Screendoor on E Burnside (PDX)--anyone try yet?
There's a new, small southern-esque joint in town, at or near 26th and Burnside, north side of the street, called Screendoor . . . given my utterly forgettable Bernie's experience, I'd love to have some fine southern style cookin' other than Roux to enjoy. Has anyone tried it? I'll try and get there for lunch this week, but would love to hear any must-tries aforehand.
I posted this on PortlandFood.org earlier:
Went here for dinner. Between us we got the fried chicken, burger, and mac and cheese. Overall, just so-so, especially given the prices.
The burger itself was fine. Nothing special, but cooked as I ordered it. The blue cheese was nice. The bun was very mushy even though toasted. It practically dissolved in my hands from the juices. The fries were terrible. Reminded me of oven fries from a bag, limp and flavorless.
Mac and cheese was very average. It had a one note cheese sauce covering elbow macaroni (that was cooked properly). A little melted cheddar was on top. Reminded me of the stuff mom and I made from scratch growing up. Acceptable, especially since it's only a side, but could easily be better.
The fried chicken plate is a bit odd. The fried chicken has a chicken fried steak sort of breading, kind of thick and a bit hard. It's thick enough that a leg and thigh piece looks like one mass. As a result, the chicken skin underneath is not crisp at all and just acts as a layer of greasy wetness underneath the breading. The breading is therefore rather soggy at the layer that touch the chicken, and being so thick, that matters. The chicken itself tasted fine, was moist and cooked through. A little side of gravy was odd. It had chunks of tasso ham, and was a thinly flavored, slurry-thickened sauce. I would have preferred a meatier tasting traditional gravy studded with the tasso ham. The platter came with mashed sweet potatoes, which were the best part. Not too heavy, sweet and buttery. It also came with another side (we chose the mac and cheese).
We also got some pecan pie. Pretty good really. Not overly sweet, nice crunch, rich crust.
The burger was $9.25, the chicken $14.75, the side of mac & cheese $3.5, and the pecan pie $5.25.
Service was decent given how busy they were and the fact we were outside. But the kitchen seemed slow. That meal took us about 1 1/2 hours or more. I did see others around us that looked like they were tired of waiting, but I imagine we were a bit more sensitive than some since most people were drinking. (They have a full bar.) They were almost entirely full when we were there.
I thought The Screen Door was on Burnside closer to 24th...I get lost so much here, at least I have the right street!
All I know is that it is Southern with breakfast, grits and eggs and biscuits and fried chicken with greens etc. I have been trying to get over there all week, will keep going for it this weekend.
I have learned that it is not all cozy Chintzy and Southern but more of a sleek and modern space. Whoever goes first, gives a review!