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!
"dark and barnyard-y and unrelenting, like sweetened natto."
My god, you're just unrelenting with your snobbishness. Natto, really? Sweetened natto, REALLY?
Write for REAL PEOPLE!
I dunno Kevin....what a boring, dull, stupid letter. No wonder nobody wants to know you for more than a dinner date...
Also a good place to go with the parents when they come visit. Safe, no surprises, nice comfort food.
Super Torta is one of the few Mexican places in Portland that earns my Seal of Approval.
It suffers from the usual problem of Mexican food here....too bland...but otherwise they do an excellent job at a good price, and they are very friendly.
The Merc boilerplate says this cart charges reasonable prices, but they're wrong.
No other cart in the city charges $5.50 for their basic burrito, and jumps the price up to $7 if you want any vegetables in it.
To add insult to injury, for some reason they seem to think that those tiny plastic cups of red and green sauce (available for free everywhere else, or just in squirt bottles) should cost you money if you want more than two of them. They charge a quarter each!
If you're like me, who finds the Mexican food in Portland generally pretty bland (and this cart is no exception in the bland department), you need three or four or more of those little cups of red sauce to get the heat level where you want it.....and charging a quarter each is just silly and insulting.
Nothing special about this cart except that it benefits from a good location....the burrito was bland and boring and needed a lot of hot sauce.....and the quality certainly didn't justify charging more than every other taco truck in the city.
I won't be going back...there are plenty of other carts in the same lot.
I second that last comment....the pupusas are EXTREMELY overpriced.
In another city, I used to frequent a place where pupusas were $1.25. Maybe they've gone up to $1.50 now, but you could make a lunch out of three of them, plus a drink and salad.
El Palenque has a nice atmosphere, but the pupusa is treated like an entree, and costs a whopping $8.95 last I checked!
I went there not that long ago and ended up walking out after looking at the menu and deciding there was no way I could condone such overcharging just to get my pupusa fix!
It's sad, because the place has a nice atmosphere, but there's simply no reason at all to charge so much.
And....cheap Costco chips, bland salsa. I hate to complain, but come on guys, you gotta get this stuff right!
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