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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Portland
Food
Feel
Price
3.0
8.5
$15
A superb brewpub where beer is king—food is just there to help with the BACs

This cavernous, wood-beamed barn of a space along a gentrifying stretch of Southeast Hawthorne, and its siblings elsewhere in town, epitomize all that’s cool about Portland: great, local, interesting craft beer (e.g. barrel-aged Red Baron), with one rotating into the cask for conditioning and aging; a crowd that effortlessly blends the hippie, blue-collar, and bike-zealot sets; and the superskinny, tattooed, vaguely stoned beer pourer whose disaffected attitude just makes you want him more, like in The Rules.

Unfortunately, the food is… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Portland
Food
Feel
Price
8.6
5.5
$15
It’s not the best, but the salsa bar is a wonder

Impressive Mexican kitchens often occupy humble digs, and La Sirenita is one of the city’s most impressive and most humble.

Entering this cozy space is like walking into a simple family kitchen. Spanish is as welcome as English. The menu is short and sweet; La Sirenita manages to stay focused, unlike the long, meandering, Mexican-American menu at La Bonita, the inferior competitor down Alberta (which nonetheless manages, somehow, to be more popular—ah, the wisdom of the masses).

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