There are those -- including Professor Porter, writing in WilliWeek -- who might say that Lucere is the best restaurant in Portland. I do not have an opinion, having not eaten at enough of the pretenders and not having tried Lucere's full menu. I mention this only as a lead-in to a wonderful arrangement of which few may know: That there is a GREAT deal to be had in the bar at Lucere during Happy Hour, on food from the same kitchen that turns out the (maybe best) dinner entrees.
(Disclaimer: I have NO connection to the establishment.)
Right now, for example, the Happy Hour menu includes the following: soup of the day, $2; pommes frites w/ garlic aioli, $2; flash-fried calamari, with lemon aioli, $2; salmon and potato cake with red pepper saffron aioli, $2; BBQ roast beef sandwich, $3; and a tillamook cheddar cheese burger that MUST be at least 6 oz. (and maybe 8) with lettuce, tomato, blue cheese, pickle slice and (1) pepperoncino on a seeded bun, for $3. Oh yes: martinis, manhattans and microbrew pints are $3.50, and there seems to be a one-drink minimum. (Tough; call me and I'll come drink it for you if you teetotal.)
The menu also includes the following slightly under-punctuated and puzzling entry, which I quote verbatim: "the above items are available between 3pm-6:30 pm and 9pm-close all day Sunday". You might want to call if the ambiguities of that phrase are relevant to your possible dining plans.
I went and had the burger and some frites this evening. Mmmmmmmmmmmm.
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