December Restaurant Highlights

With December coming to a close, I thought it’d be fun to pay tribute to two new restaurants that I visited this past month in Southeast Portland.

Whiskey Soda Lounge — Owned by the ever famous Pok Pok (winner of Best Restaurant of the Year by The Oregonian, featured in The New York Times, and mentioned many other places as seen here), the Whiskey Soda Lounge takes after its predecessor by serving Thai-inspired “drinking snacks” and cocktails from the current menu of Pok Pok.

After first step into the Whiskey Soda Lounge, I knew I was going to like it. The dim lighting mixed with blue lights outside, neon color interior, and wafting smell of ginger, lime, and peanut marinated chicken caused me to be smitten. Not to mention, after actually TRYING drinks and a few appetizers, I left satisfied and craving to come back!

(taken from The Whiskey Soda Lounge website)

Order: Tamarind Whiskey Sour, Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings, and Coconut Ice Cream Sandwich

Savoy — Originally, a group of friends and I were planning to visit the Whiskey Soda Lounge AGAIN, but the influx of people that particular Monday night prompted us to satisfy our grumbling stomachs elsewhere. Luckily to our delight, Savoy surprised us and was only a few blocks from our previous destination.

Now, their website proclaims they serve “traditional American cooking, with a nod towards the Midwest.” This beckoned my enthusiasm for I’m originally from the Midwest. This also spiked my inner-carnivore sense and I in turn gravitated towards the meatballs on the menu. Thankfully, these were very flavorful and I learned its key ingredients from an article from Willamette Week as seen here (ground pork and beef, thyme, golden raisins, pine nuts, and basil). We further ordered a few side dishes including our favorite comfort food, Macaroni and Cheese. So, Savoy is the place to go for a neighborhood atmosphere and comfort foods!

Savoy -- Inside the Restaurant

Order: Wisconsin Tavern Board,  Delicate Squash with Sage and Brown Butter, Mushrooms of the Moment, and Meatballs

This time, both of these restaurants were in Southeast Portland and only a convenient few blocks separated them from each other. Although distinctly different restaurants, I enjoyed both and will continue to visit them in the future (and I highly encourage you to visit them too!).

Cheers!

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