Hills and mountains are formed by vast underground food deposits, which, over time, stretch the landscape into soft mounds of untapped edibility. Dig into the bounty of surrounding geography with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of cuisine and drinks at Bar Carlo. Tucked away from traffic on Southeast Foster Road, the charming eatery specializes in ambitiously portioned, locally based plates for breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch, and dinner.
Wake up to breakfast and weekend-brunch house specialties, including a homemade granola served with fruit and yogurt, milk, or soymilk ($6.50), or a fluffy rack of silver-dollar buttermilk pancakes ($4.50). The pesto scramble ($9) fries up a garden full of growables (zucchini, tomato, roasted red pepper, and onion) with parmesan for a decadently delicious vegetarian dish. Moderately priced, traditional tastes dominate the afternoon and evening menu like a black bear in a hot-dog-eating contest. Snag the Burger Di Carlo ($7, or $8 for a black-bean burger), the B.L.A.T (a B.L.T. plus avocado, $8.50), or the spinach salad ($9), among other options. Pair eats with liquid accompaniment in the form of beer, wine, cocktails, or a variety of non-alcoholic sips.
Spearheaded by a duo of gastrominds, Bar Carlo fills the neighborhood niche with eats as honest as Abe, but with less top hats. Quaint and unassuming, the restaurant is a non-intimidating stop for strollers in the Paris-esque Foster-Powell area. Here, specials are lovingly scribbled on a chalkboard, cookies tempt from glass jars, and the staff is friendly and welcoming. New house-made pastries and desserts beg to be plucked and then subsequently protected from ravenous wildlife during park-bench pit stops.
Bar Carlo is closed Tuesdays.
Though some reviewers warn of not-so-speedy service, Yelpers drool over the breakfast menu, giving Bar Carlo four stars. Eighty-one percent of Urbanspooners recommend Bar Carlo, and the Portland Mercury gave it a glowing review.
- Breakfast, though, is where Bar Carlo really won me over; it's the meal that elevates this little space, transforming a restaurant that might initially seem grubby and unpolished into a funky, charming find. – Allison Hallett, Portland Mercury
- The kitchen is spot on, the servers are solid and the coffee is delicious. We are grateful that Bar Carlo is in the mighty FOPO! – Brad Stewart, Urbanspoon
Foster - Powell
6433 Foster Road
Portland, Oregon 97206Get Directions