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October 15, 2012 8:48 AM   Subscribe

"The History of Food & Drink in Portland, Oregon" presented by the Portland Mercury and written by Chris Onstad.
posted by griphus (23 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
Portland would seem to be the ideal test city for a FREE PUBLIC WINE pilot program.
posted by The Whelk at 8:55 AM on October 15, 2012 [4 favorites]


Still mining that Portland Ore, I see.
 
posted by Herodios at 9:35 AM on October 15, 2012


Cool!
Unfortunately, this just reminds me of all the places I can't go right now: we have a seven-week old baby.
posted by Specklet at 9:36 AM on October 15, 2012


History of Portland Food & Drink, wcfields' tl;dr edition. posted by wcfields at 9:40 AM on October 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


wcfields, you might want to give Bowery Bagels a try if you haven't already. They've done a lot to fill the vacuum left by the whole Kettleman's buyout debacle.
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 9:49 AM on October 15, 2012


Oh great. Now I'm beyond homesick. Looks like I'll be breaking into my Oregon beer-stash tonight. *sigh*
posted by furnace.heart at 9:55 AM on October 15, 2012


1992: Quality Pie closes
posted by Auden at 10:04 AM on October 15, 2012 [3 favorites]


I am finding it difficult to page through this, but please tell me that they included Heavy Number Burrito in their history.

This was in a coverted gas station somewhere, during the 70's. I went there a bunch of times, on forays up there, but damned if I remember where, now.
posted by Danf at 10:09 AM on October 15, 2012


1930: Coon Chicken Inn

If this still existed it would be McMenamin's Coon Chicken Inn.
posted by Danf at 10:21 AM on October 15, 2012 [10 favorites]


It's unfortunate that people are having such a hard time navigating the pdf; Onstad's history is completely spurious and weirdly hysterical. I wish they had the individual blurbs in a better format.
posted by redsparkler at 10:42 AM on October 15, 2012


If this still existed it would be McMenamin's Coon Chicken Inn.

Cool Buildings, Mediocre Beer, Bad Food, and if you're lucky, Service. McMenamin's.
posted by Mister Fabulous at 11:01 AM on October 15, 2012 [8 favorites]


I'm dying from computer arm and didn't even realize it.
posted by tmt at 11:05 AM on October 15, 2012


wcfields you're missing:

1981: Macheezemo Mouse founded
1983: Coffee People founded and their colorful annual mugs begin to proliferate!
1989-1992: mini-boom of weirdly named coffee shops (Jiffy Squid, Howling Frog, Pied Cow)
posted by vespabelle at 11:15 AM on October 15, 2012 [4 favorites]


Macheezmo Mouse was the best at what it did. I miss it. [single tear rolls down cheek]
posted by mecran01 at 12:22 PM on October 15, 2012


I sorely miss Hannah Bea's.

Why yes, I'm having banana pudding for dessert after breakfast. It's Hannah Bea's!
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 1:24 PM on October 15, 2012


For some dumb reason, my otherwise happy computer HATES that flash interface. Too bad, as at the time I signed up for this here Metafilter account (holy CRAP in three days it'll be TEN (10) YEARS! Why did I just now realize this?!?)...

anyway: Ten years ago (exactly, apparently) I was working at Dot's in SE Portland. The food was average to slightly below average bar slop, the prices weren't anything special, and the owners (like a lot of small business owners), had they been 40 years older, could've passed for former SS members hiding out from facing trial on the international stage - they were insanely strict in baffling ways and also insanely insane in baffling ways, as well. That said, a lot of folks liked the overpriced-vintage-store decor and the fact that they'd occasionally play decent music. Hell, I definitely made a boatload of money working there, all of which went to the the businessmen that hung around under the Burnside Bridge.

Since I can't get that article's weird interface to allow me past the third or fourth page of the article, I have no idea if the one restaurant I have any real connection to in Portland made the cut. I seriously doubt it did, however, but if I've learned one thing in this life it's to never be surprised by anything, ever.
posted by item at 1:31 PM on October 15, 2012


You can tell how long ago a person left Portland by whether they want to go to Dot's when they revisit. (I moved to Portland in 1999, when Dot's was nearing the end of its heyday as a thing. I'm told it's gotten a little better recently? But whatever, you can do so much better than Dot's!)
posted by Casuistry at 2:12 PM on October 15, 2012


I have no desire to go to Dot's, but I miss La Cruda.
posted by vespabelle at 2:43 PM on October 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


I went to dots a fair amount circa 2006. It was ok. I guess they just got new owners recently so I'm not sure it it's undergoing another permutation or not.
posted by Betty_effn_White at 7:32 PM on October 15, 2012


Dots cheese fries are pretty fucking awesome drunk food. Just sayin...
posted by alpinist at 8:50 PM on October 15, 2012


Ahh Dots. I misspent a lot of cigarette and booze filled nights there. I loved the Gentle Ben sandwich.

Alas, it has been sold to new owners. End of an era.

Dots is interesting as it is a great example of what Portland was like before it was "cool." Which is not to say better, but it just used to be a different kind of town than it became.
posted by elwoodwiles at 8:59 PM on October 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


I've been in portland for 9ish years now, and unfortunately that means I've become "that guy" when it comes to nearly mention of anything in portland ever. I know that isn't a long time for everybody, but I feel like you can practically count my rings when I say shit like:

"Silverado? Let me tell you about the old silverado..."
"Embers on wednesdays used to be..."
"There used to be really good house parties all the time in inner se..."
"Fridays at the fez used to be..."
"One time, at meow meow, before it was the hipster fire hazard rotture..."

I can feel this shit tumbling out of my mouth and I can't stop it :(
posted by Betty_effn_White at 10:29 PM on October 15, 2012


The horrible pageview UI crapped out on me a few pages after the Food Cart story, so I will have to ask my question here:

IS THERE NO MENTION AT ALL OF THE ORGAN GRINDER?
posted by Spatch at 12:37 PM on October 16, 2012


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