Review: Andina – Restaurant of the Year 2009

Causa at Andina Portland

(minor updates 3/2013) With the myriad of restaurants opening in Portland every year, it is easy to forget some of the older ones, which often are better than the latest gastronomic trend-setters. In my opinion, Andina is one of these, a restaurant that rarely disappoints, always intrigues and provides a great … [Read more...]

Review: Higgins

On the way home from dinner at Nel Centro one evening, I was bemoaning the fact that I hadn’t had a good meal since I reviewed Tabla. At that moment, we drove past Higgins, which looked completely full. It had been at least five years since my last dinner there, but it used to be one of my favorite restaurants, so I … [Read more...]

Review: Teardrop Cocktail Lounge

Teardrop Lounge

As I was doing research for this review in my father's old bar notebook, I came across a list of ingredients labeled "always have on hand". What especially interested me were incidentals like falernum, cassis, five types of bitters, orange flower water, Herbsaint, and tepache. They were standard ingredients back in … [Read more...]

Review: Oaks Bottom Public House

Woman Writing

First Impression, by Well Seasoned Everything seems to be just right in this small, welcoming pub in the heart of Sellwood. The owners (according to info I found on are Jim Parker, "former Oregon Brewers Guild director and general indicator of good beer" and Jerry Fechter "of the Lompoc empire." … [Read more...]

Review: The Gilt Club

The Gilt Club

Note: 1.3.14. This restaurant has closed. Whenever I sit down to write a review, I ask myself, "What is the restaurant's goal?" Is it bar food, cocktails, bargain prices, family friendly, eclectic dining, fine dining, or what? Usually this is an easy thing to nail down, but in the case of the Gilt Club, the … [Read more...]

Review: Saucebox


Note: if a recent happy hour visit is any indication of what is going on in the restaurant, my rating would drop to 1 star. We tried five dishes and were served what can only be described as some of the worst food I've had in a Portland restaurant. Pad thai with the texture of baby food. Spring rolls that were worse … [Read more...]

Review: 5th Quadrant

5th Quadrant

I’m the first to admit, I don’t know a whole lot about beer. As long as it is too dark to see light through, I’m happy. Sometimes though, a relaxed environment, decent pub food, and a beer just hit the spot. During these recent warm evenings, I’ve been heading to 5th Quadrant, the newest incarnation of the Old Lompoc … [Read more...]

Review: Vault Martini

Vault Martini portland

- refreshed 2/12 The first time I walked into Vault Martini I was stunned. Just a few short months before I had been in the Vespa dealership in the same space revisiting a trip to Italy. At that time the building was a dark, dank, greasy, concrete box. Now that Vault had taken over it was transformed. There was no … [Read more...]