Restaurant Review: Grain & Gristle

Restaurant Review: Grain & Gristle

Time again for another restaurant. Now before we get into the review, I am going to say that sometimes your company & conversation can make any meal special. 

I had a rough last couple days, nothing too serious- but a night out with friends was exactly what I needed. So I rounded up Claire and Kristi and we headed out to a place I had been wanting to try forever… Grain & Gristle. 

Grain & Gristle had been given high accolades in the Portland food world. I checked out the menu and decided- that was the place. 

It’s a small establishment and we waited about 20 min until we sat down. We all ordered a drink and began to look over the menu. 

Here is what we decided on: 

To share- Deviled eggs- (a specialty the yolk/mustard/caper mixture with an anchovy one top) and Charred brussels sprouts with grainy mustard. 

Claire- burger, brioche roll, pickles, greens
Kristi- She got the special which I totally forgot to write down… it was a pimento cheese sandwich with bologna and fries. 
Me- braised beed stroganoff, pickled mushrooms, and pappardalle 

So…none of us were super in love with our choices. The food was good, don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t great. Nothing was out of this world but it was a good dinner. 
The deviled eggs were pretttttty salty. Claire said the burger was a decent burger. Kristi’s special was good, but not anything to write home about. The best dish was the  brussels sprouts. Those were awesome. Overall I was slightly disheartened by the meal. 
If you are in the neighborhood, I’d stop by- sadly I probably wouldn’t go hugely out of my way to make this place happen. 
There were other things on the menu, I think were worth trying so if I am ever back in the area I would try and report back.  I did appreciate the service and help on the menu when we asked questions. The vibe seemed to be a loyal clientele and I like the decor and feeling of the place. 
Try it and let me know what you think. 
Grain & Gristle 
1473 NE Prescott Portland, OR 

Love, Pdx Eats xo



  1. February 6, 2014 / 5:39 pm

    so many places in portland to try i might have to wait this one out and try a few others instead

  2. February 6, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    So when we tried this place out, I LOVED what I ordered but Cam thought his was just meh…but what they had on the menu was totally different since it was a few months ago…I think it's great that they change their menu with the seasons, but I think it's probably a good idea to look online and see what they have before going…plus it's in kind of an out of the way location so it's like you really have to make a point to go there. Overall, I think it's a pretty good value compared to some other Portland restaurants!

    • February 6, 2014 / 9:03 pm

      Jane- I totally agree. We all had a drink and all that food mentioned and our bill was $62 between 3 people. Not bad at all! I would go back if I was in the area and try out other items, but probably not anything we ordered. What did Cam have?

  3. February 7, 2014 / 6:07 pm

    I just went there for brunch and really enjoyed it! I had the lemon ricotta pancakes with a side of bacon. My companion had their hash. We both felt like the food was missing a certain layer of flavor. Without being in the kitchen or knowing their recipes, we both think they aren't using much fat {Butter/Olive Oil} in their dishes.

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