1140 NW Everett St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.525008 -122.683082
All style, little substance – I walked into Everett Street Bistro for brunch with my partner and was immediately struck by the sights. To my right were neat piles of artisan breads, pastries, cheeses, and local wine. Above me was an art deco punch-tin ceiling, and all around me was modernist decor. It was great on the eyes, but that, along with good service, was all Everett Street Bistro seemed to have going for it.
We were quickly seated by friendly wait-staff who knew just when we were ready to order. My partner ordered the crab salad and I had the Grand Marnier French Toast ?although the menu spelled it ?Grand Marniet?, but I don?t care so long as it tastes good.?.
As we waited for our food, I looked around at our company and noticed a trend. The people who ate at Everett Street Bistro tended to wear flamboyant name brand clothing and expertly trimmed and dyed hair, giving a sort of trendy geek vibe. I should have taken that as a warning of just what kind of mind this place caters to, one concerned more with style than substance.
We were served with friendliness and expedience, but the meals themselves were somehow lacking. The food wasn?t bad, far from it, but it painfully lacked uniqueness. The crab salad was little more than a pile of iceberg lettuce sprinkled with chopped tomato and thin sliced onion, with a minuscule pile of crab on top of the shape that makes you know it was just dumped out of a container. My Grand Marnier French toast (or was that Grand Marniet) was no more than typical diner French Toast, but with Grand Marnier in the batter. And although the waiter insisted that the French Toast was dipped in ?custard?, I could tell it was batter.
What I found at Everett Street Bistro was simply glorified diner food served in a place pretending to be a high class bistro. This is not to say I have anything against diner food. I love great diner food. But what I hate is a restaurant that pretends to be something it?s not, which is exactly what Everett Street Bistro does.
Great brunch and location – This place is so great for brunch (that they serve all day, every day)...and it reminds me of lots of my favorite places! The chorizo scramble and mimosas make my Saturday.
And it's close to the Armory Theater too. I love grabbing some pommes frites and a cocktail before a show. So much fun!
the department of health should be notified! – My lady and I wanted to have a nice lunch out on a Saturday afternoon. We were seated by a poorly dressed, balding man, smelling of B.O., who we found out to be the owner. He rudely slapped menus in front of us and spilt water on my girl. We ordered the Pulled Pork Sandwich which he had said was their specialty, when the lunches were served the food was cold and greasy. Very Greasy, like the owner. Also we caught the owner who was also the barista this afternoon stirring a beverage licking the spoon and then stirring another beverage and then serving them to a table of children. Disgusting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The department of health should be notified of this place.
Poorly executed – It's a tiny diner with crowded inconveinient seating--literally shoulder-to-shoulder and elbow-to-elbow-- and an ever-changing menu and staff. You never know when it's closing as it changes from day to day and week to week. A below average experience overall. Seems to be poorly managed.
Painfully bad at times, but great food/supurb coffee – The wait staff is often rude and ignore us. We've been there like 100 times...maybe 3 times a week, it's always the same. but, the pomme frites and mochas are to die for. it's probably worth the sass we get from the wait staff. The owner is really friendly and it's nice when he's there.
Warning! They close between 3pm-5pm...if you call and ask they sometimes say they're open, but they certainly are not~
Relaxing bistro with tasty food and drinks – We had a great dinner experience here, so much so that we came back the next morning for breakfast. The service was a bit slow, but the atmosphere and food more than made up for it. The space is light-filled and crisp. For dinner I had the chicken marbella, which I loved -- capers, olives, fig flavors in a yummy sauce. The next morning I had the crab & shrimp omelette which was also great. Just a really relaxing place to hang out and enjoy a meal.
Fried Bread in a French Bistro – We had been heading to Pappa Hayden's, but were too early. Instead we headed for the east side via Everett street when we spotted the Everett Street Bistro. We'd gone past many times, but had never stopped. We quickly decided to give it a try. The atmosphere is pleasant , and the deli looked promising, if expensive, witth a good array of sausages and cheese for sale. The water was served in what looked like the regulation EU half liter glass, and was authentically presented without ice. The service was good and the coffee was tasty. Marianne ordered the French Toast and I requested the corned beef hash with potatoes and poached eggs.,
The french toast (Grand Marnier, no less) arrived. It was thick and looked hopeful, but the bread had not been soaked in the egg batter as good french toast needs to be, but rather had clearly been simply spashed in the liquid, then cooked. The result was a thick piece of fried bread with a bit of egg attached to the outside. A proper french toast has a texture like custard on the inside, not the rasp of rustic bread. Marianne sent it back.
This meant, in effect, that I couldn't send back the corned beef. I wanted t o but it would have been a bit much. I posit that for anything to sensibly be called corned beef hash, it must contain at least 30% corned beef and have a shred of onion in it along with the potatoes. This corned beef hash had perhaps 2% corned beef in the form of little striplets of meat perhaps 1/2 tp 3/4 on an inch long and 1/8 of an inch thick. Maybe 1/2 inch wide. There were no visible onions, the remaining dish containing only big chunks of potato and a cream sauce. The poached eggs were done properly. I didn't finish the dish.
This isn't a horrible place. It's pleasant, airy and has good service and coffee. The prices are not unreasonable either. It's just that both of us had a disappointing breakfast experience.
Average Food/Excessive prices – I hadn't been to esb for a while, so i stopped in for breakfast. the meal itself was average. it was an enjoyable morning until i received the check. right below my $2.50 one refill coffee there was a charge for my $8.00 shot of jack daniels. $10.50 in total. that's a dollar more than my meal cost. i've heard that the owner wants to seem expensive because it increases the perception of value. he seems to have succeeded on the first part. its odd that the most excessive prices are for the items not listed on the menu. i wish my waiter had warned me that the liquor was a rip off. i don't think i'll give this place another chance.
Cute, but that's about it – My husband and I have been passing by the Everett Street Bistro for a long time and thought it looked adorable. We finally stopped in for dinner this week. It IS adorable inside....but the rest of the experience was mediocre. Our drinks arrived promptly, but then we waited almost 40 minutes for our calamari appetizer to arrive. It was extremely greasy and too salty. After the calamari, it was another 30 minutes until my french onion soup arrived. The crouton on top was completely burned and the entire soup tasted charred. I didn't say anything because I didn't want to wait any longer for another one. During the soup, my husband and I noticed that the table next to us (a party of 4 who came in long after us) had finished their entrees and was getting ready to leave! When our entrees did arrive, they were decent, but bland. I will say that our server was friendly, polite, and tried to do her best. Maybe it was an off night for the ESB? I don't know. I would go back to give it one more chance, but I can't say that I was impressed.
Food, Service, and Experience was awful! – My husband and I decided to have a nice dinner out and always talked about trying the ESB, since moving here from Chicago. WELL.. we shoud have never put the ESB on our list of places to try. Our glasses of water came to the table filled with soapy water (it was so bad that the table next to us asked if we ordered lemonade). When we ask the female server if we could each have a new glass, she walked away annoyed and passed out table off to a new server. Our new server was just as bad as the first...we watch our food sit in the window for 15 minutes before it was brought to the table, by the time it arrive the food was cold and my husband's burger was gummy. It's hard to put cold food down but our server never came back to check on the food. To make a long evening short... we went to pay and noticed that we were given the wrong bill... it took the entire staff 30 minutes to figure out what was wrong with the bill. The table next to use was turned, while we were waiting for the bill... the couple nexted to us commented on how the ESB and really gone down hill since it first opened. If you're looking for an over priced burger and crappy service than this is the place for you!
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