Restaurant Review: Irving Street Kitchen + Great Friends

Restaurant Review: Irving Street Kitchen + Great Friends
I think I can speak for a lot of people, the past couple weeks have been SO crazy. Busy with work, personal, friends, family, summer etc. – things were getting out of hand. Drew went back to work, Kristi was in NY for work for a couple days, so I had the house to myself until Sunday. I was thankful to get some down time (although, being home alone is the WORST). 
My great friend Nicole, was going to be in town from LA & we had made plans to grab dinner. We both wanted to try something new and decided on Irving Street Kitchen.
We both started with a drink, the Penicillin (ha!) 

It was super tasty! Very refreshing and I’m on a big tequila kick lately. Maybe it’s because of summer! Either way it was so good, I had two..or maybe three. Who is counting? 
Next, we were recommended the fried chicken (house specialty) and the salmon. So we got both to share. The house special cornbread caught our eyes. We decided we needed to try it! 

Not bad, not bad at all! The food was so fresh and if I had to pick, I think I liked the Salmon better. It had a crust that was to die for. 
Next, we couldn’t say no to dessert. 
I had…BIG SHOCK the Root Beer float with smoked caramel ice cream and Nicole had Butterscotch pudding, roasted banana caramel, peanut butter bon bons

Both, again super flavorful. All the flavors were bold and paired so well together. It’s a must try if you are in Portland. I can’t believe it took me so long to go. The space is also beautiful. I will be back to try more things on the menu.

More importantly, was the company and conversation of this dinner. Nicole and I have been friends for a long time. We have helped each other through many difficult times. It is amazing to me, after all these years we both still can sit and talk through our lives’ battles. She knows exactly how to handle me. She says the words I need to hear to get the point, without hurting my feelings. I am so lucky to have someone to sit across from and spill my guts too, who is so kind and compassionate and really gets me. Thank you for being my friend and thank you for always being you. You never judge me and love me unconditionally. I’m lucky to call you my friend.

And with that, our night had ended. Until the next time I see you, we are off to fight our fights- but I am only one call away. I miss you already Nic

Love, Rachel xo



  1. June 30, 2014 / 7:43 pm

    This looks amazing, especially the desserts! I usually indulge a lot on cocktails and appetizers but will definitely need to save room for BOTH those desserts!

  2. June 30, 2014 / 10:37 pm

    I love Irving Street Kitchen, I feel like it's just a solid Portland restaurant with a nice ambiance. Last time I was there (which was a few months ago now…) I had a few of the same cocktail and I'm almost positive it was the Penicillin! It was so good 🙂 That butterscotch pudding is also amazing…not surprised you got the root beer float though haha!

  3. July 1, 2014 / 3:26 pm

    that root beer float. are you kidding me?

  4. July 1, 2014 / 3:51 pm

    Sounds like a great place….and I really want to try those desserts!

  5. July 1, 2014 / 5:28 pm

    My husband and I ate there as one of our happy hour explorations and were a little disappointed. But it looks like we have to return for a full meal! Hahaha, or at least dessert! 🙂

  6. July 2, 2014 / 7:55 pm

    Yum! Aren't lady dates the best and it's such a great spot. I'm pregnant but have been craving a margarita and my husband got one and I asked if I could just smell it. lol 🙂

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