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“Good Quality Food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Old Wives' Tales - CLOSED

Old Wives' Tales
1300 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214-1424
(503) 238-0470
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Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: American, International, Vegetarian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Anchorage, Alaska
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64 reviews 64 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Good Quality Food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

This place has good food, with quality ingredients. They could do a few things better, service is the first one. Not that the service here is bad it is just kind of odd. Some of it is table service, some self serve, and the staff is friendly but distant at the same time. I have had days when I came in here and had great, warm service but it was too little of it. Or the day I came in and they were closing in like 30 mins and I basically got told to leave. I remember it being something like 8:30. This was the last time I visited.

So to conclude good quality food that could use a bit more imagination with odd spotty service. Now it has been a while since I have been in here so they could have new staff that would change a lot of the service side of things.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Portland, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great if you like healthy food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

This is a slightly funky-feeling restaurant, but the food is unusual and healthy; the atmosphere rather arty/folksy.

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Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Eclectic Menu, cozy family friendly atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Interesting menu, great area for kids to enjoy, while parents linger over their meal. The Hungarian Mushroom soup is superb but not low cal.

Visited April 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Hippy Kind of Place with Great Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

There are vegan options for pretty much everyone, and huge portions. I have been here several times for breakfast. There is probably a mommy lunch crowd as I noticed a play room, but I was there in the early morning, so it was a quiet place to eat & read.

Visited February 2012
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Saint Helens, Oregon
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85 reviews 85 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Small Restaurant With Okay Food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

If you are hungary, this restaurant will do just fine- the food is not bad and the employees are a little hippish but pleasant!

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