For those of you who, like myself, have been completely out of the loop, you may not know that Lucy’s Table on NW 21st is closing. Dick’s Kitchen, a restaurant from the folks who brought you Laughing Planet, will be opening in its place. For lovers of Lucy’s Table, you have until August 9th to get your fill.
From the formal press release:
Dick’s Kitchen to Open on Northwest 21st
Starting October, 100% Grass-Fed Burgers And More Healthful Comforts Will Be On The Menu For Portlanders
Portland, OR, August 4, 2011- Can a Pimento Cheese Elvis Burger be considered health food? Portlanders will have another delicious opportunity to find out, when the newest location of Dick’s Kitchen opens at 704 NW 21st Avenue this October.
Launched by the team behind the Laughing Planet group of restaurants, Dick’s Kitchen offers favorite comfort foods that are actually nutritious, all-natural, and sourced from the best local ranchers, farmers, and fishermen.
The NW 21st Avenue location “is both an answer to current demand and an opportunity to further pursue our goal of creating a new model of diner, one that cultivates a direct relationship with growers and ranchers, such as Cory Carman of Carman Ranch in eastern Oregon,” says Richard Satnick, owner and founder of both Laughing Planet and Dick’s Kitchen. The new restaurant, located in the space that was formerly Lucy’s Table at the corner of NW 21st and Irving Street, is a larger restaurant space than the original Dick’s Kitchen at 3312 Southeast Belmont Street, which opened in August 2010.
With the expansion to the new location, Dick’s Kitchen will be able to develop more menu items, serve more local customers, and ease some of the demand on the Belmont location, which is already gaining an avid following.
The Dick’s Kitchen menu offers flavor-forward dishes built around 100% grass-fed beef, wild salmon, buffalo and other game meats, as well as vegetarian and vegan dishes that can hold their own against the more traditional favorites, such as a BBQ Tempeh Burger with house-made agave-sweetened barbecue sauce.
Side dishes include air-baked “not-fries,” house-made condiments such as chipotle aioli and Cambodian garlic sauce, and house-baked vegan potato buns for the burgers.
Dick’s Kitchen and Laughing Planet share the same commitment to all-natural, clean, sustainable ingredients and friendly service, but the two restaurant concepts provide very different dining experiences. Dick’s Kitchen offers the comfort of a diner and the more relaxed pace of a table service restaurant, whereas Laughing Planet Cafés offer quick, healthy, and fresh options for people on the go.
704 NW 21st Avenue
3312 Southeast Belmont Street
9 locations in Oregon
Hope their food has more, um, flavor than Laughing Planet’s. Our local (and awesome) burrito cart was closed one night, so hubby got Laughing Planet take out instead. El Blando!!!!
Laughing Planet isn’t great for burritos, but I like their quesadillas and such oddly enough.. but I guess it isn’t too difficult to screw that up! At any rate, it’s got to be better than Lucy’s table. I’ve been living literally around the corner from Lucy’s and the couple times I’ve tried it I’ve come away pretty unimpressed. If Dick’s has some palatable, affordable dishes, that’s an improvement for this neighborhood. Excited to try them!
The burgers are underseasoned but this is a great place for celiacs like my wife since they have gluten free buns and gluten free beer
. I really enjoy the air baked “not fries” and they have a decent beer list. True, it doesn’t compare to Foster Burger but it’s still a good, inexpensive dinner option with local ingredients.
Hopefully it drives Melt, the shockingly awful sandwich shop just a half block away on 21st, into oblivion.
Food Dude says
So it is open?
I haven’t been, but the Dick’s location on Belmont has been open for a while — looks like it will remain, with the NW spot becoming its second location: http://www.dkportland.com/contact/.