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January 10-20, 2012


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Friday, January 20, 2012

We wedged into Sizzle Pie:

... for some slices ($4.00 each) of thin crust 'za:

Punk played as we plunged into our "Peoples Cuban Sandwich". This open faced pancetta and pickle portion had Swiss cheese and Dijon mustard to add tang to this holey alliance.

A slice of vegan "Bad Reputation" had a tang to the faux-mage with olives pitted against mushrooms while the "Exploding Hearts" with artichoke cores and more 'shrooms mingled in a hearty helping.

This late night locale stays open til 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays so sobering sustenance can buffer the booze to polluted partiers at this counter service, disc dispensary.

Sizzle Pie
926 W. Burnside
Portland, OR




Thursday, January 19, 2012

We loved our last gift subscription from the Beverly Hills Cheese Shop so we were delighted to receive another roll out of this wheelie dairy delivery.

This month brought a selection of Swiss. Cave aged Gruyere, Emmental and Le Cousin.

We consumed this cow curd collection and concluded that these holey utterances did not take a neutral Switzerland stance. We were nutty for these nuanced nuggets and love our munchable magazine.

Thanks W.!

The Beverly Hills Cheese Shop




Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The "No Sushi! No Kids!" sign:

... at Tanuki gave a hint what not to expect in this little izakaya.

Evan Williams whisky & Mexican Coke $4 was followed up by several cans of Sapporo ($3.00):

... while we worked our way though the omakase ($25.00 for each of us).

Edamame, kimchee and cinnamon-scented boiled quail eggs:

... were followed by a couple hot pockets filled with cheese, bacon and more kimchee.

Crab claws:

... were digitally enhanced with ginger soy while a hot mustard boosted strands of sausage:

Seared ahi was given a tangy dressing and strewn with enoki and tobiko:

... while oysters:

... were given a kick of kimchee ice.

Taro root sandwiched a chicken center:

... in a rooty salad were trumped by hot and spicy squid (which the server told us were sesame noodles.):

These strands were our favorite serving as we wound up with a crudo of hamachi:

... that we burritofied in triangles of nori.

As promised, we did not encounter any sushi or shorties in this drinking den complete with gory cult Asian flix.


8029 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR




Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tennis balls - they aren't just for walkers anymore. Franks Noodle House had us bouncing in our punctured perches.

Dumplings ($4.95):

... were scallion centered pork packets that were a swell swine serve to start our rally of ribbons realized in a plate of hand-pulled noodles with pork ($10.95):

Chewy cords were a doughble play of cabbage and peppers tangled in this nesty net.

Salty pepper squid ($11.95):

... had crispy crust volleying with meaty middle in this saliney surfing sure to inflict a major case of hot dog fingers tomorrow.

This Penn-ultimate pulled pasta purveyor will have us returning for a rematch.

Franks Noodle House
822 NE Broadway
Portland, OR




Monday, January 16, 2012

We hit Happy Hour at Davis Street Tavern:

... for a Fearless Scottish Ale ($4.00) and an "Old Branca" ($9.00 not on HH list):

The hoppy helping and bourbon, branca and bitters 'bibe were both swell sips with tempura cauliflower ($5.00):

These fried formations had a hint of heat and were a little greasy.

The fish tacos ($6.00):

... were basic bar bites while our interest turned to the brisket sandwich ($7.00):

... which rolled in a nice bun. The beef to bread ratio was leveraged towards the loaf.

While the snackage was only okay, the friendly staff and good drinks made for a nice break.

Davis Street Tavern

500 NW Davis St.
Portland, OR




Sunday, January 15, 2012

We watched the snow swirl:

... from Cloud Seven Café:

,,, as we poured over our pour over potions ($2.00).

A cushion of egg and veg was capped with ham and cheese in a baked omelet ($6.50):

... that was under-seasoned to our taste while the turkey sandwich ($7.50):

... was a bland bundle of bread that had no flavoring agent in-breaded on the leaves of loaf but the ac-cup-anying tomato soup offered some help with hydration.

Even though we weren't whelmed by the chow, this cyber squatting center seems to be a popular portal for the Pearl district populous.

Cloud Seven Café

901 NW 10th Ave.
Portland, OR




Saturday, January 14, 2012

Portlanders are insane about brunch. The magnetic effect of this mid morning meal makes for multiple hour weekend waits so we were shocked when Olympic Provisions was completely empty just before noon. Our solo situation was subverted when it became provisionally populated in short order.

We sipped on coffee with a swiney swirl ($4.00) of porchetta:

After our last whirl by for this spiral, we have been hooked on this succulent puck of porky pleasure.

Maldon salt was affixed to the buttered side of a baguette in a mustard mingled ham sandwich ($8.00):

We slipped in a couple sunnysides ($3.00) to create an Olympic caliber combo of marvelous messiness.

Brioche was bound with 'bryos in an eggy French Toast ($8.00):

... served with poached quince and walnuts. We contentedly consumed these cuts of custardized carbo while we loafed at this swell center of performance enhanced eats.

Olympic Provisions
1632 NW Thurman
Portland, OR




Friday, January 13, 2012

The hour and a half wait at Oven and Shaker shook us out of their 'stablishment. We checked in at numbers of neighboring noshaterias and got the same statement for our party of four until we found a table in the bar at Oba.

We got a pitcher of margaritas ($40.00) which were sweeter than we prefer.

Cuban Ha Cha Cha Langostinos ($14.00):

... languished in a paprika'ed pool after being cooked through (multiple times). These woeful tails beached on a rice island.

Crispy Chipotle Calamari ($14.00):

... came with dipping sauces of honey as well as an aioli to dampen the standard issue squid.

Scallop ceviche ($14.00):

... were mini marine marshmallows that picked up a little citrus and heat and were served with a stack of corn chips.

Even though the chow and drinks weren't our thing, Oba did offer a place to sit without a 90 minute wait.

Oba Restaurant

555 NW 12th Ave.
Portland, OR




Thursday, January 12, 2012

Slow Bar's burger ($9.75):

... had crisp onion rings circling the cow cushion cradled on a sesame seed bun. This Swiss-cheesed sandwich provided pleasing protein with our potables.

A Manhattan ($6.00) and an Old Fashioned ($7.50):

... whisked down the hatch (with the winner being the robust, man drink.)

The "Southern Fry" ($8.50):

... was buttermilk fried chicken breast and hushpuppies that were under-seasoned for our taste. We should have gotten 2 of the burgers instead at this funky, friendly fountain.

Slow Bar
533 SE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR




Wednesday, January 11, 2012

is a lit-tle Italian eatery:

... where an illuminating assortment of antipasti ($2.00 per item):

... included a (non-orange shaped) arancini that cone-tented us alongside cardoons with olives, farro and parmesan pie and little crostini with chicken liver mousse. These nifty nibbles had us anti-cipating our pasta.

We got half orders of the pappardelle ($8.00):

... tagliatelle ($7.00):

... and spaghetti ($7.00):

The pappardelle was fungussied up with porcini and cream while the tagliatelle was tumbled with a tantalizing beef and pork ragu. These house made pastas were a dente duo of dough-liciousness. The spaghetti was a solid bowl of garlic and pepper strewn strands washed down by 2010 Cantina del Pino Dolcetto d'Alba.

This bright beacon of excellent eats is the sort of place we love. We plan to return to work our way through their antipasti list and chomp on some hanger steak at this low key location.


2138 E Burnside St.
Portland, OR




Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Byways' blue corn pancakes ($9.95):

... were good gritty griddle grub with a criss cross of bacon and a poached egg. This smurfy serving of jackable flaps blue out our quickbread craving alongside a egg sandwich ($7.75):

...on sourdough with bacon and cheese. This basic bundle was belly ballast breakfast with a bit of fruit.

It has been a couple years since we came by this brick a brac-fast base:

... that proves popular with Portlanders.

Byways Café

1212 NW Glisan St.
Portland, OR









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