Sunday, November 08, 2009

The Observatory

8115 SE Stark Street
Happy Hour: 3 - 6 PM everyday
and again Tuesday - Thursday from 10 PM - 12 Midnight

The Observatory--a new restaurant in the Montavilla neighborhood--is within walking distance of my house. Any restaurant within walking distance makes me smile. I love knowing that I can get somewhere without stepping foot in my car. This restaurant makes me happy, thrilled in fact, to know that I can spend hours in a relaxed environment, all the time enjoying good conversations with friends, great food and cheap drinks.

I had been to The Observatory once before. During that visit, I had a chance to glance at the happy hour menu and knew that this was a place to which I would soon return. It was the Oregon Fry Bread that brought me back so quickly.


Fry bread was one of my favorite purchases at the County Fair as a kid. Usually covered with melted butter, cinnamon and honey, the fry bread would be the best treat following a day of walking through barns and the 4H exhibit hall. The lines were always long for fry bread. The oregano fry bread--on the happy hour menu for only two dollars--is a savory version of the fair favorite. Served with two ramakins full of dipping options (one an herbed sour cream and the other tomato bisque) and sprinkled with sea salt, this is something that I would enjoy again and again. And, as seen in the picture above, the serving size is not small. My suggestion would be to have someone to share this with.


A perfect accompaniment to the oregano fry bread--which became more obvious when it was served with a small ramakin in which to dip the breads--is a bowl of the roasted red pepper and tomato bisque. A little salty for my taste, this soup is one that I will probably not order again. Everyone else at the table did not agree, however.


I was enticed by the combination of flavors in the specialty cocktail--one that changes daily and is a mere five dollars during happy hour. A limoncello cosmopolitan might be the perfect drink on a hot summer day. During the start of Autumn, on a blustery evening just days after the end of daylight savings time, is not a prime time for a drink like this. My second choice--a glass of the house red wine, also at five dollars--was a much better match for the day. (It also matched well with the flourless chocolate torte that I ordered off the regular menu to finish my meal.)


Food: Meets

Drink: Meets
Service: Meets
Ambiance: Meets
Value: Exceeds

-b

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