, too, if you can't decide.

They also have fish tacos, three different types made with halibut and chile-fried catfish, which are yummy, huge and filling.

Everything that is gluten-free is clearly marked, and that is most of the menu, so celiacs have lots of choices here. It's also wheelchair accessible (though there is a lip at the front door).

Of course, fish and chips requires beer, and Corbett offers a full bar. When we were there, they had on tap:

  • Mirror Pond
  • Alaskan Amber
  • Fish Mudshark Porter
  • Widmer Hefeweizen
  • Terminal Gravity ESG
  • Walking Man IPA
  • PBR
  • Michelob Light
  • Pilsner Urquell
  • Guinness
They pour 20 oz-ers here, $2.50 for macros, $4.50 for craft brews and $5 for imports. No gluten-free beers, sadly, though they do offer a hard cider.

Happy hour is 3-5 daily; no drink specials, but they do offer 8 items for $3.95:

  • deep fried cheese curds
  • fried oysters or chicken strips & fries
  • a catfish sandwich
  • calamari
  • a caesar
  • bay shrimp cocktail,
  • oyster shooters.


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Hot Pot City

1975 SW 1st Ave, Suite J
(503) 224-6696
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Taiwanese hot pot

Hot Pot City
plate of goodies, pre-broth
Goodies, post-broth
Okay, this is the way it works. Either park in the Portland Center Plaza parking lot, or walk through the urban renewal district and look for the place that is entirely fogged up. When you come into the tight space around the door, head immediately to the hot pot bar, unless you want to hot pot family style. Pull up a seat and consider your broth options.

This is similar to shabu-shabu. You get a broth, in a pot, on a burner, and you get to toss various protein, starch and veggies in, as you wish. Once you've chosen from their 7 asian broths (vegetarian, Ma-la [herbs and red pepper], Thai-style hot sour, pao-cai [pickled cabbage Korean style], xiang-cai [Chinese cilantro with egg], and meat [yes, I know that's only six, but there is another, really]), you can go and load up on soda, dipping sauce, and goodies for your broth.

The goodies vary, naturally, but include frozen shaved meat, meat balls, stuffed wonton, k-crab, frozen and fresh tofu, a couple types of noodles, and then a bar of vegetables. You choose just what you'd like. Then go plunk yerself down in front of your steaming pot of broth, and start cooking. The best thing: you can go back again and again.

If you have questions, just ask. The Tsais are very helpful, funny, and very real.

Lunch is an amazing $7.50, with dinner $12.50 (I think)—dinner has more seafood, and just more stuff.

I love this place. It's fun people-watching and you get to play with your food. And, you can eat so virtuously, and it's so good.



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March 17, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (3)

Justa Pasta

1336 NW 19th Ave
(503) 243-2249
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lunch during the week, dinner 7 days

Justa PastaThis is one of my favorite restaurants in town, and I hate to even bring it to your attention, because what if you love it like I do, and suddenly I can no longer get in for my caesar and pasta fix? Justa Pasta started out as a pasta maker, and they still supply many high-end restaurants with noodles and ravioli.

The menu is made up of salads, pastas, raviolis, and specials. If you're being careful, you can easily get a small salad and a small pasta and come away owing less than $10. The caesar is one of the city's best, garlicy and sublime. Soups are consistently fantastic. But really, this is all about the pasta—a couple types of pasta, a couple types of ravioli, a handful of sauces, all housemade. It's great. Specials, always including several lasagnas... great. Cheesecake and other sweets... great. And, the owners are really good about posting the day's specials (as well as a current menu) on the website (imagine!).

Okay, so what are the downsides, then? One, you queue up for food. Grabbing a table before you order and get your food is really frowned upon, and seriously not cool. They have a couple of bottled beers, a couple of wines by the glass, or you can select a bottle of wine while you're queued up. Otherwise, find a seat in their remodeled restaurant/lounge, enjoy a sip of whatever you're drinking, and relax. Pearl Bakery baguette comes almost immediately. The service is efficient and friendly, but you'll have to get your own water refill or fresh glass of wine. (See? Why would you want to go there, really?)


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February 13, 2006 | Permalink

Ken's Artisan Bakery

338 NW 21st Ave (at Flanders)
(503) 248-2202
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Ken's Artisan BakeryKen's is one of a couple bakeries in town making excellent bread products. That said, Ken's is my absolute favorite. Everything is handmade, using the best organic flours and ingredients, the slow way. The breads are incredible—if you like French-style breads, this is the place. It's a bread-lover's paradise—and an Atkins dieters' nightmare.

In addition to bread, they have yummy sweets—a pain au chocolat to die for. They have awesome sandwiches—the best croque monsieur in town, and they have beer and wine as well as espresso.

They also have a mean pizza night, Mondays, from 5:30-9:30, serving bistro-style pizza.

Downsides? They're often packed, and finding parking on 21st is a pain (though if you're there before 3pm, you can park in Basta's lot). Tables are tiny—great if there's two or less of you, not so great if you're coming in a pack. And, it's a small place. Service can be quite brusque (though it's always markedly better when Ken is around). And, they close early (7pm T-F).


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February 23, 2006 | Permalink

Laurelwood Public House

1728 NE 40th (north of Sandy), 282-0622
2327 NW Kearney St. (west of 23rd), 228-5553
http://www.laurelwoodbrewpub.com/

If you don't like kids, don't bother with this. Beer, some organic, a bar, and plenty of space and toys and other kids to distract your little ones while you suck down a cold one.


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April 23, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Marco's Cafe

7910 SW 35th
(503) 245-0199
breakfast, lunch, dinner

T. Spring writes:

Marcos in Multnomah Village has the best egg plant salad you have ever met and some wonderful desserts as well. They are famous for breakfast.


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New Old Lompoc

NW 23rd, between Raleigh and Savier

This mellow, unassuming brewpub has great beer, reasonable food, a rooved, heated back porch, and well, what else do you need? The pub interior is studiously geeky, including a pool table with the right number of balls -- just not the right combination. Did I mention great beer? Giant baskets of small fries for cheap?


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New Old Lompoc

1616 NW 23rd

Small and smokey, but with a devoted following. The outdoor patio in back is friendly to dogs.


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New Seasons Market Deli

all over town
http://www.newseasonsmarket.com/

At the New Seasons Deli

This may be the best cheap lunch or dinner in town.

Of course you can buy groceries at New Seasons. But at their deli, you can also get hot food. Yay!!

We've been long time fans of the New Seasons deli, ever since we figured out that eating before shopping means we spend a lot less. But really, the food prices here can't be beat.

For example, tonight we tried the hot wok ($6.95 and up). Yum! You get a metal bowl and fill it as high as you can with goodies: noodles, rice, garlic, ginger, tofu and veggies. You can also add chicken, beef or shrimp, or white or brown rice to your wok bowl for a little extra. Now, choose from the 8 different sauces: most are vegan, a good number are gluten-free, so you have options. You can also get them to ratchet up the heat. Just a few minutes later, you have a huge hot meal on a plate. Grab a drink from the cooler, stop at the cashier, and then make your way to the dining area, stocked with condiments and magazines and lots of tables.

You can get a huge salad for $6.99 from their salad bar. Or if you prefer, they can make a caesar for you ($3.95 and up). They have 2 pastas each day, one veggie, one meat for $4.95 (and up). And two soups a day, one veggie, one meat.

You can get a bagel with lox, or cream cheese, or whitefish spread, or tofu paté (warning, not vegan!), or hummus, and veggies. You can even get your bagel toasted!

And then there are sandwiches. You can build your own from coldcuts, or tuna or chicken salad, or even grilled veggies. They have hamburgers, turkey burgers, veggie burgers, chickenwiches, even groovy hot dogs. And there's some specialty sandwiches as well.

If this isn't enough, there's always rotisserie chicken and chicken quarters, always pizza, always some type of roasted potatoes, and always some other yummy stuff. Chips and sweets are close at hand.

While the chicken and pizza leave me cold, the hot wok, salad bar, and sandwiches are consistently great, as good as you'd get in a restaurant -- but cheaper.

The only drawback is, if you're hungry and you're having them make you a sandwich or some other type of non-instant gratification, waiting may make you crazy. But no crazier than shopping with an empty stomach.


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April 6, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Noodles

6830 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy (at Scholls Ferry)
(503) 292-6480
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no frills noodles
closed Sunday & Monday

I've just become aware of these fast-food noodle joints, and I wonder if anyone pulls it off? It seems like a simple, fast food to make, however... Noodles is not the mid-west chain, nor is it the Burgerville effort. Noodles is basically just pastas, salads and bread, in a fast-food style restaurant and the place is popular with families. Caesar salad had an awful dressing, thai chicken linguini was inedible, but the beef stroganoff was pleasant, with chunks of beef and mushrooms. Salads run $2.75-$7.00, bread $1.50-3.50, pastas $5-$8.50. Beer and wine are available.


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November 25, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ochoa's

943 SE Oak St, Hillsboro
(503) 640-4755
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Taqueria Hermanos Ochoa's
The menu at Ochoa's
When I make the pilgrimage to Hillsboro, I have to eat Mexican, because there are a couple great purveyors of Mexican food there. Usually, that means a visit to La Flor de Michoacan, but the other morning, Nick Zukin mentioned Ochoa's, and I knew I had to go there. On the way out, I beat myself up: why don't I ever go there? The food is great, servings are massive, options are endless.

And then once I'm there, I remember. You walk in, and there's a crowd of people, but where does the line end? There's an english menu with tacos and combo plates, and then there's a wall of photos with faded labels. What meats are available? What about nopales? I see barbacoa (a huge steamed cattle head). Everyone is speaking spanish, and I'm wondering if my awful tourist pidgin is up to this.

Still. Our cashier can pidgin English so we order. Huaraches are one of the reasons to make the trip: masa "sandals" the size of an NBA player's foot that are grilled, spread with refried beans and then topped with some sort of meat. I chose carne asada. I also got sopes, masa disks covered with refrieds, meat, fresh mexican cheese, crema, avocado, and lettuce, and a combination plate with more carne asada.

This and two jarritos cost $18. My sopes were most expensive at $5.50! The combination & the huaraches were both $5.

While we wait for the food, we explore the salsa bar. 5 salsas: a pico, two reds, and two greens, and the red and green we try are both blistering and addictive. Free chips await—help yourself. While we watch people around us get food, I make mental notes of things to try next time. The 7 Mares (7 seas) soup looks wonderful, as does a Cocktel de Camarones—good-sized shrimp, topped with good-sized chunks of avocado. I watch a man tuck into a torta, which seems about the size of his head. I watch someone from the kitchen come out and trim out some barbacoa for an order.

You'll notice there's no photos of the food: it's because we fell into it! The huaraches plate came with two giant huaraches, plus rice, beans & guacamole. The sopes: three to a plate, no sides. And the combo plate: rice & beans, and freshly made tortillas. Everything was delicious, both hot, and as leftovers (we brought lots home).

On the way out, I asked about to-go menus. The cashier said, yes she had them, and then I repeated the question in spanish: she gave me a scowl and said, no, of course, no! I wish I had a road map. But I think I'll be back there soon, saying, give me what he's eating.


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Pirates Tavern

2839 NW Saint Helens
(503) 222-6600
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NOW CLOSED per Angelhair at PortlandFood.org


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Pizza Oasis

2241 W Burnside St
(503) 228-5260
pizzaoasis.com
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lunch, dinner
pizza, espresso, microbrews

Related to the Oasis Cafe on the eastside, you'll find the same elaborate and inventive pizzas by the slice or by the pie. By the slice will mean a significant wait, but the patient are rewarded. There are multiple microbrews on tap, and the room is cozy and pleasing. You can also get vegan pizza here.


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Spaghetti Factory

SW Macadam
lunch and dinner
madcap inexpensive pasta

If you are here from anywhere else, you might just think of the Spaghetti Factory as a chain, which is true. This is an excellent place if you want salad, pasta and dessert on a budget if you stay away from the alcohol. You'll see lots of families there, just for that reason. That, and the menu is very kid friendly. However, let's just be serious: the pasta sucks. But the prices are inexpensive, the drinks strong, and the view of the river downright intoxicating.


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April 11, 2002 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Stepping Stone Cafe

2390 NW Quimby St
(503) 222-1132
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miniature truckstop
cash & credit only
breakfast, lunch, late-night eats (Thurs-Sat)

Stepping Stone Cafe
Breakfast!
This is one of those places that isn't on my beaten path, and everytime I stop in, I think, why aren't I a regular here? I love this joint, especially when I get there early enough to not have to wait to sit.

This is just a little corner cafe/diner: tiny, really, with a couple of booths, a few more tables, and counter seating. In nice weather, they have a patio as well. It's the sort of place that you can ID from the street because the windows are all fogged up, and there's a line of people reading newspapers.

Yes, they did trademark "You eat here because we let you", so there is a bit of attitude, theoretically. Sometimes, there's enough folks staffing; sometimes, it's just Denise (who's worked there since the beginning of time) and someone else working the entire place. So yes, your (Portland Brewing) coffee cup and water glass won't stay full.

As noted, the coffee is not what you come here for. They do serve expresso, or drinks if you need some hair of the dog.

And they do serve lunch. Not that I can speak to that.
The breakfast menu is huge, and there's always more on the chalkboards. If you can't see them, ask, or just make a point to check them out.

There are traditional breakfasts ($4-$8.50) which are egg, protein, potatoes, toast, including some absolutely excellent scrambles. If you fear you aren't getting enough pork in your diet, try the meat lover's scram. It has, of course, ham, bacon, and sausage in bite-sized chunks with a little jack cheese—delicious and easily two meals.

Potatoes are big slices, fried on the griddle—they don't do it for me, but they are a good excuse to have some homemade salsa.

The ala carte menu ($3.50-$7) has favorites like a decent biscuits & gravy (which you can get as a half order), and the Tichenors (Tichenor's choice, the dilemma, the other dilemma), which is home fried hash browns covered with all manner of things.

The griddle menu ($2.50-$6) includes pancakes, french toast, waffle, and blintzes. The pancakes are huge, covering an entire huge round plate (and you can get real maple syrup for a surcharge).

And finally, there are 3 egg omelettes ($7-$8.25).

With a big menu and a lot of specials, you have choices, and they all seem to be solid. The heuvos rancheros are a favorite, a delicious (and completely inauthentic) carb-fest of corn tortillas, refried beans, ranchero sauce, eggs, potatoes, and pickled jalapenos. Yum! And you can add avocado.

Whenever I have friends staying in NW, this goes on top of the list for what to do for breakfast.


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October 19, 2006 | Permalink

Taste of Mexico (for breakfast)

CLOSED
716 NW 21st Ave


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September 26, 2006 | Permalink

The Original Pancake House

8601 S.W 24th Street, at Barbur
(503) 246-9007
originalpancakehouse.com/phloc_portland.html
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Wed thru Sun: 7AM to 3PM
Cash only!

fruit waffle

the dutch baby
I've lived in Portland now for 18 years and I've been hearing about the Original Pancake House at least that long. But I never made it there until now.

It was driving by it that got me. Even though it's in a house, it looks like a chain restaurant. Which of course, it is. So, why bother?

Then, Ali from Little Red Bike Cafe told me I really ought to go there. It's the Original Original Pancake House, after all, and I should have a dutch baby. So we tried to go there the next day, but TOPH is closed on Mondays.

Eventually, we got there at 6:50 in the morning, because we were told there was always a line unless you get there when they open. The enclosed porch was as quiet as a church full of people, all quietly reading newspapers or books.

At 7 am sharp, a waitress in a white blouse with a pink skirt invited us in. We grabbed a seat and were quickly served coffee, good coffee, much better than I was expecting. Nice!

The menu is huge: 7 omelets from $10.25-$12.25, 7 waffles ($8.25-$10.50), 7 crepes ($8.25-$10.50), 7 egg specialties (9-$11.50), and 21 different types of pancakes ($8.50-$10.75). So we ordered the Fresh Fruit Waffle ($10.50), a Dutch Baby ($10), and a side of breakfast sausage ($6 -- yes, it's the most expensive sausage I've ever ordered in a restaurant but there was plenty for two of us and it was really good -- but I'm getting ahead of myself).

The Fresh Fruit Waffle is lightly dusted with powered sugar, then topped with fresh fruit and freshly whipped cream. We were told the fruit was peaches, blueberries and blackberries. So both of us were astounded when it came to the table completely loaded down with fruit, with the whipped cream in its own bowl. This was quite possibly the most beautiful food item I had ever seen.

The Dutch Baby is oven baked, and it obviously rises and falls before hitting the table, so it looks like a big volcanic crater. It is served with whipped butter, lemon and powdered sugar. I had to ask the waitress how to prepare it (she told me syrup would ruin it), and then I followed her directions. You can make it as sweet, or as rich, as you'd like. I think that this may have been the best thing I've ever eaten, or at least, really really really good.

So this was not a cheap breakfast. It cost us about $30 for two folks, but we were both sated and happy, the service was great, and I've been scheming about how we can go back.


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October 3, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Three Square Grill

6320 SW Capitol Hwy, Hillsdale
(503) 244-4467
breakfast, lunch, dinner?

T. Spring writes:

Another very good spot that is actually in Hillsdale is Three Square Grill. Considering how wonderful the food is, it is pretty well priced. They have great and very original food that is fresh and scrumptious.


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