I mentioned that I went to happy hour at the Driftwood Room. After drinks we went and ate at Gracie’s, also in the Hotel Deluxe. When we walked in, I actually realized I had been there years before for a work function and was excited to actually try out the food.
The restaurant itself is full of old school charm-big comfortable chairs and banquette seating. It definitely seems like a great place to hold a celebration. I went with two girlfriends as part of Portland Dining Month. This is an awesome deal where you can get a three course meal at over 90 restaurants for only $29! You can read about my trip to Thirst Wine Bistro where I went last week.
The menu was extensive and there were about four or five choices for appetizer, main course, and dessert. Each looked incredibly interesting and when I compared them to the regular menu, it was definitely a savings when you did the dining month deal.
I started with the Gorgonzola Cheesecake-fresh bread, whole roasted garlic, fruit chutney & balsamic glaze. So delicious! I am of the school that the stinkier the cheese the better and I adore cheesecake so this was a perfect marriage. The balsamic glaze and the fruit chutney mellowed out the gorgonzola and it was a delicious appetizer.
For my main course I decided to have the Braised Lamb-fruited Israeli couscous, crispy winter greens & mint pesto. I love lamb and really don’t eat it that often, usually only on vacation so this was a real treat. I am also a huge fan of Israeli couscous (probably from living in Israel!) because I prefer the larger pieces and the fruit was a great compliment to the lamb.
For dessert I had the Crispy Bread Pudding. In the past few years, I have fallen in love with bread pudding and this was exactly how bread pudding should be, crisp and moist. Covering it caramel sauce doesn’t hurt it either!
I am really loving Portland Dining Month and have made sure to go to places I haven’t been before (except realizing that I’d been to Gracie’s before but don’t even remember the menu so it’s ok!) Tomorrow night I am going to my last Portland Dining Month restaurant for this year and am looking forward to just as great of a meal.
Have you tried out any of the awesome Portland Dining Month deals?