Friday, August 23, 2013

Tasty n Alder - in Westend of Downtown Portland

Tasty n Alder is one the those great new restaurants in the west end of downtown Portland that is getting a lot of buzz. Even on a weeknight, the place is just hopping with happy diners.

We've gone twice now and I can't wait to go again and try their brunch on Saturday and Sundays. They don't take reservations, so you need to go early when they open at 5 or be willing to wait it out for a table in their small bar. (Their cocktails are good too!)

Their new American menu has a creative twist to most dishes and their serving method is interesting. They bring out the dishes you order "as they are ready", so you are served in courses of small plates. Most of the items are made to share, like this radicchio salad which came in a large bowl and we dished up to serve. Very "Tasty"!

This is the little sister restaurant on the westside to Tasty n Sons in North Portland. So good! It's also fun to sit at the "chef's table" which is just a counter space in front of the kitchen. A good place to eat for a single who enjoys watching the cooks in action...but it gets a little heated there.

In warm weather months, Tasty n Alder has retracting windows that open up both sides of the dining area to the outside sidewalk. (SW 12th & Alder). You can see the historic church across the street here.

And from the outside, looking back in. Very tasty food! We share housemade chips & dip (yum!), radicchio salad, and Kev had the steak while I very much enjoyed the chicken under a brick! We'll be back!