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527 SW 12th Ave. (SW Alder St.) Send to Phone
503-241-7163 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Go beyond beer and brats with a lighter, healthier take on German cuisine.
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Gruner Restaurant Review

: Can German cooking really be light and healthy? Grüner, which means "green" in German, proves that it can. The cooking isn’t strictly German, but rather "Alpine," blending culinary influences of Austria, Germany, France and Switzerland. 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. Burgers, available only in the bar, boast quality beef topped with house-cured bacon, Fontina or cheddar, pickles, aïoli and arugula. Other options include cider-braised chicken and grilled rainbow trout in a horseradish beurre blanc. And yes, traditionalists will find homemade bratwurst accompanied by tangy sauerkraut. Desserts include the "Berliners" --- cinnamon sugared donuts served with caramel and chocolate ganache. 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. An adjoining bar, a more casual spot called Kask, offers simpler food in the same European spirit.

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