Saturday, November 17, 2012

4th Street Brewing Company - CLOSED

77 NE 4th Street
Gresham, OR
Happy Hour: 4 - 6 and 9 - 11 PM Monday through Saturday, All Day Sunday

Fourth Street Brewing Company is heaven for people who love fried foods. During happy hour, they take the usual fried food suspects and fancify them. Fancify might not be a word, but it completely works in this situation. They have salads and soups and pastas, too. But really, it's all about the fried foods.

We've been following Fourth Street since they were on Main Street. It's one of the mainstays in downtown Gresham. We were there years ago for a retirement party (or two) and have been back for happy hour multiple times. They've got food options to fit everyone's palate, it's reasonably priced, they make their own beer (although I can't say much about its quality since I'm not a beer drinker), and they have the perfect loft overlooking the restaurant that's available for private functions.

We were there most recently for one of our Payday Happy Hours. That's what we call them at school to get more people involved. They happen one Friday per month...when holidays don't get in the way, that is. It's open to the whole staff but this time the turnout was a bit low. It had been so long since the last time we'd done a review at 4th street--and there had been enough changes to the happy hour menu--that I felt we were good to go on a second posting.

I wasn't in the mood for wine (surprisingly) and wasn't about to order a beer, so I went for something pink and served up. It was sweet and refreshing but not too strong.

I was the last to arrive and promptly ordered a salad to accompany all of the fried food that had already made it to the table. I love the salads at 4th Street. I'm not the biggest fan of the shredded cheese, but the croutons and other toppings add great texture to the greens. Croutons are pretty basic, I know, but these ones are just right for whatever reason.

Now for the fried food. Most of it was full of meat, so you know I didn't actually taste it and therefore cannot comment. This is what I learned, just the same.

The fries were LOADED. Maybe a little too loaded. They offer more than one version and they seem awfully popular with the crowds.

The Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites might have been appetizing to the meat eaters at the table but brought back horrible memories of one of the very last times I ate meat. As a twelve year old, I was traumatized by this dish. I won't go into detail. It wouldn't be right.

I did eat a number of the cheese sticks. The menu, though, was quite misleading. They offered them up as fired cheese curds. I've had fried cheese curds before. They tend to resemble--in both size and shape--actual cheese curds. These did not. Instead, they resembled cheese sticks. Which is exactly what they were. But they were fancified with extra bites of spice.

My guess is that 4th Street will continue to do well no matter what. It's always busy, there are definite regulars, and it's one of the only places of its kind in Gresham.

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


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