Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Alameda Brewhouse

4765 NE Fremont St
Happy Hour: 3 - 6 PM, Monday through Friday

The Alameda Brewhouse fits perfectly in the category of Portland's typical Breweries. It's a lot like Amnesia Brewing (but with less outdoor seating), very similar to Lucky Lab (but without the dog motif), and almost identical in terms of its neighborhood draw as the Old Market Pub (one of my favorites). They have more than just beer, though. The cocktail list seems to go on and on. But it was the food specials that made this place top the list for biggest portions. Seriously, next time I'm in the mood for bar food (nachos, onion rings, and more) AND I've got someone to share it all with, this is the place I'm going to hit.

They have five dollar food specials every weekday from three to six. We weren't expecting such HUGE portions, so we each ordered one item. We shared all three, but next time I'm going to suggest that the three of us share just one. (That, of course, would require that we agree on something.)

I ordered the hummus platter. It came with a mound (not kidding) of hummus that had been attractively decorated with slices of cucumber and tomato. There was a sprinkling of red onions on top and a mess of grilled pita wedges on the side. It was good--nothing to shout about--but good.

Also at the table was a big ol' plate of nachos and a heaping pile of onion rings. I don't think I've every seen so many onion rings fit on one plate before. It was a bit overwhelming. That might be why the three plates of food weren't much more than half-eaten when we got up to go. Our server did offer boxes, though...which is often not an option during happy hour.

To wash down the large portions, I ordered just one cocktail. It was mix of fresh lime juice, sweet and sour, chambord, and something else I can't quite remember. It's one of those layered drinks, with the red raspberry on the bottom and hazy "white" on top. So pretty. It wasn't discounted during happy hour but wasn't over the top, either. It only could have been a better deal if I was a beer drinker. They make their own (obviously) and they are just three dollars during happy hour.

Food: Meets
Drinks: Meets
Service: Meets
Ambiance: Meets
Value: Meets (great food deals)


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