I appreciate the whole organic thing as much as the next guy, but this is pricey for pretty basic pizza. The pizza itself is tasty, but it's too standard to be charging boutique prices. Maybe things are cheaper over the summer?
Hammy's gives more bang for the buck and is open late.
Just want to say thank you, to all, who have taken the time to write reviews. I am new to Portland, yes from the Philadelphia area, where I spent many years in the service industry, including the past 4 years as a sole owner. Foster, I would love to be the Cheesesteak King of PDX, but any Tri-State native will agree that you can't recreate a Philly Steak without the right roll. Portland hosts many great bakeries, but much like SF Sourdough, Philly has their hoagie roll, not to be duplicated outside that climate. Mike and I have set out from day 1 to utilize the best ingredients from this area, to make simple, unpretentious food. The EastBurn's home is in a wonderful SE neighborhood, where we strive to be a favorite neighborhood spot, boasting great food, beer, wine, spirits and music. Through all my years in the service industry I continuously hear "you can't please everyone", that is not an excuse, and we will not stop trying. I recall two dates when we had a DJ upstairs, since then we have welcomed some phenomenal acoustic talent, unfortunately not all qualifying as dinner music, and so we are now beginning live music at 10pm. Thanks to all of our patrons and the great compliments, we hope you continue to grow with us, write reviews, good and bad. It is a great city, where your voice has no boundary, and Portland is a great city where people listen. Cheers!
There isn't anything wrong with Bombay except it's over priced, the service is bad and they make you pay for all the extras like naan. The food tastes fine but it's not better than a few other places in town (including a cart). If I want a good indian food I could just go to Swagat for half the price of Bombay and not having the jerk owner standing around looking at everyone like they're stealing from him.
Very comfortable place to hang out if you don't min [reeking] of smoke when you go home. I mixed a very diverse group of people and we all had a blast BUT the chicken tacos tasted like asshole (don't ask, it was once in college). Happy hour there rocks, just don't eat the tacos... or, they should learn how to season and shred chicken and they'd be good to go. It's quite simple, guys... very minimal effort required I swear.
After some good reviews we ate at 23 Hoyt with our friends and waked away a bit disappointed. Drinks were good (although the Scotch was measured to the millimeter), but he food was only OK. Cauliflower soup was so spicy one couldn't taste the cauliflower and the squid cooked in its own ink was a good try but only average for taste. Lamb shank and halibut were very good but wine list was overpriced (waiter recommended one at $21/glass). Guitar music in the background and general ambiance was probably the best thing about the restaurant experience here.
The problem with the Vita is that it's VERY hit or miss. I went with my girlfriend one day and got the chicken fried "steak," and it was perfectly seasoned, tender, and the mashed potatoes flavorful. We liked it so much that we went back a few days later and got the same thing. This time the "steak" was bland and nearly tasteless, and the potatoes were drowning in gravy. We gave it another shot a few weeks later - I had the fishwich and thought it was the best thing ever. Again, we returned in the same week and ordered again, and the tartar sauce was just poured on, smothering the "fish" and any taste it had. I really want them to be more consistent, because when it's good, it's really really good, but when it's bad it's really really awful. I can also see why so many reviews criticize the staff - some days they can be really nice and friendly, other times they act offended that you came to frequent their restaurant.
constantly getting veggie fare with pieces of chicken or beef despite specifically asking for NO MEAT. it's really too bad because otherwise the food is fantastic. i will never eat here again.
Everything I read said get the lamb shank! I did - it was flavorless and not worth the $16 at all. Pretty dissapointing. However, the salad special with apple and endive was wonderful, as was the cheese plate. Though I don't think you can go wrong with a cheese plate. Probably won't go back again. The atmosphere is great though, and we made bff's with out next door table. Then went to Binks. mmmmm....hot toddy. my hero.
The hush puppies and pimento cheese were both great. From the looks of it, the fried chicken was really good. The crust appeared to be perfectly cooked and didn't appear greasy at all. Unfortunately, that was headed to the next table over. The jambalaya was OK, just not as good as it could have been. It was a bit bland. The smoked chicken bits in it were stellar. The andouille was not and there was a lot of it. I didn't have dessert, but did have a delicious Miller High Life or two. All in all, OK but with some fine tuning could be really good. Oh yeah! Avoid the cornbread, unless you enjoy eating what seems to be a pile of whole wheat flour with some dried up corn. A little moisture and touch of sweetness wouldn't hurt. Isn't that what we're all really looking for, anyway?
i've been to chaos a few times and generally enjoyed my food. what i find really annoying is that they charge you extra for EVERYTHING. you want earth balance with your one slice of toast? you pay extra. you want another tiny serving of maple syrup to add to your french toast? extra! it'd be one thing if the waitstaff told you about this ahead of time, but getting the bill and finding all these silly little extra charges just bugged me. i don't mind paying for these things since i know they cost money - just tell people first! otherwise it just seems so...stingy.
i think the breakfast price average was about a dollar higher than reality but nonetheless my $8.50 brekky burrito was tasty if underwhelming in portion. my service was good and the stumptown coffee is great and they kept me full. but then again, i'm a pretty fuckin' coolguy!
It's a good stop to grab a burrito if you're one of the stupids shopping on hawthorne.
Truly Happy Hour All Day Long!!
Great Food and a warm relaxing atmosphere with the best bartenders in Portland. Tim, Pat and Jeff
provide fun and great service.
We always feel welcome and special at the Columbia Broil! Thank you Dan and Kathy!!
The best pizza in America is in New Haven, Connecticut.
If you like beautiful babes, gorgeous men, and mediocre food this is a place for you. Service sucks, but hey at least they are nice to look at.
Vegetarian friendly to me means no meat that isn't mentioned in the name of the dish! This place always seems to have some hidden chicken stock etc... Great food but dont go in assuming anything! ASK! Also total veggie dishes are very limited and somedays are JUST pancakes, NO vegan dishes. Great place to eat.. just not what I'd call veggie friendly!
The staff at times seems uptight and assumes you know whats going on (Ie serve yourself coffee, they have a menu and not just case pastry, you dont seat yourself.. whatever)I would LOVE to love this place but the vibe is just off and for being maybe 2-3 bucks over what breakfast should normally cost they can afford to be a bit perkier behind the counter.
I live next to this wonderful dessert haven and can't recommend it enough. You can sit for hours and enjoy little desserts or, yes, go to the counter and get something to go. It's not the place to go if you want a big piece of mediocre pie for $3, but that's obviously not its schtick. It has delicate, delicious desserts that are meant to be savored, not fill the belly. I recommend the Royale with cheese and a pot of Earl Grey tea. Wonderful.
i went to pambiche one night for dinner and had to sit in the cold, outside because their tiny dining room was packed to capacity. it wasn't until i was more than halfway through my meal before someone turned on the gasheaters. the food was okay, a bit more bland than i had expected, it's like the chef didn't season anything at all. the fried plantains, which i was excited about were cold and seemed as though they were fried much earlier in the day. nothing was BAD, i just felt that the prices of the items were too high for what it was. lunchtime everything is about half the price.
I have, at the VITA this past summer.
truly a 1st.
the food is good. But seriously. A server making you wait and wait to breast feed, at the bar, on your shift?
So yeah, I took my date over to this brew pub and had a good time. The bartenders were attentive, knowledgeable and the atmosphere was inviting and relaxing.
A few things I loved about the place was the portions. You could easily feed two people from one plate, the beer list was amazing the rotation of taps makes it fun.
Where else can you go in Portland that allows you a taste of great beers without leaving the city?
If you love beer (really love it) take your date here. We loved it, the food was good, the beer was great and the folks were friendly.
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