Friday, March 30, 2012

Shaken Martini Lounge - CLOSED

101 E. Historic Columbia River Highway
Troutdale, Oregon
Happy Hour: 4 - 7 PM, Monday through Friday

We don't spend a lot of time in Troutdale. I'm sure people do, just not us. It's a bit out of the way. This Friday, though, we needed to be out there...and we needed to be out there right after work. Which, of course, means driving through traffic all the way out to exit seventeen. There wasn't much traffic, though...not much at all. And we were in Troutdale with plenty of time to spare. Just enough time, in fact, to enjoy happy hour at the new martini bar.

Yes. There's a martini bar in Troutdale. I remember when there was a martini bar in Gresham. It seemed popular, but didn't last long enough. Hopefully, this one does. It's called Shaken Martini Lounge and it's on the Historic Columbia River Highway in that cute stretch of businesses above the outlet mall.

The menu at Shaken is more like a book than a menu. A picture book, in fact, which pictures of every actor ever portraying Ian Fleming's James Bond. And the drinks are named after the men. Not all of the drinks. You can also order a Pussy Galore or Miss Moneypenny. And the menu comes with some pretty interesting facts about the books, the movies, the men, and the martinis.

Shaken Martini Lounge is open from noon until midnight and offer happy hour Monday through Friday from four until seven. Happy hour doesn't include any discounts on food items, but it does get you a two dollar savings on every martini you order. That brings the prices down to as little as four dollars. And that might be reason enough to drive all the way back out to Troutdale. (When I'm already on the east side, that is...)

I ordered a Tracy Bond to start but also had sips of the Sean Connery and George Lazenby. The Tracy Bond was a Tuaca Sidecar (served up, of course). It was my first martini made with Tuaca and might soon become a new favorite. (It's been awhile since I added something to my go-to list.)

The Sean Connery was a traditional vodka martini and came with a choice of olives or a lemon twist (as usual). I'm not exactly ready for something that strong--I need more sugar, I suppose--but I did have a sip and I do agree that it was, as they say, SMOOTH.

The Lazenby was the greenest martini I've ever seen. It looked healthy, it was so green. (It reminded me of Odwalla Superfood.) It was muddled cucumber and basil with bourbon and ginger ale.

Even without a discount on food items, the prices for snacks aren't too high. They've got soups and salads, flatbread pizzas, and fancy grilled cheese sandwiches. We decided to share a flatbread pizza (yes, we were headed to a tasting event...but I was already hungry AND it's better to include food and drinks in every post, right?) There was only one flatbread option without meat (although I'm sure they would have made substitutions) and so we ordered the one with sliced tomatoes, fresh basil, and feta. It was good but the tomatoes were like little pockets of heat. Ouch!

It might not be conveniently located for everyone, but if you are out that way (shopping, perhaps...or coming back from a day trip to the Vista House) it might just be the perfect place to stop.

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