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.
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.
Named for the Schoening family golden retriever, the owners of Fat Milo's Family Kitchen invite diners into their old-school American-style diner where biscuits, burgers, soups, and sauces are all handmade from locally sourced ingredients. On any given day, the eatery’s breakfasts and lunches may call to mind memories of family dinners and successful school-lunch trading upgrades, with mom-and-pop team Rachel and Miles Schoening cooking special plates of fried chicken and waffles on Wednesdays. Potent house cocktails and flavorful Oregon beers on tap also pair nicely with dinner plates, and may arrive at tables in the hands of Schoening daughter Ashley, one of the restaurant’s servers.