It has been awhile since I posted a restaurant review. Which, at least on my end is poor blogging practice since restaurant reviews are some of my more popular posts. It’s not like I haven’t gone out much, we still go out once a week, but I haven’t really been any place spectacular. I usually reserve the restaurant posts on here for places that I think are worth going out of the way for. That isn’t to say where we have been has not been good, they have, just not special. But then something occurred to me the other day.
We were having dinner at our neighborhood pub, Darcy’s up in St. Johns. This is the kind of place where you can order breakfast for dinner (which I did).
My wife ordered a bacon cheese burger, which is a half pound of angus certified beef, and a darn good burger.
So I’m eating dinner, drinking a beer (West Coast IPA, soo good and I couldn’t believe they had it on tap), and I think to myself man we have it good! This place has at least 10 very good craft beers on tap and the food is good. In spite of all that I would say for Portland standards, this place is average. You will never see this place make a list on the Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Portland Monthly.
The great thing about Portland is that every neighborhood in town has a place like Darcy’s. Where you can get good food and find a variety of high quality craft beer. Portland is such a foodie town that I think it lifts up all restaurants because the customers just expect more and that is a great thing.
So I write this to say, if you are visiting Portland don’t forget the places where locals go day in and day out. Visit the marquee spots but try these places as well. You are not going to find a list of these places. You just have go out and explore but chances are if you just walk around and see a crowd of locals you can bet it’s worth trying.by