Unfortunately, I somehow woke up to discover my left mandibular second molar (thatâ€™s one of those back teeth used for chewing) had slightly cracked inÂ my sleep (how does that happen?). Regardless, I wanted some Thai food, cracked-tooth pain or not. (OK, OK, the tooth really isnâ€™t that bad!)
I met up with my awesome friend Steph for a late lunch in the super-sunny dining room and we were immediately welcomed with cups of warm teaâ€”perfect just coming in on a cold winter day. The hosts were incredibly nice and very attentive to our needs.
We were pleasantly surprised by the lunch specials. There are 15 lunch options, ranging from Pad Thai to curry dishes to stir fries that you can order with a meat, veggie or seafood selection. If you choose to add vegetables, tofu, chicken, pork or beef itâ€™s just $6.50, if you want shrimp, squid or scallops itâ€™s $8.00. They also offer soy meat and seafood options for veggie and vegan patrons at similar prices.
I wanted to love this place. I really, really did! But, when I know that the Mediterranean fare at Nicholas Restaurant (review coming soon) is just a short trip up I-5 and the Mezze Platter at Sapphire Hotel is available at happy hour prices, I just can’t say this is going to be a Stumptown Lunch favorite.
Whole Foods (The Pearl location)
1210 NW Couch Street
OK, I’m all for healthy eating and stuff, but I do have some standards: I won’t eat it if it doesn’t taste good. I think I know what tastes good, healthy and not-so-healthy.
Yes, Whole Foods is a supermarket chain, but I just had to write this review. In the Pearl, the Whole Foods supermarket seems to be a popular lunch place-the tables and lunch bar always seem to be full, but, after several tries, I have no idea why.
Sure, they have an extensive array of ready-to-eat options, including pizza, a salad bar and sandwiches, etc. But, here’s my short review: unless you are in a huge hurry, skip it! Continue reading Review: Whole Foods
5008 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
**Opens at 4 p.m. Map It!
Dark, candlelit and romantic, Sapphire Hotel is both a terrific place for a date or gathering with friends for happy hour. Itâ€™s an especially nice place to duck into on one of those long, rainy Stumptown winter afternoons, when you have some free time and youâ€™re looking for a hearty snack and a good drink.
Tucked away on the east end of SE Hawthorne, Sapphire isnâ€™t open for lunch (they SO should be!), but the happy hour is worth taking a late lunch and calling it an early workday. Happy hour runs everyday of the week from 4 to 6 p.m., and then picks up again from 10 p.m. to midnight (Sunday thru Thursday). Continue reading HH Review: The Sapphire Hotel