Review: Morton’s The Steakhouse

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I hadn’t been to Morton’s in at least eight years when I pulled up to the valet a few weeks ago. The last time my experience had been pretty good. On this warm Thursday evening, I was expecting a meal that would be close to the quality of El Gaucho. Morton’s was founded in 1978 by Arnie Morton and Klaus Fritsch. … [Read more...]

Review: El Gaucho Steakhouse

Private Dining Room

To many, El Gaucho epitomizes what a steakhouse should be. It feels sophisticated. The atmosphere is formal, the lighting dim and romantic, and lots of dark wood provides a backdrop to tinkling stemware and white linens. Live jazz wafts from the background as tuxedo-clad waiters scurry by with carts for tableside … [Read more...]

Review: Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

1.3.14 - Note: Since this review was completed, the restaurant moved to a new space on SW Broadway. It is decidedly more upscale, with a darker, clubby feel. The bar area is quite nice, and the happy hour food is surprisingly good - and only $7 for many food items and drinks. I had a steak sandwich there yesterday, and … [Read more...]

Review: East India Company

East India Company

[updated 9.13. notes/hours] Downtown Portland is dotted with Indian restaurants and food carts. It has gotten to the point where, when making plans with friends, you have to make sure you all are talking about the same restaurant; otherwise some of your party will invariably end up at the wrong place.  That is what … [Read more...]

Review: H5O bistro & bar – First Impression

H5O (and that's h-five-oh, in case you were wondering) bistro & bar is a part of Portland's newest boutique hotel compound: Hotel Fifty. The bistro is under the helm of Texas transplant, Nicholas A. Yanes, a chef with a resume of high-brow dining rooms around Dallas, along with a degree from the Western Culinary … [Read more...]

Review: Karam Lebanese Restaurant

Karam Interior

[minor updates 1/11 - prices and a few dishes, grammar] Lebanon is a small country on the Eastern coast of the Mediterranean. The name is from Lubnan, the word for white, to describe the snow-covered peaks of the Mount Lebanon Range. Working from Egyptian hieroglyphs, early settlers in the area made a contribution … [Read more...]

Review: Koji Osakaya

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[Koji's now has over 6 locations in the Portland area and an outpost in Seattle. This review only refers to the downtown Portland location on SW Broadway, and the NE 15th and Weidler location near Lloyd Center] Although Koji's was never what I'd call grade ‘A' Japanese food, for many years it was one of my old … [Read more...]

Coffee Guide: Caffe Umbria

Caffe Umbria portland

Caffé Umbria appeared on the scene a few months ago, with all the flash and glamour you'd expect for a major restaurant opening. Getting through the door and fighting my way through the mob, it was hard to believe all of this fuss was for yet another coffeehouse. This new cafe is in the Casey Building, at the corner … [Read more...]