Little Bird’s consistently delicious food continues to amaze TeamMago. On our most recent visit we had excellent lamb tartar, the charcuterie board, and cedar plank halibut. Serious yummm.
Tapalaya in Portland’s NE has great food, a funky dining space, live music, a creative boozy drinks plus small well curated tap and wine lists. What’s not to like?
We’ve enjoyed everything about Jam on Hawthorne. The eggs were usually good and the Morningstar vegetarian sausage was a really pleasant surprise, as was the coffee which was especially good. Just like with Stepping Stone Cafe in NW, you’ll have a long wait if you go on the weekend for brunch. But during the week, there is plenty of seating at Jam on Hawthorne for breakfast.
Portland’s Ava Gene’s is a great place to enjoy Italo-PNW inspired cuisine on Portland’s premier restaurant row while the Eternal City sorts out its current crisis driven by the twin scourges of ubiquitous government corruption and metastasizing mass tourism. And in Portland you can dine a fuori without an infinite number of unpleasant encounters with flower sellers and accordion players.
Our meal at The Golden Lion was one of the best pub experiences of the entire MagoGuide 2016 Grand Tour.
We enjoyed Cwtch in St. Davids, Wales, but it didn’t meet our expectations. Service was good but harried. Portions were huge. Most dishes needed more seasoning.
Using our famous walking-around-while-hungry-and-thirsty (WAWHAT) method, we stumbled onto The American Local in Portland’s Richmond district. It was so good that we made our way back there within days to get a second helping. The American Local serves small plates for sharing called New West Drinking Food. Team Mago highly recommends that you give it a try.
For those readers who have yet to encounter a one rostra rating, it means that you would be better off sleeping in a Walmart parking lot and dining on traffic cones boiled in used crank case oil than staying at The Grove Country Hotel and Restaurant in Narbeth Wales. I said that it was all my fault. Patti didn’t disagree.
We just don’t get it. The Cafe Castagna burger didn’t come close to many of the burgers at some of our other favorite eateries. The pizza was good. The crust was the key, lightly blackened, crisp, and very flavorful. The other ingredients were of good quality and sparingly applied. And yet, and yet… what is the fuss all about?
The Hardwick was the best restaurant on the European part of MagoGuide’s 2016 Grand Tour. This is one of those places where an accomplished chef, Steven Terry, “downshifts” and everybody wins.