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5101 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721745.559911 -122.682418
Neighborhoods: North Portland Neighborhood Services, Overlook
Pause is great for large parties, as the restaurant and servers are accommodating. The food is simple and comforting. Try the sliders, fries and a beer of your choice $8.50.
Pause has a real business-lunch vibe going on, so dress in your Friday casual & order the Everyday Special: sliders, fries & beer for $8.50.
Always good food/service getting better – The food was delicious. One of the best Cesear salads I had had in some time. Mr. Horn rims was a little snippy and seemed to be easily irritated. I guarantee you if the food wasn't delicious and reasonable, I would probably never go back.
BTW, mike0001, I totally agree with you about the new generation of parents. My child was treated like a princess when we dined out because she acted like one. I have a feeling if you don't rein in the obnoxious children, they may end up like Mr. Horn Rims.
Always great food, great service – I, too, have to question those who write that the service isn't friendly or accommodating at Pause. We've been going there for years (going there tonight, in fact) and have never, ever had poor service - some times are slower than others but only when it's crowded. Try some patience and you'll be rewarded with delicious, fresh seasonal fare, fabulous drinks and great prices!
And Mike0001 - I LOVE your post!! And I whole-heartedly agree. The place is like a giant warehouse so the obnoxious shrills of those little brats (and every now and then, some big brats) is uncomfortably amplified. Instead of that big patio and grass area, I wish Pause would build a family section. But this isn't a deterrent for us - we still love Pause!
Good place, but over run with uncontrolled kids – Great food, and good prices, but it's over run with hipsters who raise their kids like feral animals.
Hey Hipsters, Guess what? Your kid isn't a precious snowflake, and it's not a miracle, and to the rest of us, who want to eat in peace, it's annoying, obnoxious and rude. Your stupid kid isn't the center of the universe, and when you let them run around you just prove what self centered morons you are. Keep your kids at home if they can't sit still and not scream and run around, it's a restaurant, not pre-school. Get a baby sitter, but don't take it out on the rest of us that you have the parenting skills of a latch.
You know what the difference is between your mouthy little kid and a drunken frat boy is? Size and shrill, that's it. Please, stay home until your kid is 18 or can at least afford their own hip tattoos and piercings.
Terrific Burgers & Mac & Cheese – I've read a few of the reviews and heard similar comments from others about the service. I get great service and so do the folks who come with me. The service has been as friendly as I have. My advice to those who get bad service - Stop being a dick. The burger is hands down the best in PDX, especially for the money. Half lb, call your temp with cheese for $8.50.
Great food, HORRIBLE service! – My girlfriend and I have been a few times because we really like the food, but each time we go, we leave feeling frustrated with the service. There is only one server there that is nice, but unfortunately, he can't make up for the rest of the staff. I say if you go, try to get the tall bear with the beard to wait on you and stay away from the bald skinny guy with glasses and the tall blonde. Guy with glasses is down right rude and the blonde could really care less about your experience.
not what it's cut out to be – I set out one evening for a good burger and fries and after looking at the rave reviews of the place I decided to give it a go. I live in near Alberta street and was tired of my options so I figured this would be a opportunity to try something new. I am always excited to try and recommend places in my neighborhood since I have a bunch of friends nearby that would love to hear the news -whether it be good or bad.
Upon arriving, we walked in the door and there were 2 people standing in front of us. We just stood there figuring that we had to wait to be seated even though there was no sign. Next thing you know people were piling in behind us and there was no one acknowleging our existence. There were plenty of servers walking around serving tables, but not one turned to us and said that someone would be with you. Tip to owner- If you have no hostess - Maybe you should put up a sign that says 'Please Wait to be Seated"??
Next thing you know, this pretentious, full of himself manager (dark hair, dark rim glasses) comes stomping over and starts pointing out areas that we could sit. After a second too long of trying to decide over our shitty options, he sent us to the bar where we sat down had a beer and left (I can 't believe we even spent money on a beer there). I know how things can get busy and I have worked in the service industry, but that kind of treatment was unacceptable.
It was a Saturday night at 5:30. I definitely would stick away from that time (or if any at all)! I hope this helps.
Horrible service – Came in tonight with my girlfriend for the first time, and almost immediately we got a weird, negative feeling about the place. No courtesy sign, and people were piling up behind us... we were all ignored for the longest time. The manager/owner and main waitress seemed very snobby and full of themselves. Not friendly at ALL. We were treated like and talked to very rudely, so we almost immediately left. Horrible experience.
Geat neighborhood eats – So, service isn't great, and there's no smile. Still, the food is excellent. The bean soup is especially good, but the Cuban pork sandwich is spectacular. Portions are ample and the menu is just quirky enough to entice. Broad beer selection.
[I dont hold the simple service against this place because it is not a regular restaurant. This is pub food and it is served in a simple pub style. You order, the beer and food comes. If you want more you call the waiter. It's not complicated. Pay at the register. No problem. ]
Best Pastrami in Town, Possibly the World – Seriously. I've eaten pastrami all over the country, including many sandwiches at Katz's in NYC, and Sam Lagrassa's and Michael's in Boston. The Pastrami at Pause blows them all away, and I am not exaggerating. They don't even belong on the same stage as Pause, frankly.
It's sort of like the "microbrew" version of pastrami, made and smoked in-house, likely by the same hands that assembled your sandwich. The depth of flavor (smoke, rich beef, subtle pepper) must be experienced to be believed. I swear. Trust me.
The burgers are good if not transcendent, the appetizers are always good, including chicken leg confit, or Runners. Don't pass on those. The staff is very friendly, and the french fries are great, crunchy and salty hand-cuts. They do fries correctly, which is less than I can say for many restaurants in town.
Go to Pause, order the pastrami sandwich with fries, and eat it. You can thank me later, Portland.
Solid neighborhood joint - a fave! – I LOVE Pause! At first I was skeptical when they opened and they don't serve breakfast, but I was won over by the friendly, casual atmosphere, great food, and spectacular drink menu. Blissful outside dining in the summer, cozy and warm atmosphere in the winter. I'm confused by the reviews about bad service - I have been here dozens of times in the past couple years since they opened and I've never had a bad experience. And make no mistake - they pour a STIFF drink here. Don't plan on biking or even walking after two!
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