Monday, August 18, 2014

Dick's Kitchen

704 NW 21st Avenue
Happy Hour: 3 - 6, weekdays

Dick's Kitchen offers happy hour on weekdays between three and six. With locations on both sides of the Willamette and a menu that includes gluten-free, paleo, and vegan options, this place is sure to please the entire table. They are all about real food from responsible resources. Yes, it's a burger-based kind of place. And yes, you'll probably want to order dessert. What's different about Dick's, however, is that you won't walk out feeling full of guilt. You'll be full, but having eaten such a real meal might just leave you inspired to change the way you think about food in the future.

There were a number of vegetarian options on the happy hour menu, but once I saw the veggie Reuben on the regular menu I knew I had to have it. There are only so many veggie Reubens out there and I am determined to find the best one in Portland. At Dick's, they make theirs with Tempeh and add just enough sauerkraut that it doesn't all just spill out the sides of the sandwich. Topped with melted swiss cheese (a vegan substitute it available) and 1000 island dressing, this sandwich is one that I would have again.

Also at the table was the specialty burger (this week's "guest" burger) made with wild boar, the "Elvis" burger (topped with house-made pimento cheese spread), and a plate of sliders. Both the guest burger and the happy hour sliders came with a side, but the regular menu items do not. They are, however, priced accordingly. Other than the guest burger--which is priced at $10.50--all burgers and sandwiches are listed between four and nine dollars. Sides are three bucks--even less if you're adding on to a meal--and include "not-fries" and other healthy veggie options. The infamous "not-fries" are air-baked after being lightly tossed in a hi-oleic safflower oil, are available as either regular "not-fries" or yam "not-fries" and can be upgraded to include a fancy dipping sauce for just fifty cents extra.

Happy Hour prices are even less, with most items priced between $3.50 and $7. Draft beers are a dollar off or you can get a glass of wine for just five bucks.

Not included on that discounted menu, however, is dessert. After seeing it on the cover of Portland Monthly, I knew I wanted to try the Paleo Parfait. It's just so pretty. The parfait is made with cashew "cream" and topped with a raspberry compote and crunchy "cookie" crumbles. I enjoyed both the flavor combination and the crumbles but will probably opt for the adult milkshake next time (just because I can).

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  1. Nice pics!! The menu with many delicious dishes.

  2. I like cooking, it is very nice of you to share a post like this

  3. Nice post and i like the life you sharing very much

  4. I love the specialty burger. I'll make this dish for my family. Thanks

  5. I am sure the guest burger is special. I'd like to visit that place someday.

  6. The vegetarian options on the happy hour menu looks great.Thanks for this idea.

  7. Yummy! My kids will love it a lot.

  8. Slurp! I can not keep my mouth shut! Awesome!