Hey Dipshit, the restaurant is in NW, not Alberta.
Bizarre and random? You obviously know nothing of Portland's history and specifically the history of the Alberta neighborhood. Get back on the cabbage truck you rolled in on please.
Wonderful review Chris! And honest. This is my go-to after work stop. The friendliest service around, and food that impresses every time. Angel's drinks are great too. AND... VICHY CATALAN mineral water!!! :-D
As for the above comment about "gentrification".... what??? Some people just love being negative, but that's a bizarre and random comment out of nowhere.
energy of his kitchen
Wait this is food?
Gentrification at it's best! Go Portland!
Ok hit the showers soda boy.
If I remember correctly, the Sugar Cube started off as a cart at the 10th&Alder pod, about where the Frying Scotsman or Gaufre Gourmet are now. I miss it being down there, doubly so since St. Cupcake just left as well.
@CC: This is well trod ground and I agree. But also, I wish these places would get off of Alberta and get downtown and into a two block radius of my office. But I'm also greedy and self-centered.
"awkward faces and stiff still-lifes"
Sounds like Achewood!
Sugar Cube is indeed excellent, but I'm worried that like Dovetail before it, the space is too small and the prices too high for this to pencil out. For example, two coffees, two pastries and a tip put you dangerously close to $20. How many people will regularly shell out for that?
Also, Sugar Cube (like Dovetail) opens at 8. It isn't open Monday or Tuesday. Extracto Killingsworth and Prescott open at 6. Random Order opens at 6:30. Petite Provence opens at 7. By opening at 8, Sugar Cube cedes nearly all of the Alberta-area coffee-and-muffin-to-go business to its competitors, all of whom sell good pastries/breakfast food, good coffee, and are open every day to boot.
Obviously, Jensen knowns her business and has way better information than I do, and can hopefully make some good catering money from the large back kitchen, but I'm worried. Sugar Cube serves great food (like Dovetail did) and I'd like to see it stick around.
Why isn't Piattino on this list, preposterous Onstad devil monkey of Babylon's secret agenda?
So I went to Expatriate. And I had a sort of mind blowing experience that I couldn't quite put into words so I went again a few days later. I loved it all over again.
In ways I couldn't quite put into words, until I read this article. You put my feelings into words. Hot damn I feel so good in that place. Hot Damn.
This review came up in the kitchen today, and the consensus was that this was flat-out spiteful, at best. Completely cruel. I was going to give them more of the benefit of the doubt...and then I started looking at other reviews. It would seem the owner is the kind of person who may rub some people the wrong way. I suspect the reviewer is one of those people.
I love this thread. As an ex-cook with many kitchen years on my resume and a regular diner both, this thread is fantastic.
waiting for the fat guy on Bizarre Foods to eat weird new lumps o' dog. Wouldn't that be gross?
totinos is god
I think your new thing should be working medieval casements into every review, Chris.
Hilarious comments! Keep Portland weird, for better and for worse.
When Bobos go to war, a point is all that you can score (score no more, score no more)...
Ummm... did you all see the headline? If you like the restaurant, you like it. Good for you! Chris was not impressed, and described very clearly why. That's his job! Who cares if your experience is different? He's not trying to argue with you, his opinion does not threaten the validity of yours, and you're all more than welcome to keep going there every goddamn day and enjoying the "neighbory ambience." If anything, this review will just make them step up their game, and I don't see how that can be a bad thing. Get over it.
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