Quick note

No, we haven’t been slacking. We’ve been working on some behind the scenes stuff…seriously cool new stuff (like video and such). Don’t fret we’ll have a couple new reviews up later this week, just keep your pants on! (Or don’t, it’s really up to you.) 😉

COMING (back) SOON?

Well. Well. Well. It’s been a long time Stumptown Lunch friends, so we’re here to give you an update on the future of this beautiful, amazing, crazy-important site. 😉

It’s coming back. And it’s coming back sooner than you might expect.

Bookmark us. Visit us. Love us!

After all, we love all of our readers!

XOXOXOXOXOXO,
The Lunch Lady

Closed.

We loved working on this blog, but Portland’s shitty economy forced us to leave the city. We were sad to leave — and miss so many of our favorite restaurants —  but we now live somewhere where rain doesn’t seem to exist! (We don’t miss the rain!)

Cheers and goodbye,

The Lunch Lady

News: Burgerville Opens Drive-Thrus to Bikes

After an incident at a Portland-area drive-thru earlier this week, Burgerville has announced it will allow bicyclists to order and pick up food at all drive-thru lanes. The company will announce a formal bicycle drive-thru program within the next two weeks.

Burgerville is creating the chain-wide bike-friendly policy after Portland cyclist Sarah Gilbert was refused service at one of the restaurant’s drive-thru locations on Wednesday.

The company previously had an ad hoc approach to serving bicyclists at drive-thru windows, leaving the decision up to its individual general managers. Due to the company’s ad hoc approach to serving cyclists, the Burgerville team member staffing the drive-thru window was uninformed about that location’s willingness to serve two-wheeled vehicles. Burgerville has since issued an apology to Gilbert for the inconvenience.

“We’ve been handling bikes in the drive-thrus on an ad hoc basis and Ms. Gilbert’s experience helped accelerate our decision to develop a formal bike-friendly program. Her experience highlighted inconsistencies in our bike policy,” said Jack Graves, Burgerville’s chief cultural officer. “Opening up our drive-thrus to the large cycling community in our area is a natural for us and is very much in line with our overall values. While we are sorry that Ms. Gilbert was inconvenienced, we appreciate the passion she brought to the issue and her commitment to the environment and our food. We are excited about the positive impact we will be able to make through our new bike policy.”

Burgerville expects that all 39 of its locations will be able to accommodate cycle-thru orders within the next two weeks as the company finalizes operational and safety aspects of the program.

Stumptown Lunch News: Beard Foundation Awards

James Beard was the ultimate foodie, and he was a Portland native. Winning a James Beard Foundation Award is one of the highest honors a restaurant or chef can receive.

Tonight, the James Beard Foundation Awards were announced in New York. Sadly, no Portland, Oregon, winners on the list this year, but it’s still an excellent reference for great food around the country.

Stumptown Lunch News: Friday’s for $5?

T.G.I. Friday’s is trying to get diners back through their doors by offering $5 salads and sandwiches all day throughout the month of May. The prices are so discounted that they haven’t been this low since the restaurant opened in 1965!

We wonder if the other casual sit-down chains will be far behind in slashing prices. It’s getting rough out there for restaurants!

Stumptown Lunch News: Recession-Friendly Lunch

As the recession creeps along—especially here in the Portland area—everyone seems to be reigning in their entertainment and dining-out budgets. While the days of dropping hundreds of dollars for a high-end steakhouse lunch with co-workers might be over for most of us, being economical doesn’t have to mean sacrificing a good, quality meal.

The two Blue Sage Café locations (one in West Linn and one in Lake Oswego) are offering a very unique way to enjoy a nice meal: you pick your own price! Dine-in customers pay full-price for their beverage, and then get to decide what they want to pay for their meal.

The Southwestern-style restaurant has been offering the “Your Price is Right” program since March, but you better stop in for a visit soon, as the special offer ends April 30.

Looking for a way to save money without depending on daily dining off a drive-thru Value Menu? As many fast food joints start to skimp on portion size and food quality, our very own Burgerville is making strides in the way fast food should be—healthy, while remaining affordable.

Already known for utilizing many local products, vendors and ingredients, Burgerville has recently expanded their seasonal options to take advantage of what’s fresh and plentiful at the moment. April’s seasonal selections include a Spinach Florentine Breakfast Pastry and a Spring Spinach and Chicken Salad. In May, they will be adding asparagus items to the menu.

If you are ready to get out of the house and enjoy some of the rare Oregon sunshine, I suggest you hit Saturday Market on the weekends. Sure, the crowds can get large and the food stand lines can get long, but there are lots of deals to be found. At Beirut Café I got a huge garlic chicken pita sandwich for less than $7, and then indulged in a gigantic iced coffee for $2. For dessert there was the must-have elephant ear and a honeydew-flavored bubble tea.

Saturday Market has food for everyone in the family, from pizza and burgers to Hawaiian and BBQ. Not to mention all the great fun foods, like ice cream, kettle corn and fudge! Saturday Market is a fantastic place to visit for locals and tourists alike.

Saturday Market is open Saturdays and Sundays until December 24.

What are your favorite recession-friendly lunch spots? Send us a tip!

Stumptown Lunch News: Ping is open!

Ping
102 NW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Map It!

We have been waiting and waiting for Ping to open their doors in heart of Chinatown, and it turns out they’re now open for dinner! The latest creation of Pok Pok restaurateur Andy Ricker, Ping serves up a mouthwatering Asian fusion menu, specialty cocktails and a rather impressive beer list.

It’s just too bad they are only open for dinner! Hours are Monday through Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m. Remember, no reservations are taken, so be sure to get there early. We expect this place to be packed! Regardless, the Lunch Lady and crew are going to attempt getting a table sometime this week or next.

Check out some of the early reviews.