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Broder Soder

   
   
This place is the best thing to happen to Southwest Portland in a decade.  Amazing food that you probably haven’t had before, wonderful staff, kid friendly but relaxing for the grown ups too, and for us Southwest Portlanders, we now don’t have to cross a river to enjoy it!  Aidan got the “hot dog” – the true name is more than my brain can handle (Tunnbrodsrulle).  OH MY LORD!  It was basically a hot dog in a wrap filled with a shrimp salad and a potato pancake, and yes, not only did it work but it was delicious!!  (Aidan’s pick). Lolo got the crepe, which is more his style and which he thoroughly enjoyed, dad got the Smorrbrod (sandwich trio), which he said were very good as long as you are willing to expand your horizons a bit.  Not flavors we are used to.  I tried to get everyone to share some cream herring salad with me, but I was all alone on that one.  It was a giant hit!  We actually went there awhile back but mom’s been behind, but now has to update the dudes’ blog because we are due to go again!!  

Smallwares

Aidan:  “it was super good. The chicken pot pie sticky bun was super good.”  Lowell’s  favorite was the smoked potatoes with horseradish and egg.  They both loved the Ramen, but many of the dishes were just different enough that they weren’t quite sure what to make of them. Even their homemade root beer threw the dudes for a loop (cloves maybe?).  But this is what made mom and dad love it.  We’ve had our fair share of Carlton farms pork and all the other stuff on every other Portland menu- this was a wonderfully unique dinner.  Mom and dad will be back, and hopefully Aidan and Lowell will soon!

  

  

  

  

Oak & Olive

Well, we finally have a new restaurant in Hillsdale.  We got there at 5:00 and by the time we got our first dish it was packed.  VERY kid friendly, wide open layout, and they really love olive oil (the shirts the dudes wore are ruined). It’s busy, full of kids – definitely not the place to go for your romantic dinner, but the dudes loved it and the food was pretty good.  Lolo got the green olive pizza, which was a hit, and Aidan got the smoked salmon ravioli, also a hit.  The Muffaletta was “too spicy” for them, but we picked up the slack.  You order at the counter and then sit, but everything went smoothly.  Overall quite pleased.  The dudes will be back! 

   

Down to Earth Cafe

We used to go here when they served Persian food for dinner.  We are sad they don’t do dinner anymore, but they have a huge breakfast and lunch menu and the family that owns it are wonderful people. The service is great, and the food is consistently good, which is always hard to pull off when you have such a huge menu.  Get a window table and the kids can entertain themselves people watching. 

 

Tapalaya

This is not the dudes first time year, but it’s the first time since they started blogging. Great casual atmosphere, and the staff are always great. The food is consistently good, and for dinner it’s great for trying things and sharing because it’s small plates. We are here for lunch and they don’t have the small plates, so the boys got PoBoys (crawfish for Aidan and Shrimp for Lowell). Mom got the Gumbo and dad got the Muffaletta. Everything was wonderful, although the Gumbo had a little too much heat for the dudes. And after the corn bread, sweet potato fries and garlic bread the dudes could barely eat their sandwiches!

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The Bay House, Lincoln City

We know, the Bay House is not actually in Portland. However this restaurant means a lot to us because it is one of mom and dad’s favorite restaurants out there, and we knew Lowell and Aidan had graduated when they were able to sit through and enjoy a 2 1/2 hour six course meal. They devoured everything from the salad to the duck. The only thing they weren’t crazy about was the steak, but the steak was wonderful – these guys just aren’t big on red meat. We were a little worried about taking the dudes there because it is fine dining at its finest, and it is SO quiet in there, but they rocked it, and the staff was wonderful with them. They loved the view of the Bay, and took their dining experience seriously. Aidan and Lowell will definitely be back, but this place is only for 5 year olds who take their food seriously. Otherwise it’s a disaster waiting to happen!

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Bluehour

It is the second time here for the guys. The caviar was the star of the show (college is overrated), and Kris delivered outstanding service and everyone was nice to the dudes. The people watching here is good, which Aidan and Lowell enjoy and helps us out too! The dudes had scallops, which they loved, but they really loved mom and dad’s pork tenderloin with Bing cherry sauce! We asked the guys what their favorite thing about Bluehour was. Aidan: the food. Lowell: the dessert. Mom and dad – all of the above. 20140710-183422-66862629.jpg

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