Saturday, April 02, 2011

The Liberty Glass

938 N Cook Street
Happy Hour: 3:00 - 6:00 and 9:00 - 11:00 PM

The Liberty Glass is not exactly out of the way. It's just more than a block down the hill from the main strip of Mississippi. But that's far enough that you can easily get a table without much of a problem. It's kind of perfect. There are so many times when the long wait lines keep us from going where we originally plan. Mississippi's a busy place. In fact, yesterday afternoon we were really headed to Mississippi Pizza. (I'd been craving a slice of pizza for days...ever since the foods class at school made pizza earlier in the week.) But we didn't stay at Mississippi Pizza. The pizza side was short on tables and the music side was packed. Packed with small people, bouncing in excitement to whatever made-for-children band was playing. We quickly turned and walked out. And that is when we walked down the hill to The Liberty Glass.

It's a cute little old house that's been painted pink and converted into a restaurant. From what I can tell, there is seating both upstairs and down. We stayed downstairs, close to the kitchen. The bartender was working the entire place, making service a bit slow to start. During the time we were there, though, two other employees came in.

We ordered drinks first and looked through the menu. It was fairly limited but included some classics plus a few Portland-esque options. During happy hour, there's a dollar discount on appetizers. We decided on a plate of nachos and a side salad (not included in the discount...but only three dollars).

These nachos weren't your everyday nachos. I was a bit hesitant at first but then learned on arrival that they were very much like the after school snacks I made on a fairly regular basis as a kid. Instead of chips (or Ritz crackers, which was my choice at the age of ten) they used triscuits. They were topped with cheese, sliced jalapenos, and an olive and red pepper tapenade (otherwise known as olives and peppers chopped very finely). The whole thing was placed in the oven and melted just until the cheese started to bubble.

The salad was a mix of greens, a few wedges of tomato, some sliced cucumber and the perfect amount of dressing to lightly coat every piece. It was a basic vinaigrette and went well with the rest of the flavors at the table.

To drink, I started with something directly from the fancy cocktail menu that was more like an upgraded gin and, of course, I liked it. There was lime AND lemon and it had a splash of simple syrup. Other than that, it WAS a gin and tonic.

Next time we'll have to go for dinner and maybe try sitting upstairs. Or outside, if it ever really warms up.

Food: Meets
Drinks: Meets
Service: Nearly Meets
Ambiance: Meets (typical Portland, with antlers and all)
Value: Meets


The Liberty Glass


  1. I love this blog. Since I'm new to the city, gives me the perfect opportunity to try new places, experience hidden venues and most importantly... not end up completely broke. Keep them coming!