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)
Busy, BUSY weekend here in Stumptown. We have many more Bite photos to post, but in the meantime take a taste of the 2011 event! Cheers! P.S., The Bite runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, so you still have time to check out the delicious treats yourself.
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!
Jin Wah Restaurant
4021 SW 117th Avenue (across from Fred Meyer; near Beaverton TC)
Beaverton, OR 97005 Map It!
Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (daily dim sum 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) Website | Lunch money: $$$
When we hear the text message alert on the iPhone go off before noon on a Saturday it only means one thing: Our pal Matt W. wants to go get food. Sure enough that was the situation over the weekend, so before we knew it we were out of our weekend loungewear (fave bright yellow PJ pants and a boyfriend-sized t-shirt) and headed to the â€˜burbs (Beaverton, to be exact) for some dim sum.
Now this wasnâ€™t our first venture into Cantonese small plate dining, but this was our first visit to Jin Wah Restaurant. We met up with Matt (who had already started digging into some dishes) and our other dining companion during the restaurantâ€™s busy dim sum lunch hours. The place was packed and everyone looked like regularsâ€¦always a good sign!
Now hereâ€™s our very own personal problem when we go for dim sum: We can never figure out what is what on the cart! What kind of dumplings are those? Whatâ€™s in that bun? Are those chicken feet?!?! Yeah, itâ€™s not a world-ending issue, but it does take some time to figure out whatâ€™s what and dive into the tasty stuff.
Of course, with so many options to try itâ€™s hard to pick something wrongâ€¦and if you do someone else at the table will likely happily inhale it.
We started with some turnip cake, a couple plates of various dumplings, some taro dumplings, spare ribs and, of course, the traditional tea. After that we ordered more dumplings, BBQ pork buns, potstickers and Phoenix claws (yep, that would be chicken feet!).
When we arrived Saturday afternoon the lines were long and daunting, but we were quite surprised the lines moved quickly and everyone was in a cheerful mood. What’s a little wait when there is beer at the other end of the line, right? Although, we did decide to “hold it” when we saw that the longest lines at the festival were to use the Porta-Potties! 😉
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.
(Lloyd Center Mall)
2039 Lloyd Center
Portland, OR 97204
503-288-6010 Map It!
The conversation usually starts like this: â€œI want to get a malt,â€ he says.
Lunch Lady: Rolling my eyes because I know where this is going.
Him: â€œLetâ€™s go to that diner place at Lloyd Center.â€
LL: â€œYou always say you want to go there to get a malt and then you never order one.â€
Him: â€œBut they also have real cherry Coke.â€
LL: â€œFine, whatever. Letâ€™s go then.â€
Yes, that is exactly how I end up a Billy Heartbeats every single time. Itâ€™s not that I have anything against the Johnny Rocketâ€™s knock-off, but I feel like I get tricked into going.
To be honest, Billy Heartbeats isnâ€™t bad at all, and itâ€™s certainly better than most of the other greasy, bland food court options at Lloyd Center, although I am always tempted by Hot Dog on a Stick.
I typically indulge in the cheeseburger delux, which is what youâ€™d expectâ€”a hearty cheeseburger with fresh toppings, toasty bun and a mountain of very fried fries. Continue reading Review: Billy Heartbeats
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.
Hot Pot â€˜n Sushi
10127 NE Cascade Parkway
Portland, OR 97220
I had to take my boyfriend to the airport, so why not stop off for a little sushi on the way, right? We had previously spied Hot Pot â€˜n Sushi on a trip to Cascade Station a few weeks prior and decided to test it out.
Hmmmm. What to say about Hot Pot â€˜n Sushi? It pretty much sucked.
The sushi was boring and they didnâ€™t offer a large enough selection. I kept waiting for their House roll to roll on by on the track but never saw one. I didnâ€™t even see one California roll. What? Iâ€™ve never seen that before. They also pretty much only served sushi rolls, I only witnessed a handful of nigiri dishes and they didnâ€™t look all that appetizing. Continue reading Review: Hot Pot â€˜n Sushi
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.