Too far East for good Mex.
HIRE MORE STAFF! The waitstaff is too busy. Waited at the door for over 10 minutes without anyone coming over to greet me then finally asked if they were seating and the man (who has been working there for years) was not only rude but just flat out mean (and I was nothing but nice to him). Get that man some help! He is mean every time. I've been coming to the Pied Cow for 10 years now and I'm finally OVER IT until they are nicer to their customers. The food is mediocre at best (costco desserts??). Nothing seemingly local or fresh. Nice atmosphere is the highlight (minus service).
Worst service you will ever receive. But only on a Saturday or Sunday night. Anna is rude, slow, mean, and indifferent. How is she the manager? The other bartenders are so much better, they are actually friendly and helpful.
I walked into Ship Ahoy and sat down at the bar. She glared while my friend and I chatted, wondering if she would come over to us or not. Finally we moved over to the well to order. Anna still ignored us while she finished her conversation with some guy at the bar. Then when she finally came over to inquire if I wanted a drink she had nothing but attitude. She was condescending and out right rude to me.
My friend asked me to order for her because she did not want to deal with the horrible bartender.
After I ordered, Anna lingered around chatting and opening beers for other people before starting our drinks.
I like this bar, but it's not worth it if Anna is bartending, you will end up being ignored and insulted.
Liked being closer to the stage, went to NORM! MacDonald on 11/5 Saturday's late show. Can't buy the two item minimum if they don't have the proper waitstaff to even bring you your damned drinks for nearly 30 min. We had to order our second drinks when the first ones finally arrived, just to make sure we'd even get them in time before the show was over. The show had me laughing hysterically with Norm and Kevin Farely performing, but Helium's idiocy is inexcusable. They'll have to do a lot better if they want me to spend any more $ or eat there. Any of the owners or moron should know that closing a bar at 11:45 is a bad business move, as is treating Portlanders like deatbeats in the first place...
Recently visited with some friends who heard good things and wanted to try it out. I ordered the JUMBO halibut fish and chips and expected a very large basket of large, tender, flakey, white fish; what I got was 5 MARSHMALLOW SIZED pieces of thinly battered, overcooked, tough, and chewy white fish. Worst halibut I have ever had and at over $20 I expected much much more. They rave about their fries too and McDonalds has better fries than the Corbett Fish House. Needless to say my wife and friends were very disappointed and we will never be back. Many other better choices in Portland.
Disappointing happy hour. If you go, be ready to pay for the regular menu. They recently changed their happy hour burger: it was a great deal, now you'll be paying WAY too much for a little slider. Happy hour oysters were undercooked and kind of gross. One caveat: the servers were great, so maybe if you go outside of happy hour you'll have a good experience.
I used to love this place. The new remodel has done wonders for the look and feel of the place inside, but the new patio isn't as welcoming. The old wood made the space feel warmer.
Also, the food. The eggplant sandwich used to be great. Now it is one pathetically thin slice of eggplant on two baguette rounds. This "sandwich" is all of 3 inches and about 4 bites. At $7 I felt ripped off!
Another way I felt scammed was with the whiskey/beer pairing menu. $5 sounds like a great price for a shot of whiskey and a beer, right? Wrong. The whiskey pour was so insubstantial, I wonder if they use jiggers (Tacky!), and the beer was maybe 4 ounces of Miller High Life. If you're going to give me a beer back, maybe the menu should read that way. I was expecting a pint.
All in all, I don't think I'll be returning anytime soon. The place looks great, but this formerly mellow, unpretentious hidden gem seems to have gotten a giant ego. Produce Row? Produce NO!
HT2 is a Hardcore Hipster joint. Hit up Wednesday evening Happy Hour hoping to get a fresh-dipped regular corn dog (with beef or pork dog) due to Mercury write-up. No can do; vegan corn dogs only. As a result, I got the fish and chips which was about 1.25 stars on a scale of 5. So despite the original Mercury's post, they do not serve regular corn dogs. Things change and I'm OK with that. As a fan of the original Hungry Tiger, I would say that tonight's visit was a disappointment for me personally. However, this place was bumping for the hipster crowd. The staff was nice enough. I probably wouldn't go back but that would be due to my personal preference and not a fault of the establishment or staff.
I didn't notice anything "Hootersesque", but I did notice that they served me a $.25 frozen burger patty & charged me $9.00. I thought their beer might make things better..... it didn't.
I've heard such great things about this place and had high expectations, but was let down by food that was just so so. EVERTHING was too salty and over done. Was is just that night? I won't be going back to find out.
yeah, not very good. decent large margaritas though.
I attended last night's show which was my first visit to The Woods. Everything was great, except for the part where my friends and I witnessed the bus-person collecting both trash and beer cans and dumping them all into the same god damn garbage can! We were totally disgusted with the thought that there is an up-and-coming venue in Portland that doesn't practice recycling. It's the EASIEST thing to do. Especially the beer cans! All you have to do is put them in a different container. What the fuck was that about?! We even leaned over the counter to get a good look and be sure we weren't imagining things. Sure enough, there they were in a heap of trash.
Shame on you!!
I hope this practice changes in the future. I don't like the idea of giving money to people who don't even recycle beer cans!
We also had a $25 off gift card received as a gift. I really wanted to like this place, but the first thing the hostess said (before hello) when she saw it in my hand was "We don't take those unless you have a reservation." I busily scanned the 20 rules listed on the gift card, but saw no such rule. She said, "Well, it's not on there, but it's on our website." Hmmm, how silly of me not to have checked their website for additional rules that wouldn't be posted on the gift card. So I scanned the empty tables and asked "Does that mean you will or won't seat us?" She sighed and said "I guess." After that, our server was really nice and the burger was truly great, but the place was far too smug without being unique enough to justify. I guess some people like that.
The sad thing about the hawk is that the owner's son who runs the joint can be gracious and friendly and also a complet jack ass. I think if you polled the regulars and employees, they would all agree with this. That said, if you want to own a public venue, you better service "each" customer with respect and dignity. Billy Jr was condenscending to me the other week and while it's really no big deal, his actions showed he does not apply solid judgement towards long time customers who are not rude, beligerant or mean to his staff. Also, what other bar owners do you know that drink in their establishments during business hours? All i can say is that this place has fallen non-gracefully since Billy Sr. past on.
Very kitchy and fun, but the food is sort of whatever... http://www.brookegeery.com/lunchonhawthorn…
The beer was good. The burger was good. The service so so (though they weren't busy).
The WORST: They wiped the table with this smelly rag that left the place reeking.
Oh god. That sucked. You just don't want to hang around a place where they do something like that.
The food is pretty average and overpriced for what it is. Its a great space with very good decor but they appear confused about what they are shooting for. Has a lot of potential with some work. My visit was 4 months ago, I have heard its improved since then in the quality area
This place is infested with sluts. Not the good kind either.
Joey Harrington used to hang out at this place before he was drafted by the Detroit Lions. Coincidence? I think not...
If this place looks like a "hunting lodge" as the review implies, then my condo in the Pearl looks like Bill Gates' sex dungeon. Beer tastes like it has already passed through someone else's renal system. The only cool thing about this place are the slutty black "raccoon" outfits that they make their waitresses wear. Sorta like a woodsy, goth/vampire take on Hooters.
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