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[PDX] Doris' Cafe

Nick | Aug 19, 200409:17 PM

Trying to get more comprehensive still in my Portland BBQ experiences. Hit Doris' today with an eGullet friend. She got the rib combo and I got the pork ribs. I probably should have got something else so we could try more stuff.

Well, their pork ribs are not good. They're big, but dry, not tender, and difficult to eat at times. They might be as bad as those at Big Daddy's.

Luckily, my companion remembered that one of their ribs was good and one was bad, so she got the combo. The beef ribs are much, much better. They were falling off the bone tender and moist, the sinews nicely lubricated.

I don't know how smoky the meat actually was since I forgot to ask for sauce on the side. I so much prefer sauce on the side. There was a little bit of a smoke ring on the pork ribs, though. But the beef ribs could have easily been braised instead of smoked. Either way they were still good.

The sides were okay, nothing special, and the sweet potato pie was okay, but nothing special either.

The people were very nice and it's a pleasant little place with a patio out front.

Prices are okay. Lunches come with one side while dinners come with two. Most lunches are $7.25 to $8.25 and most dinners are about $3 more. I hope you get more meat at that price. I assume you do. They serve lunch until 4 pm.

They have a specialty of the house I'd like to try: oxtails. If their beef ribs are any indication, they should be good. You can also order ala cart. $10.50 for a half slab of ribs. $18.50 for a full slab. They also have catfish, fried chicken, and some other stuff.

I'd like to try Tropicana and Clay's next, though it may be a while. Also, there's a place off the same exit as the Berry Empire, Rob's or something -- just a little cart -- that's never been open when I drive by. Anyone try it? I think that might be the Aurora exit.

Anywhere else? Here's what I've tried (* by my favs): *LOW, *Campbell's, *Yam Yam's (as much for the buffet as anything), Cannon's, Russell Street, Reo's, Doris's, Buster's, Big Daddy's.


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