This place is wonderful. Honest, layered, memorable.
If you love Portland's Taqueria's check out this tribute song!
rachel: hey there, employee of the month.
I didn't show up in Birkenstocks, because I don't own any. But good job insulting Portlander's style, fool. That'll get folks likin' ya'.
Mmm, I'm pretty sure I get to be mad at someone who decided to be a dick to me for no good reason. Whether or not there is "an alley," which seems important to you, is of no real concern to me, but apparently the boss lady thinks there's one, or she wouldn't have suggested so loudly that my date and I be seated there.
Aaand you don't really know if I was dressed "badly," either. I didn't look like a transient, I didn't act like someone who had no idea how to behave in a restaurant with pretensions toward being a fine-dining establishment, I wasn't abusive; nonetheless, I was treated badly by someone who ran a place with erratic service and generally awful food. I've never hesitated to tell people who considered going there those exact things.
That, and my friend who was fired from there for refusing to serve shrimp that was clearly past its prime.
I have had several meals there and totally enjoyed the food and the service. Maybe I am not a young, hip, foodie but I've been in restaurants all over the US and Europe for many years and this is an extremely pleasant, relaxed place to dine.The food tastes good and the flavors are subtle and crisp. The staff and owner are friendly and ready to make changes and suggestions on both choice combinations, delivery and explanation. But not overbearing or condescending like so many know-it-all waitstaff jerks who get their ideas of suave style from the movies. The prices are not inflated and the whole atmosphere is relaxed. Our visit (with a different dining companion ) earlier this week was excellent and we sat outside in this balmy Indian summer at 8 p.m. enjoying the whole meal, MLK sirens and Fremont bicycle cluster traffic adding to the ambiance.
Agree with Jake and Ophelia, please continue with the honestly Mr Onstad
It definitely HAS been refreshing to have someone that isn't an ass-kisser as a reviewer.
Saw your hat in hand earlier post and:
Please, Onstad, don't get all "Portland" on us. It's your fucking opinion, as anyone with a working brain should be able to understand. The best critics have actual (hopefully informed---which yours are) opinions---and one can base how to take them on that. That's why it's called a "food critic," and not just some dupe repeating what's in a press release. But you're a smart guy---you know that, but I understand that you need to play the game.
I understand that it's tough to write a negative review that may hurt a business---but isn't that your job? Or are you just hired to write PR pieces proclaiming just how amazing every eatery in the city really is---the Portland way----and for god's sake, go there now, m'kay!!!! Similar to the vast majority of what passes for critical writing in this city.
Own it, don't fucking apologize, and please, never, ever preface yr pieces with a semblance of (not that you have, but...) "Well, you know, it's just my opinion, but...." Do us all a fucking favor. You well know what you're writing about, and you have the knowledge and chops; be honest. Don't acquiesce to those calling you a "hater." Tell it like it is. Please. It's appreciated. Believe me.
@Marielle, if you are still listening:
With all due respect, I would say the Italian-language Wikipedia entry for Pasta alla Carbonara trumps epicurious.com for authenticity of definition:
Let Google Translate do the work for you. Suffice it to say that cream is relegated to a variant recipe (with an inference that the result is inferior).
BTW: not shilling here, but Tasty n Sons does a fantastic, creamless, version.
wow. Some people are such haters. Just because someone doesn't agree with you doesn't mean they were written "by the owners", or friends of the owners. With such emotion that some of these negative comments are delivered,they are "undoubtedly posted by" other restaurants. I live in San Francisco and never miss the opportunity, when in portland to eat at LL Piatto. I love this spot, the owners and the food. I can't wait to try this new, interesting concept. Susan in San francisco
The positive comments here read like an advertisement; they are undoubtedly posted by the owners as damage control.
how much do you want to bet all of the positive comments are from the owners? the last one especially sounds like commercial dialogue. I have eaten there, twice, and have found it to be over priced and mediocre food. If i want freezer burn I will save my money and dig out the oldies from my own kitchen...
I love the Slide Inn. I think the reviewer misses the point entirely. It is fantastic to be able to have a vegan sausage while my husband has the meat. The global fare is excellent. I love the varied choices, the fresh healthy food and amazing drinks. If someone wants a creamy pasta I think it is wonderful that Slide Inn can accommodate their gastronomic desires. The review doesn't mention the brunch. I had the yam waffle while my husband had eggs benedict. I loved that we can eat these two dishes at the same restaurant, (usually we don't dine together..just kidding)
Marielle, I'm not sure if you've had carbonara before. It's not supposed to be a cream-based sauce; most traditional recipes don't even use cream or only sparingly. But that wasn't even what Onstad took issue with, it was that the spaghetti, with carbonara, was served in a creamy parmesan sauce which ruined the carbonara. It'd be like serving a grilled steak in a bowl of bbq sauce or gilding a lily and then bronzing it.
But you know, keep linking to websites, I'm sure that particular one is definitive and true above all others on the internet.
um can someone give "Rich Bachelor" a xanax or something? Talk about holding a grudge...
In response to this, yes we're all fully aware this is portland and people have no sense of style (unless you consider birkenstocks and hiking attire 'good style,' which apparently you do based on your extreme offense to being "shit on" by the owner)..but did you ever think that maybe- just maybe, you got seated in this supposed "alley" also known as outdoor seating (there is no alley on this street for the record) and ALSO happened to be dressed badly at the time of the offense? Totally a crazy concept, I know- but just a thought.
relax "Rich Bachelor," this is portland ;)
^^Jeff and Chris,
GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT:
"a PASTA dish of spaghetti (or other noodles) with a sauce composed of cream"
i wish Eugene would comment on this article
Cream in a carbonara is a deal-breaker for me. Not just for the dish, but for the restaurant that dared serve it that way. Thank you Chris for making this point.
If I paid $20(!) for stroganoff and was served that plate, I'd be upset too.
For more moderately priced German fare (with many GF and vegan options as well) seek out the Berlin Inn. Makes for a nice dinner before a show at the Aladdin.
Hmmm.... interesting. Judging from the way it's marketed itself (i.e., "Like" us on FB and get a $5-off coupon), I thought the Slide Inn was more of a bar with good food (see: gastropub) than a full-on restaurant. I was eager to try out the German beers and Alpine bar snacks. I'm blown away that this place would be charging $20 for entrées given there are picnic tables out front. Sadly, it now makes sense knowing the owners are the same as Il Piatto. I always wanted to like that place so much but could never justify spending that amount of money on what was much less interesting food than say, Grüner or Fratelli. I really hope they can re-image themselves and stick around. Thanks for the thoughtful review.
Slide inn is one of my favorite new restaurants in Portland. I had gone to il piatto several times in the past, and, regrettably didn't like it a whole lot. When the restaurant took a new direction I gave it another shot. I AM SO GLAD I DID. I don't know why Chris failed to see the restaurant in a new light, but going in as an unbiased customer I very much enjoyed everything my table ordered. The restaurant looks entirely different too, in a cute and kitschy 70's way. I have gone back a few times since they opened, so I am pretty shocked to see such a negative response. I love the slide inn and have seen vast improvements in service, variety, and health conscious options
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