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.
If you want a taste of what community music is all about, THIS is the place! Warm, friendly. People come hear to sing their songs, and people come hear to listen. Check out Thursday nights especially (Friday and Saturday performances too). On Thursdays, bring you instrument. Or just your ears and heart.
One of the nastiest, dirtiest places I've seen!!! STD's offered at a discount!! Don't waste your time or money. Should be closed down!
I'm trying to find the rainbow here -
because I know there is one to be found if I look hard enough!
While the boys volunteered at a Flag folding ceremony at a church in Portland for their Memorial Day service, my wife and I decided to grab breakfast at a place she and her oldest
son had frequented many times. (Junior's Cafe on 12th).
When we arrived, we put our name on the waiting list and waited outside. It sounded like they were playing a collection of Willie Nelson songs, and before long we were seated. After we had placed our order, something shifted in the music they were playing.
I can't describe it as music or singing, I can only tell you that a few instruments were making noise and a voice sounding like an angry man slurring words into the microphone was talking over them.
Not singing - trust me, I am choosing my words
very carefully here. That is the closest and most accurate description I can give you of the very loud noise playing directly above and behind us.
It was overpowering.
It was difficult to even talk or think over.
Now I have a high tolerance of most things,
but something about this noise was making
our visit more and more unpleasant.
We even asked the people next to us
what they thought of the overhead noise,
and they didn't care for it or it's volume either.
Now, rather than wait for our server to come by
so I could request that the (I cannot call it music)
"sound" be changed or turned down - Jean
beat me to it and tracked down someone on staff.
Now if you've ever met Jean, she has a very
disarming way of saying things that make
you glad she said them - no matter what!
She's respectful, considerate, and kind -
while at the same time articulate enough
to communicate what she wants to say.
She also has a degree in restaurant
management, among other things
and ran one of the top restaurants
in Portland in her younger days.
So I was surprised when she came back
to the table and said that they (restaurant)
was not willing to change the music,
nor did they want to turn it down.
After a few more minutes, we decided
if the environment wasn't going to change -
then we would change our environment!
No sense letting good food go to waste.
We took our food to the outside table
where it was quieter & made the best of it.
OK, so here is where, had I not seen it with
my own 2 eyes and heard it with my own
2 ears, I would not have believed it.
I swear, I wondered when the camera crew
was going to come out and say "SURPRISE!"
and that we were on some sort of prank show.
One of the staff, who I later discovered was the
owner, came out with 'To Go' boxes and our bill
telling us we couldn't have food outside.
And after trying to tell her that we came outside
because we couldn't be inside with that "music",
she proceeded to tell my Wife that she was
being dramatic and immature and that
clearly this wasn't her kind of place.
Seriously - this is where I thought cameramen
would be coming out any second from hiding.
Not only was the woman (who turned out to be
the owner) berating us in front of other customers,
but her accusations were not even on keel with reality.
The only drama and immaturity were from her.
We were completely calm throughout our visit -
no joke. Ask anyone there and they'd agree.
After our scolding, another couple came out
and they, too had mentioned that they didn't
care for the "music", and they were told they
were welcome to not come back again.
By the owner. Really - that happened!
I guess we were not the only crazy ones.
The entire experience was unbelievable,
and to be honest - downright insulting.
Still looking for the rainbow.
I've been trying to put myself in the owner's shoes.
My restaurant is doing well enough to have a
waiting list. I decorate it how I want, serve the
kind of food I want, hire the kind of staff I want.
I play whatever kind of music I want, and build
the kind of customer base I want to have by
driving away those who I don't care for,
and catering to those I do.
Because this is a free country.
Ah, and there is the rainbow.
This is Memorial Day weekend.
We celebrate those who have given their lives
so that you and I are free to pursuit our own
level of happiness, health and lifestyle.
Soldiers who have never set foot in
Junior's Cafe in Portland, Oregon nor
were ever told they weren't welcome there
still fought and died to keep it's doors open.
Because their level of service has never
depended on how they were treated
on and off the field of combat.
Our military fights for us all because of
their own honour, character and commitment.
I hope... that the owner of the cafe appreciates
the freedom she has, and takes time out of her
day to spend time among the gravestones
of those who have fallen to protect the
many freedoms she enjoys.
Just as I entertain my own freedom to
never set foot in this establishment again.
I absolutely love the star theatre since remodel and revival. I have enjoyed so many great shows there, working, performing and attending. It has a fantastic stage for bands, burlesque, vaudeville, benefit shows and the list goes on. The patio is fantastic, secure and equipped for large parties with tons of seating, firepits, shelter from rain, outdoor bar and delicious bento style grill. Classy, helpful and attentive security, great shows, awesome owner,staff and bartenders. Gorgeous makeover, and a must check-out if you have not yet right in the heart of downtown.
I really love this historic theater and am so glad the St Johns community supports it. For me it is just like seeing movies when I was a kid; a small neighborhood kind of place and an inexpensive treat. I am lucky enough to be able to walk to it and enjoy first runs. How cool is that! To top it off the staff is friendly and keeps it stocked and clean.
When the urge for Scandinavian breakfast or lunch strikes, head over to Broder for the smoked trout, gravlax or herring - all available and delicious at Broder. Wash it down with some anise-infused aquavit and you'll be starting the day off on the right foot. Crowded but well worth the wait. Highly recommended.
We started my friend's birthday celebration here the other evening during happy hour, and it was wonderful. We had to wait 20 minutes to be seated, but it was well worth the wait. The atmosphere is incredible, the ahi tuna was melt-in-your-mouth perfect, the crab cakes were delectable and all of our drinks were scrumptious. I had the Diablo, and it was the perfect mix of spicy, tangy and sweet. My friend (who likes more sweet drinks) had the Red Velvet, and it was incredible. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive, despite how busy they were. I live in SE and wish Bartini was closer, but I'll be recommending it to anyone who wants an awesome drink experience in the alphabet district.
It's a cult type place and almost all are crimanals. Full of hate toward everyone that don't agree with them! Theay need shut down or have a fat lawsuit against them so someone new owned the shithole cafee
They have wonderful food and big portions. My husband is a confirmed meat eaters and he has been won over by Jeff's great cooking!.
great place to watch bands and drink awesome beer
When did Paulsen's open their doors?
Do you have old pictures? I'm a member of Dead Memories Portland and thought it would be interesting to post some old pix's of this drug store. Thank you
Love this joint
to upscale not for everyday shopping. screams if your not a yuppie please leave the bluidind. Ive been in that store many times before and after the remodel I dont dress well store personell never says hi to me.always popping up in the aisle Im in afew feet away straighting something......I feel insulted
My date and I came in for food after picking up coffee at Starbucks just across the street. An older man who appeared to be the owner told us at the counter he would not serve us due to the Starbucks we had in our hands. We were then asked to exit the premises. A sign banning all Starbucks goods inside the store would have been handy to avoid the embarrassment of being asked to leave. Apparently, after a bit of Google searching I see other reviews where he does the same. The review on urbanspoon to be precise for anyone interested.
I can sympathize with small companies and their distaste of large corporations but to vilify and pass judgement on a customer without warning is unacceptable and pretentious.
I just moved to Portland and have been going to a lot of restaurants and bars, Laurelthirst is tops on my list....this place has great food ( one of those places where you can ask for some damn simple brown rice with your meal and they have it ) and a close-in mostly free music venue. YES it is a bar. YES it is full of hippies and hipsters. YES this is Portland. YES to the music played here, it is full and varied from rocky soulful blues to acoustic wonders to something I haven't heard yet. Love this place. Rock on.
1 star for stumptown coffee in the Ace Hotel and 3 stars for the NBA exacto knife Idea.
The stumptown coffee i had was the house coffee and it tasted thin, bitter and sour. Sour?
That's the only experience i have with the place so i give it one star at least.
I agree Michelle the waitress serving me insisted that I had had three drinks when I only had only two with my dinner it was the worst food I have ever had in my life I paid the bill after she proceccced to embrass me in front of my friend. Also when me and my friend went outside to smoke we found out that if you are looking for a bar where you can drink your own drinks on the patio brought in by the customers out of their purse or handed over the gate well then I guess this is the placce to go.
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