One of Groupon’s current deals is for Lucky Strike. One is to pay $12 for $25 worth of food for any weekend or weekday. The other is $15 for $30 worth of food, but only can be used on the weekdays. You can buy a max of 3 Groupins by “gifting” 2 to a lucky friend that you will use it with or your significant other. Go get one or two or three!!
Filed under: Chinese, Southeast Portland | Tags: authentic chinese, Chinese, paleo, Portland
3862 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland, OR 97214
We were on our way to a favorite restaurant of ours called ARISTA. Then we find out that it closed! Up popped in Lucky Strike. A bit disappointed, but excited to try a new restaurant! We heard that Lucky Strike was good and also that they were super spicy. Given the cool name, out interests were peaked.
What we ordered: Chicken on Fire, Chives with Egg, Twice Cooked Pork, Kung Pao Chicken
How we ordered it: As is. No rice.
What we got:
Cost: Hot Pepper Chicken Bath – $10, Kung Pao Chicken – $9, Twice Cooked Pork – $10, Chive Stir-fried with Egg – $7.
Quality: So on their menu they state that all their meat is from local farms. They write which meat is from what farm, it’s so Portland! A Chinese restaurant that serves real authentic Chinese food and is concerned about where their meat comes from. Hmm, could this place be the best of both worlds?
Quantity: This was not too bad. The fact that most authentic Chinese restaurants would charge between $10 and $18 for major entrees, this really wasn’t that bad.
This was after I dared him to eat one red pepper. OK, so some people’s palettes can handle really spicy food, but geez, they are some special people. You can get other entrees that are not spicy and somewhat Paleo, but they are limited to the Chives with eggs and the baby bok choy. If you are looking for a solid cheat, go for the Seafood Pancake. (so good) Otherwise, it was pretty easy to order Paleo here, everything can be ordered as is. If you love spicy food and don’t need rice to help alleviate the painful temperature in your mouth then this is the place for you!
Filed under: Chinese, Southeast Portland | Tags: Chinese, paleo, southeast portland
Review coming soon! Sorry all for the delay in posts. After a 3 week vaca in China and then I recently got my computer and camera stolen!
(I curse the day those evil people were born!)
So no camera yet, I’m working on it. However, we did just eat at a great restaurant on 39th and Hawthorne called Lucky Strike.
This will be my first review back after our 3 month meateats hiatus!
Thanks everyone for still coming back! Hopefully within the week I’ll be able to get my reviews and the Meat-O-Meter back up and running again!
Filed under: Chinese, Northwest Portland | Tags: Chen's Good Taste, Chinese, Northwest Portland, paleo
18 NW 4th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97209
I really believe that cleanliness of the interior of a restaurant affects a restaurant experience. It’s odd because I would go to a Mexican taco stand and have no problems there. Maybe because this restaurant is in downtown Portland and I would expect a little bit of a cleaner atmosphere, but I think the cleanliness really did affect our visit this time. Call me a hypocrite, but I could not get over it.
It was very promising walking in; tiny, hole in the wall, cooked duck hanging out in the window, about half of the room was filled w/ other Asians. It looked a bit dirty, but it felt a bit dirty too.
What we ordered: Beef Brisket Hot Pot, Tripe Hot Pot, Garlic Bok Choy.
How we ordered it: Hold the rice!
What we got:
Cost: Each Hot Pot dish was about $9.95, Bok Choy – $7.95
Quality: I have no idea where this meat came from. In general, it tasted the way we would have expected. Personally, both meats were a bit too chewy for me. Not for the light stomached. Nothin’ special.
Quantity: There was plenty to go around and then some.
BTW, that is the largest indoor bamboo plant that I’ve ever seen!
Maybe it was the dim lighting or the hygenically (is this a word?) odd event that we witnessed in the kitchen, which I will not go into detail here. Go at your own risk. Yelp reviews were generally positive, which I was surprised. But heck this restaurant has been there a long time and it sort of has a bit of a legacy, so maybe it’s reputation precedes itself to others. Go forth at your own risk!
Filed under: Chinese, Hot Pot, Southwest Portland | Tags: Chinese, Hot Pot, paleo
Ready to experience something different? Going to a hot pot restaurant will be sure to spice up the typical restaurant experience.
“Hot Pot” consists of a simmering metal pot of stock at the center of the dining table. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. Typical hot pot dishes include thinly sliced meat, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, egg dumplings, and seafood. The cooked food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce. (Thanks Wiki!)
This is what “Hot Pot City” looks like:
Nice steaming hot broth ready to be consumed!
If you’re worried about what you’re supposed to do at a hot pot restuarant, here is what we like to do; specifically at Hot Pot City.
1) Order broth type.
2) Obtain frozen meat and veggies and dipping sauce from buffet.
3) Using your chopsticks, place a couple pieces of meat and veggies into the boiling broth. (If you put too many pieces of frozen meat in your broth, it will take longer to cook.)
4) After cooking the desired amount in the broth, use the provided strainer to dish it onto your provided small bowl. Eating hot pot means the meat is all thinly sliced or cut into small pieces in order for fast cooking time. One thin slice of meat only takes 15-30 seconds to cook.
5) Dish more food into the broth to cook. Be sure to dip your chopsticks in the hot broth before you start eating or use a second pair of chopsticks.
6) Dip into dipping sauce and eat!
7) Repeat steps 3-6. It’s an efficient system, you’ll get the hang of it.
This will be your place setting:
What we ordered: There are different broth types, meat broth, chinese cilantro with egg, spicy meat…After you cook all your food in the broth and eat it, the leftover broth will be full of flavor and deliciousness!!
How we ordered it: We tried everything in the buffet line. The only processed carbs were the noodles and tofu, very easy to skip!
What we got:
There was also, sliced lamb, sliced pork, sliced beef, oysters (huge), tripe, pork tendon, fish balls, whole shrimp, beef balls, pig feet…yes it was delicious….veggies were: bok choy, chinese cabbage, mushrooms, yams, radish, tomato….They bring out a lot of different stuff.
Cost: $14.95 for dinner. Very well priced for all you can eat goodness!
Quality: We’re not sure about their meat source. It’s probably not as fresh as we’d like, since it does need to be frozen, but it does the job good, really good!
Quantity: Holy cow, like the Brazil Grill, it’s hard to know when to stop!
The ends of his lips are actually curled upwards! Hot Pot City may be the best of the best so far! This restaurant is great if you have just come from spending the day up at the mountain. Hot broth is perfect for this type of occasion. Like other buffets, make sure you’re starving before you get there so you get the most out of it. This restaurant is located near PSU, so a lot of students go there. That could be why the price is so great. Don’t miss this great Paleo-friendly dining experience!
HAPPY Chinese New Year! It’s the year of the Ox. It is the sign of prosperity through fortitude and hard work. This year we went to eat dim sum and with fortitude and hard work we will recover from our meal. Dim sum, is not very Paleo friendly, but with fortitude and hard work it can be. If you have never been it’s quite an experience and we highly recommend trying it once in your life.
Dim sum - Dishes are served in small portions and include a variety of different meats, vegetables and seafood. They are served in a steamer basket or small plate. Nice ladies push a cart around with different dim sum dishes and you just point to which one you want and they give it to you.
What we ordered: ”hum bow” barbecue pork buns, “shu-mai” – pork, open faced dumpling, tripe, boiled spare ribs, steamed broccoli stems, “lo mai gai” lotus leaf sticky rice, taro root pancake and shrimp balls.
OK, not at all Paleo, except for the broccolli stems, tripe and spare ribs and maybe the taro root. We did a work out after the meal. Like I said, it’s gonna take some hard work to recover.
How we ordered it: Point and eat!
What we got: We were ordering with 3 other non-Paleo people, so we didn’t eat all of it, honest!
Yes, you do see some bread like food there. We did have some self control.
This little dude was just hangin’ out as we walked into the restaurant. We didn’t have any, but I’m sure it would have been tasty.
Cost: The more people in your party, the better. Dim sum at Legin ranges from $2.00 to $6.00. Most items you would get are between $2-$4. For 5 people it was $15 per person and we had a lot leftover.
Quantity: Though the nature of dim sum is small plates, it fills you up fast!
Quality: A little on the greasy side, very tasty though.
Other dim sum dishes are strictly meat. Such as chicken with the bone, boiled spare ribs, sliced barbecue pork, chicken feet, tripe, jelly fish and beef meat balls. Unfortunately most dim sum has breading around meat, but if the restaurant has a wide variety of different types of dishes it should satisfy your Paleo appetite. Legin wasn’t as diverse as we like. Hence the OK rating.