Stopped in for a late dinner last night around 9pm. We were seated immediately but there was a wait for the people coming afterwards. There's not a whole lot of seating -- a communal table with high stools, a bar, and I think two 2-top tables. It's also rather loud, due to the tin ceiling. My husband got a kick out of their very 1990s playlist in comparison to the faux old-timey ceiling fixtures and design.
The food, however, was excellent. Started with a 1/2 dozen Kumamoto oysters (they were offering 3 East Coast and 3 West Coast varieties), served with freshly grated horseradish, a tiny bottle of Tabasco, and wedge of lemon. A beef grilled cheese sandwich special, on brioche, was ooey and gooey. My seafood stew (also a special) was also good, served with cockles, capers, fingerling potatoes, grape tomatoes, soffrito, and a piece of bass on top. Sopped up all the liquid with the accompanying bread. We were too full for their dessert special: red velvet cake for two served with berries and whipped cream. It looked fantastic.
They were also offering soups, salads, and sandwiches to go, as well as a roast chicken in a box dinner from the display case, and a host of different pastries. The chalkboard sign outside also said that they brewed Stumptown during the day and were open 8am-2am. I can't wait to go back and try some of the other dishes: house cured duck breast, clam chowder, King crab with djion aioli, mmmmm.
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Thanks for this report, Kathryn. My husband and I actually dropped by last night, too, around 8, but we didn't want to do the half hour wait, so ended up at the Highlands, instead. We lack patience, but sometime when the excitement dies down, I look forward to going.
I'd thought the grocery and takeout parts of the operation closed down at 8 p.m. most nights, but I should call back to check.