I posted a negative review earlier this evening on Facebook. Regarding Ellen, who is the rudest bar tender I have ever met. I was sitting outside Da Hui earlier tonight whistlin along to the karaoke and a tall white guy who said he was the owner was talking shit to me, trying to be intimidating. About 5 minutes after posting on Facebook, he and a few of his buddies with the black bandanas tied on their wrist attacked me, hit me in the head, broke my glasses, damaged my expensive tablet, kicked me more after I was on the ground, the drove off like the pussy bitch cowards they are, attacking a man with glasses and a dog, 4 on 1. The instigator was about 6'3" tall, white with short dark hair. He said he was the owner. Don't ever go here. I am on a mission now as I hold frozen peas on the back of my head to reduce the swelling. This place needs to be put out of business. I plan to sue / press charges.
Love this place.
Piece of shit restaurant. Someone even made a website for how they hate it! http://fucksaburos.info
Fubonn Shopping Center is an attraction in itself. The BBQ here was excellent.
It's been seven years, and my own review looks dated (separate room for smoking? what's that?). Still, the C continues to be a stalwart favorite.
It hasn't changed too much, and certainly not for the worse. More beers on tap, more pinball. Their food is better and they do brunch on the weekends these days. Get the chef's burger, play some pinball, rinse, repeat.
Solid music, no lines
I agree with previous reviews, but both rooms are hard-surfaced; happy hour was painfully loud. Wait-staff agreed. Plz find way to give all a sonic break.
Bazi has fantastic staff, a great chill atmosphere with great background music, and is passionate about their drinks (which are also fantastic!). Came here on a whim thanks to digital technology, and the experience made me return. Love coming here with a small group of friends.
Wish I was going to be there to hear, "Full Catholic", Love their sound. So bluesy and diverse. I never get tired of hearing them play. I like their original music and the different instruments they use. A night I will regret missing.
Great coffee and a very warm, inviting atmosphere.
The ABSOLUTE BEST Reuben Sandwich in Portland, Oregon....So thrilled! The House chips are fried on the spot, HOT Crunchy Potatoe chips are to die for....
Awesome place, CLEAN and Fun. Great owner, drink specials, good crowd of clean people! Love it there!
We found Roxys late last night. Food was delicious - service was good. Bacon pancakes are my new favorite. The atmosphere was comfortable & entertaining. I hope this retro- diner stays around for many more years!
I love Franks a Lot and the owner and people who work there. To the person who says "the drug guy" who works there is mistaken. It's Portland and just because people have tatoos doesn't mean they are druggies. Not to mention the same female owner has had this for years and same guy works for her on weekend. Druggies don't usually hold down a job for this long! Anyway on to the dogs!! I love the Great American Frank and you can get it steamed or grilled with lots of cheese and a nice big Franz Bakery bun...mmmm
This cafe is my "Breakfast Spot That Shall Not Be Named". It is that good. No wait for seats and creatively perfect combinations that just seem like standards in Portland's sometimes over the top scene. Like I have said, I don't tell people of this place but today I walked in, full but no wait, Saturday 10:30AM! Get in there. They take CCs now.
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
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.
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.
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