The fireplace in 45th Grill's cozy dining room offers a Dadaist simulacrum for the grill that fires each Angus beef burger and steak behind the scenes. Deep-fried mushrooms assimilate to grill culture by arriving with a ranch-dip sidekick ($5.95), then kaiser buns proudly present still-hungry diners with half-pound burgers. Those with even meatier appetites can opt for the 10-ounce top sirloin, dusted with a picturesque snowfall of blue-cheese crumbles ($17.95). The 45th Grill also offers chicken, seafood, and pasta dishes, as well as a Sunday brunch that starts at 11 a.m. See the full menu to scout out potential prey, and call ahead for reservations, as seating is limited.
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On mornings at Broadway Cafe, patrons cozy into pink-cushioned chairs and turquoise booths for American breakfasts of french toast, syrup-slathered pancakes, and hearty three-egg omelets. For lunch, tables populate with juicy burgers and amply stuffed sandwiches held together by gooey swiss and cheddar cheese. After sipping the last of a strawberry lemonade or iced tea, patrons can dig into desserts, including pie à la mode or an ice-cream sundae.
Gourmet foods, including cedar-plank salmon and flatiron steak, form the foundation of the dishes served by Divine Catering's licensed and insured crew. Chef and proprietor Alisa LaFurge helms the culinary team, which won Best Bite at the 2011 Taste of Portland. Adept at crafting fare for gatherings small and large, the crew pulls together menus for less formal events that call for boxed lunches and afternoon snacks to weddings that command epic feasts or rows of troughs, depending on the species of the bride and groom.
The eclectic team of chefs at fuAsian merges flavors from a variety of Asian cuisines. Whether they're helming a cooking class or whipping up morsels from the menu, the chefs use handpicked natural ingredients, creating dishes that ooze earth-culled goodness and each write polite thank-you notes to the ozone layer. A sushi chef and assistant chefs round out the team of culinary artisans and whip up well-crafted meals for diners or for catered events.
For 25 years, the chefs and party planners at A Matter of Taste have been decorating and catering everything from major events to intimate gatherings. Founder Vanessa Juryla has put her skills to use at weddings and private dinners in New York and Los Angeles, and today she and her staff focus on the Portland area. There, they sauté Maryland soft-shell crab, grill mangos and pair them with rum-glazed plantains, and prepare cakes in flavors such as coconut pineapple and vanilla buttermilk.