It claims to be Portland's oldest strip club, and it feels like it. You'll see more than the usual share of homeless patrons, and the waitstaff know how to deal with them -- it's a kind of erotic social service.
East Burn is a great place to go on warm days for a mid-afternoon beer and snacking. You can sit out on the patio, enjoy the swing seats in semi-seclusion, and sip from a delicious rotating selection of craft beers.
East Burn is NOT a good place to go for indoor service (Service only seems to be spot-on when I'm sitting out back or at the bar... you must be in a Very Conspicuous part of the restaurant to get the smallest modicum of attention.), romantic/platonic dates (loud music/TV in the restaurant area), or getting your money's worth in food or atmosphere quality.
The food: the menu is deceptive, in that it describes dishes that are enticing but tend to disappoint. Local ingredients + locally-inspired menu ideas doesn't always mean delicious. It's not terrible, but as it has been said before, it just doesn't deliver. The food tends to come across as though someone very tired has prepared it, which is no surprise, since there never seems to be any new additions or variations. I would be tired of cooking the same eight dishes over and over, month after month, as well. I have probably eaten my weight in Trinity Fries three times over - what is better with a pint than a plate of fries, right? - but they always fall short of what they could be (crisp and fluffy, instead of limp or over-fried), and yet are probably the best food item East Burn serves. EB gives their menu a valiant effort, but I always leave feeling as though I went in for their potential to be great, and not for what is actually going on there day-to-day.
Mike and Matt are, in fact, very friendly and earnest. I have enjoyed my couple of interactions with them, and they seem very personally invested in the goings-on of their establishment. However, it would probably benefit EB if they took some of their customer comments to heart and look at what really needs attention with their establishment instead of merely defending themselves on the internet. They have a great market in this neighborhood, and the high concentration of beer-drinking artist types in the customer base around here sometimes seems to be the only thing keeping the place staying so stagnant; people need a place to drink and play shuffleboard, and if they keep coming in, why bother trying to improve glaring issues?
This bar is awesome. Average looking woman would have a field day with the single men in this bar. Come on down.
The liberal application of bleu cheese across the menu is appreciated, but the steak, although cooked precisely, did not merit its price. Onion rings and service were impeccable. I wasn't aware of Sunday happ hour, but its now on my list. Thanks for the tip!
I visited Café Cubano on the night of their grand opening. At that particular date, the restaurant had been open for about a month. It was quite hectic, to say the least. The woman who appeared to be hosting was looking everywhere but at us as we stood and waited inside the door for almost 10 minutes. Finally, another woman came up and asked if we were on the list, so we finally got on the list and headed over to the bar for some complimentary sangria. The sangria was actually quite good, and there were gratis hors d'oeuvres being passed out as we waited for a table. I will say that the food was at least decent. My Cuban dining experience is somewhat limited, but Cubano seems to be doing a fair job representing traditional fare. Once we finally did secure a table, we were told that there would be no ordering off the menu since the evening had become so insane and the communication between the frazzled waitstaff and the kitchen was breaking down. This kind of disappointed us, because although the hors d'oeuvres were free and tasty, there were a few things we wanted to try from the menu. Ultimately, we left feeling no particular need to return. I know there are quite a few people who don't like Pambiche, but we definitely prefer the atmosphere and the tried and true dishes they serve to our first impressions of Café Cubano. I'm open to the FOH improving their organization and to my having a good experience, but I don't feel like returning for a little while.
happy hour food prices very good for portion size and diversity of menu. happy hour drink prices a bit steep at 7.50-8 for a cocktail, 4 for a draft beer. classic italian eatery decor.
I was told (by a reliable source associated with the bar) that on birthdays, the Eastburn does a few free drinks for the birthday person and some of their friends. Free beer and wine or something. When it was my birthday, and I went to cash in on this, the bar said "No". I don't like wishy-washy rules that don't apply to everybody. Set something in stone and stick with it!
Otherwise, I DO like this bar and think it has a lot of potential. Also, the Absinthe dispensor on the bar was GREAT!
Great place to eat, if you haven't tried it you should.
Love to bowl here, the lanes are tried and true and it's easy to find a suitable ball. The bar rocks even though it always seems to be way on the other end from where I'm bowling. Be warned though, the food is seriously horrible, only order it if you're starving and had too much to drink.
Slider special (2 sliders, fries, beer for $7) remain a favorite, but the menu could use an update.
With the steep prices ($65 for a steak, albeit a big one), we luckily arrived in time for happy hour. The slider was good, though a bit overcooked at medium. The 3 oysters I had varied greatly in size, and the ceviche scallop had a strange texture. The punch and barman's martini were good. Towards the end of happy hour, the bartenders got a bit overloaded and slow. I was surprised that there weren't more seasonally-inspired dishes, given their local focus.
There are a hundred places better than Grimaldi's in NYC -- just because it's supposed to be the best, and APS is better than it, doesn't mean the pizza is better than any pizza in NYC.
I was walking with my wife a few months ago in Manhattan, walked into an empty hole in the wall pizzeria, and got pizza as good as or better than APS (more basil). It didn't hurt that I waited a only a few minutes for my pie, it was half the price, and there was no BS Portland hype. Don't get me wrong, I love APS, but it's friggin pizza for christ sakes...get over yourselves.
Not too bad. The staff is a litte full of themselves, but goes with most of the places in Portland. I do like the beer!
pretty basic, but decent food at a fair price
Juniors USED to be great. I heard rumors that they changed hands or got a new cook or both? In any case, the spuds are pretty bland. I almost always get the ched/bac/scallions dish, and the spuds formerly had a spiciness on their own. The spicy tofu sauce still rocks.
It doesn't suck; just not as good. I don't go outta my way to go there or brings out of town guests.
Nice atmosphere, but very slow counter service the night I was there. Menu is decent, but not super exciting either. If they can make the service more efficient it would be better.
Terrible lines that ruined a otherwise nice evening.
I try a new cart of taqueria at least once every two weeks. I would guess I eat burritos at carts or taqueria's at least 3-5 times a week. I can say with the utmost confidence, 3 stars out of 5. It's just plain alright. Won't knock your socks off. Won't bum you out.
I enjoyed both of their veggie burgers. The environment was nice, and the staff was friendly and relaxed. I didn't see anything outstanding about the place, but I would probably go back again.
It's good. Don't get me wrong. It's just really over priced. It's not even close to this expensive in New York.
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