PB Steak

The name PB Steak is a bit misleading. The space is more of a casual beer hall than a stuffy steakhouse. It's one of the several offshoots of the popular Pubbelly, a gastropub that's just down the street. I quite like the atmosphere of the restaurant. 

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We ordered a few appetizers to share. The Brussels Sprouts and the Bacon wrapped Dates were probably the better dishes.  Unfortunately, I couldn't convince my dining companions to try the Crispy Pig Ears with Sriracha. 

CALAMARI.  PB BRUSSEL SPROUTS WITH BACON

CALAMARI.  PB BRUSSEL SPROUTS WITH BACON

DATES AVEC CHORIZO - SPICY TOMATO, GOAT CHEESE CREAM

DATES AVEC CHORIZO - SPICY TOMATO, GOAT CHEESE CREAM

The waitress raved about PB's version of corn on the cob. Well…it was just ok. 

Corn on the cob with jalapeño  CORN ON THE COB - HUITLACOCHE, JALAPEÑO, COTIJA

Corn on the cob with jalapeño  CORN ON THE COB - HUITLACOCHE, JALAPEÑO, COTIJA

For a restaurant with "Steak" in its name, the steak was really subpar.  The sauce couldn't cover up the fact that the steak was flavorless.  

12OZ SKIRT STEAK

12OZ SKIRT STEAK

THE SPECIAL OF THE DAY: OCTOPUS

THE SPECIAL OF THE DAY: OCTOPUS

The Miso Black Cod was good, but hasn't this dish been done to death since the 90s? 

MISO ROASTED BLACK COD

MISO ROASTED BLACK COD

I did like their interpretation of S'mores served in a mason jar. 

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Verdict:  BBB-.  I was very underwhelmed. Maybe the original Pubbelly is better. Otherwise, I really don't understand the hype of the growing Pubbelly empire. 

PB Steak
1787 Purdy Avenue, South Beach, Miami
http://www.pubbellyboys.com/pbsteak/

Salt and Straw

This local "farm-to-cone" ice-cream shop churns out some seriously yummy ice-cream!  The ice-cream is handmade in small batches, using only all-natural ingredients.  

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There are some really unique flavors: Mint Leaves & Sea Urchin Meringue...Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper...Pear with Blue Cheese. After trying multiple flavors, I settled on a scoop of Pear with Blue Cheese and a scoop of Salted Caramel.  I don't even like Blue Cheese, but somehow Pear and Blue Cheese complimented each other perfectly. 

TWO SCOOPS: PEAR WITH BLUE CHEESE & SEA SALTED CARAMEL

TWO SCOOPS: PEAR WITH BLUE CHEESE & SEA SALTED CARAMEL

Ice-cream sampler! What a great idea! Too bad I only saw this after I placed my cone ordered.

ICE CREAM SAMPLER

ICE CREAM SAMPLER

This is a must-visit on any Portland trip!

Salt and Straw (multiple locations)
2035 NE Alberta Street 
http://saltandstraw.com

Screen Porch

Screen Porch is a MUST on any Portland trip.  The restaurant doesn't take reservations and the wait can easily be 1 1/2 to 2 hours, but no matter...GO anyway!  

After having the fried oyster appetizer, I knew the fried chicken would be great.  I think the secret is in the batter.  The crust was perfectly crispy and didn't taste greasy at all.

FRIED OYSTERS

FRIED OYSTERS

We ordered some veggies for good measure. 

CORN BREAD & VEGGIES

CORN BREAD & VEGGIES

The Fried Chicken might just be the best fried chicken that I have ever had!  The photo really doesn't do it justice. It would have loved to go back for brunch, just so I can order the chicken 'n waffle. 

CRISPY FRIED BUTTERMILK-BATTERED CHICKEN

CRISPY FRIED BUTTERMILK-BATTERED CHICKEN

CAROLINA PULL-PORK SANDWICH

CAROLINA PULL-PORK SANDWICH

SMOKED CHICKEN & ANDOUILLE JAMBALAYA

SMOKED CHICKEN & ANDOUILLE JAMBALAYA

Verdict:  AAA.  We all agreed that this was our best meal on this trip!

Sceen Porch
2337 East Burnside Street
http://www.screendoorrestaurant.com

Mother's Bistro & Bar

Like all other popular brunch places in Portland, this place does not take reservation.  Our wait wasn't too bad since we were able to get some coffee from the bar and wait in a separate seating area.  

I couldn't decide between Mike's Special Scramble and the Mushroom Scramble, so I hedged my bet and shared with a friend.  The Mike's Special Scramble was the clear winner!  The egg was fluffy and the dish was full of flavor.  I can eat this for breakfast everyday! 

MIKE'S SPECIAL SCRAMBLE - WITH PROSCIUTTO, ROASTED GARLIC, TOMATOES, BASIL & PROVOLONE CHEESE

MIKE'S SPECIAL SCRAMBLE - WITH PROSCIUTTO, ROASTED GARLIC, TOMATOES, BASIL & PROVOLONE CHEESE

GRILLED PORTOBELL0 MUSHROOM SCRAMBLE - WITH SAUTÉED SPINACH & ASIAGO CHEESE

GRILLED PORTOBELL0 MUSHROOM SCRAMBLE - WITH SAUTÉED SPINACH & ASIAGO CHEESE

I tried a bit of everyone else's dish and everything was good!  

WILD SALMON HASH WITH EGGS

WILD SALMON HASH WITH EGGS

BLUEBERRY PANCAKES 

BLUEBERRY PANCAKES 

Verdict: AAA.  The excellent brunch was worth the wait! 

Mother's Bistro & Bar
212 SW Stark Street
http://www.mothersbistro.com

Taiwanese Shaved Ice (@ 東區粉圓 Eastern Ice Store)

This is my go-to place for traditional, Taiwanese shaved ice.  For $60NT ($2 USD), you get a big bowl of shaved ice with 4 toppings of your choosing.  The place is quite popular and is pretty much bustling at all hours of the day. 

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10-12 Toppings to choose from

10-12 Toppings to choose from

I got my order to go.

I got my order to go.

Eastern Ice Store (東區粉圓)
忠孝東路四段216巷38號
No. 38, Lane 216, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Rd, Taipei
http://efy.com.tw