My recent visit to Portlandâ€™s â€œnewâ€ Hamburger Maryâ€™s was on a whim. I was meeting up with a friend and we hadnâ€™t devised a lunch destination in advance. As we headed toward our planned meet up spot, he text suggested Maryâ€™s.Â I immediately agreed.
I had yet to visit the new version of this venerable eateryâ€¦and I hadnâ€™t been to any other Hamburger Maryâ€™s since the original Portland location closed in the â€˜90s. Now the â€œnewâ€ Maryâ€™s has been open for a full yearâ€¦totally time for a visit!
The self-proclaimed â€œgayestâ€ restaurant in town certainly has an expansive menu, but what else could you want from an establishment called Hamburger Maryâ€™s other than a big, juicy hamburger? And the hamburger menu alone is fat with options. There are standard burgers and specialty burgers, but then you get to pick your meat (or meatless) patty optionsâ€”they offer everything from vegan to black bean to buffalo to Kobe beef.
I went with the simple Mary Burger with cheddar cheese and tater tots on the side. My lunch buddy went with the Spicy Mary, which comes piled high with jalapenos, spicy Mojo sauce and blackening seasoning, and chose a side of fries.
I wasnâ€™t truly prepared for the size of the burgers that soon landed on our table. Huge. Massive, in fact. I liked that each burger came with a extra large steak knife because a.) the heaping burgers are stuffed with toppings and b.) unless you are super-duper hungry, youâ€™re probably going to have leftovers for later.
The burger verdict? The meat was juicy, the toppings were very fresh and the bun was, like, WOWZA! Seriously, the buns are amazing. Our server told us they are made locally daily and (*cringe*) made of 25 percent butter. So, so, so good. Continue reading Review: Hamburger Mary’s (Old Town)
Wong Kee Dim Sum Restaurant
28 NW 4th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209
503-229-1888 Map It!
Believe it or not, until a few weeks ago Iâ€™d never had dim sum. How could that be, you ask? Well, I donâ€™t know. I frequently eat at the Chinese restaurants in Chinatown and many of them offer dim sum. Maybe it was an unexplainable fear of all those tin containers. How would I know I was picking the â€œrightâ€ thing to eat?
Then my friend Matt mentioned how amazing the dim sum is at Wong Keeâ€”in fact, his entire family would occasionally drive all the way from Corvallis just to eat there when he was a kid. So I had to take him up on his offer to try it out.
House of Louie
331 NW Davis Street
Portland, Oregon 97209
503-228-9898 Map It!
House of Louie has been around for as long as I can remember, but it wasnâ€™t until a rebellious night during my freshman year in college that I actually visited the Chinatown restaurant. Being that was more than ten years ago, and the same night that I was basically dared into getting my bellybutton pierced at some seedy tattoo joint on East Burnside (it was actually cool to do back then), I canâ€™t say if the food was better or worse than it is today.
Iâ€™ve been back to House of Louie several times since I moved back to Portland, and I find it to be a great place to pick up a fast and very filling lunch. Though Iâ€™ve only tried a few of the dim sum items, the various carts come around the tables quite frequently and it seems to be a popular lunchtime choice.
We are working to fix some problems that surfaced when we upgraded the system last weekend. Hopefully things will be back to normal by this weekend.
The Lunch Lady has been happily surprised at how well the Web site is doing, and our numbers continue to go up! Thanks to everyone who comes to visit!
While we wait for the site fixes to post new reviews, the Davis Street Tavern gave Stumptown Lunch a peek at their planned menu. All we can say is YUM! We are so excited to try out the traditional Cuban sandwich and the Captain Crunch crusted chicken tenders. Our mouths are already watering!
The first time I visited Tiger Bar also happened to be theÂ night of SantaCon, so I wonâ€™t mention all the debauchery that I saw go down there that night. Letâ€™s just say the patrons got to see a lot more drunken Santa skin than they probably wanted toâ€¦.
That aside, I decided to try the place againâ€”this time for happy hour with friendsâ€”and my opinion about the place changed completely. We wandered in and took a seat in one of the large, cozy booths near the back of the bar. Due to my first impression, I was expecting typical greasy bar grub.
But one look at their mouth-watering happy hour menu, and I knew the place was doing something right. During happy hour (4 to 8 p.m. daily), Tiger Bar offers absolutely delicious food at nicely reduced pricesâ€”the best deal is the burger/Gardenburger or teriyaki chicken sandwich for only $5 (add $1 for cheese) and they come with my beloved sweet potato fries or a salad! Continue reading HH Review: Tiger Bar
The Lunch Lady drives by the former Three Lions Bakery in Old Town all the time (corner of NW 5th and Davis), and a while back we noticed that the place is under construction. We are so thrilled to find out the place is being transformed into a tavern with a local-centric menu!
The new place, the Davis Street Tavern, is set to open in September and they plan to be open for lunch Monday through Friday!!
Here’s an email we received today from General Manager Christopher Handford:
We are planning to open in mid-September.Â Our menu will be technically “New-American” showcasing the local Oregon and Washington purveyors of just about anything we can get our hands on.Â It will be nice being so close to all the farmers markets.Â We’re excited about being open for lunch (Mon – Fri) as that area needs it.Â Our philosophy is not to be raising the bar on the traditional tavern but bringing many elements of fine dining into a tavern atmosphere.Â The only thing we won’t be bringing will be the prices.Â Â We definitely feel like restaurant pioneers as we’ve all worked in the Pearl restaurant scene and we’re now venturing into Old Town, hoping to be part of its “rebirth.”
Hope to see you in September.Â I’ll be sure to keep you posted.
Something to look forward to for sure! This is exciting news for one of our favorite lunchtime neighborhoods.
The first time I stumbled upon NW Burger it was very late at night when one of my friends was hungry for a hot dog. This place is pretty much a hole in the wall, but the food is actually not as bad as you might expect from the slightly worn looking storefront in the heart of Old Town/Chinatown.
The menu is simple: burgers, hot dogs, polish sausages and fries. So it’s not necessarily a good pick for veggies. But if you enjoy a grilled burger and crispy fries, this place is at least worth trying. Continue reading Review: NW Burger
Fordâ€™s on Fifth (renamed Theo’s)
121 NW Fifth Avenue
503-226-2828 Map It!
To be honest, I discovered the deliciousness that is Fordâ€™s on Fifth very late one night when several friends and I were in great need of some greasy grub before calling it a night. But I was happily surprised to discover Fordâ€™s is also a great place to grab lunch during the week.
Fordâ€™s specializes in meatâ€”burgers and steak sandwiches dominate the menuâ€”but they do offer salads (yes, they offer a Caprese salad!), a veggie burger and a veggie melt if you are dining with someone who, ya know, doesnâ€™t eat animals. Continue reading Review: Ford’s on Fifth (now Theo’s)
If you ever decide to all gonzo and try to stalk the Lunch Lady, there is one surefire place you can find me: Saturday at lunchtime at Sushi Takahashi on Broadway. But youâ€™ll have to look hard because Iâ€™ll probably be camouflaged by the throngs of other cheap sushi lovers who flock here on that golden day of the week.
Yes, there are three Sushi Takahashi locations across the metro area, but Iâ€™ve only dined at the Broadway locationâ€”and Iâ€™m perfectly happy with that. You see, the Old Town location is just steps away from my urban weekend hideaway, and when I know there is delicious sushi on special within a just-roll-out-of-bed-and-pull-on-a-hoodie distance, I am SO freakinâ€™ there! Continue reading Review: Sushi Ichiban (formerly Takahashi)