(25) Roots Restaurant & Bar-Burger with cheese and grilled onions
19215 S.E. 34th St
Roots represents 3 of the trends that makes Portland area dining so exciting:
(1) Portland area chefs are starting neighborhood gathering place type restaurants all over the map. Chef Brad Root has a lot of local fame but this place is in the middle of nowhere, a minimall at the edge of Camas, a suburb of Vancouver more famous for its smelly paper mill than fine cuisine.
(2) There are really two places to eat here,; a fine dining restaurant with meals from $75.00 to $125.00 a pop and a bar menu with great food at far more reasonable prices. The bar menu has proven so popular that the seating area there has expanded
(3) The menu features American standards made well. The root's burger is top sirloin with seasonings and the cheese choices are bleu, gruyere or Tillamook cheddar The fries are fresh cut but i prefer the onion rings, very thin sliced and coated with buttermilk.
(26) The Country Cat Dinnerhouse and Bar-Onion rings
7931 S.E. Stark
The Country Cat is another of Portland's chef places, this one in the outlying Montavilla neighborhood. Interesting drinks, southern influenced side dishes, onion rings and salads. I had a poached pear and bleu cheese salad that was a divine combination of the sweet and salty. But what lingers are the onion rings. A huge platter, served with buttermilk coating and homemade catsup, was a treat any roadfooder would enjoy.
(27) Wayne's Chcago Style Red Hots- Hot Dogs
3901 N.E. Martin Luther King
This where you go if you absolutely have to get a Chicago style dog in Portland. Decorated with Chicago sports memorabilia and with lots of photos of famous Chicagoans, you almost think you are in Chicago. Vienna Dogs, Old Style beer, lower prices for dogs and beer during White Sox, Cubs and Bears games Nothing is missing except the accents and bad weather. The dogs are good and cheaper than a flight to the windy city.