Sunday, August 28, 2011


2905 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Happy Hour: 3PM - 6PM, 8PM - close, and ALL DAY Sunday

After spending too much time looking at flat screen TVs at what some people call the "shiny happy place" (where they all wear blue and have walls and walls of televisions to choose from), we were HUNGRY! Luckily, we were in Beaverton. And in Beaverton, there are restaurants galore. Many of them homogenized, but restaurants nonetheless. And in the same parking lot as the shiny happy place, we found Bugatti's. And Bugatti's serves happy hour ALL NIGHT LONG on Sundays.

We walked in and found a comfortable corner booth in the bar. In what seemed like seconds, our server delivered a plate of foccacia to our table. (How did she know?) The bread was served with a garlicky olive oil for dipping and was apparently never-ending. (We barely touched the second plate, but that doesn't mean it didn't make it to the table.) It made the hunger issue less of an issue as we checked out the food options on the menu.

The happy hour menu at Bugatti's is a big one. They've got all sorts of things to choose from and according to the menu (as well as from the photos) the portions are LARGER than what you might expect to see at happy hour. Which means, of course, that this is one happy hour that you can go to expecting to eat an entire meal. And there are four locations total, meaning that you all don't have to head to Beaverton (unless, of course, you need something from the shiny happy place--perhaps a vacuum, they've got dozens to choose from).

We started with the Champagne Salad. There were two at the table for the three of us to share, one without walnuts and one without onions. Both had sliced strawberries and crumbled Gorgonzola. The dressing was a champagne vinaigrette (hence the name, Champagne Salad) but seemed a bit heavy for me. It coated each piece of spinach, front and back. (Note to self, always order the dressing on the side. Always.)

I ordered the angel hair pasta with marinara sauce (simple, yet good) and we all shared the Margherita pizza. It was covered with fresh basil and tomato slices and had plenty of cheese. It was a great deal for five dollars, that's for sure.

My boyfriend (I suppose I should start referring to him by his new title, my fiance) ordered the meaty version of what I had. It was a traditional Bolognese Spaghetti but came with a meatball in addition to the meat sauce. He seemed quite pleased with the selection.

And for dessert (yes, they have dessert on the menu) we ordered the Profiterole. For just two dollars, they will serve the cutest little cream puff filled with vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream, and drizzled with the perfect amount of Belgian chocolate sauce. A perfect ending, in my opinion.

To wash it all down, I sipped on a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. It's just $4.50 during happy hour. Also at the table were discounted well drinks: a vodka gimlet ($5.50 during happy hour) and a gin and tonic ($3.50).

They seem to know what they are doing at Bugatti's (at least in the bar). Our server might have been one of the only people working that area on Sunday, but she was quick and checked on us often. And it seemed that there were regulars there...and when people come back time and time again, it makes me think that this place is a pretty good place. (Plus, they have dessert on their happy hour menu...something that I love and that will bring me back time and time again.)

Food: Meets
Drinks: Meets
Service: Meets
Ambiance: Meets
Value: Exceeds



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