Filed under: Middle Eastern, Northeast Portland, Southeast Portland | Tags: grass-fed beef, middle eastern food, paleo, Portland
Grass-fed Beef! Get on it, in case you haven’t already. Not only is grass-fed meat gaining popularity, but it’s freaking good for you (high in Omega-3). FYI: Crossfit Portland sells grass-fed ground beef, roasts and steaks from Neiffer Triangle 4 Ranch! Cheaper than at the supermarket! :D
Finding grass-fed at restaurants is slowly getting popular, at least in Portland that is. Not only is the meat at restaurants local, but the next step IMO is for it to be grass-fed. Dick’s and Ox has made that step, others will soon jump on the band wagon as well. The big question is, will they skimp on the portion size as soon as they switch to grass-fed? Well, let’s find out! Hoda’s is in the Southeast, but also has another location in Northeast Fremont and 47th. We NEVER would have known about this restaurant if Jason Stein hadn’t told us about it! Thanks Jason! Here is what they have displayed on every table. Click to enlarge.
Grass fed beef! That’s pretty sweet. But are they worth the amount of meat per dollar? Let’s see…
What we ordered:
- #1 Kafta Kabob Plate (two skewers of 100% grass-fed natural ground beef kabob served with choice of rice or humos and a salad)
- #5 Beef Shawarma Plate (delicately flavored marinated 100% grass-fed natural beef, sauteed onions, served with humos, tahini sauce, and a salad)
How we ordered it: We ordered one regular salad and another salad with feta and olives for an extra $1.50 just to see what the difference would look like. The kabob plate was ordered with rice and hummus. The shawarma plate was ordered with hummus only. You have the choice to add Tabouleh for an extra $1 instead of rice, which would make it slightly more Paleo, but I’m not a big fan of tabouleh. Oh wait, tabouleh has gluten in it…nevermind then, problem solved
What we got:
Cost: Beef Kebab – $13, Beef Shawarma – $13, $1.50 for the extra olives and feta on the salad.
Quality: Hey! It’s grass-fed beef! Can’t argue with that!
Quantity: Surprisingly I could not finish my plate! I had the kebabs and it was more than enough food. Those kebabs were deceivingly very large. The Meat-O-Meter though finished off his plate like a champ and was fully satisfied.
Riddle me this: Why do so many people line up at Dick’s Kitchen, when Hoda’s is right down the street where you get so much more grass-fed goodness for your dollar.
I think we’ve made our point. Nuff said.