Passing things can be one of mankind's most enjoyable experiences, be it blame, college entrance exams, or attractive strangers. Today's deal gives you the joy of passing plates. For $15, you get $35 worth of Spanish-style tapas, large-plate entrees, and libations at The Maiden on SE Morrison Street in the Buckman neighborhood. Famous sangrias and thirsty happy hours pair with free live music to remind patrons that civilization is still alive and well outside of the cubicle.
The Maiden offers escape from the rigors of the everyday with its sultry dining space punctuated by intimate candle lighting and the delicious aromas of fresh fare. Ornate glass lamps hang from golden chains overhead, bathing vermillion walls in the subtle glows of turquoise and saffron while diners peruse a menu of multi-sized delicacies. Small-plate tapas amuse the mouth with offerings of grilled asparagus with shaved manchego cheese and seasoned bread crumbs ($6) alongside favorites such as costillas, a helping of pork ribs marinated in a sherry-barbecue sauce ($9). Grab several small plates to share with friends for a leisurely night of nibbles, sips, and good conversation. If a lifetime as the only child precludes sharing, The Maiden serves up larger plates such as robust bowls of seafood paella with clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp, and mahi ($17), and mama-bear medium plates like the ceviche with homemade tortilla chips ($9).
Sharing plates can help you get closer to potential life-mates and teaches valuable lessons about when to stand up for yourself and when to sacrifice the last bite for your significant other or best bud. As you indulge in the succulent flavors and heady sips, live music fills the room throughout the week at 9 p.m., featuring local acts and the weekly presence of the Pete Krebs Trio each Monday eve. The after-work rush rewards sincere sippers with summer happy hours from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday-night liquid-dining discounts from 4 p.m. until closing.
- formerly the Maiden in the Mist, the Maiden retains the romantic charm and nautical theme of the former but the menu has been revamped with a Spanish theme. A tapas-like menu of small, medium and large plates offers a nice variety and a shareable experience. The bar has been updated to include Spanish wines, sangria and a bunch of house-infused vodkas. Check out the live jazz on Thursdays for something a little more romantic. – Portland Mercury
- Me and my husband have always enjoyed the tapas and their great wine. Their price is also reasonable...The place is cozy. They have an awesome chef definitely! – DancingButterfly, Citysearch
- First of all, nice atmosphere, great location. The decor is inviting & fun. Add to that the sea/pirate theme without the cool clamminess of being on a ship. Seriously- ever go to a restaurant and feel stiff and formal and uncomfortable in your chair, like the first thing you want to do when you get home is kick off your shoes, loosen your pants and kick back & relax? Well, at The Maiden, you don't feel that uncomfortable stiffness; you pretty much feel right at home. – flossiepossum, Citysearch