Some changes at Rocket. The “matrix” menu has been dropped in favor of a more traditional menu. Also missing are most of the once hyped items like the tongue hotdog and scrapple. Unfortunately, if anything the food has gotten worse. I can’t find a single good entree on the menu. Even more interesting is the changes in the crowd. For the short time Rocket has existed, it has been known for an active scene. I wondered what would happen when the weather changed and people couldn’t hang out on the patio. Recent visits show the weather and the less than stellar reviews have had an impact. No one is there. Even on weekend nights the crowds have gone. Another bad sign… the website has been under construction since they opened. Usually a indication that they don’t care, or don’t have the money to finish.
A restaurateur once told me “Portlander’s are stupid. They don’t care about the food, they go wherever they are told is trendy.” Rocket proves him wrong. They aren’t pulling it off, and Portlander’s have figured it out.