Review: Ringside Fish House


In 2011, the Ringside Fish House opened downtown, on the second floor of the Fox Tower. The space had previously housed Ringside Steakhouse during their extensive remodel. It overlooks Director’s Park, and in the evening when the shades go up, it’s fun to watch the lights dance through the glass canopy, occasionally … [Read more...]

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: Country Cat


[updated 7/15/10. Photo's/hours] It's been just over a year since Country Cat opened, and I thought it was time to go back and take a second look. Ever since it opened, Country Cat has been a subject of heated debate. Should the fried chicken be boneless? Should it be drizzled with maple syrup? If you look at the … [Read more...]

Review: Acadia


When I was growing up, my mother used to make jambalaya on a regular basis. It was one of my favorite dishes, and I still make it now and then using her old recipe from the 40's. With fond memories of that dish and New Orleans cuisine in general, I was excited to be reviewing Acadia. Though I hadn't been for several … [Read more...]

Review: Wong’s King Seafood


Minor updates 6.12. Haven't been here in a while, so comments as to your experience will be valuable to others. Here is another in my endless string of confessions to you, my 90,000 closest friends: I used to be embarrassed when out-of-town guests wanted to get Chinese in Portland. I have a lot of Asian friends. … [Read more...]

Review: clarklewis


5.07 - Note: clarklewis chef Morgan Brownlow has left to pursue other ventures. Since then, the restaurant has been taken over by Bruce Carey and company. The food currently being served may or may not match this review. When they settle on a new chef, this review will be updated Clarklewis was opened in February … [Read more...]

Review: Original Halibut’s


Updated 2/07 When I was a kid in southern California, it seemed like every shopping center had a fish and chips place, mostly the same big chain. I still remember stopping by for lunch on special occasions and downing that flaky goodness, drowned in malt vinegar. I’m not sure what ever happened to all those … [Read more...]