The menu at Slabtown Ribs & BBQ contrasts starkly with your garden-variety fast food menu. That's because Pitmasters can spend most of a day tending to their meats, with smokers set to low heats for long periods of time to bring out each cut's flavors. Though this flavor alone is juicy and savory, they can further enhance these flavors with one of their trio of barbecue sauces. Pitmasters take cues from barbecue regions from throughout the country to make sauces including the tangy Carolina mustard, the spicy Texas hot, and the complex Kansas City classic.
While the Pitmasters specialize in brisket—which they put in everything from platters and sandwiches to the house chili—they also prepare a range of other barbecued meats. They cook up Zenner's German sausage with a scoop of sauerkraut, serve barbecue chicken in a flavorful sauce, and grill their pork spare ribs St. Louis style—in one giant arch.
Before Memphis spare ribs or Kansas City rib tips are seared and glazed with barbecue sauce, Seven Rivers BBQ's pitmasters slow-smoke each rack for four hours. That's on the shorter end of the spectrum at Seven Rivers, where brisket cooks for 10 hours and Carolina pulled pork for 12. Once the cuts are ready, cooks pile them into lunchtime sandwiches, assemble them into feasts for up to six diners, or sell them by the pound in catered platters. Sides such as cajun macaroni salad accompany mains, as do libations such as three varieties of Johnnie Walker scotch whiskey. And while the business is a vendor for the Portland Trail Blazers, it also has its own dining room that serves as an homage to sports with billiards tables, buck-hunting arcade games, and rounds of tackle karaoke.
No strangers to the art of winemaking, the Wetzel family’s roots run deep into the vineyards that surround their winery. For four generations, they have crafted award-winning wines in Germany, and for the last 35, they have called Oregon home. Chateau Bianca Winery peeks out from the Willamette Valley, where pinot noir grapes flourish across the estate vineyards. These carefully cultivated grapes eventually fill bottles with varietals such as the 2009 Chateau Bianca Estate pinot blanc, a dry, clean-finishing wine that makes a refreshing apertif.
Guests visit the tasting room to sample some of Chateau Bianca’s wines, where each day a rotating selection of six bottles are uncorked for swirling and sipping. On days when the summer sun dapples the fields and shimmers playfully off Bacchus’s lampshade hat, sippers relax on the outdoor patio to enjoy a glass or share a bottle while looking out across rows of vines.
Today’s Groupon invites you to eat with the dignified paradise style of a floating landmass. Enjoy the fresh flavors of $22 worth of authentic Hawaiian cooking for $10 at Aiea Grill. No longer do you have to maroon yourself on the set of Lost to enjoy the sweet and savory dishes of Hawaiian kings, island enchantresses, and digester men.
At Hapa Grill, chefs blend Hawaiian, Korean, and Asian-fusion flavors into a diverse Pacific-themed menu that plays with vibrant flavors from citrus fruits and nuts. They crust mahi-mahi with macadamias, braise pork pot roast in a ginger-soy sauce, and deep-fry chicken before tossing it in a poignant pineapple sauce. Kalua-pork sandwiches stack upon Hawaiian sweet-bread foundations, whereas the Hawaiian loco moco—constructed of rice, eggs, macaroni salad, and gravy—takes on five variations featuring everything from Spam to hamburger patties. After they've tucked into barbecue-chicken rice bowls, diners can follow up with homemade red velvet cupcakes from Frankly Delicious, which leave tongues as satisfied as a kid in a treehouse made of trampolines.