I agree with you. The food here is delicious and true to Northern Thai style, and the people working there are the best. I was there on a Friday evening recently, and got panicky because we were just about the only people eating there for most of our meal. This place is too good to drop off the map for lack of custom. Get in there, enjoy some great food, and make sure this place is a well-deserved success!
i personally like a couple of new deal's vodkas.
I only went to Via Chicago once, but every part of the experience was a disaster. From the order-taking, lost the order, gave me the wrong topping when I got my pizza etc... The cheese was good quality and they gave me a free glass of wine. But, I will never go back to there as long as there are three other better places on Alberta street alone.
I have not been to Via, so won't comment of whether this is accurate but I agree with another commenter in that it doesn't sound like this was Onstad's type of thing. The pizza does not sound that compelling to me
Onstad's writing has improved alot since he took this gig but he should really stick to reviewing cutesy clever "portland-y" food. He doesn't seem to know very much at all about real people food.
I believe the "store-bought" bread is actually from the local Grand Central Bakery, so it's basically as fresh as it gets without eating at the bakery.
I used to live a couple blocks from Lou Malnati's in River North: http://www.loumalnatis.com/
The basic structure of the pie you're describing sounds like anything you'd get at Malnati's, Giordanos, or Gino's East. At any of those places, eating the first slice of a pie is a tricky operation (cheese stays molten longer under all that sauce), but after a few minutes it settles down a little and then you can inhale.
I haven't tried the pie at Via Chicago yet (haven't been back to PDX in a year or so) but your experience as detailed in the review just sounds like someone eating deep dish for the first time after a life of thinner-crust pizza. You eat 2-3 slices max, wash it down with a pitcher of beer then go enjoy your coma.
obviously the reviewer has never been to giordanos.. thats just what deep dish is like, glad its finally made it to pdx
Having had their Italian beef, and knowing what Italian beef is supposed to taste like, I'll say it: Via's just isn't very good, jus or no.
I'd like to read a review of this place from somebody who actually knows of Chicago food. Was he not aware at all of the nature of Chicago deep dish pizza?
Why not just have a battle of the sandwiches if you're going to be so obscure in what you ate at each establishment? Double dragon has a CHICKEN CHORIZO 'bahn mi', this is in fact not a banh mi, this is a fucking sandwich let's stay on track and if you're going to do another battle of whatever please be a little bit more thoughtful in choosing your control.
You're right, but it sounds like he didn't order it wet.
Chris - Do you know what an Italian beef sandwich is? There isn't necessarily a right or wrong when it comes to excess jus. Italian beefs can be ordered wet or dry, and either way, you are going to get some jus on the sandwich that soaks through the bread a little.
i banh mi at 4th is also a bakery, so their bread is pretty great - love the thin, crisp crust. I do agree that the interior brings them down though.
@chato, I know, its ridiculous. Fortunately we have options :)
What about the far west side?!?!
Paying more than 4 bucks for a banh mi is stupid, it defeats the whole purpose of cheap street food.
No wonder this town is getting full of places selling $12 burgers and the like and idiots lining up to pay.
How could you pick (kinda crappy) Asia Express, and not even mention (really pretty good) Huong's at the 10th and Alder pod?
Good piece Chris, thank you
I surprise people when I say Best Baguette on 82nd and Powell is my favorite restaurant in Portland (considering price, quality, consistency, etc... not saying it's "better" than something upscale like Le Pigeon). But what can I say, their meatball banh mi and sardine banh mi are consistently great for the price.
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