Portland >Food & Dining > Old Wives' Tales
1300 E Burnside St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.522765 -122.652486
Sun-Thu 8am-8pm; Fri-Sat 8am-9pm
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Buckman
The manager, Tom, and the staff at Old Wives Tale are very nice and friendly. And the food is fresh, healthy, and tasty. I'm not sure what is wrong with Daniel B. and Seita P. They gave one star for their rating? They must have come in together and been disappointed with each other and their miserable lives.
Microwaves and corporate food distributors – I do not recommend the food at the Old Wive's Tale. The food is supposed to be "local" and "organic" and all sort of BS like that. But in reality is is hormone educed corporate food producers like Cisco, and seriously, who prepares food in a microwave. Seriously save your money, with any luck this place will go under and then maybe the crazy lady that runs the place will stop peppering craigslist with adds for new workers. " Ugh No Thanks"
Consumer beware if you have food allergies! Twice I've received a suspect meal and ate a bite, only to discover they got the meal wrong. This is a serious no-no for a restaurant that features recipes that are free of wheat, or gluten, soy, or dairy, etc. I had so much confidence in this place upon reading their menu; now, I will never go there again. I was sick for a week from having eaten a food allergen that I was specific with the waiter that I could not have. Only two other people were in the restaurant, so there's no excuse they were too busy.
This is one of my family's favorite places. The kiddos love the playroom and I love being able to eat real food while they play. I always get the Hungarian Mushroom soup with the salad bar and the hubs usually gets the Japanese veggie pancake or something from the specials. We always get the pumpkin pudding for dessert. It has tofu in it and the kids love it. (Don't tell them it has tofu in it! Haha. You'd never know, it's delish.) It's a really low key place and feels homey. Love!
REAL food - finally! – This place is awesome! That's relative, so I'll break down the awesomeness for you:
1. REAL food. No half-assed thrown-together stuff here, my friends. The cooks here are REAL cooks who cook REAL food REALLY well. The food tastes better than homemade - it's fresh and thoughtfully put together. The soups are all vegetarian and even as a meat-lover, I love their soups.
2. REAL people. From the waitstaff to the cooks to the owner who is in there working her rear off; they are genuinely kind and thoughtful people. Every time I've been in the waitress has pleasantly conversed with me throughout the meal and has made sure I absolutely love the food.
3. Local business. This place, being local and owned by locals, is invested in our community. This restaurant owner cares about Portland and its residents - she has even sat down at my table to discuss everything from the economy to my major in school. She CARES about people - I don't know that I've ever met a restaurant owner who cares more about making people feel welcomed that she does about making every dollar possible.
I love this place, my family loves this place, my friends love this place. REAL food is hard to find these days. REAL people who are friendly and inviting are hard to find. And a local business that cares as much about the community as this one does, is extremely rare. The food is amazing. Try the chicken sandwich and the pumpkin pudding. And if you're NOT a vegetarian (I'm not, either), don't worry about the extensive vegetarian options - they do NOT taste like the sad, bland vegetarian food you've tried in the past - they're full of flavor, real ingredients - so, so good.
I only wish I had found this place sooner - I would have looked into having my wedding reception here, it's that good.
A lifelong Portland favorite! – I've been going to Old Wives' Tales since I was a kid and (lucky me!) now live just a few short blocks away. I've rediscovered it as an adult and am happy to report that it's everything I remembered it to be as a kid. The staff is warm & welcoming, the food is fantastic, and the ambiance is classic Portland casual.
A number of my friends are gluten free, vegetarian and vegan, and it's great to have a menu where they aren't relegated to just one option (if they're lucky). The OWT menu is tasty, well-priced, and it already happens to be really accessible for a variety of dietary needs.
As for recommendations: if you haven't had their Hungarian Mushroom Soup, go right now. Seriously. Go, order it, eat up, and be happy with the world.
Bad management – So I got a little bit of an inside scoop on this restaurant.
The food is sub par at best. Owner makes all these claims that this place is Organic and Locally grown. however all the food is from a large agri-business and is prepared in a microwave.
Now, the way the the manager/owner Holly Hart, treats her staff makes Old wives tale locally known to be one of the worst places to work in Portland Or.
go to shamelessrestaurants. com and search "old wives tale" or "Holly Hart"
Over a thousand of disgruntled employees have both com and go from the employment from Holly Hart and a small fraction of those wrote about their experiences online.
Please boycott this poor excuse for a restaurant.
my kid loves it... – my kid loves the play room... but the food is very so-so.
The food was over priced for the tiny portions and horrible bland food! I would reccomend that you should not hold a party or a gathering at owt cause the service is horrible and they except you to pay them a large tip that they did not deserve, cook or the waiters. The waiters were rude to the questions we had and looked at us like we were dumb. when asked upon to get a drink twice! the drink never came but we were still charged. They added the 20% tip to our bill and they did not deserve it what so ever. when we left a tip the waiter actually ran outside from the back door acting like we were stealing and asked us for a bigger tip! Tips are earned and they definetly did not earn it. And my 90 year old father told him that the service was crud and the food was disguisting and that is true. Then the waiter went on to try to charge another member at the get together our tip and they belive that thier food is the best thing in the world. After eating the food everybodys stomachs were not feeling well and we were still hungry! the portions they give you are litterly for elfs.....wait elfs are nice i shouldnt bash on them, sorry. Elfs wouldnt like the food either. So in the end never ever go to the dead old wives tales ever.
Staff Hates Kids – I know that sounds sooo harsh, but as soon as my family walked in OWT this evening, the staff got chilly and scowling. Our actual waiter was fine but the rest of the staff glared at us and whispered comments then would snicker in our direction. Finally, the lady who seemed to be in charge said audibly but to a co-worker, "a no-loud-kids rule" but my kids were playing in the play area! Laughing! Although I wasn't because the play area was stinky and obviously dirty.
Foodwise, it's bland and overpriced, every time.
I've visited OWT a few times sans kids with my mother, who is gluten intolerant, because they have an extensive gluten-free menu. She refused to go back a few years ago because of consistently bad service and unimpressive food, although the menu is huge.
OWT has a regular crowd of elderly folks who seem to be keeping the place afloat because there's no reason why anyone would want to go back. I'm ashamed I have.
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