This location is closed, and El Cubo is now a restaurant at 3106 SE Hawthorne! With RUM!!!
Real food, live music.
the people who work there are scum - they leave lit cigs just outside so YOU will have to breathe it -- I'll never go there again -- the owner should fire his scum and get nice people to work for him
AFRU is an outstanding gallery!
Could not have been more flavorful, more carefully layered or attractively plated. Aint nothin' this good from any close in carts. Corn meal coated tempeh plate is destination dining. Choice taps, and St Johns cinema w first run flick across the street, and multiple Trimet buses at the nearby stop,# 16 a near-express. Solid, brilliant.
Very friendly they talk to you while checking to see about what's being pawned clean and offer nice things I give them a thumbs up
Re: Soul Vaccination
My gosh - what a fantastic dance band! Duff's Garage was packed and the music was excellent - SOUL VACCINATION had the dance floor packed for 3 long sets.
This venue also has National acts come through like BILL KIRCHEN and MARIA MULDAUR.
Lots of seating, big dance floor, too.
I'm going back!
To speak of The James John Cafe is to speak of a hidden gem in the extreme northern quadrant of Portland: Downtown St. Johns. The James John is truly without equal in this neighborhood, even though St. Johns is increasingly becoming a home to many a worthy offering. The James John stands above. In fact, the level of passion, attention, integrity, execution, and perfection on offer here rivals more than a few of our city's finer eateries. For example, Le Pigeon is perhaps a worthy adversary in so far as what the James John can muster would give their menu a run for it's money irrespective of the difference in cuisine.
Firstly, the James John has just changed it's hours and menu dramatically to reflect dinner's Wednesday through Saturday evenings and a brunch now only on Sunday. Hence, all other reviews here are woefully out of date.
Next, the decor of what was once the neighborhood's first bank includes safe-deposit boxes that now hold wine, an original pressed tin roof and an impressive taxidermy collection presented in an unselfconsciously sincere and somewhat punk nod, perhaps, to Portland's pioneer roots. However, there is nothing kitsch or themed here. Everything just feels authentic, sincere, and storied in a historical kind of pastiche.
Chef Aaron Solley, my research tells me, trained under iconic chef Takashi Yagihashi of Chicago's Takashi and pastry star Michael Laiskonis, now at Le Bernardin in New York. Owner Suzanne Bozarth's impressive restaurant career includes a decadelong stint as bar manager at Paley's Place. Both traveled to New York to cook at the James Beard House, a high honor indeed.
Next, my meal last Saturday night: I ordered their marinated olives which were lusciously briny and a house smoked trout plate that was literally symphonic, served with a flat bread cracker, a rich cheese that seemed of a triple creme variety and what tasted like a sweet bit of caramelized or perhaps pickled onion. Frankly, however, I'm not entirely sure of the provenance of the other two plate items other than that they were exquisite foils to the trout. I'll be thinking of this delicate appetizer for weeks to come. Literally. For a main course, my date ordered chicken stewed in summer vegetables with aioli that was delicate, the chicken falling from the bone in an act of tender perfection. I ordered what might possibly be the best sweet corn and leek risotto I could have ever imagined. It was rich, creamy, sweet and perhaps the most decadent and complex risotto that I have ever tasted and I am a long standing fan of risotto. For desert we each had a piece of tres leches cake with blueberries. It was, in fact, the nicest way to end a meal that was beyond all rational expectation.
Again, The James John Cafe is a hidden gem that ought to be traveled to from wherever one might dwell in this city and beyond. It just simply cannot be overlooked given it's attention to detail, quality, passion, and a love of the craft: it's a truly Portland experience in the best of possible ways.
Sounds like the one commenting on the cute bartender is talking about the blonde with the gorgeous legs. I like the porter, by the way!
I pretty much love this place; the other reviews are outdated and don't hold true for what this bar has to offer now. The food is really high quality -- especially for a bar. Over 20 beers on tap, most of them microbrews. Fantastic service.
This place is wonderful. 25 taps and most of the beer is from the Pacific northwest, the rest from either California or the east coast, and occasionally Europe. The staff are all friendly and knowledgeable, too.
Great new venue with full cocktail. wine and beers (18 taps at the blue Room bar). Becoming known for an intimate setting to see new bands up close . The Cartlandia food cart food can be brought into the Blue Room Bar if you purchase a drink in the Bar.
I love all the fried fish at this place, and the fries are always fresh and crisp and totally amazing. When I am really going to overeat, I go for the fried chicken strips. The people are very nice and the service is excellent.
I'm with the naysayers, the sausage gravy is downright weird and unappetizing. Gravy is not meant to be sweet, but theirs decidedly is- and they really need to use far, far less fennel in it. That's coming from someone who loves fennel! I found the service to be fine, and on a weekday, the wait was very minimal. I was the only one who hated it out of my group, though, so I guess give it a shot...maybe if you've never had real country gravy before, you'll like the bizarrely orange and sugary crap they murder those poor biscuits with.
Stopped by this neighborhood charmer for a snack, and sat by the kitchen to watch the show. Was wildly entertained by the chef (eric?) And the soo chef (paul?) As they directed the action and prepared the food. Had a fantastic time, and the food, I'm looking at you pork chops, will bring me back again for sure!
Married men and their wives beware! Ashley is so desperate to get married that she professed her love to a married man, one of her patrons, and attempted to rent an apartment with him! Ashley is uneducated, has a dead end job and is not attractive so she will go to any means to ruin other's lives. She needs to learn about ethics, respect, boundaries, and most of all needs to learn to leave married men alone. I hope her mom enjoys the letter she will be receiving explaining her daughter's exceptional behavior.
This was the best chinese food in portland. Now that they've closed, does anyone know of a similar place?
So good. Best yakisoba in town
What a treat to find such a quality and authentic place. I have not had blue shell crab before this and it was great. Our group tasted everyone's plates so I enjoyed several items on the menu. All were done with great care and attention to detail. I was amazed to hear how fresh the seafood was as it was picked up at the airport that morning. They fly the fresh seafood in from the gulf each week.
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