Portland >Food & Dining > Screen Door
2337 E. Burnside, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.523106 -122.641649
Mon - 5:30pm-9pm
Sat 9am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Sun 9am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-9pm
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Buckman
This contender for Portland's longest brunch line serves an outstanding burger and chicken & waffles. Bring 5 friends and make a reservation to skip the wait!
Best known for its lines, I mean, its epic fried chicken, this beloved Burnside brunch destination also makes fantastic waffles—big golden yeasty slabs the size of hub caps, topped with slabs of bacon (aka the praline bacon waffle) and lots of whipped cream.
Southern food...Really? – I went with a group of peole to the Screen Door on Sunday. I was excited...at first. I saw the line and thought that I was in for a treat. I don't know what part of the south this food hails from, but it wasn't like any southern cousine I have ever eaten.
I ordered the Screen Door plate so that I could try several things. The red beans and rice were bland, the Jambalaya was hot with out being tasty and the best thing about the pork chop was the hot sauce I added and the cornbread was dry. I sampled a few other menu items from my dinner companions. The trout was pretty decent (NW cousine to me) the mac and cheese was passable. The asparagus was prepared quite well. The only thing that tasted of New Orleans was the Hurricane. I wanted to try the chicken, but the pieces were unidentifiable and looked dry when it was cut into.
I was so upset that I had to wait for over 1/2 an hour for such a mediocre meal.
I was offered dessert, which I could have eaten because I was not full; but I was afraid of what might come out of the kitchen and I wanted to get out of the restaurant before I aged another year.
Not so great food, long wait, bad service – Food: The one item that I liked in most southern restauarants is Jambalaya... the Jambalaya here wasn't good (not rich in flavor)...
We were a group of 6, so we got to taste several of their items... I liked the appetizers (Hushpuppies, fried okra was decent). The Creole Jambalaya was okay, nothing to brag about, however the Crispy Fried Buttermilk-battered Chicken was good. The trout pecan was decent as well.
Comparing to Montage restaurant, it does not even come close (fried chicken was the only one better in Screendoor).
The service is quite ordinary, maybe it was just this server that waited on us.
The wait is quite long (more than an hour on Friday evening).
Parking was easy to find (on Friday evening).
Good food, long waits – I've been to Screen Door for dinner twice and breakfast once. All meals were pretty good-- impressive enough to bring out of town guests. The drinks are especially unique and flavorful. The downside? It's almost always a longer wait and the service can be hit and miss.
YUM! YUM! YUM! – I LOVE the Screen Door! The long waits are redeemed by the amazingly fresh food, the more than courteous staff and a clean and comforting atmosphere! The breakfasts are to die for and the dinners fill you up just right!! I have eaten here with my children, with just myself and my husband and even in a large group, and every single time the service has been the same....PERFECT!
If you are looking for great breakfast, or a deliciously filling dinner, The Screen Door will provide!!
Wait was worth it – As a party of 2 on a Saturday night, we arrived at Screen Door ready for a wait. However, the wait for 2 was long compared to larger parties. Without noting this to the restaurant, they noticed how long we waited and made up for it. Our friendly server delivered our delicious food in minutes and the fabulous host checked on us multiple times to ensure we had a positive experience. We appreciated the extra effort, and it is the primary reason we will return. I typically go to the Pearl for dining so I loved the inexpensive pricing at Screen Door (most expensive item was $16). The decadent chocolate velvet cake and ice cream was a great way to end the night, yummy!
favorite southern food – I adore the Screen Door. The food is absolutely fantastic(this is coming from someone who lived in the south), and the portions are gigantic. I've gone there both for dates and in groups and all of my experiences have been great. The only bump in the road is the wait. They don't take reservations so you have to sit for about an hour on the weekends, but it's totally worth it. Just show up before you get hungry. :)
Always a good experience – If you are looking to try something different this is a great option. Every time I have beed the food has been great. There is always a variety of foods on the menu. Great for everyone!
Great Comfort Food – This was my first visit and it was pretty great. Because they are usually so busy we arrived about 20 minutes before they opened and there was a fairly long line even then.
When seated it took about 15 minutes for our waitress to even take our drink order which was frustrating. The dinner menu was small with few vegetarian options and being a vegetarian that made it hard for me.
My boyfriend had the smoked BBQ brisket which he said was excellent! I however had the screen door plate. You can choose any three sides or anything from their local/organic menu or a combination. While this is a good way to try several different things, the combination of different flavors was a bit overwhelming. I did enjoy their creamy grits and their very tasty cornbread. And I would highly recommend their Scarlett O'Hara Number 2 cocktail!
Amazing southern food – The food is definitely good, the atmosphere fun and the wait not as bad as I had heard it would be... the hostess could have been friendlier, for sure.
Took the fam and loved it! – Found this restaurant through Citysearch and was very happy. Took my teens, wife and sister (who had just flown in) around 8pm and had no wait. Food was fun and different and excellent! We brought a lot of food home, sharing a meal would be a good idea. Probably more of a $$ for price, meals are around $15 a plate. Fun people watching too; I felt a long way from Beaverton. :)
One hint, place is on EAST Burnside between 23rd and 24th. I went the wrong direction at first and had to trek all the way across town but it was worth it.
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