Ready for The Bite of Oregon this weekend? We are!! It’s our favorite summer food weekend of the year. We love to taste-test delicious tidbits from all around our beautiful state. Great food, delightful drinks, rockin’ entertainment and a fun crowd…all that, and it benefits Special Olympics Oregon! Awesome!
Silver Dollar Pizza II
225 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
503-241-3465 Map It!
Iâ€™m not going to try to fool you; Silver Dollar Pizza II is not an upscale restaurant by any means. In fact, the place is pretty much a dive bar, serving up their stiff drinks to the often-smoking and drinking clientele. But there is a good reason to try it out: their pizza is very, very delicious!
I have been coming here off and on for almost two years, and Iâ€™ve never had a complaint with the service or the food. Sure, itâ€™s a little bit smoky at times, but what can expect from a bar with a faÃ§ade of a pizza-serving sports bar? They do in fact have several TVs showing sports, so, yes, I would call it a sports bar. Continue reading Review: Silver Dollar Pizza II
Sushi Hour is their version of happy hour (4 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close daily), and itâ€™s a terrific way to sample the restaurantâ€™s upscale fare without breaking your budget. Located in the lobby of the Paramount Hotel, the restaurant on one side and the lounge, where Sushi Hour is offered, on the other.
Pastini Pastaria is pretty much my go-to spot for any sort of family or friend function that entails a large group going out to a restaurant. Sure, some people might consider it Portland’s local version of Olive Garden, but the food is consistently good (even if it is a little on the bland side) and there is something on the menu for everyone-even those picky eaters and vegetarians.
Kenny & Zuke’s
1038 SW Stark Street
Portland, OR 97205
503-222-3344 Map It!Â
A lot of people have been raving about Kenny & Zuke’s. So much so that I was extremely excited to try Portland’s new “authentic” New York-style delicatessen. On a recent sunny day my lunch companion and I decided to stroll over and check it out
Kenny & Zuke’s is located in the same building that houses the all-too-hip Ace Hotel, so that might have been the first sign of what I was about to experience. The restaurant itself is bright, clean and airy. The entire waitstaff is decked out in t-shirts with deli-related humorous sayings. There seemed to be a very large staff on duty, but it took forever to be seated, have our order taken and then actually get our food!
I’m not saying Kenny & Zuke’s was bad. I’m saying that Kenny & Zuke’s is expensive and overrated. By comparison, one of my favorite really-in-New-York-City delis, Ess-a-Bagel, has a very similar menu, but everything is about half the price! And they are in New York City! Something is very wrong about that! Continue reading Review: Kenny & Zuke’s
Well, the time has finally come to say adieu to Park Avenue. It’s been a great 86 years here on Park Avenue and we are sad to say good-bye, but you can’t stop progress. All of us are looking forward to our new digs on 10th avenue, well sort of new digs. The old booths will be there, a bit fresher. The chandeliers and all the light fixtures on Park Avenue are making the move with us so when I say new, I mean not so new but a fresh new light on an old lady.
So the bar stool crawl will be happening on Monday, February 25th. The time frame is still up in the air but I will keep you posted. Cmon some things can be kept a secret right? So if anyone wants to come down on Sunday night the 24th to have a drink with me for one of the last times on Park Avenue, I will be here that evening after I’m done working on the new place. Myself and the entire crew will be there saying good-bye to an old friend and looking forward to our future on 10th avenue.
We have been trying to get an R Palate review up, but the Lunch Lady has been busy! But this is one of our VERY FAVORITE places to eat in Portland. The food is wonderful, the prices are reasonable, the waitstaff is super friendly and helpfulÂ and it’s such a great new find! So if you are still looking for a Valentine’s Day lunch (or dinner) spot, give them a call. It’s a meal you won’t forget!
219 SW Sixth Avenue
503-227-8875 Map It!
Bellagio’s Pizza (Goose Hollow location)
1742 SW Jefferson Street
503-221-0110 Map It!
Most of us have been there, that day when you really just struggle to get out of bed because maybe you stayed out a little too late the night before and, just maybe, had a few more cocktails than you had originally planned to imbibe.
Well, Bellagio’s is one of my favorite hangover-curing lunch spots. Not only is the pizza completely flavorful and stomach-filling, but they offer a unique variety of combination pizzas or you can create your own pie. So, even if you don’t have a hangover to cure, Bellagio’s is a great place for Portland-style pizza.Â Continue reading Review: Bellagio’s Pizza
E-San Thai Cuisine
133 SW Second Avenue
503-223-4090 Map It!
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As Rachael Ray would say, Yum-o! When I stopped by E-San Thai Cuisine I was starving, so I probably would have devoured anything they put in front of me. However, the food was outstanding–so I pretty much ate until my stomach could not hold another bean sprout!
First of all, I was pretty overwhelmed by the menu. They offer more than 70 dishes! Wow! But don’t be scared off by all the options, each dish is carefully detailed for those who aren’t completely familiar with all the Thai delicacies they offer.
My lunch companion and I started with the appetizer combination plate, which for $8 is a pretty good deal if you are sharing a meal. It includes three dipping sauces (peanut sauce, cucumber sauce and sweet and sour sauce) for the deep-fried egg rolls, the fried tofu, satay (choice of chicken, beef or pork) and the fried wontons. Continue reading Review: E-San Thai Cuisine
The Cheesecake Factory
(At Washington Square)
9309 SW Washington Square Road
503-620-1100 Map It!
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, itâ€™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 Iâ€™m reviewing those places (sometimes I miss L.A. for more reasons than just the constant sunshine).
But back to the Cheesecake Factory, itâ€™s pretty darn impressive. Iâ€™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
Situated atop Sylvan Hill, the location could not be better, except you almost need GPS to get to the place after you exit Highway 26. Itâ€™s right next to the John L. Scott office that used to be my childhood weekend breakfast favorite, Cocoâ€™s.
When we stopped by Big Red for lunch it was almost empty, yet the numerous servers were slow and not very friendly or helpful. It took more than 10 minutes just to get water and get our drink order in. Continue reading Review: Big Red’s Western Cafe