When most Portlanders hear the name Greek Cusina, they’ll likely conjure up images of the cavernous landmark restaurant and nightclub which has served downtown since 1975.
Over a year ago the Greek Cusina team opened a new location, a suburban “express” version of their famous downtown eatery. Tucked away in the quiet corner of a Tualatin shopping center, this Greek Cusina is the same and very different from the original.
The food is just as delicious in Tualatin, but before you visit the suburban version of Greek Cusina, know it’s not the same as the original version.
First of all, the menu is limited compared to the huge menu at the downtown location, but they still have all the favorites. Second, you have to order at the counter and they will bring your food to your self-seating table. This seems to confuse some diners, who I’ve seen standing at the door waiting to be seated. They might need to add a sign or something to clarify this. Third, don’t come expecting any plate-breaking or ouzo-fueled “Oopa!” cheers—those things are still reserved for the original location.
But, on the flip side, the food is very reasonably priced and they offer a daily lunch special for less than $6. The service is very fast. In fact, I’ve walked in to order take-out many times and haven’t had to wait more than a few minutes.
I always, always, always get the Mediterranean dip sampler ($6.50), which comes with three dips (there are eight to choose from, but my faves are the scordalia, the Feta dip and the tzatziki) and tons of pita. It’s practically a meal in itself! My other favorites are the Greek pizzas, the kebab gyros and the Mad Panini. Continue reading Review: Greek Cusina (Tualatin) CLOSED
Whole Foods (The Pearl location)
1210 NW Couch Street
OK, I’m all for healthy eating and stuff, but I do have some standards: I won’t eat it if it doesn’t taste good. I think I know what tastes good, healthy and not-so-healthy.
Yes, Whole Foods is a supermarket chain, but I just had to write this review. In the Pearl, the Whole Foods supermarket seems to be a popular lunch place-the tables and lunch bar always seem to be full, but, after several tries, I have no idea why.
Sure, they have an extensive array of ready-to-eat options, including pizza, a salad bar and sandwiches, etc. But, here’s my short review: unless you are in a huge hurry, skip it! Continue reading Review: Whole Foods
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar (Downtown location)
327 SW Morrison Street
I waited patiently for months for Buffalo Wild Wings to open up on SW Morrison. Sure, I could have visited their other location out in Hillsboro, but who really wants to drive that far when there are so many tasty lunch spots closer in? So the very first week they were open, I got my taste buds prepared for the heat and headed in. I mean, who doesn’t love a meal where finger licking is practically required?
At first sight I was a little overwhelmed, the space is huge, the televisions are everywhere and it’s a little bright and loud for my taste (it’s a sports bar, after all), but from the second I stepped through the door the service was impeccable. Continue reading Review: Buffalo Wild Wings
Pizza Boys Plus
17788 Pilkington Road
Lake Oswego, OR
Oh. My. God! I have driven by this little pizza shop probably a hundred times, but I had never stopped in until today. Now I’m wondering why I’ve never tried it before. I called ahead and ordered a small pizza and an order of cheese sticks. My theory is that you can usually judge the quality of a place by their cheese sticks.
When I arrived about 20 minutes later, I was struck by the cute interior of the place—the walls are covered with album covers from the 60s and 70s. How retro is that? The dining area has limited seating, so take-out or delivery (it’s free within a five-mile radius) are good options. Continue reading Review: Pizza Boys Plus
The Cheesecake Factory
(At Washington Square)
9309 SW Washington Square Road
OK, the moniker The Cheesecake Factory is a little misleading, because this place serves WAY more than just cheesecake. In fact, for a chain restaurant, it’s some of the best food in the burbs!
I try to avoid reviewing chain restaurants, but this is the one and only Cheesecake Factory in town, and if Portland ever gets an In-N-Out, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf or Pinkberry, you can bet your life I’m reviewing those places (sometimes I miss L.A. for more reasons than just the constant sunshine).
But back to the Cheesecake Factory, it’s pretty darn impressive. I’ve been there for lunch more times than my waistline likes to remember. The menu is, literally, heavy, and probably 20 pages long! Continue reading Review: The Cheesecake Factory
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