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[PDX] Clay's Smokehouse...

extramsg | Dec 14, 200509:44 PM

Stopped by Clay's today and picked up a sampler platter. They subbed brisket for chicken for me. I didn't try the toast.

I found the sides, the "home fries with garlic sauce" and the poppyseed coleslaw, rather mediocre. The home fries weren't fries at all, unless they subbed roasted potatoes for fries. Although they tasted more steamed than roasted. They were topped with a tangy sauce. As it was, I'd say it was closer to a lightly dressed, large hunk potato salad. Not bad, but not worth the calories.

The coleslaw was too sweet for me. I'd say that if you like Miracle Whip instead of Mayonnaise, it might be your thing, but it wasn't mine. The cabbage wasn't mushy or anything, though.

I wasn't happy with any of the three meats. They weren't inedible, but they weren't good either. The ribs were obviously braised, but then they say that on the menu. I couldn't detect much if any smokiness and the texture was too tender, easily falling off the bone and crumbling in my hands.

The slices of brisket tasted like pot roast. Lean and tender, but not juicy or succulent. No smokiness. The pulled or stringy pieces of brisket tasted like sloppy joe with a bit of the tangy and sweet tomato BBQ sauce.

The hot links were Zenner's. They were sliced and had grill marks. Very spicy. Not a well-balanced flavor I'd say. The texture was too fine, too. Nothing above a decent commercial sausage.

It was a hefty amount of food for $13 and that didn't even include the Texas toast I could have had. But none of it was good. I'd say that Buster's is better.


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