Upon entering this unassuming red brick warehouse tucked beneath the Morrison bridge, you will be instantly aware of just how aptly named this place is. Patrons all walks rub elbows at long communal tables draped in white linen in a massive hall with low lights and high ceilings. The bohemian atmosphere is reflected in tribute paintings and collages by local artists adorning the walls, and your dinner conversation will be periodically interruped by bursts of shouting and gouts of flame erupting from the open kitchen behind the bar. Cajun is the specialty, but true to its moniker, the menu also offers many pasta dishes, steak, salads and comfort foods. Don't miss the extensive wine list with over 100 imports. This is a rare classy place where oyster shooters seem a natural apetizer to a main course of homemade Mac & Cheese.
The staff are friendly and renowned for their aluminum foil doggie bag sculptures. The place is popular among the late-night crowd, so unless you don't mind a few minutes' wait, reservations might be a good idea, even for after the concert.
Favorite Dish: The Ham & Smoked Cheddar Mac is sublime.
Unbelievably perfect Soul Food/Barbecue. If you like ribs this place is the best. They smoke it right there and the chicken is uncomparable, smoky and moist. The Southern sides are outstanding also. Ambience is cafateria style. You walk up to the counter to order. Take it home for some serious grubbing. Well worth the drive. Unbeatable.
Favorite Dish: Ribs and chicken. Anything is great! No kidding.
Delicious, Ethiopian food that has good service and good prices.
The coffee was delicious...our server came out with the beans, roasting on a pan so that we could smell them. This was the third time I've tried Ehiopian food and after two VERY disappointing trials at other restaurants, Queen of Sheba is the ONLY place to go for Ethiopian food. (If you're curious, e-mail me and I'll tell you where NOT to go.) The vegetarian platter is about $10 per person, coffee, I believe, was included. I think they also take orders to go (or take away, if you perfer.)
Favorite Dish: We usually have vegetarian dishes when eating African food, we had the 'vegetarian for three' platter. Nine kinds of food comes to you for the number of people in your party, with injera, a spongey bread that is used to eat the food. Some of the food was spicy (in a good way) and others were just flavorful, very savory. And such wonderful, aromatic smells!
In the most down and out neighborhoods, you can find the best displays of community. Community is what Ma and Pa Strong's is about. Stuck in the middle of north Vancouver Ave, a side of town most people stay away from, they are a display of what is really good about North Portland. Always friendly and eager to discuss the events of the day, it seems everyone who enters is both a regular and a part of a family. It almost seems that they would want to remain exclusive to the community alone. The only sign is a street placard and the barbeque grills outside to let you know where it is at. The ambiance is also very homey. The space is very clean, and covered in old family pictures and knick knacks. The service is quick, though the hours are not always consistant and the only soft drinks are generic.
Favorite Dish: The typical soul food fare- Barbeque ribs chicken, greens, meatloaf, baked beans. All cooked to perfection.