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682 days ago

Probably 3.5 stars.

Tried this for a Sunday lunch this past weekend with a friend. It's less of an oyster bar and more of a Creole/Cajun inspired place, that does some passable to very good dishes in that style. I had something called Hangtown Fry, which was lightly fried oysters with scrambled eggs and bacon, and my friend had shrimp and grits. Both were very good, although the beignets we finished up with were no better than average.

They have an impressive back bar and a poor beer selection by Portland standards. They also serve a "build your own" Bloody Mary with a condiment bar where you can dump in any of a couple of dozen pickled vegetables. Interesting idea, but if I'm ordering a Bloody Mary on a Sunday morning, I don't want to have to do all that work, if you take my meaning.

There was an above average trio playing solid New Orleans jazz, although most of the clientele looked like they'd be more comfortable with Techno.

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726 days ago

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857 days ago

Excellent premise brewed beer served in a converted garage, with a wide collection of guest brews.

They have food, sort of, if your taste is limited to smokies on a bun. Ambiance is Portland hipster, without the attitude, and with a good sense of humor and friendliness. Worth a trip for the beer.

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857 days ago

Welcome to Beervana.

100 plus beers on tap, most of them craft brews from the Pacific North West, with a good representation from Northern California, Idaho, Montana, and Colorado.

For the hoi-polloi they have the usual selection of Coors, Bud, and Millers on tap, but expect to draw a righteous laugh (from nearby patrons, and not the extremely polite but very fun bartenders) if you order one.

The place is a restaurant too, but I've never done more than explore their happy hour menu which is very good. It runs to sushi, burgers, orange glazed chicken, gorgonzola fries and other tasty stuff, all for under an Abe Lincoln.

What I come here for is the beer selection.




Oh, and the women. This place has the best scenary in Portland.

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857 days ago

Update:
I paid another visit to one of my favorite restaurants on the weekend during a four day stint of indulgence in Portland. It was nice to see that the place hasn't declined in my absence.

Started with their version of Oysters Rockefeller, which if it doesn't match the version served at Antoines it will do until the next time I hit New Orleans. Followed it up with a broiled and lemon buttered trout done to perfection, and a blackberry and lemon torte. Accompanied by a Hendricks Gin Martini, and finished by espresso and biscotti.

My son had the swordfish, which he described as excellent, and a selection of local raw oysters, which he praised highly.

As noted in my original review, the place is very old school, right down to middle aged, very professional and very convivial male waiters, that are a huge addition to the experience.

If you visit Portland, and you enjoy eating, this place should be on your list.

Note that it became part of the Schick and McCormick chain of restaurants a few years ago, but it has done nothing to change the place.




Original Review:
Superlative seafood, with a particularly fine selection of fresh oysters. The Dungeness crab is something I'd risk mortar fire for, and if you're not in a seafood kind of mood, the steaks and chops are pretty good.

The ambiance is old and stately but fun, hearkening back to its birth as a bar and restaurant in the decades before Prohibition. It's not cheap, but nor is it overly expensive, considering the value of the experience.

The bar is excellent, perhaps the best all round bar in Portland, with highly skilled bartenders serving fine hand crafted cocktails and a selection of top end craft beers. Their happy hour bar menu is superb, and extremely cheap, with stuff like a half-pound cheeseburger or a plate of mussels for $1.95.

Among my favorite joints in Portland, a city that holds a lot of my favorite joints.

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857 days ago

This is about as close as you're going to find to a Louisiana Cajun style restaurant in the Pacific Northwest.

The food is very good, in general, although there are a few sour notes. I just came back from four days of hedonism in Portland, and renewed my acquaintance with this place. The buttermilk fried chicken was excellent, the hushpuppies and fried froglegs were very good, my son's jambalaya was only above average, but the addition of some gator made it really interesting.

The ambience is old and artfully dingy. The place is located under the Morrison bridge, a short cab ride from down town, and the wait staff are heavily tattooed hipsters who range from exquisitely polite to downright surly.

The beer list is awful, the back bar is good, although short of bourbons, and the wine list is better than I'd expect. Price point is about average for a restaurant in Portland, maybe a little lower than some. It's open very late, until well after pumpkin time, and it's well worth a visit.

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1031 days ago

El Gaucho is one of the most awesome restaurants I've had the pleasure of dining at. It is top notch in all respects. Both the Chateaubriand and the Bananas Foster (specifically prepared by Sherwood) have both won multiple James Beard awards, which means they are the best in the nation.

The staff is completely professional and the service is top drawer. I have been eating here for years and I always take my out of town business associates here for dinner. It's amazing that over the years the quality of both the food and the service has been rock solid every single time.

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1101 days ago

THIS SHOP IS CLOSED and there is a new coffee shop called Coconut Cafe there.
The new shop has been totally renovated by the new owners and is beautiful.

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1101 days ago

best epresso in portland. Delicious panini. Great empanadas. Great service and interesting conversation.‎

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1108 days ago

The food is always good! Service is overall good!

Keep up the good work.!

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