I had heard good things about Milo's in NE Portland's Irvington neighborhood. After a Saturday evening dinner I'd say it is among the best neighborhood cafe-type restaurants in Portland.
An appetizer of local pan-fried oysters arrived hot with a light and crispy coating. The oysters were fresh and flavorful, excellent quality.
A shrimp bisque was wonderful, perfect with the crusty bread the restaurant serves. The bisque had that wonderful sherry/cream richness with nice texture and good balance of flavors. I would go back for the shrimp bisque alone.
My husband's Steak Diane was perfect and tender. He mopped up every bit of the rich wine/mustard/mushroom sauce. The steak was served with roasted potatoes and fresh green beans, perfectly prepared.
I had the osso bucco (sp?) sandwich, which after the shrimp bisque was rather filling. A large helping of "torn" marinated pork was served on the same crusty bread. While very good, it could have used more sauce as the bread was a bit overwhelming. It is a very hearty sandwich.
Our bill came to just over $32, which I thought was quite reasonable. I'm eager to go back to try their breakfast menu,based on the high quality of our dinner.