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Comment Archives: Locations: 2 Stars

Re: “Stumptown Coffee (Downtown)

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.

Posted by i'mrightyourwrong on 01/20/2014 at 8:39 PM

Re: “TarBoush


I am a customer that had been going on an on about how Tarboush was a great restaurant for years until now. It is Christmas and my partner and I were kicked out of the restaurant for returning an undercooked soggy pizza. My meal was excellent. I had the Vegetarian Platter which was down right delicious. There is a huge bitter taste in my mouth after the owner of the place got in my lady's face, literally in her face insulting her and stating that his food was not "Dog Poo (for lack of better words). There must have been some discrepancy between the person that took the plate back and the owner hearing about it because the food was never referred to as dog poo. I repeat, I am a loyal customer that praises this food all the time. The pizza was embarrassing for a restaurant of Tarboush's caliber. I felt like the owner wanted to punch me in the face when he stated in a fit of Christmas rage that we are not allowed back in the restaurant. This is Christmas. Though the food is good I have no desire to give my money to a man that treats people with a fury that I am sure reflects in his home life. I was scared of being physically assaulted. I meant it when I told him Merry Christmas that that his family be SAFE this holiday season. I have never felt so insulted and talked down to in my life. Such a shame. I loved that place and now I am banned for calling out a pizza that was not up to standards (their standards), nor did we ask for anything in its place or a hand out. Sad Sad Christmas for a restaurant that should represent themselves with the utmost hospitality.

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Posted by aUX.78 on 12/25/2013 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Original Taco House

Too far East for good Mex.

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Posted by paul safier on 12/17/2012 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Szechuan Chef

Watch out for takeouts! They are very unorganized and not all their staffs understand english! I received wrong items twice within the past couple weeks! Their customer service is not good.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Diane S on 11/24/2012 at 3:39 AM

Re: “Pied Cow Coffeehouse,The

HIRE MORE STAFF! The waitstaff is too busy. Waited at the door for over 10 minutes without anyone coming over to greet me then finally asked if they were seating and the man (who has been working there for years) was not only rude but just flat out mean (and I was nothing but nice to him). Get that man some help! He is mean every time. I've been coming to the Pied Cow for 10 years now and I'm finally OVER IT until they are nicer to their customers. The food is mediocre at best (costco desserts??). Nothing seemingly local or fresh. Nice atmosphere is the highlight (minus service).

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Posted by Jane on 08/24/2012 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Saburo's Sushi House

After a much anticipated visit to Saburo's and with determination to objectivity, I can say my experience at the restaurant was excellent. I arrived there just after 8:30, Tuesday, in sustained pouring rain to avoid the wait. I walked right in and was seated in less than five minutes. I was waited on immediately by a friendly young Japanese woman. I ordered roasted salmon skin salad, creamy scallops and a very special sashimi plate that must be requested kindly as it is not on the menu. I thought I was going to see something average but the amount of food was epic and of reasonable quality. I am glad I was really hungry. After the massive feast, I was farting quite profusely but that was the only symptom of the gargantuan meal I had consumed. I chuckled in a warm satisfaction as my spastic sphincter sang out in glee from the intense pressurized bursts of methane, and knowing that I had "beat the crowd" so many people have referred to.

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Posted by coozesniffer on 08/04/2012 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Hammy's Pizza

just received first hammys, 11:30ish pm was lukewarm, and driver forgot the salad.

The crust is bland, along with the pizza sauce. All in all, a disappointing experience.

Posted by Bleu on 05/24/2012 at 12:05 AM

Re: “Ship Ahoy Tavern

Worst service you will ever receive. But only on a Saturday or Sunday night. Anna is rude, slow, mean, and indifferent. How is she the manager? The other bartenders are so much better, they are actually friendly and helpful.

I walked into Ship Ahoy and sat down at the bar. She glared while my friend and I chatted, wondering if she would come over to us or not. Finally we moved over to the well to order. Anna still ignored us while she finished her conversation with some guy at the bar. Then when she finally came over to inquire if I wanted a drink she had nothing but attitude. She was condescending and out right rude to me.

My friend asked me to order for her because she did not want to deal with the horrible bartender.

After I ordered, Anna lingered around chatting and opening beers for other people before starting our drinks.

I like this bar, but it's not worth it if Anna is bartending, you will end up being ignored and insulted.

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Posted by Amy D on 01/21/2012 at 11:58 PM

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Posted by Crftyly on 01/09/2012 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Multnomah Falls

Located on the lodge's second floor, the restaurant consists of two high-ceilinged dining rooms. The first features a slanted ceiling and walls of glass which provide a clear view of the falls. The second room, done in dark stone walls and an espresso colored wood beam ceiling, offers diners the coziness of a wood burning fireplace. Given the grandeur of the rooms and the restaurant's promise of, "upscale Northwest style cuisine with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients," I figured we were in for a real treat.

Lunches are served with; Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, or French Fries; and a spear of dill pickle. I ordered the Smoked Salmon Salad Sandwich & Fries for $12.50 and a Widmer Hefeweizen for $4.50, and she had the Reuben & Fries also for $12.50.

Smoked Salmon Salad Sandwich - I live by a set of culinary rules. One such rule dictates that something called a "Smoked Salmon Salad Sandwich" should, at least vaguely, taste like salmon, smoked or otherwise. What I got was an orange heap of mayonnaise based glop, a piece of Swiss Cheese, and some lettuce between two mayonnaise slathered pieces of bread. I wouldn't have minded the thickly applied "salad" oozing from the sandwich after every bite, if it had actually tasted like SOMETHING. While "cold' isn't generally thought of as a flavor, if pushed to describe the taste of the sandwich, cold and mushy are the only words that accurately describe what I ate...

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Posted by JamesK007 on 11/29/2011 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Helium Comedy Club

Liked being closer to the stage, went to NORM! MacDonald on 11/5 Saturday's late show. Can't buy the two item minimum if they don't have the proper waitstaff to even bring you your damned drinks for nearly 30 min. We had to order our second drinks when the first ones finally arrived, just to make sure we'd even get them in time before the show was over. The show had me laughing hysterically with Norm and Kevin Farely performing, but Helium's idiocy is inexcusable. They'll have to do a lot better if they want me to spend any more $ or eat there. Any of the owners or moron should know that closing a bar at 11:45 is a bad business move, as is treating Portlanders like deatbeats in the first place...

Posted by blagbrian on 11/08/2011 at 3:51 AM

Re: “Corbett Fish House

Recently visited with some friends who heard good things and wanted to try it out. I ordered the JUMBO halibut fish and chips and expected a very large basket of large, tender, flakey, white fish; what I got was 5 MARSHMALLOW SIZED pieces of thinly battered, overcooked, tough, and chewy white fish. Worst halibut I have ever had and at over $20 I expected much much more. They rave about their fries too and McDonalds has better fries than the Corbett Fish House. Needless to say my wife and friends were very disappointed and we will never be back. Many other better choices in Portland.

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Posted by shredguy on 08/25/2011 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Vindalho

OK, so I'll dissent. Indian food is complex and takes time, and dishes I had seemed hastily put together. It was as if the chef used a cookbook but didn't steep the sauces, tune the spices finely, or go for any subtlety. She made sure the "spicy factor" was there (on this I respectfully differ with Clinton), but the spiciness was not integrated with the food.

So.... while you can taste the tamarind and salt and spice, it's not the rich, altogether delicious fare that deserves return visits. Nice atmosphere, sorta attentive staff, good space, older clientele, mediocre food... not my thing.

Posted by Spoolo on 08/05/2011 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Hawthorne Fish House

I've also had the dry halibut experience, which is even more annoying because the place IS on the pricey side, and the portions of fish ARE on the skimpy side.

Good place to take parents because it's simple, even my picky 85 yo dad can find something to order...although tonight he ordered oysters, and asked if they were pan-fried, because he's not supposed to be eating deep fried foods.

The waiter said they weren't, but it was okay because of their light batter and good oil, etc., etc.

REALLY, Hawthorne Fish House? You don't have any cooks who can fry up a plate of oysters? You just don't know how to do that or something? Are you hiring your cooks out of McDonalds?

I had a salad with smoked salmon, which was pretty good, and the spicy crab soup, which was incredibly salty. Quality control, people!

On the good side, my mom had blackened salmon that she said was excellent. My gf had the halibut, which was good this time....though every other time I've had a piece (I never order it), it was way too dry.

Outside of certain Asian restaurants, Portland is pretty lacking in decent seafood. And Hawthorne Fish House, while doing okay in some respects, doesn't do anything to change that sorry situation.

And here's a hint: When an old man comes in who is diabetic and isn't supposed to be eating deep fried food, but really, really wants some oysters, don't explain how your batter is lighter and therefore okay....go ask the cook if he will pan-fry some damn oysters! It's not rocket science!

Posted by Taylor on 06/05/2011 at 1:59 AM

Im not sure when the last time you guys were in this place, but it certainly isnt dark or a dive these days. We walked in, took a look around and walked right out. Super sterile and bright. If you want to hit up a dive bar in this area walk up 3 more blocks to Matador...

Posted by McStyles, Drexler on 03/24/2011 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Doug Fir

Disappointing happy hour. If you go, be ready to pay for the regular menu. They recently changed their happy hour burger: it was a great deal, now you'll be paying WAY too much for a little slider. Happy hour oysters were undercooked and kind of gross. One caveat: the servers were great, so maybe if you go outside of happy hour you'll have a good experience.

Posted by jd606 on 03/20/2011 at 10:23 PM

Re: “India Oven

I live right next door to this place and I love Indian, so I really, really want to like it. Unfortunately, it's the most mediocre Indian food you can get and the service is awful. It makes me so sad. I love Indian food so much.

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Posted by jabberwocki on 12/11/2010 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Lucy's Table

My husband and I tried Lucy's after buying their groupon. It's not a place we would ever go back to. Their was nothing "great" about our experience. The food was mediocre and over seasoned at times. The service was alright. The ambiance was alright. Definitely not worth the 100$ we would have spent without the groupon.

Posted by seashel on 11/27/2010 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Sawasdee Thai

I just had the house curry with beef. The beef was colorless, had no flavor and was tough.

Posted by Afrobisher on 09/22/2010 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Tanuki

I was really excited when I walked in; afterall, their edgy: "no kids, no dogs" sign really piqued my interest and the weird zombie movie playing on the screen was a definite curiosity. Once the novelty of the tiny restaurant and it's sparse decor faded however, I was faced with a really strung out waitress who insisted that: despite having no other customers she simply couldn't seat a table larger than 6.

I explained that my friends were very laid back and we wouldn't mind being separated, we'd put some at the bar and some at a nearby table. She agreed, until they all arrived, at which point she and the owner simply panicked at the idea of making any more money and refused to let two members of our party sit down at a nearby vacant table (we already had 5 at the bar).

The food was good, and the happy hour prices were fine, but it was nothing really special. Except for the novelty of it being "Japanese", it is the equivalent of charging money for a bowl of peanuts or other side dishes that generally come with your entrée.

As a side note there is very little choice for vegans and vegetarians.

We decided to go up the street to Blue Moon, who was happy to take our money and sit us all together, despite being quite busy.

I would consider going back, but probably not very seriously.

Posted by leeisenhauer on 08/03/2010 at 9:47 PM

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