Checked out the new Lardo North location on N. Williams in Portland and yes, it’s the same amount of tasty awesome as the other locations. We split a char siu pork sandwich (on ciabatta with pickles, shrimp chips and black vinegar mayo). Excellent - the mayo really pulled it all together. On the way out we picked up that cute little bag of chocolate chip cookies - eight if them for $3. They may be the best non-homemade ones we’ve found.
This may look like a Twinkie, but it’s an Italian treat called torta dita from Portland’s Roman Candle. It’s an olive oil cake filled with a mascarpone filling and topped with sugar crystals. Excellent!
Oh, and don’t call it a Twinkie. Roman Candle employees are not amused by this.
Ricotta tartlet from Baker and Spice topped with cherries and some unexpected chocolate filling, all on a chocolate cookie crust. Really, really good…but we had no idea there was chocolate inside. Would it hurt to put that on the sign?
The Sloppy Giuseppe from Roman Candle in Portland: an Italian version of sloppy Joe meat (beef and pork) stuffed into a focaccia-like bread (similar to their pizza Bianco) called trapizzino. So. Effing. Amazing. I want to go back right now.
The burger at Ken Forkish’s Trifecta Tavern is now Portland’s best. Three ingredients: brioche bun, beef cooked the light side of medium, and their version of a pimento cheese - and it’s perfect. The beef is loosely packed but holds together, the bun stands up to the soft cheese and juicy beef, and the cheese is all this burger needs. It’s perfect.
The fries were fine but unnecessary. The house salad was excellent, as was the Harvey Wallbanger. For dessert we ordered a bittersweet chocolate soufflé with toffee ice cream. We liked it, but didn’t love it.
We’d go back just for the burger, but the other food coming out looked and smelled amazing as well. Service at the bar was pretty good, but the hostess wasn’t helpful (maybe tell us that the dinner menu you handed us at 4:30 isn’t available until 5?). Finding parking around Trifecta is a nightmare - might be the worst location for a restaurant in Portland I can think of.
Valentine’s lunch at Tilt in northwest Portland: fried chicken sandwich and beer battered fries. We’re not fancy. Both items were excellent and easily filled us both - we brought half the fries home. The phone-looking thing in the bottom right told us when our food was ready, which was a new thing. FYI: bathrooms are very dark and cool, stocking with the industrial look and feel. Will definitely go back.
Gyro! We got talked into an extra stop at Cartlandia, teased by a free taste of delicious gyro meat at The Gyro Spot. Wife and I split this bundle of deliciousness and were satisfied. Tons of flavor in the meat and excellent sauce. Plus, as you can tell, plenty of humor as well. Highly recommended.