Portland City Grill Happy Hour

As part of my 30 during 30 I've put together a Portland Food Passport (with fourteen restaurants I want to try this year). Last weekend my mother and I tried a local ice cream shop called Salt & Straw; last night my sister and I went for Happy Hour to the Portland City Grill (on the 30th floor of "Big Pink" - the bank tower).

The Portland City Grill has an infamous happy hour - to the point that at 3:30 a crowd will form on the first floor outside the elevators. Elevators that won't open until 4PM when Happy Hour starts upstairs on the 30th floor. The 30th floor with a surrounding view of the city:

The view is fabulous, but I used to work as a temp in this building and the office was on a floor above the restaurant, so I've seen this view before. The food however, I hadn't experienced. Yum Yum.

We decided to order a number of plates and share, so I could try as many as possible: gorgonzola waffle fries, crab/shrimp bruschetta, crab/avocado roll, rice paper spring rolls, warm salmon cakes, cold Thai noodle salad and ended with the Kung Pow calamari.

The most amazing of the dishes was the calamari. If you hadn't told me what the protein was I don't think I would have been able to guess. It was delicate and just melted in your mouth; not like eating pencil erasers which is often what is served in restaurants. The spices of the Kung Pow wasn't overwhelming either. I normally shy away from this style of food because all you taste are the spicy red chilies. This was spicy but not overpowering. Yum Yum.

Glad I got a sister's night out (we went to Buffalo Gap Saloon afterwards to hear The Fashion Nuggets) and I got to check off another restaurant from my Portland Food Passport.


  1. awww this looks delicious!


    1. Thanks Tallia. It was very yummy. I recommend it if you ever visit Portland. Thanks for the post and I'm happy to be following your blog now.


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