For the Carnivorous Foodie in all of us….by Jessica Chang

February 23, 2010, 12:46 am
Filed under: American, Fast Food | Tags: ,


Burgerville now has a “Protein Platter”, though unbeknownst to some of the employees, they do make them and serve them!

Here is the MEAT-O-METER’s financial analysis and overall opinion of the matter:

We went to the Burgerville on NE Grand by the Lloyd Center and ordered the platter. The checkout person knew what were asking for but warned us it is so rarely ordered that they have to remind the cooks how to make it. Great.

$5.69 and you get the following. 2 x 1/4 lb beef patties and a weak side salad. There is also a chicken and turkey option.

We realized the receipt said bacon comes on the platter so we asked for it. We got it for free but was warned it actually might not come with the platter. So, I can’t guarantee it is included in the $5.69.

Ok, the receipt for the platter was revealing. Apparently, protein is not an important enough macronutrient to make the list. I was bummed.

(In case you can’t read it, the upper right hand corner has Calories, Fiber, Fat, Carbs for their categories)

We ordered a lone beef patty to compare.

After all that, here is what we know.

1) One beef patty is about 17-18 grams of protein – $1.75
2) Protein platter is 2 beef patties, 35 grams of protein -$5.69.
3) You can just order two beef patties for $3.50 and get the same amount of protein. By ordering the platter, you are paying $2.19 or 62% more for a weak, iceberg lettuce side salad. Assuming no bacon here.

Also, the Classic Burgerville burger that comes with 1 patty, bun, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and sauce is $3.39. You are paying $1.64 or 94% more for the bun, piece of lettuce, wedge of tomatoe, and slice of cheese. Oh, and if you get the combo meal with the fries and soft drink, it is way more.

4) I hear a lot from friends who have never tried Paleo say that it is expensive. Well, for the extra $1.64 or $2.19 you are spending on the Classic or the Platter, you could be doing a whole lot more for yourself. If we consider the fries and soft drink, get ready for a Paleo bonanza. The snack plate I made for myself below is 3 oz of Almond butter from Trader Joes ($0.94), 4 oz carrot ( $0.25), and 5 oz celery ($0.72) from New Seasons. $1.91 total, give or take.

Update: I couldn’t finish the whole snack plate. There was over 1/2 lb of veggies there and it turns out it is very filling.

In summary, I would stick with the $1.75 beef patties from Burgerville and just get me a bag of mixed veggies to munch on. For rating, see pic below.


Ahhhh, Burgerville.  In my non-Paleo days, the seasonal milkshake would be a reward to myself.  Like ice cream it is an achilles of mine and I will always have fond memories of it.  I do miss it.  Well, they do serve meat, so maybe there’s a way to not totally elminate Burgerville from my life.  So we tried it, we ordered Paleo at Burgerville.  Not possible you say?  You might just be right.

What we ordered:  2 Tillamook Cheeseburgers.  Yeah, we could have done without the cheese, but we really wanted to give Burgerville a chance.

How we ordered it: No bun.

What we got:


Using our Chinook book coupon for 1 free cheeseburger when a 2nd one of equal or greater value is purchased, the damage didn’t seem too bad.

Cost: $3.69 for 1 burger, with the coupon we got 2!

Quality: The meat patty actually tasted like beef!  They use 100% Anitibiotic and Hormone Free Beef from Country Natural Beef and their food sources are local!

Quantity: 1 burger at $3.69 is definitely not enough for a meal.



The meat actually tasted like beef!  Having local sources for food is a plus.  The amount of meat for the price was horrible.  They did serve the meat in containers that are compostable, which was nice on their part.  But overall, not really worth the visit for just one meat patty.  Burgerville may just have to remain a fond memory….

3 Degrees
January 13, 2010, 3:18 pm
Filed under: American, Breakfast, Southwest Portland | Tags: , ,

1510 Southwest Harbor Way, Portland, OR‎

(503) 295-6166‎

Happy birthday Kristi !  A long time reader and new Crossfitter!  We had Sunday birthday brunch at 3 Degrees recently.  So we decided to make a Meateats post out of it!  They have bottomless champagne on Sunday mornings!  Woohoo!  :P

What we ordered:  3 Degrees Omelet – sausage, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, goat cheese.  Corned Beef and Sweet Potato Hash.

How we ordered it: No side of potatoes add in avocado, sub in side of fruit.

What we got:

Corned Beef and Sweet Potato Hash w/ poached eggs

Side of bacon and Side of sausage

3 Degrees Omelet

Side of fruit

Cost:  Corned Beef and Sweet Potato Hash – $11, 3 Degrees Omelete – $10, Side of Bacon or Sausage or Ham – $4

Quality: This is a nice restaurant and the quality was pretty good.  Everything was nicely presented and tasted just like good breakfast food.

Quantity: The quantity was OK too.  It was regular, normal, about right, not too little, but not a lot….


In case you’re confused.  The thumb is pointing towards him and the finger means he’s drunk!  hahaha!   The finger is for the bottomless champagne for $6.95.  Seriously, that was pretty good.  If you go with intention and bring a bucket, you can really capitalize on this offer.

December 30, 2009, 1:21 pm
Filed under: American, Fast Food | Tags: ,

Unfortunately not in Oregon :(

If you’ve never been to In-N-Out, we highly suggest you visit one!  There are only 4 items on their menu. Double Double Burger, Cheeseburger, Hamburger and Fries (which are fresh and awesome too, if you want to cheat a bit).  Of course they have the regular libations at a fast food place, but also an assortment of milkshakes.  I hear they are tasty!  Not that I would know  :P

We were in Arizona for Christmas.  Everytime we go there or to California, we go to In-N-Out.  They have a Secret menu, with options to order your burger “Protein-Style” or “Animal-Style”.  “Protein-Style” burger means no bun.  “Animal-Style” means mustard and relish cooked on your patty.

For a list of all the items on the Secret Menu, check this link out!

What we ordered:  2 Double Double burgers

How we ordered it: 2 “Protein-Style” Double Double burgers please! No cheese or special sauce. Add onions!

What we got:

Protein Style Double Double Burger

Cost: cheap, it is fast food afterall…Double Double Burger – $2.99 + tax = $3.25-ish….

Quality:  Their motto is – Quality you can taste.  It’s pretty darn accurate.  Their veggies are all cut on site.  For a quick easy meal while you’re traveling to the Southwest – In-N-Out is perfect!

Quantity: If you order “Protein Style” and you’re hungry, definitely get at least two of them!


Since we were in Arizona for only a few days, we had to make the most of our In ‘n Out experience.  Going on Christmas Eve (which was busy by the way) and on Sunday after Christmas, we ordered as many variations of the “Protein Style” burger as possible.  We ordered the “Protein Style” burger with “Animal Style” additions.  (mustard and relish on the patty).  Also you can add pickles and fried onions.  Mmmmmmm….so good.

We would love to open up an In-N-Out joint, but it is still a privately owned family business.  Their employees get benefits!  That’s pretty sweet.

In-N-Out is a multiple stop restaurant for your Paleo needs fer sure!!!!!

October 24, 2009, 3:07 pm
Filed under: American, Breakfast, North Portland | Tags: , ,

3957 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

(503) 287-8800

Ya know when somebody describes something to you and they say,”My meal was the size of a football!”, or “The meat was huge, like a baby’s head!”….well, maybe not a baby’s head, but you get what I mean.  Usually when this is being said, it’s really a slight exaggeration.  However at Gravy the size of the omelettes are REALLY the size of a SMALL FOOTBALL!!  It was crazy.  I think the MEAT-O-METER’s eyes popped out of his head when he saw his food.  (true exaggeration)

What we ordered:  Omelette w/ choice of 3 ingredients; bacon, sausage and smoked salmon.  Pork chop and eggs.  Both dishes were served w/ the choice of fruit, potatoes or hash browns.

How we ordered it:  The choice of ingredients for the omelette was really diverse.  There was a list of cheeses, list of veggies and list of meats to add.  This made it super easy to order Paleo.  We ordered the omelette w/ smoked salmon, double-wide bacon and sausage.  Pork and eggs were as is.  Both dishes ordered w/ bowl of fruit.

What we got:

Omelette w/ your choice of 3 ingredients.

Omelette w/ your choice of 3 ingredients.

Ummm, let’s see that again….

Inside of the build your own omelette.

Inside of the "Build your own omelette."


Pork Chop and Eggs

Pork Chops and Eggs

Cost:  Omelette – $9.25, Pork chops and eggs – $11.75

Quality:  Everything was very tasty.   The smoked salmon was a bit dry b/c it was cooked a little too long, but apparently you can also get the salmon on the side if you like, so that it doesn’t cook any longer while in the omelette.  I’d like to see how big that portion really is!  Sausage and bacon was excellent as well. 

Quantity:  The salmon in the omelette was literally a whole filet. We had never seen anything so ginormous!  The pic pretty much speaks for itself.  The Pork Chops were perfect!  I was definitely stuffed and very satisfied. 




First meal in a long time where the MEAT-O-METER barely finished!  It was a struggle but he did it and he was proud.  It takes a lot to make him stuffed to the gills.  Warning, do NOT go here on the weekend.  If you go, be prepared to wait.  During the weekdays, you are golden!  They’re open until 3pm, so get in for a late breakfast and notice you will not have to eat for many many many hours.

Yay for Gravy!

Arista Restaurant and Patio
October 20, 2009, 10:07 am
Filed under: American, Southeast Portland | Tags: , , ,

NO LONGER EXISTS!!! LUCKY STRIKE now resides here.


Yay!  A great new spectacular restaurant!  A new coupon popped up on  There was a September sale on the coupons.  Since it was’s 9th anniversary, they made all their coupons 90% off for 90 hours starting 9/9/09!!!  We bought a bunch of them for $1!!!

Anywho, Arista was a new restaurant and it’s located in the same building as the Hawthorne Theatre on SE 39th and Hawthorne.  The inside used to be the Indian restaurant, but now they totally remodeled it and it looks very shi-shi inside.  Hence, the dark photos following….

What we ordered:  Soups!  Their soup du jour was Squash Soup.  We also got a menu favorite, Wild Coho Chowder, Sweet potato fries, and for an entree we got the Wild Coho.

How we ordered it:  Soups as is, yes chowder does have dairy in it, so not ideal, but not a terrible choice b/c it’s soooo freakin’ good.  Sweet potato fries as is.  Wild Coho came with a side of red potatoes, so we substituted for whatever their seasonal vegetable was; here it was mashed parsnips.

What we got:

squash soup

Squash Soup

Salmon chowder

Wild Coho Chowder

sweet potato fries

Sweet Potato Fries


Wild Coho

Cost:  Soups – $5 each, Sweet potato Fries – $2 (It was happy hour!), Wild Coho – $15

Quality:  You could tell that they put in a lot of care into their dishes.  The salmon was nice and rare!  Tender and tasty.

Quantity:  For $5 the soups were a great find!  For the quality of the salmon, the amount was perfect.  We were definitely stuffed after this meal.


IMG_1188Arista’s happy hour menu is pretty fantabulous as well.  $2 sweet potato fries! Geez, we should have gotten 2 of them.  And the soups, which weren’t on the Happy hour menu, were $5.  Even better!

It’s interesting though, the more hoity toity the restaurant, the easier it is to order Paleo.  Most higher end restaurants put quality foods into their dishes, so most of the time you can order As-is.  Arista isn’t really super expensive, but you can order As-is for most of their dishes.  Awesome!  This was a great find!

Russell Street Bar-B-Que
September 25, 2009, 1:36 pm
Filed under: American, Barbecue, North Portland | Tags: ,

325 NE Russell St., Portland, OR 97212
(503) 528-8224

This restaurant is so close by, it’s a wonder why it took me so long to get post this!  Sorry for those patiently anticipating….but if you don’t know our favorite rib joint by now, you’re out of the loop and Russell’s not it.  

What we ordered: Meat-a-palooza Platter! (Comes with your choice of 3 meats, I chose brisket, pulled pork and a sausage link), The Half rack of Baby Back Pork Rib Platter.

How we ordered it:  Each platter comes with two sides.  Your choice of mac’n cheese, cole slaw, greens, fries, barbecue beans, candied yams, potatoe salad and house tossed salad.  We of course went with the greens and the candied yams.

What we got:


Brisket Dinner

MEAT-a-palooza Platter



Ribs Special

Cost:  Half rack of baby back ribs – $13.50, Meat-a-palooza Platter – $16.00

Quantity:  The amount of meat you get is moderate.  With the Meat-a-Palooza, I was expecting 3 ginormous plates or something.  With a name like that, I was definitely disappointed.  Those with large appetites may leave hungry.  It’s no Podnah’s Tuesday Rib special, but it’s a tasty meal.  

Quality:  The meat is great!  It is tasty, falls-off-the-bone delicious and moist.



(Pic coming soon)

Elnetta’s Specialty Restaurant
September 2, 2009, 11:37 am
Filed under: American, Barbecue, Northeast Portland

Oh no!  Our rib restaurant alternate has shut down, unfortunately.  I’m glad we got a taste while it lasted!

3024 NE Alberta, Portland, OR, 97211

(503) 287-0766

Elnetta’s was a new restaurant posting on!  This restaurant is located in the old Vita Cafe building.  (Vita Cafe moved across the street).  We had to try this place, especially since their menu included ribs.  Having already found a favorite rib place, Podnah’s, we didn’t have very high expectations.  Having a coupon and the fact that this place was a family owned business, we figure it was worth a try.  Good thing we were pleasantly surprised…

What we ordered: Slab of St. Louis Ribs!

How we ordered it: Ribs with a side of Cabbage greens.

What we got:


Complementary homemade bean salsa w/ chips (non-paleo).



Side o' greens

Side o' greens

Don't forget the sauce!

Don't forget the sauce!

Cost: Slab of St. Louis Ribs – $16, Side of Cabbage Greens – $3.00

Quantity:  Elnetta’s rib amount comes very very close to Podnah’s.  Friends joined us for dinner later and ordered the same thing and their pate of ribs had a second tier!   Ah welll, not sure what happened there, but regardless, both serving sizes were plentiful!

Quality: Fantastic!  I’m not sure what the difference between St. Louis Ribs and Texas Ribs and the millions of other types of ribs out there, but these were some tasty pieces of meat!


IMG_0941We figure considering the amount of ribs you get at Podnah’s for $20, Elnetta’s comes very close.  This place is great, it’s unique, in a great location and great food.  We definitely highly recommend this place if Podnah’s runs out of ribs.  With the $25 coupon from, it’s even better.

Mo’s – Cannon Beach
July 7, 2009, 2:02 pm
Filed under: American, Seafood | Tags: , , ,

3400 SE Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110

If you’re a first time visitor to Cannon Beach or to the Oregon Coast for that matter, Mo’s is the place to go.  It’s touristy, it’s got merchandise and apparently they have world famous Clam Chowder.  But if you’re eating Paleo and not into touristy things, then Mo’s is really not the place for you.

However, because everybody says you should try it because of their oyster shooters, it wouldn’t kill us to try it…or would it….;)

What we ordered:  Fish dinner with side of potatoes and choice of salad, cole slaw or something else…I can’t remember, and  steamed oysters for appetizer.

How we ordered it:  The Salmon dinner with side of seasonal vegetables instead of potatoes with side of salad.  The Cod dinner with side of seasonal vegetable instead of potatoes and cole slaw.  Steamed oysters were as is.

What we got:

 The Cod dinner is not pictured because it is exactly the same as the Salmon dinner and really not much to look at.


Salmon dinner w/ green beans

Salmon dinner w/ green beans and that gluten thing on the left that was not eaten.

Side shrimp salad

Side shrimp salad

Steamed oysters

Steamed oysters

Cost:  Salmon dinner – $11, Steamed oyster (8)- $10

Quantity:  The green beans may have been frozen, maybe not…nothin’ special.  A good portion of fish was served, but still left a little hungry and unsatisfied.

Quality:  Fish was a little overcooked.  Definitely needed to use the lemon, and salt and pepper to add some more flavor.  The steamed oysters were pretty darn good actually.




OK, Mo’s was alright,  We did not try their famous clam chowder due ot the dairy, so maybe we just missed the best thing ever, but as far as Paleo on your travels, this one was…edible.  The portions were nothing spectacular.   As far as the taste, except for the oysters, it’s pretty close to something I could cook at home and we all know that I don’t/can’t cook.  If you can, find the one Thai restaurant in town for Paleo.  Good luck!

Kenton Station Bar and Grill
June 29, 2009, 8:25 pm
Filed under: American, North Portland | Tags: , , ,

 8303 N Denver Ave., Portland, Oregon 97217

This place is a great sports bar/pub that;s great for large parties.  Close to Delta Park, you can go there after a game of ultimate frisbee, softball, soccer, or whatever you are doing in North Portland.  It’s open until 11 pm; later than most restaurants in Portland.

 What we ordered:  Porkchop with pears, mushrooms and onions, Paul Bunyan Burger and side salad

How we ordered it:  Porkchops with no potatoes, extra vegetables.  Paul Bunyan Burger with no bun.  Side salad with oil and vinegar.

What we got: 

Side salad w/ oil and vinegar

Side salad w/ oil and vinegar

Porkchops w/ onions and mushrooms

Porkchops w/ onions and mushrooms

Paul Bunyan Burger

Paul Bunyan Burger - should have asked for no cheese....

Cost:  Porkchops were the special of the night – $11-ish, oh crap, I can’t remember the prices…, Paul Bunyan Burger – $13-ish, Side salad – $5-ish?????

Quantity:  Holy burger!  That’s ‘why they call it the Paul Bunyan!  There are two eggs under there and some bacon and ham….nuff said.

Quality:  OK, it’s about what you would expect from a bar. 



Eh, it ws satisfactory I’d say.  This place is really great for a large party.  They’ve got sports playing on all the easily viewable televisions and pretty good food.  This place has got a lot of character too.  It’s in an old building and it used to be something cool, but I forget what it was.

Our coupon rocked for this!  Worth it with the coupon, but not without.

Stepping Stone Cafe
June 11, 2009, 2:43 pm
Filed under: American, Northwest Portland | Tags: , , ,

2390 NW Quimby St, Portland,  Oregon

What we ordered:  D’s Eggs with Sausage, Cobb Salad, Blueberry Milkshake…not Paleo

How we ordered it:  D’s eggs (5 scrambled EGGS! with onions, mushrooms, sliced tomatoes and peppers) w/ chopped sausage, Cobb Salad – subbed in artichoke hearts and olives for blue cheese and tomato.  Blueberry Milkshake – as is….sorry for those of you going strict this month!

What we got:

Cobb Salad

Cobb Salad

Stepping Stone Cafe 003

D's Eggs

Cost:  Cobb Salad – $9, D’s Eggs with Sausage – $7.75, Fresh Blueberry milkshake – $5.25

Quality:  Cobb Salad had real organic greens.  (so much nicer than iceberg lettuce), D’s eggs was mighty tasty!  The quality of the vegetables was great, eggs were nicely fluffily scrambled.  Blueberry milkshake was the seasonal milkshake made with real fruit.  I think the below picture says it all.

Quantity:  The size of the Cobb Salad could have been a little larger.  It made up for itself in quality though.  For the size, the amount of chicken provided was pretty darn good.  D’s egg had 5 eggs in it!  Did I mention 5 already?  I couldn’t even finish it.


Stepping Stone Cafe 004

He likes it! He likes it!  Given the location in the Alphabet District and besides the fact that we had a $10 off coupon, (that you can also purchase for yourself at, this place is really affordable!  They were able to substitute foods.  Though they are particular about what specifically you can do, so read the fine print. 

Stepping Stone was decorated with lots of knick knacks ‘n stuff on the wall.  I did like the decorations that were hanging from the ceiling.  They were random, brightly colored shiny things that were connected to the front door with fish wire.  Everytime the door opens and closes these brightly colored things would move up and down.  It’s something small that added a lot of character.  In case you couldn’t tell, I like shiny things…

From the mouth of Dr.  Michael Freels, “FANTASTIC!


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