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!
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.
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.
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
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