Bravo Mr. Onstad! Not only is that a wonderful write up, I also feel this is the most accurate and well understood review I've read in a very long time in Portland. You really nailed the spirit of the place and covered the menu items well which is not an easy feat since the menu is so huge. I would only add that service is excellent though it can be a little difficult to get someone's attention when they're super busy. Which brings me to my second point. Nobody should ever tried to go here to get the full experience during amateur hour on a Friday or Saturday. By amateur hour I mean 7 o'clock p.m. till about 9:30 or 10. They're open 7 days a week until 2 in the morning so it's not difficult to find another time to check the place out when you will get a better feel for the service and a spectacular experience.
Update: they stopped selling the chickpea sandwich. Bunny huggers must now go eggplant parm.
Assuming the menu here is the same as Hawthorne's, there is an excellent fried chickpea sandwich available for the bunny-huggers.
LOVE this place :)
^^People have different perceptions and tastes. Welcome to Humanity. I did find the review you posted useful however, so thank you
the olive review is much tastier and has zip:
Michael Russell did not like Southland Whiskey and had difficulty finding anything praiseworthy about it save the thick cloth napkins.
If one reviewer disses a place that immediately makes other reviewers look suspicious when they +++ a joint.
They really serve rye and bourbon unavailable anywhere else becuase it doesn't meet OLCC guidelines? I think you may have just gotten Southland in trouble.
Good review, but I would have liked to see more commentary on the Patriot Paks included with each meal, since they figure so impotantly in the photo. Why don't more restaurants offer these? Is it because they HATE AMERICA?
Smokehouse 21, which is located only a few blocks away on NW 21st has far superior BBQ and sides. Good enough to stack up to the best KC, Memphis, and Southern Carolina BBQ I've had. I'm from St. Louis and I was beginning to think there was no good BBQ here until I discovered that place. The whiskey selection at Southland is amazing though. There are several ryes and bourbons here that you can't get anywhere else in town as they are not OLCC approved.
I found the pulled pork sandwich less than noteworthy, the shrimp and grits uninspired, the whoopie pie an insulin-spiking nightmare, and the southern punch... I dunno, reasonably alcohol-y, I guess. Oh, and the floors were curiously slippery. I'll reserve judgment, being as I haven't been through much of the menu, but that said, I doubt I'll be getting through much of the menu. To their credit, though, I understand they have a few different whiskeys to choose from...
You think there's good BBQ in Portland? Seriously?
Sadly, he's making a Hawaiian reference in ignorance to the actual area between Beaverton and Hillsboro. Would have been a great setup...I ACHE for these.
how is NE Alberta in Aloha? i'm too confused to even look at a map
But as a person of swiss heritage i will find this place and denigrate it's offerings as bogus.
Their salad dressing is amazing! DO NOT NOT TRY IT
Your best review. Very sincere, i like it.
Your best review. Good job.
Great personal summary. Appreciate the mention of MEET BBQ Kansas City Style Ribs. John does a great job and gets only the best meat that he picks out personally.
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