Monthly Archives: February 2015

Renner’s Grill

Well, the dudes can now finally blog about Renner’s in the Village.  That’s because Renner’s Grill is an awesome bar, but because it is a bar, there are no kids allowed.  Aidan and Lowell still have 15 years to wait to get in, but today, thanks to what they are calling the “French Quarter” on the corner of Multnomah and 35th, the boys’ were able to finally eat Renner’s food, near Renner’s.  They are serving food and cocktails there each weekend.  Today they were serving up Creole food (apparently Josh can cook anything!).  Aidan and Lowell both got the red beans and rice, which was amazing (they frequently order better than us).  My etoufee was pretty darn good, and dad enjoyed his Muffaletta, which he said was pretty darn authentic and tasty – just needed a little more bread for all the meat and olive salad.  It was yummy and we were happy the boys finally got to try it!  The whole French Quarter thing is pretty fun too.  It’s really family friendly – vendors selling all sorts of stuff, crafts and face painting for the kids, music, the Flying Fish Truck, the Pho truck, and of course, our beloved Renner’s!

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Ataula

The dudes finally made it to Ataula, a Spanish tapas place we’ve been meaning to try but seeing the crowds we knew we couldn’t just go any old night on a whim. We went Saturday and arrived 15 minutes before they opened at 4:30 and there were already people waiting, but we got in and as the dudes will attest- this place is awesome!! The chorizo dogs were yummy, the meatballs were to die for, and the ham specials were delicious (mom got the special with 4 year aged ham, from a pig that was fed only acorns and grass for its last four years served with a poached egg, potatoes, and assorted exotic mushrooms- comfort food at its finest!!). The boys shares the seafood paella – they loved the seafood but Lolo wasn’t a big fan of the rice (it was a dirty rice instead of the saffron rice they are accustomed to). Apparently the desert was outstanding but mom was too full to try it. The boys will be back for sure. The staff was awesome and took time to explain everything to us and treated the boys like little adults, and the noise level is such that the kids can be loud and no one would even know it. Either get there right before they open, or go with a party of six or more so you can reserve a table, but it was truly amazing!! Although now I feel compelled to try ham that has not been aged for four years and not fed exclusively acorns so I have something to compare it to, but that of course was lost on the dudes.

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