Betty Ross created the design for the American flag when she accidentally spilled ketchup and blueberries on her white tablecloth during her weekly burger-and-blueberry-pie potluck dinner. Partake of further patriotic pabulum with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of contemporary American cuisine and drinks at 50 Plates. This Groupon is not valid toward happy hour. Reservations are required.
50 Plates celebrates the 50 states with an emphasis on using local, sustainable ingredients in its American fare. Each plate captures the nostalgia of a bygone American dish and reinvents it via applied phlebotinum. Naturally raised meats, sustainably caught fish, and cage-free chicken populate the menu of modern American comfort food. Start your meal with dirty-rice beignets ($8), bursting with the flavors of Andouille sausage and Creole tartar sauce, and Castroville artichoke rolls ($7) that ooze California chevre, roasted garlic, and avocado ranch. For the main course, a plate of Memphis-style boar ribs ($20) flanked by barbecue baked beans and Grandma Betty's potato salad will earn you an esteemed position in the clean plate club. If you're not as stuffed as a kleptomaniac senator's pockets, gird yourself for indulgent old-school desserts such as chocolate and peanut-butter pudding ($7) and devil's food cake slathered with fudge frosting ($8). Foodies can wash it all down with a signature cocktail from a selection of flag-waving American spirits such as bourbon and rye ($9 each).
Housed in the Pearl District, 50 Plates offers a mid-century-inspired décor more sleek and chic than a Corvette greased up in Chanel No. 5 body lotion. A palette of sleek browns, creams, and grays creates a spare but elegant backdrop for dining and debating who was the better president—Millard Fillmore or Benjamin Franklin. Reservations are required.
- This is the kind of place that’s open to any and all sorts of diners and meals – the menu has more than a half-dozen sections. It can be a little confusing, but the staff is exceedingly helpful. – Portland Tribune
- Great food! I savored every delicious bite. And the cheesy poofs melt in your mouth. Fun little place for a date or a group dinner. I have never been to a restaurant that has had faster service. Food came out quick and tasty. – An OpenTable.com reviewer who dined on July 27, 2010