Portland >Food & Dining > Belly Timber
3257 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.512257 -122.631488
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Sunnyside
Burger and fries were good – The food was not bad, despite the frozen oyster tot. The burger was pretty good as were the fries. They had one or two employees flake out on them, so they were trying hard to please everyone, so i cant knock the slightly slow service, it seems it may be isolated. We will give it another try.
One word, SALT – This place may as well be called MSG Timber. They started out so good last summer, and now I've been there for the last time. Everything I've had here is so insanly salty I just can't stomach it anymore. Salt is bad for you, take a hint, we want tasteful food, not a plate of Mortons! The drinks are great though, I'll give 'em that.
Great undiscovered breakfast joint! – Along with the amazing dishes, Belly Timber can create superb breakfast cocktails to augment one's breakfast feast, using ingredients of local businesses. I highly recommend the grits and other side dishes. Service is exceptional and the atmosphere is bright and spacious. We were luke warm on the chickpea dish, but the others were fantastic. Thank you! We will return!
CEO and ATU president charged with homophobic remarks – Uh, oh. CEO, Fred Hansen of Trimet and Jonathan Hunt, ATU president were embroiled in controversy. The Oregonian reported they were involved in shouting homophobic remarks to a group of men at Belly Timber Restaurant.
The CEO and ATU president were a part of a rowdy group of men outside a Portland restaurant shouting insults at gay passers-by. A 9-1-1 call made to police by Seth Harris, who encountered the group, serves as an official record for the incident.
Harris told police that "Fred Hansen and Jonathan Hunt were shouting remarks at passerbyers". He continued, "I just walked outside and they exchanged many profanities with me and called me a fag@ot, of course."
The incident was reported at 2:35am. CEO Hansen and his group were outside of a restaurant, Belly Timber in Portland which is becoming the most popular gay bar in the notoriously gay-friendly neighborhood of Portland.
According to Harris, Hansen let his buddies - who numbered around 10 - do most of the trouble-making. He was involved, however, although not as much as his friends.
Police arrived several minutes after Harris' call to find Hansen embroiled in an confrontation with Jason Thompson, 32. Hunt reportedly cooled down once cops arrived on scene, but Hensen refused to be pacified, and turned on officers. Hansen was arrested. Hunt was left free to go.
Fred Hansen, it seems, is not as wholesome as the image he and Trimet like to portray.
Great food, wine & atmosphere – My girlfriend and I went here together for the first time recently and we were pleasantly surprised. I'd read a few luke-warm reviews on Belly Timber, so we went with an open mind but not extremely high expectations. The dining room is small, but cozy and warmly lit. We went on a slow night and got a great table at the front window. The service was wonderful - very attentive and helpful in recommendations when asked. The wine list was extensive and reasonably priced. There were several veggie and fish options, much better than I expected. The best part is you can order a half portion of the main dish so you can try two if you want for the price of one main dish and it's a smaller version of the full entree. We live in the neighborhood and are proud this restaurant is here. I plan to keep coming back.
Amazing food and atmosphere at a reasonable price – I visited this restaurant with my parents when the were visiting from out of town. I walked in and was immediately impressed by the cozy yet sophisticated ambience. Our server was friendly but not overbearing and the service was prompt and perfectly coordinated. The food was delicious!! I had the burger and fries, which were out of this world. The goat cheese fritter starter was amazing. Other people at our table had salmon, steak, and the phyllo dough with spinach. We ordered the small portions, which were plenty. The dessert was delicious as well. Our server recommended the sweet corn semifreddo, which we were a little skeptical of but it was light yet creamy and not too sweet. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for delicious and interesting food in an unpretentious atmosphere at a price that seems reasonable compared to other restaurants of the same caliber. I will definitely be back!!
Bartender to the gods – If you like drinks and creative ones at that, then go to Belly Timber. I spent quite a bit of time at the bar being thoroughly entertained by Bradley. He takes a great deal of pride in researching his unique libations. They have some really interesting ingredients; a margarita with beets and the Dew Skitch has tree bark bitters. Add their fries and prepare to be pleased...
Juicey Burgers and tastey peppered house cut fries – The hamburger was fantastic as long as you love bloody burgers. Which lucky for me I do. My friend I took with me does not. They recomend medium rare when ordering, my friend requested well done. When we got them mine was purfect and juicey, unfortunately so was hers. We had to send hers back. The aoili was a little gamey for my taste, though it was a nice addition when I spread a thin layer to my burger. Though really it wasn't necessary, the burger was perfectly moist without any addition of condiments. Our waitress was so sweet and very attentive. She did however give us the wrong check at the end of our dinner. The only two complaints I have would be that my friend was Very specific about having them cook her hamburger well done and the mistake with giving us the wrong check. Other than that it was a very good meal. The enviorment is beautiful and the food was very good. I was just a little disappointed, considering it wasn't very busy and they still goofed up twice. Technically three times, as when we were waiting for our check another waiter tried serve us someone elses food. Over all very good burger as long as you like 'em bloody. Yum. My friend thought the fries were better than the burger.
Well thought out preparations, amazing combinations of ingredients. Eclectic and clean – It definitely looks like this Victorian building will hold this restaurant for a while!
The food and service was excellent. The ambience was clean and pleasant, open and beautiful. You must try the heirloom tomatos with creme freche and basil seeds with arugula. Combinations like this can give you a double take! "I didn't think these ingredients would go together, but they do!"
I was very impressed by the service. She was kind and gentle, giving us side recommendations for each small plate that we ordered (another benefit is that you can choose size options for entrees, so as not to expand your stomach to an extreme degree if you don't wish to).
We will return, most definitely.
Best Fries Ever!!! – I've been wishing for years that something would pop up on Hawthorne to fill the massive food gap between Apizza and Castagna. It's finally here! I stopped into Belly Timber the other night for a quick bite and was truly impressed. The burger is on par with some of the best in Portland like Slow Bar and Castagna Cafe, but the fries are unparalleled! Thick cut, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. Menu claims they are house made, but I have never tasted house made fires this good. To top it off, they come with a side of bone marrow aioli. Sounded a little weird to me, but tasted amazing! The rest of the menu looks great too, with half and full portions offered for most entrees and competitive prices. They also just started what looks like a pretty killer weekend brunch. Can't wait to go back with a group and try more things....
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