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Grain & Gristle

1473 NE Prescott St. (NE 15th Ave.) Send to Phone
503-298-5007
A woodsy tavern in north Portland featuring a notable beer selection and high-end bar food.
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Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late
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Grain & Gristle Restaurant Review

: Neighborhood restaurant Grain & Gristle serves thoughtfully-prepared food that for the most part lives up to its aspirations. Everything is local, quirky and artisan, down to the homemade tonic water and the "live-edged" bar that retains natural curves and juts --- meaning you can't belly up to it. The menu is divided oddly ("salt," "vegetables," "protein"), and dishes lean toward the faddish deconstructed variety (e.g., a meatball sub becomes "meatball link, tomato sauce, Mahon cheese, roll"). Fortunately, the individual ingredients generally merge well, albeit aided by liberal doses of salt. Also choose from bar classics such as a thick, juicy burger, smoked kielbasa paired with warm potato salad, or meat, olive and cheese plates. Hungry for vegetables? You might encounter creamed greens on brioche; charred Brussels sprouts; and a lentil, beet and goat cheese salad. Gingerbread cake makes a delightful dessert. Alcohol is hand-crafted by regional distillers and the beer list managed by an in-house "beer curator." Weekend brunches present the standards (eggs, pancakes) and the trendy (polenta, trout, beets). Outdoor dining is pleasant on sunny days.

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