Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tasty n Sons - Portland, OR

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How do you best describe Tasty n Sons? Fusion? New American? Eclectic? A Foodie Must Eat? Vanguard? Regardless of how the food is best described, one word to describe Tasty is popular.  Along a section of Williams Street which I call restaurant row, finding parking is a witch.

The waitress was pleasant, knowledge, and easily breezed through our questions above the din of the enthusiastic hip crowd.

We started off with a Meat and Cheese Board that came with a variety of charcuterie meats, cheeses, and artisan bread.  I've forgotten the esoteric names of most. The venison stood among the meats and the blue cheese stood out among the many excellent cheeses.

The Bouillabaisse was considered a bigger plate option but as you can see from the photo above it wasn't filled to the brim with of mussels, clams, prawns, octopus, and fish. The broth was mildly flavorful and competent. The bread was smashing - crispy, crunchy and topped off with a full flavored addictive garlic aioli.  Overall it was nice but it didn't quite fulfill expectations, especially at this price point.

Pork Shank Adobo.  The pork was tender but wasn't at the melt off the bones tender stage. The pork had Asian flavors reminiscent of star anise and five spice.  This dish was competent but didn't have the wow factor I was expecting.

Tasty n Sons has a great atmosphere, very good service, and food that holds promise. Of the three, the food was the weak link but there is enough promise and offbeat offerings for return visits.

Restroom Rating:  Tasty does not have its own restroom but directs patrons to a community restroom.

3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 621-1400

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