Short Round in SE Portland, the younger sibling of Fish Sauce in NW, really has it all; excellent riffs on Asian cuisine, a cozy atmosphere, and an excellent bar where even the wine is on tap. Although it might still be working out the kinds in its cuisine, it shows great promise.
Home Ranch Bottoms (HRB) is the product of fusing a dive bar with a barbecue shack, a KOA campground, and a western tchotchke shop. This isn’t foodie hype dude, it is the very rare exception to the rule that you can’t get world class q at an establishment that also serves beer, much less a full bar. This is destination dining in the North American Redoubt, so you obviously have to earn it big time. HRB is off the grid 40 miles up an intermittently paved dirt road just across the North Fork of the Flathead River from Glacier National Park.
Danwei Canting, a Beijing work unit restaurant masquerading as a New Portland industrial cookie cutter eatery, is the perfect blend of good food, good service, and inviting atmosphere. But it’s the flavors that keep us coming back to this most interesting restaurant.
We had another great meal at Farmhouse for our 36th anniversary. On top of some killer Thai dishes, the service issues we encountered on our first visit have been largely resolved, in particular the bar is now synchronized with the rest of the restaurant. So MagoGuide is officially raising Farmhouse’s rating to 4 rostras.
Teote may not be the most authentic take on Venezuelan street food, and there are significant DIY duties expected of the clientele with respect to ordering, securing a table, and bussing one’s leavings, but the food and drinks are very good and the space friendly and welcoming.
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.