The atmosphere is of a simple diner, but it's the view outside the window that sucks you in. This is classic Portland. A couple of blocks south of world famous Powell's Books, and near other popular eateries and local businesses, you see the best and worst of Portland outside your window.
Ah, but the food. Excellent! It is high priced for lunch ($13.45 for pastrami & slaw). My companions ordered double decker sandwiches for $15.95 each. Not sure if it was the third piece of bread that made it bigger, but it did appear to have quite a lot of meat. This would have been a better choice with a half sandwich left over. Sorry, the auditor in me is doing calculations. The servers got things mixed up and after a couple of attempts we decided just to switch our sides at the table. The coleslaw in non traditional... I'm guessing just cabbage in a raspberry vinagerette? No mayo. The potato salad was German like, but not hot and on the menu it just says "potato salad or coleslaw." No indication you're getting a non traditional side. Still, they were good.
Ok, bottom line, food good, atmosphere interesting (not for kids though), be prepared to spend. There has always been a line at this place when I have gone by, so don't go at noon.
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