Lincoln

  Nov 10, 2015  |  #Portland

This may be one of those restaurants that is overly hyped – at least in my opinion. They do have an excellent happy hour though, with bountiful menu options. I really appreciate when places offer options on their regular menu for reduced prices during happy hour because it provides a fabulous opportunity for trying them.

Upon walking in and without knowing it, I was greeted by and seated by the manager, David. I appreciated that customer service and do give points for the small details here. I was solo and took a seat at the bar for happy hour. I ordered the $6.00 Bartenders Choice Cocktail, which turned out to be made with with spiced vodka, lime juice, syrup. It was decent but no taste that resonated with me. I was kind of expecting it to be spicer (and hoping) so it didn’t really quench my palate, and it was a sadly small portion.

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I started with the open faced sandwich with has cheddar, Apple, and brown butter. This was by far my favorite of what I ordered – Cheesy and salty but sweet from the apple. The Melted cheese over the bread is amazing, with a drizzle of balsamic to add some acidic flavors and really reel in all of your tastebuds. I would eat this every day if I could.

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Next, I ordered the pig ear, which was not my favorite. It was too fried for me and too chewy. All I tasted was oil. The combo just didn’t work.  The plate itself was rather boring; there was no presentation to decorate it which made the dish look even more unappealing.

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My last happy hour taste tester was the baked eggs, after hearing that they have been a consistent favorite on the menu. It comes with two eggs baked in a skillet with a cream sauce and olives and topped with breadcrumbs. The olives were interesting. While there were bread crumbs on it, I think it would go better with a side of bread toast to dip in the dippy eggs. The baked eggs were a 7/10 for me. Good but not incredible. I think they needed some more herbs and spices for a unique flavor.

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The unique options on the menu I still want to try, if I did return are:

  • Carrot hummus and labneh mint, toasted lentils, orange
  • pumpkin cavatelli with gorgonzola dolce, hazelnuts

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