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Comment Archives: stories: Food and Drink

Re: “ A New West Drinking Frontier

^^^agree, the self image of Portland is distorted and naive, but this sounds like quite a nice place with great service (I know, I know we are not supposed to have that here anymore but heres to hoping it starts a new trend)

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by The Showstopper on 04/24/2014 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Back After a Long Siesta

I'm interested in reading food reviews about places that aren't totally boring and that I would never go to like this and the Portuguese place. The first few places Andrea reviewed were a lot more interesting.

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by Gza1340 on 04/24/2014 at 11:46 AM

Re: “ A New West Drinking Frontier

This town is getting too fancy for it's own good.

11 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by timistheword on 04/23/2014 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Back After a Long Siesta

@ Gza1340

You sound like the type of person who would be much happier reading a certain type of food review. Here, let me Google that for you...

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Wm. Steven Humphrey on 04/19/2014 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Back After a Long Siesta

My point is that "fancy" and "Mexican food" are two things that should not come together. I can hit up any number of Mexican places around town and get better food for less than places such as this or any other that tries to present upscale Mexican food. I've never been here, so maybe this is not one of those places, but in general with Mexican food you kind of know what you're gonna get. I don't need anyone to review it for me. There are places in town doing far more interesting things that deserve Andrea's attention more than places like this.

P.S. I don't need to be hired. I'm living the dream, so go fuck yourself.

4 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Gza1340 on 04/18/2014 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Back After a Long Siesta

Well I'm glad Andrea is the food critic and you're not, Gza, because that's a dumbass opinion. Hey, why get the Le Pigeon burger when you can get a burger at Wendy's for $1.29? BECAUSE IT'S BETTER. Better quality of ingredients and a unique flavor combination is what you pay for in "fancy Mexican" just like fancy any other type of food. Shit, what are you doing at Nostrana or Genoa? Don't you know Pastini's just down the street and half the price? Andrea, can you please just stick to reviewed rice-and-beans burritos from now on? Thanks.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Aestro on 04/18/2014 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Back After a Long Siesta

Hey Aunti,

You are correct, Andrea IS a heckuva writer, and a heckuva reporter—which makes her the perfect choice to be our primary food critic. She did choose to write about food for us because that is where her passions lie... and it shows. But lucky for all of us, she has razor-sharp, no-bullshit reporting skills to back it up—which makes her a double threat on the ever expanding Portland food scene. We take food reporting very seriously here at the Mercury, and we hope hiring Andrea (who has been doing a fantastic job) proves it.

Yer pal,

p.s. Gza1340's opinion is stupid and worthless, which is why he should never be hired anywhere.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Wm. Steven Humphrey on 04/18/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Back After a Long Siesta

You were off to a good start Andrea, but the last two reviews have been snoozers. Also, I have no interest in eating fancy Mexican. Not now, not ever. Nor should anyone else.

4 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by Gza1340 on 04/17/2014 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Back After a Long Siesta

Andrea Damewood is a heckuva writer. But she's also a fantastic reporter. I don't know if her working on the restaurant beat is her choice or the Merc's; But if it's the latter, please don't waste her prodigious talents there. I was a huge fan of her work on That Other Weekly (the one that employs the odious subpar likes of Cizmar, Brown, etc.). Please, if she wants to... let her do journalism here.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Aunti on 04/16/2014 at 10:37 PM

Re: “An Ambitious Dance

If it's not Portuguese cuisine why does the web site say "Authentic Portuguese Cuisine" and not make one mention of Brazil?

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by tdown on 04/16/2014 at 12:56 PM

Re: “An Ambitious Dance

This review makes a mistake on the scale of confusing american french fries and pomme frites. Fado's is brazilian portuguese cuisine. It is not portuguese cuisine. yes there is a difference.

Bring back Chris Onstar! He writes crazy things but at least they are not just wrong.

Posted by i'mrightyourwrong on 04/16/2014 at 11:21 AM

Re: “An Ambitious Dance

I liked the joint. Not crowded- food prices good. Super nice waitress. Friend and I shared a chicken dish and I believe some oysters. Tasty.

Hey- if you are on Hawthorne and you want a pleasant, no-hassle experience- give Fado a try.
Portugese wine is a little different from Spanish and not over-priced at Fado.

Just throwing this out- but some of us are not foodies. Just want some reasonably priced, somewhat healthy food and a nice table by a window. I thought Fado's food was a little different, and would probably appeal to a fairly wide range of tastes if you are trying to please the in-laws.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Reverend Bite Me on 04/13/2014 at 12:19 PM

Re: “An Ambitious Dance

I am furious. This article was FULL of words, some longer than others. When will the media learn?

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by daback-daboot on 04/13/2014 at 12:05 PM

Re: “An Ambitious Dance

So I live right by the place. I walk past it several times daily. I've seen it full on a few occasions. Food isn't bad at all and the reviewer might have been half drunk when she wrote this. Also the Mercury should ask for a refund for whatever they paid her for the review because they got ripped off by someone who has no clue what they're talking about.

Not one to argue with food reviews but one as shitty as this should probably have some sort of counterpoint especially when the reviewer claims the place is never full when it is very full pretty frequently.

12 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by BlackedOut on 04/13/2014 at 12:02 PM

Re: “An Ambitious Dance

I honestly feel like we are getting punked. I'd Put a 10 spot down that says Ms. Damewood was or is still currently, a Yelp Elite. YUMMY! ADORBS! OMNOMNOMNOM!

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by C.O. on 04/12/2014 at 11:11 AM

Re: “An Ambitious Dance

Oh hi first time commenters.


11 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Commenty Colin on 04/11/2014 at 9:24 AM

Re: “An Ambitious Dance

You the are the greatest food writer I have ever read.

0 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Jon McHone on 04/11/2014 at 3:46 AM

Re: “An Ambitious Dance

I agree everything should be a food cart.

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by Jon McHone on 04/11/2014 at 3:38 AM

Re: “An Ambitious Dance

Unfortunate they do not have good Pasteis de Balcalhau......but having lived 8 years in Lisbon I am still going to check it out when I get a chance

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by The Showstopper on 04/10/2014 at 1:06 PM

Re: “An Ambitious Dance

The title, tag line, and first 2 paragraphs of your review don't really match what you say in the rest of it. You are overly critical to start yet give glowing reviews of the food. The only things you don't seem to like are the drinks and the fact that the restaurant started in a shop and not as a food truck. What "basics" are you referring to in your misleading tag line; because when it comes to eating out, the basics of cooking and taste should be most important, both are things you didn't seem to have an issue with.

As a side note, please remember that Grandma's Top Shelf is named for a real person, the owner's Grandmother, before you start throwing around rude and hurtful comments you appear to find quippy. You don't like the drink, that is fine, but I am not sure how taking digs at an actual person and not just the drink itself is constructive or helpful to the restaurant or future patrons.

23 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by CAshburner on 04/10/2014 at 9:25 AM

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