Friday, October 15, 2010

Portland Happy Hour: Paragon Restaurant

Posted by Kelly

What: Paragon Restaurant
Where: 1309 NW Hoyt at 13th
When: 4:00 - 6:00 PM, Monday - Friday
Honeys Heart: Infused vodka!

In my new position as an events manager at The Sparks Group I get the pleasure of meeting with a variety of wonderful people in the Portland event industry. Last night I enjoyed an incredibly delicious happy hour at Paragon with Hailey Bernstein of Zest, a fantastic floral and event design company.

Paragon's Portland location is in the heart of the pearl on the corner of NW 13th and Hoyt. Their happy hour menu is not extensive, but it has a handful of scrumptious items that will surely leave you satisfied. We started our evening with a couple drinks (typical). I ordered the house raspberry infused vodka drop ($6) off the happy hour menu and Hailey went for a house raspberry infused vodka and soda.

After the first raspberry drop I switched to the house infused blackberry vodka drop ($6), which was also great, while Hailey stuck with her tasty and refreshing raspberry vodka and soda.

Once we decided on a cocktail we were able to focus on food. Paragon is one of Hailey's favorites and she recommended the Mini Ahi Tuna Tacos ($12) with avacado wasabi in mini taro tacos. I am so glad we ventured off the happy hour menu because these were awesome!

Off the happy hour menu we enjoyed the Herb Risotto Fritters with smoked mozzarella and romesco sauce ($5) and the Turkey Rueben Sliders with housemade bbq chips ($5). When I return to Paragon for happy hour I would be happy to have either of these again! The fritters had a deliciously cheesy gooey center with a crispy fried outside and the rueben sliders were perfect on white bread rolls.

Overall Paragon's happy hour menu isn't extremely well priced, but $6 drops isn't bad and for good quality food, atmosphere, and company I'm willing to pay a little extra every now and then. Definitely worth a visit!