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 […]
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 Caesar salads, the darkness punctuated by an occasional burst of flame from a bananas Foster in the making. To many people, this type of ambience is it, as fancy as they will ever dine, a place
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 comments below from my original look, you’ll see some of the back-and-forth that has taken place.
Country Cat does not try to be an
Note: 1/2016 – This restaurant has been sold, and I am hearing much better things about it. Take this review with a grain of salt. 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 […]
Minor updates 6.17. Food isn’t quite as good as it used to be, but it still attracts crowds, especially for dim sum. I used to be embarrassed when out-of-town guests wanted to get Chinese in Portland. I have a lot of Asian friends and when it comes to food they know I’m always up for […]