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Impressed with Slow Bar PDX

bugtown | Sep 6, 200511:38 PM     5

Liked the burger and loved the bbq pork sandwich at Slow Bar.

Had to pull some cheese off my burger because it was so tasty it was interfering with the meat...kind of a nice dilemma I thought. Huge heirloom tomato, buttered bun, aoili, medium rare - great!

But we loved my dining partner's pork sandwich. The slaw was oddly dry, but the pork was succulent, smoky, chewy; all elements perfectly balanced rather than too tart/too sweet/too spicy/too hot, as is often the case (yeah, subjective, of course). Just pure meaty goodness.

Accompanying salad with candied almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts was big and fresh (I added a squirt of lemon from my cocktail to add some tartness), fries were second only to Castagna imho. Fatter than I usually like, but crispy...so hard to find...salty and sweet.

String bean and onion tempura with basil aoli was good, though I'd have preferred much younger beans. Space was L-O-U-D; loved the music, after all, it's bar, but not so wild about the reverberating barks of mega-decibel laughter ricocheting off the hard surfaces. Price can't be beat; will have to get there again while outdoor dining on the relative peace of Grand Ave. is still an option.

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