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Comment Archives: stories: Food and Drink

Re: “Put a Beer Boot on It

If I must be totally honest, I am absolute crap at German spellings and had to re-read this three times to confirm I spelled Stammtisch right every time I used it! Thanks for the catch; I'll fix it online.

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Posted by Andrea Damewood on 08/21/2014 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Put a Beer Boot on It

"Zehn," not "zhen." As far as who'd be nuts enough to pay $4.25 for a 0.3l beer ... lots of us. That's not that high of a price. Go down to the Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco to see what an expensive beer really looks like.

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Posted by Don Sch on 08/21/2014 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Put a Beer Boot on It

re: Stammtisch review (8/20/14): in ¶2 of the review, ten (10), in German, is zehn. "Zhen," as it's printed, may refer to:

Town (China), zhen in Chinese
Zhen (surname), a Chinese surname
Balhae Kingdom, originally called Zhen (振) in Chinese

(or so says Wikipedia). don't know whose spelling error this is, but it stuck out, sort of like the Loreleifelsen in the middle of the Rhine).

pedantically yours,

michael rose

ps -- Ben Meyer, at Old Salt, makes really good bratwurst and weisswurst -- worth trying if you haven't yet.

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Posted by Michael Rose on 08/21/2014 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Put a Beer Boot on It

Who'd be nuts enough to pay $4.25 for a 10 oz. beer? At that rate a pint would cost $6.75. Food sounds great so I'll check this place out. I'll stick with the water.

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Posted by MarieLaRue on 08/21/2014 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Put a Beer Boot on It


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Posted by Alan Greenspan on 08/21/2014 at 5:29 AM

Re: “Chicken and a Biscuit

I'm opening a place across the street that will sell half a chicken for $25

Posted by Chunty McHutchence on 08/19/2014 at 7:01 PM

Re: “The Five Commandments of BURGER WEEK

OK, I have achieved burger nirvana, and at a place I wouldn't have expected: Widmer Gasthaus! They being out a whole bunch'a burgers at once, not bothering to ask how you want it done. I was steeling myself for another overcooked one. But no! Kobe beef on potato bun, perfectly rare, nicely seasoned, multitextured and yummy! Good and varied beer selection too -- the Saison is killer, so is the SXNW if you want somethin heavier. Highly recommended.

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Posted by bluesbread on 08/15/2014 at 2:40 PM

Re: “The Five Commandments of BURGER WEEK

Who put The Mercury in charge of Burgers? Every week is Burger Week. All these people waiting in ridiculous lines, being told what they’ll have on their burgers and what you won’t, being treated like garbage by over-worked staff and lectured by The Mercury on how to behave, think and tip… just to save $4-5?! Dumb.

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Posted by David Froh on 08/15/2014 at 1:27 PM

Re: “The Five Commandments of BURGER WEEK

I succeeded in getting into North Light for a burger (I tried Wednesday but it was packed, with a line, so I went back Thursday right at 4 p.m., their opening time.) One of the reasons I picked that place is the description says it's served rare, and the one in the photo looks nice and rare, as I like it. (So many burger places around here are unwilling or unable to prepare a rare burger, with the notable exception of Little Big Burger, which always accommodates.) Just to be sure at North Light, I asked the server to make it rare and he said OK. Nope -- it came out pink, I guess that's medium or medium rare, but certainly not rare. Other than that it was OK -- very nice bun, the kimchi and cheese are good, and my drink and salad were good. But I don't really enjoy a burger cooked past rare. Since this was a special $5 deal, I didn't send it back, just ate it. But I have to give this place low marks for that, sorry.

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Posted by bluesbread on 08/15/2014 at 9:36 AM

Re: “The Five Commandments of BURGER WEEK

Wow. Went to Double Barrel last night for the one night I could go out this week for this event. Over an hour wait for my order of a burger that looked NOTHING like the burger in the picture above. All I saw was bun when it came out. I was so excited before it and the look on my friends faces was pretty priceless. I wouldn't pay $4 normally for that burger. Not sure if it was the end of the week and they ran out of meat, but wow, not what I was expecting.
After seeing pics from my friend's night out at Tilt, I was really hoping it would look just like the picture. My friends also waited over an hour for an order of onion rings. I knew to expect waits, but really?
Bottom line: If you want to be part of this week, make sure you have what is expected. I hate giving bad reviews, but I felt totally bait and switched.

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Posted by tikibeaver on 08/15/2014 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Chicken and a Biscuit

you hipsters just love to overpay for less don't you.

Meanwhile every other square mile of this beautiful country has the best chicken sandwich and biscuits ever created.

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Posted by i'mrightyourwrong on 08/15/2014 at 7:32 AM

Re: “The Five Commandments of BURGER WEEK

I had a burger at Foster Burger. It was deee lish!

Posted by Kerry Bea Kjargaard on 08/14/2014 at 4:27 PM

Re: “The Five Commandments of BURGER WEEK

I had a juicy burger at Widmer, rare to medium rare , much better than I remember last year's offering. They also had a great Porter and a champange something or other beer, all in all very pleasant.

I tried 3 other places most were dry and well done. Burger needs some fat to be juicy, doesn't matter if it is Painted Hills or whatever. One would keep off the special sauce one wouldn't. Little Big burger beats these easily.

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Posted by CuriousMe on 08/14/2014 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Chicken and a Biscuit

For my money (well, at least $4.50 of it), the chicken and biscuit "sandwich" at Pine State is very hard to beat for value, as well as being both tasty and more filling. Admittedly, I have not been to SOB yet. I haven't yet been convinced it is a value proposition. I do pine for the old KFC 2 piece and a biscuit; though I don't think it cost $8.50.

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Posted by seldom seen on 08/14/2014 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Chicken and a Biscuit

I went a week or two after it opened and had the sad chicken sandwich. Way too heavily breaded - one of the great things about Nashville Hot Chicken is its thin, crispy crust, which is perfect with juicy chicken and heat. Overly breaded huge chicken on a giant bun does not make for a good experience. It's a shame that he ditched it rather than refining it, because Portland is in need of a good chicken sandwich.

Good to hear things are improving though. The chicken in the photo definitely looks better than mine.

Minor gripe: Nashville Hot Chicken usually has levels of spice ranging from kind of spicy to instant death. At least, the good places like Prince's and Hattie B's do. It'd be nice to have more than just "hot" or "not hot".

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Posted by Aestro on 08/14/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “The Five Commandments of BURGER WEEK

Foster Burger is a flop! Small burger... Smaller than their regular burger and okay at best. Sauce was tasteless and pretty dry. What a disappointment!

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Posted by hot-pic on 08/13/2014 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Chicken and a Biscuit

Chicken Coop on 50th and Division is the best fried chicken in town.

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Posted by BAWK!!! on 08/13/2014 at 3:51 PM

Re: “High Thai-d

I lived in Thailand and listed my favourite Thai dishes on

Posted by The Travelerette on 08/13/2014 at 6:07 AM

Re: “The Five Commandments of BURGER WEEK

"The customer is always right" < "The customer is often a rude fuckface who believes his decision to part with money in exchange for cooked food should be unfailingly met with a groveling obsequiousness that he commands precisely nowhere else in life."

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Posted by Commenty Colin on 08/12/2014 at 10:09 AM

Re: “High Thai-d

I'm glad they're finally putting street food and food carts indoors so I don't have to mingle with the commoners

Posted by Chunty McHutchence on 08/11/2014 at 10:45 PM

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