Portland >Food & Dining > Dots Cafe
2521 Se Clinton St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720245.503383 -122.640062
Mon - Fri 3pm to 2 am
Sat and Sun 12 - 2 am
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Hosford - Abernethy
Killer Cheese Fries at my Clinton Street Favorite!!! – This small dark eatery has been a local favorite of mine for several years now. It all started years ago. I was brought here to eat, right before my 1st GWAR concert. That's when I was introduced ti thier famous "Cheese Fries". I've been hooked ever since. The fries are oven baked with melted cheese, and really good. They also have a good turkey bacon sandwhich. It's a little greasy, while falling apart on contact. Dot's is a fun place to eat. The dark atmosphere is calming, with a good cup of joe. The evenings get busy, especially weedend nights. You don't have to wait long for your food, just to be seated. The customer service needs a little improving, and more in the evenings. This little place fills up quick, so be prepaired. But, if you like good cheese fries, then come on down to Dot's. I recommened it.
We love DOTS CAFE! – It's has a great atmosphere, good food, great drinks, and it's an over all good time. I would recommend it to anyone!
Funky atmosphere – The atmosphere is really cool and a lot different from other places. The velvety 70's style walls and pictures make it really interesting. The food was pretty good, but for the price they don't even include french fries--you have to pay for everything seperately. The service was really really horrible. They barely spoke to us, and never checked on us once. I would recommend this place for late night grub, or the munchies.
My favorite place in Portland – We love this place! The decor is fun and the servers are almost always super-helpful and happy, but the food is why we come back here. My favorite is the vegan vavoom (pita, cucumber, tomato, falafel, cucumber sauce, hummus, yum), and he goes for the burger with herbed cream cheese. Vanilla cokes rock. And you can smoke in here! Seriously good food and drinks.
Yummy, greasy sandwiches... disappointing fries – I loved the walls of Dots. It has some really unique wallpaper with interspersing silver and black patterns. The rest of the the place has a red glow to it. And the paintings on the walls are intriguing.
I had the Turkey Monterey, thanks to a brilliant recommendation that I read in the Citysearch review. Grilled sourdough, crammed full with turket breast, Monterey Jack cheese, tomato, lettuce, mustard and mayo. It was dripping grease down my fingers the whole time I was eating it. Yummy! It passed the ultimate greasy food test. It was grease-licking delicious!
I had the spicy fries which came with spicy tofu dipping sauce. That was tremendously disappointing. The fries were overtly salty at the bottom. My rock climbing partner had the exact same comment. Plus they felt like they have been either, fried once before and then again or been left sitting out for way too long. Too much oil had soak into the fries and they weren't crispy but soggy.
Go for the amazingly greasy sandwiches and skip the fries!
good neighborhood eats – This place will cure the munchies if your in the area of 26h and Clinton. with it's almost goofy decor, Dot's is an interesting place to hang out for a few munchies. Service was good and the food was fine.
Open late nightly, this funky haunt is great for clubhoppers with the munchies. – In Short
Red velvety wallpaper, oh-so-'70s light fixtures and kitschy knickknacks define this mainstay for neighborhood locals and bohemian 20-somethings (teenagers aren't allowed after 10pm). Everything is cooked to order: Hand-patted burgers and Mexican plates, such as the spinach and Jack cheese quesadilla. Don't skip the fries, which come in several flavors: hot 'n' spicy, cheddar and bacon, jalapeno, Jack cheese and green chili. Servers leave Jolly Ranchers with the bill-what a way to end the meal.-
Oh but it's fun – Good for munchies, all right, but don't come 'spectin' to be wowed by the food. It's incidental anyway to the fun, it's-always-midnight-inside atmoshpere and good juketunes. I don't get my panties in a bunch over the jalapeno or pepper fries like everyone else seems to (again, they're fine for the munchies but they're not exactly Parisian.) Decent veggie burger. A hipster see-and-be-seen kinda joint, but a charming one. Did I see a Ms. Pac-man by the bar?
LATE NIGHT MUNCHIES & DRINKS – As a Portland native I have been a DOT'S fan for a decade. This place never ages, its kinda got a timeless ambiance, always current in Portland sub-fashion.
For first timers this is kinda like entering the twilight zone.
The vegie burrito with the cilantro sauce is heaven, along with the cheese fries.
the hub of SE Portland – Dots is a charmer. The food is excellent, especially the quesedilla, and pepper chicken burger. The drinks are strong and newcastles on tap. the interior is a perpetual nocturnal slumber. The only thing missing is a jukebox, but the wait staff music taste is usually on spot.
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