Glass of bubbly, bruschetta, and seasonally prepared pasta from Bluehour Happy Hour Menu, 6/19/2013 

I’ve somehow managed to come here four times over the last couple of years. Dinner, lunch, happy hour – you name it, I’ve done it.

This is one of those quintessential places in Portland that most people know of, and maybe have been there for a special occasion. Well – if I have anything to say about it, save your special occasion for VQ or Ox, and head here any weekday for Happy Hour, cause that’s where the sweet spot is.

Their happy hour menu has been completely revamped since last time I was here (Winter 2012) and it’s awesome. $20 bottles of really decent cava, white or red (we had both the cava and red and I have to say these are great values). While I can’t say I loved the house-made pasta, the bruschetta was fabulous and I have no doubt much of the menu is worth further exploration.

Downsides….this place is snooty. Our waiter didn’t smile at us once and preemptively dropped off our bill before we had finished and we had to explain not only did we want another round of drinks, we wanted a dessert menu. Come on Bluehour, you’re better than that!

Lunch here is crazy overpriced – $17 for a chicken salad I could have made easily at home. Sorry, not impressed. Dinner wasn’t memorable either (although I must say, I was eyeing some of the dishes being served that looked really beautiful when we were enjoying our happy hour).

The best thing I tasted there, though, was one of their desserts.Cordillera Chocolate Torte –
buttered popcorn ice cream, peanut caramel, honey roasted peanuts – it was sort of ridiculous. I would come back just for that dessert and a glass of port. Done!


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