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#21 FoodKid

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 02:05 PM

you guys are afraid. KB has the best green chile burger in town. their burgers as a whole are great. griddled with awesome lacy edges... full of fat and juice, strong buns. 

Afraid of what? Of KB? I don't follow.



#22 Neven

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 02:08 PM

i suppose if a resturant comes around that isn't being run by a known chef, or serving obscure foreign delicacies its met with instant skepticism. however, you all rushed out to try bollywood theater and it sucks. 

 

I rushed out to try Bollywood Theater, and I've been rushing back regularly. It's fantastic. They serve interesting, unique-for-this-area, time-tested, flavorful food, cheaply and casually. I want way more of this kind of place than any other kind of place.

 

Less hand-wavy rhetoric, more talk of actual food / service / whatever, please.



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 05:07 PM

OK.  Just say no.  Don't do it.  

 

First experience was this morning, a Monday, at 10am.  There were 8 people in our party.  The restaurant was not busy.  

The acoustics are just horrendous.  The noise levels on a slow Monday morning at 10am were so bad that you had to yell to speak to the person right next to you.  Forget holding a conversation w/ somebody across and/or diagonal.  Say your last words before you enter and spend your time at the table communicating via text messages.  

On a Monday at 10am they only had 2 biscuits left to serve.  Whaaat?  I know, right??!!

The presentation of all 8 breakfasts left a lot to be desired.  Sorry but I'm a firm believer that presentation enhances taste.  And the flavor - it just wasn't there - at all!  Not one person at the table was talking about how good their meal was.  Normally when you've got a bunch of people out to breakfast somebody is just going on about how wonderful something they have is.  Not this time.  Not a peep from anybody about how good anything was.  Even the coffee was bitter.

Some dishes that stood out (and not because they were good):
*The Chorizo & Eggs:  the chorizo looked like dog food.  It was just a large pile of ground mush off to one side of the plate.  bleh!  The looks on the faces of the people that ordered it was priceless.  Somebody said "Oh, I'm sure it tastes better than it looks."

*The Biscuits & Gravy: there was so much gravy that the plate resembled a baked enchilada.  You know?  It was unrecognizable as biscuits & gravy.  It was just a mound and a plate full of goo.  I mean, shit, it should have been served in a large soup bowl.

*The Chiliquiles: They were supposed to be this: "Crunchy corn tortillas layered with green chile rice, chile verde, 2 eggs  over medium & finished withcilantro-serrano-lime sauce & crema"  What ended up at our table was corn tortilla chips in the bottom of a skillet.  Then a flavorless white rice w/ cilantro in it. Dry shredded pork on top of that.  With 2 eggs on top of that.  And the smallest bit of some flavorless white sauce drizzled over that.  Chef Surprise?

They say family style service.  But the the dishes were definitely not set up for family style service.  One plate got dropped at everybody's place - they were not dropped in the middle of the table and there were no serving utensils and no empty plates to put any of the shared food in.  Let's move past that and let me ask you.... do you think it's realistic for 8 people to share a dish w/ 2 soft-centered eggs on it?  Every person gets one bite of egg, some people get a bit of yolk and others end up with whites only?  How satisfying is that?  (Don't bring Tasty n' Sons or Tasty n' Alder into the conversation)

 

Speaking of service, as I said before, it was a Monday at 10am, the restaurant was not busy.  It took over 30 minutes for 4 plates to come out to the table.  After the first 4 plates were dropped, The other 4 in the group waited another 15+ minutes for their plates to come out.  

 

I can say 2 positive things about HATCH.  It's got a lot of great, natural lighting.  And they do send out a perfect medium-runny egg.

Not someplace the group wants to go back to.



#24 jcoll4

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 11:49 AM

Yeah, i retract anything i said, you had a right to be scared. they should have opened more killerburger joints and rode that into the sunset. 


All I did is say I eggs in a vegan dish..

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 10:23 AM

Yeah I went and it was pretty disappointing. The pork was so tough I needed a knife, which was not provided. It does have the redeeming feature of selling pints for only 3 bucks, all the time. I applaud that at least.

 

Otherwise I was just underwhelmed. The queso was gritty, the meat was tough. The flavors are actually good, it wasn't bland... but nothing was actually pulled off well.



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Posted 12 April 2013 - 06:47 AM

Yeah, i retract anything i said, you had a right to be scared. they should have opened more killerburger joints and rode that into the sunset. 

 

What'd you order?



#27 Egads

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 09:56 AM

Closed, and will re-open as another Killer Burger. 



#28 nervousxtian

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 03:00 PM

Probably a smart move on their part.



#29 HamSa

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 06:06 PM

Did they set the record for shortest lived restaurant in PDX?  



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Posted 22 June 2013 - 09:56 PM

when is killer burger coming? I've never been but one of my coworkers loves it and we are reasonably close to this.


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Posted 22 June 2013 - 10:07 PM

It already opened.


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Posted 22 June 2013 - 10:09 PM

According to Eater it opened a couple of weeks ago.



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 03:40 PM

thanks guys


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#34 Neven

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 12:31 PM

Went for lunch today. It was packed, so Killer Burger has probably made more money in the first 3 days than Hatch ever did. Good recovery.

 

I got the classic; $7.95 with fries, good deal. Nice patty, with a little char; cooked through, but still reasonably soft and fresh. All the toppings were solid. The bun didn't look amazing, but it collapsed just right. Overall, a totally decent "fast" burger. Not as good as LBB, but you get a ton more options here, and there's plenty of seating, so I can see myself coming back. Everyone at the table liked it.

 

If anyone needs a dozen kinda ugly tables with a trivet surface built in (left over from when Hatch brought hot skillets to your table), I'm sure they'd give you a great deal on them, since right now they're just straight-up goofy :)