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April 21-30, 2012


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Monday, April 30, 2012

Happy Hour at The Observatory filled up their planet with punters.

We planted ourselves in a booth with a couple pints of Ninkasi IPA and Hopworks Lager ($3.00):

... to wash down fries ($2.00):

... that were showered with parmesan and rosemary. Smoked whitefish spread ($5.00):

... was served with flatbread and some swell pickled beets, okra, onions and green beans.

Gingery mussels ($5.00):

... were cooked to a plump moistness in a flex-worthy shellfish surfing.

A skippable Caesar ($3.00):

... had fried wonton wrappers in lieu of croutons. This anti-chovy chopped romaine salad romained on the plate.

This was a good place to scope out for cheap and cheerful chow during their observable hour.

The Observatory

8115 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR




Sunday, April 29, 2012

We both went with the baked eggs ($11.00):

... at Metrovino which cast spinach in a skillet with pimenton-pigmented cubes of feta. Grilled rustic bread sopped up the runny yolks of our breakfasts which we enjoyed with a side of crisp bacon ($5.00):

The dining room was empty for most of our meal, with a few customers:

... meandering in as we settled our bill. It seems like the locals are gravitating towards al fresco spots during this break in the rain.

1139 NW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR





Saturday, April 28, 2012

We queued at Little t American Baker:

... after the 11 a.m. cutoff for breakfast so we shifted our thoughts from bacony bites to a rhubarb muffin ($2.50):

... with tangy tufts stocked in a stump of marzipany pain. The quiche ($3.00):

... had a flaky crust corralling creamy custard with onion, cheese and peppers in a man-ificent munch.

Huge mugs:

... appealed to our caffeiney cravings as we sloshed through our Stumptown Coffee.

Their chocolate chip cookie ($1.50):

... was so buttery that it was like eating raw dough (in a good way) chunks of chocolate darkened this delectable disc while the savory pretzel bread ($2.00):

... was a nice nosh as we wound up our t time. We'll have to cross this t earlier to check out the breakfast menu next time.

Little t American Baker
2600 SE Division St.
Portland, OR




Friday, April 27, 2012

The cocktail list didn't lean towards our tastes at The Pink Rose:

... so we went with an over-absinthed Sazerac and a meh Manhattan:

It would have been clever to go with a couple drafts instead, but we weren't in our right minds.

The Brussels sprouts ($7.00):

... were good with crispy edges on their bacon bedecked, parmesan'ed heads while the Rose burgers ($12.00 each):

... had a nice nest of crisp fried onions in a bacony bundle. The meat could have used more fat and salt for our tastes, but it was still okay.

This bloom bunker wasn't our thing, but they seem to fill up with appreciators of their subterranean sips.

The Pink Rose

1300 NW Lovejoy
Portland, OR




Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bakery Bar summoned us with two of our favorite words.

We couldn't pass up their biscuit sandwiches ($6.00 each).

A light hand with the dough produced tender, peppered pucks. These portions were populated with fried egg, Cheddar, bacon and tomato jam:

... and a variation with turkey apple sausage, fried egg and Cheddar:

Both were very good, but the bacon was the winner.

This llama-lined lunchroom:

... alpacas them in for biscuity brunch. We'll have to have the house made pastrami on our next visit.

Bakery Bar

2935 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR




Wednesday, April 25, 2012

There was only one slice of pie left when we arrived at Woodlawn Coffee and Pastry:

... so we had to suffer anx-piety as we hoped earlier customers wouldn't preempt our purchase.

Once it was our turn, we happily scooped up that last slice of apple blackberry ($4.00):

The balanced tang and sweetness with fruit cooked to tenderness (while maintaining the integrity of each slice) encased in flaky folds made for top notch tree tucker. We will chart our way back to wedge in more of their delectable dough soon.

Woodlawn Coffee and Pastry

808 NE Dekum St.
Portland, OR




Tuesday, April 24, 2012

We entered the Double Dragon and encountered signage cautioning us that their banh mi were untraditional:

The cilantro, baguette and grated carrot were all in tune with our mi-conceptions, but the saucy meatballs ($7.50):

... and roast duck ($9.50):

... took these Viet noms in a different direction.

Pickled daikon was tinted with turmeric in these messy meat mits. Crusty bread and chili-laced chips put crunch in our lunch.

This sandwich stop shares a bathroom with the community center so you have to go next door (if you want to drain the double dragon.)

We will have to return on a chilly day to check out their interpretation of ramen.

Double Dragon

1235 SE Division St.
Portland, OR




Monday, April 23, 2012

Peppery salt-rimmed margaritas ($6.00each):

... boosted the lime liquid at Podnah's Pit:

... where we moseyed back to check out their ribs ($19.00 for half rack):

These swine spokes were gnawably notable with a savorable smokiness.

The accompanying collards were nice greenery with porky prodding while the green chili mac and cheese was a pleasing, creamy, zitti gratin.

The cornbread had a nice coarse grind to the meal, but was oilier than we prefer.

Smoked prime rib ($24.00):

... was a slab of succulence. This marvelous muscle melded with horseradish sauce. The garlic mashers weren't seasoned enough for our tastes so we ended up using the blue cheese dressing from our wedge salad:

... to give these potatoes a tang.

Perky and prompt service kept this pit stop hopping. This carne-teria continues to create smoked goods worth a meatour.

Podnah's Pit
1625 NE Killingsworth
Portland, OR




Sunday, April 22, 2012

Brunch is the most important meal for the Portland population. They actually start queueing a weekend in advance for a seat at the Screen Door, Broder or Simpatica Dining Hall.

We were happy to find a noteworthy noshing nest without the long lines - Roost.

A chunk of charcoal made the most depressing snow globe ever in our water bottle:

... but to be fair, they ignited our interest in this briquettey 'bibe.

Chicken confit ($13.50):

... kicked back over a pool of polenta with their fried offspring sprung in a salsa verded, corny-cocktion. The sal-leaning meat, coarse corn meal and yolky saucing combined into a maize graze worth praise.

Creamed mushrooms ($12.00):

... sprung from a slice of toasted pain de mie with chunks of ham and poached eggs and arugula. Bites of rich, creaminess were given a perk by the tangily dressed greens in this relishable raft.

We plan to migrate back to this impressive roost-eraunt to check out more of their feed.

1403 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR




Saturday, April 21, 2012

We grabbed a Bees & Beans' "Bert Bar" ($6.00):

... which was a dark chocolate enrobed, filbert-filled, peanut buttery confection dotted with crisped rice.

We liked this small batch snack stick made with local hazelnuts and honey. This rich, crunchy, luxe log makes us want to check out more of their cacao collection.

Bees & Beans









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