Tasty n Sons remodel, Menu Overhaul

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News today from the Gorham’s about quite a few changes to the Tasty n Sons interior and menu. From the press release –

Chef and restaurateur John Gorham is never satisfied. The successful chef, mentor and cookbook author will close the wildly popular Tasty n Sons Portland restaurant for two weeks this November 3-17 to remodel both the menu and the interior space. Tasty n Sons first opened in Portland, Oregon in 2010 and the team feels it’s time for an update.

Going forward, Tasty n Sons will explore a more Americana meets Chesapeake Bay vibe – both in terms of the menu and the décor. The sprawling, family-style menu has always featured innovative dishes with diverse origins, from Asia to Italy to the American South, inspired by Chef Gorham’s grandfather’s crab shack, travels and his experiences with the vital immigrant community working in the restaurant industry. Tasty n Sons is also Portland’s go-to brunch spot, putting a Pacific Northwest twist on international breakfast fare and the restaurant will continue to serve the favorite dishes it has become known for. The cuisine at dinner will evolve from its Asian inspirations to include coastal cuisine, incorporating influences from New England and the East Coast. Diners can expect to see nods to the crab shack, including: Clam Chowder, Fried Oysters, Mussels Frites, Steamer Clams, Fried Clams, Smoked Trout, Shrimp and Grits, Crab Cakes, and Peel ‘N Eat Shrimp. Gorham also plans to add more salads and pastas to the larger plate section of the menu.

The new Tasty n Sons dinner menu will feature a new section for Meats n Two – 6-7 types of meats served along with 10 options for sides. With family-style dining already a natural choice at the restaurant, these plates for two people will further the team’s mission to provide dishes all parties can enjoy together. “Meats” will include options such as: Burgers, Grilled Octopus, Brined Pork Chop, Chesapeake Old Bay Fried Chicken, and Sausages. Sides highlights include: Hush Puppies, Mac ‘N Cheese, Corn Cakes, Cheesy Grits, Jo Jos, Baked Beans, Collard Greens, and Cole Slaw.

Daily greatest hits specials will rotate through the menu each week and will include dishes like BBQ Chicken, Cajun Meatloaf, Bouillabaisse, Cowboy Cassoulet, Chicken and Dumplings, and Cincinnati Chili, and will change seasonally. Die-hard Tasty fans can breathe easy as classics such as the Griddled Bacon Wrapped Dates, Carbonara, and Radicchio Salad will remain on the menu.

During this update, the bar will be expanded to accommodate additional seating for those 21 and over. The dining room will be reorganized to facilitate more of the family-style service the restaurant has encouraged and will receive a lighter and brighter fresh coat of paint (both literally and figuratively) with an overall facelift for the space. Finally, the kitchen will be reorganized/redesigned to support the new dinner menu.

About Tasty n Sons

Tasty n Sons is a neighborhood restaurant in North Portland, Oregon by restaurateur chef John Gorham serving inventive ‘new American diner’ cuisine. The sprawling, family-style menu features innovative dishes with diverse origins, from Asia to Italy to the American South, inspired by Chef Gorham’s travels and experiences with the vital immigrant community working in the restaurant industry whose own cultural traditions have helped re-shape American cuisine as a global collaboration of flavors. Tasty n Sons is also Portland’s go-to brunch spot, putting a Pacific Northwest twist on international breakfast fare. The beverage program boasts adventurous house ‘Tasty Cocktails’, an approachable wine and beer list, and a variety of unique aperitifs and digestifs. In Tasty n Sons’ welcoming open dining space that is both industrial and comfortable, a guest’s experience can be as versatile as the menu itself with seating at the lively bar, the active open-kitchen counter, seats overlooking bustling North Williams St., or at a classic dining table. Visit http://tastyntasty.com/sons/ for more information.

Your thoughts are welcome

  1. crepeguy says

    There appears to be a new trend in Portland of going back to American foods. Just today, the Old Salt Marketplace announced they would be segueing from an Italian influence to it’s original American roots. There’s a new class of restaurants popping up here with Midwest, Southwest and Southern influences. I could probably name 7+ such restaurants that have opened here in the past 6 months. Is this unique to this town or is it a national trend? Hard to say, but being a pessimist at heart I would suggest this is a result of culinary xenophobia.

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