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527 SW 12th Ave. (SW Alder St.) Send to Phone
503-241-7163 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Modernized Alpine cuisine prepared with Pacific Northwest twists.
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Gruner Restaurant Review

: Grüner’s cooking isn’t strictly German, but rather "Alpine," blending the culinary influences of Austria, Germany, France and Switzerland. The restaurant’s name means "green" in German, and the kitchen’s dedication to greens is displayed in its namesake salad, a brimming bowlful of lettuces, chickweed, carrots, fennel, beets and more, under a shower of sunflower seeds and pretzel croutons. Its competition is an inspired green goddess variation, and yet another salad of green beans, blackberries, goat cheese and hazelnuts. Omnivores will enjoy the pork schnitzel sandwich, grilled trout, house-cured sausages, the homemade spätzle, and beer and onion soup. But the most popular menu item is probably the burger (available only in the bar) that boasts quality beef topped with house-cured bacon, Fontina or cheddar, pickles, aïoli and arugula. For libations, peruse the intriguing Central European-dominated wine list, or consider one of the unusual imported beers. There are also creative cocktails made with Slivovitz or house-made herbal liqueurs. For dessert, freshly made donuts with warm chocolate ganache are a hit. An adjoining bar called Kask offers food similar to Grüner’s, but it’s a more casual spot.

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