In PDX: Grain & Gristle

A few Saturday nights ago we tried a new-to-us restaurant. We sat on the couch for about an hour clicking through list after list of Portland restaurants & just couldn't settle on anything! We wanted somewhere different, somewhere we've never been & also somewhere that wouldn't break the bank. So we chose Grain & Gristle. When we walked in the lady that greeted us wasn't too friendly. We asked how long the wait would be outside & she said " we don't give time estimates, or anything like that". Okay. We sat at the bar, tried to order a drink & got snapped at by the bartender. He asked if we were on the wait list, so we said yes. We got the stink eye & were scolded for not stating our name. It was awkward & uncomfortable. I'd be lying if I said we weren't re-thinking our restaurant selection at this point... but we just quietly sipped our beers & waited for our name to be called.

Once we were finally seated outside, all was right with the world because we had a fantastic server! She explained the menu, gave us recommendations & always had a smile on her face. And after we finished our meals, we were very glad we chose this place - because it was plate-licking delicious. Seriously. I should also add that we had a total of four beers, two appetizers & two entrees - the total came to just barely over $50. Pretty good if you ask us!

^ Messy hair, don't care ^

- Photos © Holly Copeland -

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  1. I am so trying this place! Maybe folks were just having a bad day. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt (well, sometimes).

  2. A) I've been dying to try this place and even though y'all had a rocky start, I'm so happy to hear it was so good! I'm so happy this city loves to eat as much as I do.
    B) LOVE that photo of the menu and Luke's wedding ring :)
    C) LOVE LOVE LOVE your outfit!

    1. Thanks lady - definitely check this place out - they said the menu always changes - so I'm quite excited to go back to some new food choices :)

  3. Love that dress & shoes. Messy hair, don't care? never again!!!!!!!!

  4. Yum! Great spot! You always have such fabulous Instagram shots of some great looking places!

  5. mmm soft pretzels have my vote. and you are totally pulling off the booties with a dress. i want a pair!


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