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Comment Archives: Locations: 3 Stars

Re: “TrĂ©bol

Based on the looks of the menu, I'd pass on dinner there just as I have with every other "authentic Mexican" restaurant in the metro. But the Happy Hour menu is simple enough. Squeaking just under $20 I had the Flautas, Tacos, and 2 house margaritas. I'm impressed with the food--yes, the portions are on the small side (that's why it's good the HH menu is cheap), but it was tasty and satisfying. Plus, it's refreshing to find a restaurant, especially an "authentic Mexican" restaurant, that makes everything from scratch, including the tortillas and chorizo. The Flautas were crisp, the chili beans were suprisingly spicy, and the margaritas, even though it took two, gave me a happy, lasting buzz. I'll go there again, during happy hour, and long for the days when I could get REAL Mexican food from my Grandmother's kitchen.

Posted by New Mex Native on 02/14/2008 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Dot's Cafe

The atmosphere is pretty awesome. Looks like something straight out of a 70's snuff film-which works for me! The food was also tasty, but the service was pretty snotty. I felt like if I asked for anything (say a napkin) I would be putting them out.

Posted by SusyQ on 02/14/2008 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Lucky Labrador Brew Pub

Good thing for a brew pub that beer is their aim. The beer is good. The fact that your pooch is welcome is also good. Everything else... I'll pass. Too bright for a pub though, and I wouldn't go there to eat.

Posted by SusyQ on 02/14/2008 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Good Neighbor Pizzeria

...and waited ALL last Summer for this restaurant to finally open. My first visit was when it first opened. I was initially hesitant to pay their $ without knowing how agreeable I'd find their pizza. But, it was SO delicious and the Caesar salad was excellent too. The "eco-friendly" takeout packaging was noticed immediately. I duplicated my original order again 2 weeks ago & was disappointed that the 2 were SO inconsistent from one another. Most notable was the burnt crust on my pizza that tasted bitter & scorched but also the Casar salad was missing it's eco packaging. Instead, it was packed in a clear, flimsy, plastic container. That's not biodegradable, is it??? I choose to give other's the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise. Perhaps they simply ran out of the biodegradable packaging & were forced to make do with a quick replacement. At any rate, I'm hoping that my $30 dollar pie won't be burnt again as I'm preparing to order for a third time in hopes of duplicating my original experience. If it sucks like last time, this will be MY last time. Like I said, I prefer to give them the benefit of the doubt. Everyone has "off" days. I'm really rooting for them to be successful & appreciate their investment in my neighborhood. But even eternal optimists such as myself can't see that happening if this 3rd visit fails to deliver food resembling that first experience. I'll let you know! :-)

Posted by PDXRon31 on 02/13/2008 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Broadway Grill & Brewery

If you want a good beer go on a Monday ($2 for freakin pints!) and get the Rat Dog ESB, the Hop On or the Porter. If you want a good meal get a vegetarian pizza and the Mad Greek Salad. If you don't want to smell like an ash tray go play free pool until your arms fall off or get a free soda or coffee while you play video poker (if you're into cracking out). And for one of the cutest bartenders in town go in on a Sunday night.

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Posted by Biophilia on 02/10/2008 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Blueplate

The food is good, but I agree about the service. It's not that they're rude, they're just badly understaffed. Otherwise, the food IS pretty rad and I'll go back.

Posted by Me on 02/08/2008 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Amnesia Brewing

in a town known for microbrew, you'd think it'd be a no-brainer to come up with a good business model, craft some good brew recipes and watch the accolades come in (and loyal patrons). judging from these reviews amnesia's still struggling after starting as a fresh face on the microbrew scene a not too long ago. strange though because they're always packed in the warm weather months, so they must be doing alright for themselves. folks looking for casual anonymity will find it here, they'll get ok food, sometimes great beer, sometimes not, at a place that doesn't claim to have the best of this or that. so maybe they're not aspiring to it. the guys at the homebrew club love it because it's not as polished and yuppy as some of the other places in town where the beer is always, always, consistent. i lost interested when their beer offerings, well, weren't consistent. i've been told that they had some initial kinks to get around so maybe that's changed. more power to a local neighborhood business but there's no reason to go when there are loads of places in town with tasty (and consisently the same taste) offerings with friendly staff to bat. i'll order the ipa when i'm out at a restaurant but i don't have a reason to go to amnesia anymore as there's just no reason to with so many good alternatives.

Posted by where's the beer? on 02/07/2008 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Koji Osakaya

The only place on the SW side I've found where I can get consistent quality Japanese food. Not stellar, but I don't have to haul my ass to other side of town for sushi if I don't feel like it. And for that, I recommend them.

Posted by jabberwocki on 02/07/2008 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Grand Central Bakery-Multnomah

... and hankering for a pastry or bread, well, they do specialize in it. However, it's generally dry and overpriced. I'd head up to Baker & Spice instead up the street on Capitol Hwy if you want to spend a few bucks on a croissant.

Posted by jabberwocki on 02/06/2008 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Concordia Ale House & Eatery

I hate the atmosphere! I HOWEVER love the beers and location. It's a ogod place to go after a movie at Kennedy School and you are sick on Mcmenemins food. but seriously, it is really sterile in there.

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Posted by busters juice box on 02/05/2008 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Pattie's Home Plate Cafe

One foot in the door of Patties and you swear you are in a dumpy drugstore, not a restaurant. But try to ignore the Avon and cheap gifts and grab a table. The breakfast is absoletly great! Big, yummy omeletes filled with fresh veggies. But be prepared to wait a while - They have but one tiny flat-top and one busy waiter.

Posted by cclerk05 on 02/05/2008 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Cupcake Jones

Hm, how many reviews do you think the owners of the place can write? As someone who's not an owner, I can say that my boyfriend and I both had the orange cupcake, and it was not half bad. Not something I'd drive cross-town for, but if I happen to be walking by...

Posted by James Dean on 02/04/2008 at 10:48 PM

Re: “Sorabol Korean Reataurant

The food is alright. Not the best, and a little over priced. The waitresses were nice and attentive. p.s a lot of decorations from ikea =]

Posted by Holly on 02/03/2008 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Fresh Pot

Love the Stumptown coffee and readily available reading material. Definately a place to be seen more than relax and enjoy the wifi, if you can find a place to sit that is. Experimental icelandic music or a morning dose of techno is usually sufficient to drive out those not hip enough. Good coffee though.

Posted by CURRY LOVER on 02/03/2008 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Helser's

Good: Place is nice and bright with all the windows; coffee in the entryway while you wait; beeg portions and no skimping on yummy ingredients; insanely prompt coffee refills. Not-so-good: Long (45 -minute) wait packed into the entryway with 12 other people; long wait to order, really long wait for the food. So long, in fact, I was suspecting the waitress hadn't put our order in.

Posted by Juicy on 02/01/2008 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Urban Grind East

It's a nice neighborhood type of spot if you live near-by. I found it randomly one day walking and didn't know it existed. Good coffee, small breakfast and lunch menu, but cheap.

Posted by Lisa on 02/01/2008 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Basement Pub, The

the chicken tacos are the worst i've ever had, but the curried chickpeas & rice are quite tasty and only a buck with a drink. i like the non-pretentious vibe there, even if it is hella smoky.

Posted by forlornfox on 01/29/2008 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Paradox Cafe

This place is just fine if you can sort through their menu (if you're not vegan/vegetarian inclined, pick a different restaurant - there are plenty in the neighborhood). But they're fairly short on vegetables for being a vegan-friendly joint, so don't go here unless you're in a starch/salt/oil breakfast mood either. Portions are on the large side and you can get out for under $10 including coffee and tip if you pick your entree right. I haven't had any bad experiences with their service, and once I saw a waitress run down Belmont after some customers who forgot their leftovers in a to-go box at their table (that's nice!) The place is a bit small, but doesn't feel like it thanks to tons of wall mirrors. Don't go with a group larger than four; unless your troupe of five includes three emaciated Holocaust victims, you won't fit in their booths. There's usually a line on weekends, but if you can grab it the bench outside is under an awning but also straight in the path of the morning sun, which is nice during winter. Lastly, if you're a Heroes fan, the last time I was there Hayden Panettiere and Milo Ventimiglia were sitting at the bar. OMG!

Posted by hackworth on 01/28/2008 at 9:12 PM

The atmosphere is nice and cozy. When waiting for our table we asked a gentleman behind the bar what he recommended on the menu... he gave us a shitty look almost as if we were undercover cops asking where to score some herb. He had a sort of "why do you want to know" thing going on which turned me off. The waitress was too cool for school. Marinara was great, spicy. The issue I had was we order a meatball and an Italian sausage and the texture was like nothing I have ever had. i couldn't take more than a few bites. It was almost all filler and spices. It literally reminded me of vegan meat. I am still convinced that it may have been. Less is more in Italian food... tone it down guys.

Posted by Zeredhead on 01/28/2008 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Panera Bread

...but when I visit my parents in PA this place is a godsend! I remember their veggie options to be far superior to the usual baked potato/watery spaghetti/iceberg lettuce salads that I would come across in Pittsburgh. If nothing else, then at least try their cinnamon crunch bagel. The one time I visited the PDX location, the service was a bit mediocre (the girl that finally helped me looked like she wanted to be anywhere but there)........but damn I missed those crunch bagels. Better places to go in Portland for grub, but think about it the next time you come across one in a not-so-vegetarian-friendly locale.

Posted by anonymous on 01/28/2008 at 1:43 AM

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