This was our first time to Dan and Louis and I'm sorry to say this place was a disappointment. First of all, it was cold in the "main" dining room (we found out later that the heat wasn't working and hasn't been working for awhile), second we had to go looking for a waitress to take our order even though the place was nearly empty, third we were asked if we wanted to have some bread and when it came, we were each given one piece of bread on a plate with a cube of butter. Really? One piece of bread? When dinner came, the mashed potatoes were warm, not hot and half of it was inedible because of the pickled cucumber and onion vegetable side that they placed directly on the plate with the entree and starch. If you are going to serve a pickled side dish instead of a fresh vegetable, at least put it in a small bowl so the vinegar brine doesn't get into the rest of the food.
The old time ship decor needs to be updated, the decorative plates on the wall need to be cleaned and while our waitress was nice, she needs to be taught how to wait tables. We heard her apologize to every table she had numerous times for some problem or other.
On the plus side, the chowder was tasty and served with real oyster crackers and my husband's salmon was cooked perfectly.
With all the fabulous restaurants in downtown Portland, Dan and Louis is going to have to up their game on every level if they want to stay in business for another 100 years.
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