7958 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions 9721945.467074 -122.694842
If you send someone here they'll know you don't like them. – I always like to try new restaurants, and I'm willing from time-to-time to go into a place that looks like a dive on the off chance that it's a gem--sometimes I get lucky. Most of the time though, if it looks bad on the outside it's bad on the inside, and that's certainly what we've got here. Upon entering you are overwhelmed by the smell of several decades of cigarette smoke. The staff seemed nice enough, though they forgot to give us menus and forgot to deliver certain things we ordered (though halfway through the meal we did get a gruff "you still want the clams?" -- er, no). The clam chowder is extremely watered down and bland. The food was deep-fried "fresh-from-the-freezer" fare. Bleh. They were able to provide a high chair for my daughter after scrounging around for a bit. It was a swanky red seat and aluminum model from the 40's. The wait staff pointed out though that if you pull the table edge out and move the chair up really close the kid isn't likely to fall out. This was a helpful tip, though it's only a matter of time before that chair sputters its last creak and collapses with some unfortunate toddler in it. Upstairs where the bathroom is they have a run-down bar. During my trip to the restroom I was fortunate enough to meet one of the regular patrons who, besides being so drunk he could hardly focus, assured me that if I stood outside on the balcony and watched the traffic go by that I'd be sure to spot some "hot women". I was vaguely intrigued by this so I asked for further information and was told that sometimes they go to the smoke shop nearby and if you're lucky they might drive by you again when they're leaving. He then told me he'd been a regular there for ten years. I can see how this place would do that to a man. On the upside, the beer was cold and they had a few decent micros, but that's not enough to bring me back. Caveat emptor.
Don't like seafood – Normally I'm not a huge seafood fan, but I was blown away with their food. The place is something of a dive, but they have the best blackened salmon and stuffed halibut I've ever had. Prices aren't too bad: entree and drink $15.
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