Unlike visiting a new neighbor’s house, visiting a steakhouse comes with a virtual guarantee that you’ll be welcomed, fed, and trusted with knives. Make a hunger-halting house call with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of traditional American fare and drinks during brunch or dinner hours at Sylvan Steakhouse and Saloon. This Groupon is not valid during happy hour or lunch.
Waiters and waitresses sidle through Sylvan Steakhouse and Saloon's cozy interior, presenting large platters of family-style, down-home American fare. While nestled in high-backed booths, early birds can peruse a brunch menu teeming with hearty blends of fresh, local ingredients, including duos of fluffy biscuits and gravy ($4.95) and steak and eggs ($9.95). Or, diners can find seats out on the large sundeck to soak up the previous night's moon-ray residue while enjoying thick belgian waffles, whose squared rivets are ideal for supporting piles of fresh strawberries ($6.95) or creating trenches for warring Lego armies. The dinner hour attracts neighborhood noshers with a robust bill of steak-centric fare, an earthy wooded bar, and an 82-inch flat-screen that showcases at least three times more sports games than the average yogurt commercial. Northwest farmers provide Sylvan with its juicy, 100% ground-chuck burger patties, which weigh in at half a pound and lend their flavors to handhelds such as the Outrageous Sylvan Steakhouse burger, topped with an egg, ham, and cheese ($11.95). The BLTA sandwich offers an update to the standard bread-bound staple, with roasted turkey, avocado, and a lonely A joining the ranks of bacon, lettuce, and tomato ($8.95). The baseball-cut sirloin steak ($14.95/8 oz., $18.95/12 oz.) takes the lead as the Sylvan specialty, sliced extra thick from the best part of the sirloin and accompanied by two sides.
Sylvan Zoo House
It might not seem surprising that a place called Sylvan Zoo House would be filled with animal images, though this theme isn't limited to the decor: proceeds from one of the pub's burgers go to support the Portland Zoo. The burger in question is a monumental half-pound, all-natural Painted Hills beef patty topped with a mouthwatering combination of Tillamook cheddar, avocado, barbecue sauce, and applewood-smoked bacon. While this meal on a bun is one of the kitchen's signature items, the staff's additional talents are showcased on the menu of upscale pub food, including zesty Baja-style fish tacos, gluten-free pizzas, and petit filets dressed in an onion-walnut-gorgonzola cream sauce. Facing down these hearty dishes are local craft beers and wines. And Sylvan Zoo House also provides a feast for the eyes, with 21 flat-screen satellite TVs armed with an array of game packages.