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July 1-10, 2013


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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

We dashed into the Road Runner Café for eggs.

The broccoli bacon, roast garlic and cheddar scramble ($9.00):

... was a flourish of florets with melty cheese and swine strips served with a flaky biscuit and some fruit.

The garden scramble ($9.00):

... with asparagus, mushrooms, roasted garlic and spinach was also nice noshage.

As a serendipitous stop, this place proved pleasing.

Road Runner Café
3570 SE Division St.
Portland, OR





Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sand Bar is the new appendage to Fish Grotto providing a Tiki-esque, rum-soaked setting for watching waves of tourists trudge by.

The ice orb in the Sandhattan ($12.00):

... looked like a dilution solution but turned out to be a hollow, egg shellcicle and it quickly melted into this potent potion.

The dark and stormy ($8.00):

... was an effervescent offering of rum, ginger and seafaring swizzle stick.

Nachos ($5.50):

... with black beans, melty cheese, guac, chopped tomatoes and pickled jalapenos were solid standard issue chip chompage while the fish tacos ($9.50):

... were nautical nuggets in a DIY set up with flour tortillas. These were more like batter heavy, cod and chips without the chips.

The blue cheeseburger ($10.75):

... was cooked past the requested medium rare to a dry, homogenous hunk but the accompanying shoe strings were crisp and salty.

We may not wash up on Sand Bar again, but it was an interesting voyage.

Sand Bar
1035 SW Stark St.
Portland, OR





Monday, July 8, 2013

Banchan included kimchi, beansprouts, daikon, salad and glazed potatoes:

... at JCD Korean Restaurant.

We recalled that Hite:

... was not our favor-hite beer taking a sip of this Korean version of Coors, but it did cut through the oily exteriors of the fried dumplings ($8.95):

These porky parcels were not our thing.

The seafood pancake ($11.95):

... was okay, but slightly oily.

The star was the short ribs ($14.95):

... which we chomped down with bowls of rice to beef up these boney beef blocks.

JCD was a fine a funky strip mall stop, but our tastes tilt more towards Spring if we are in the vicinity.

JCD Korean Restaurant
3492 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR





Sunday, July 7, 2013

LeRoy’s Familiar Vittles:

... not only has a fun name, they have “burnt mac and cheese” ($7.00):

Pulled pork elbowed its way into this pleasing pasta.

Collards ($4.00) sided ribs ($8.00):

... that were succulent smoked swine sticks rested on a cushion of white bread to soak up supplemental BBQ sauce. Pickle slices perked this pork plate.

Slices of brisket ($8.00):

... were beefy ribbons of fat fringed flavor flaps over those same white bread and pickles.

We lounged in Landmark Saloon’s:

... wood chip-carpeted yard:

... tapping into their refreshing Lagunitas little sumpin’ sumpin’ wheat ale and 2 Towns brightcider while mingling with K-9s:

... and watching drunken bean bag activity:

LeRoy’s Familiar Vittles
4847 SE Division St.
Portland, OR





Saturday, July 6, 2013

“I’m sorry since we are vegan...” capped off our ‘ccino request, so we went with regular coffee at Petunia’s Pies and Pastries.

We took one bite of the doughnut ($3.75):

... which was a tough, dry, sweet round of gluten-free, chocolate loopage and one bite of the equally sweet chocolate zucchini bread ($3.50):

... before hightailing it over to Case Study:

... for some Nuvrei muffins ($3.00 each):

... and craveable cappuccini.

Petunia’s Pies and Pastries
610 SW 12th Ave.
Portland, OR

Case Study
802 SW 10th Ave.
Portland, OR





Friday, July 5, 2013

We followed up our standard tart cherry pie order ($4.25):

... with a slice of coconut cream pie ($4.25):

... based on the recco of one of a pieman behind the counter at Lauretta Jean’s.

As expected, our cherry pick was pitickularly good but the Maryann mainstay wasn’t our thing. Toasted coconut and whipped cream over coconut cream and crust just isn’t our isle of contentment.

There is a lot we love about Lauretta Jean’s, but some things are just not for us.

Lauretta Jean's
3402 SE Division
Portland, OR





Thursday, July 4, 2013

We waited a half hour for seats at Yuzu since we didn’t make rezzies at this teeny izakaya in Beaverton.

Once seated, we cooled down with a litre of Asahi to wash down some gorgeously grilled mackerel ($9.50):

... with grated daikon and lemon. This oily oceanic mackable marine meat was countered by delicate black cod ($13.50):

...which was a moist, misoed morsel.

Pig stomach with tofu ($6.95):

... was stripes of tripe in a miso broth that we haugmented with a shower of Japanese pepper.

We weren’t nuts about the steak wrapped round green onion ($11.95):

If it leaned more towards the rare, it would have been heightened by hydration.

Ribs ($4.25 each):

... were sweetly glazed to set off the sumptuous swine of these massive meat pops.

Bok choy, mushrooms and pork ($6.95):

... wound up the wondrous wares at this funky front.

There were several selections that caught our eye for the next time we make our way to this damn good Beaverton strip mall spot.

4130 SW 117th Ave.
Portland, OR





Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Andy Ricker’s eatery empire continues to expand with Sen Yai Noodles.

His Pok Poks and Whisky Soda Lounge have been on our regular rotation so we had high hopes for his new noshateria.

Thai pop music soundtracked our meal as we dug into flaps of rice noodles that were given crisp crusts after a wok in pork fat. These cuttlefished up to lettuce in kuaytiaw khua pet ($14.00):

This cravable concoction described as a Bangkok Chinatown specialty is required eating.

A Japanese-inspired, Thai take on soupless sukiyaki took form in the Suki Haeng ($14.00):

An omelette topped glass noodles stir fried with vegetables, tofu, pork and prawns that wedded with a chile charged beancurd sauce that presented punchy perfection to this tangle of treats.

Sen Yai ranks high on the Ricker scale - we will definitely loop back for more of their nice noodlage.

Sen Yai Noodles

3384 SE Division St.
Portland, OR





Tuesday, July 2, 2013

We joined the futbol fans sipping cerveza:

... at Taqueria Portland:

... where tacos ($1.50 each):

... with lengua, cabeza, carnitas and barbacoa which were all munchable, meat and maize mats alongside a fish taco ($2.99):

... with cheese, crema and lettuce cushioning chunks of fried fish.

Guacamole ($2.00):

... was the puréed variety (as opposed to the chunky kind that we prefer). This greenery also appeared on our super quesadilla ($5.49):

... which was a cheese and steak flour fold that was consistent with dorm room dining.

We enjoyed the friendly service but this taco turnout didn’t bump Tienda Santa Cruz #2 from being our top taco stop.

Taqueria Portland
7007 N Fessenden St.
Portland, OR





Monday, July 1, 2013

Block and Tackle:

... replaced Wafu:

... as the entry eatery to Roe (which resides in the back of the building). This seafood station surfaced with a reworked look with nautical knick knacks to complement the marine meals.

Marlin rillettes ($8.00):

... were moistened with lobster oil in a fine, fatty, fumé of fishwhip. Gherkins and onions offered pickley pucker between bites of baguette bound with mustard, aioli and spear snout seafood spread.

Shrimp, scallops, squid and crab crowned a seafood cocktail ($10.00):

... with a layer of cocktail sauce over smashed avocado. This marine martini met with our musement but we wished our drinks weren’t seriously delayed so we could complement this with cool sips of wine.

Kumamoto, Shygoku, Netart and Decourcey oysters ($2.00-$4.00 each):

... were luscious lumps of shell snackage followed by salt and pepper calamari ($11.00):

... with a sweet chile sauce to counterpoint Fresno chilies and strips of leeks. These tantalizing tentacles were followed by a octopus salad ($12.00):

This remarkably tender take on army eats. Harissa aioli melded garbanzos, peppers and frisee into a delectable distraction of tackle-worthy tucker.

All the food arrived at once and the drinks were seriously delayed, but we still enjoyed our fishy feast and are hooked on their craveable chow.

Block & Tackle
3113 SE Division St.
Portland, OR










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