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Grain & Gristle

1473 NE Prescott St. (NE 15th Ave.) Send to Phone
503-298-5007 | Menu
A woodsy pub in Northeast Portland with high aspirations and a hipster vibe.
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Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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Grain & Gristle Restaurant Review

: Everything at Grain & Gristle is local, quirky and artisan, down to the homemade tonic water, vermouth and condiments, plus the "live-edged" bar with its natural curves and edges --- meaning you can't belly up to it. The menu is divided unconventionally ("salt," "vegetables," "protein") and descriptions lean towards the deconstructed variety (e.g., a meatball sub becomes "meatball link, tomato sauce, Mahon cheese, roll"). Happily, the individual ingredients generally merge well, although often aided by liberal doses of salt. Choose from bar classics such as a thick, juicy burger or smoked kielbasa paired with warm potato salad, or try something more experimental such as a smoked lambwich with pickled fennel and pickles and harissa aïoli. Hungry for vegetables? You might encounter creamed greens on brioche, charred Brussels sprouts, or a radish plate with shiitake mushrooms, spicy greens, onion purée, cilantro and sesame. Butterscotch pot de crème makes a delightful dessert. Alcohol options are hand-crafted by regional distillers, and the beer list is overseen by an in-house "beer curator." Weekend brunches present the standards (eggs, pancakes) with the trendy (polenta, trout, beets). Outdoor dining is available on sunny days.

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