Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Portland Happy Hour: Departure and Huber's

Posted by Kelly

Like Katie said in the last post, a sad thing has been happening since graduation, a very sad thing for Katie and me and our happy hours. Last Wednesday Katie and I attended our last happy hour(s) together in Portland for a while, well at least until Katie visits in August. Although this is pretty sad, we will definitely still be blogging! I will write about happy hours in Portland and Katie will write about happy hours in San Jose (where she will be for the summer) and then happy hours in Boston (when she goes for grad school). Though we won't be eating at many happy hours together until we visit each other, we will still report on the happy hours in our separate cities...we're diversifying!

Our last happy hour began at Departure on the 15th floor of The Nines hotel. The entrance is reminiscent of an entrance to a spaceship, and the wait staff wore blue outfits like spaceship stewards/stewardesses. We settled for indoor seating after checking both decks (east and west) to find no open seating. It has a neat atmosphere, and Katie and I agreed it felt like dining in a bigger, flashier city than Portland.

We checked out the happy hour menu and both ordered the $5 drink of the day, a passionfruit margarita. We ended up ordering two, cuz they were delicious, and $5.

The food menu is selective and we decided to try three of the five items since we felt their portions would be less than satisfying. We chose the edamame, BLT, and tuna pops. The edamame was good, like most places. Before ordering the BLT we joked about it being a cherry tomato, wrapped in bacon, on a piece of lettuce. Well we were right on!

And then there was the tuna pops. By pops (note the s) you may think the order would include more than one. Unfortunately not, though it was tasty. For $5 we got a small piece of seared sesame covered tuna on a dab of curry with mint and cilantro. Our food totaled $14 and our drinks $20, with tip we had a $40 happy hour and we thought...this is our last happy hour night and we're hungry. Where next??

We got our check and headed out to SW 3rd and Stark to Huber's happy hour. My mom told us about this place and how it serves Thanksgiving dinner food year round, so we thought we'd check it out. We walked over to Portland's oldest restaurant, each ordered a margarita, and shared a cheeseburger (including fries) and spinach artichoke dip. With our overwhelming amount of food and couple drinks we spent a total (with tip) of $19.

In one 4 to 6:30 pm happy hour time. we went to two totally different places. One, Departure, was new and trendy, expensive, and perhaps best for a rooftop cocktail overlooking downtown Portland on a sunny day. The second was old time classy with dark hard woods, large portions, and comfort food. Both worth the experience.

I know Portland happy hour is going to miss Katie, probably not as much as I will! But we'll both be blogging and have even more for everyone to read!