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#1 wildmushroomer

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 08:15 AM

A friend and I found a relatively new restaurant while riding our bicycles around downtown about three weeks ago. Cypress serves mediterranean style food with some East Indian offerings. We have been to the restaurant twice and found the food to be good. My friend had the gyro the first time and the lamb shank on our second visit. She said the gyro had a spicy sauce and was very good. She really like the lamb shank, which came with rice, but commented that a vegetable with that order would have been welcome. I had the baba ganooj (that is how they spell it) which was good, not smoky though, but there was not much on the plate for $5. I also tried the Ful: Fava and garbanzo beans prepared with garlic, olive oil, and lemon. I found the Ful to be one of the better bean dishes I have had. This appetizer could be a meal for me. The two vegetarian options, Okra and Moussaka, seemed a little spendy (about $11) but maybe I am just a cheapskate.

They have an interesting happy hour menu that we plan to try soon. Happy hour is 3 - 6 every day of the week.

Cypress is located near the SW Portland waterfront, not far from the Riverplace (formerly Alexis) hotel. They have outdoor seating in addition to the indoor restaurant seating. We recognized one of the owners from Cedars restaurant that was located in John's Landing. Cypress has been in business for about three months.

Cypress Restaurant & Bar
1811 SW River Drive Suite 200
Portland, Oregon 97201
503.222.2027

http://www.cypressre...ar.com/home.htm
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#2 daawgon

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 09:50 AM

You need to really work on that website - Tadziki Sauce for an appetizer???

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 10:37 AM

Portland doesn't have an Alexis hotel that I'm aware of. Maybe you mean the RiverPlace which is just down the boardwalk? Or perhaps the Avalon hotel a mile south on the water.


*Edited to add: Sorry, from what I understand from Google, the Alexis is what the RiverPlace used to be called? Anyone know?

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 10:41 AM

Portland doesn't have an Alexis hotel that I'm aware of. Maybe you mean the RiverPlace which is just down the boardwalk? Or perhaps the Avalon hotel a mile south on the water.


The RiverPlace Hotel was formerly the Alexis Hotel.

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 10:49 AM

Got it. Showing my age again... :)

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 11:02 AM

Got it. Showing my age again... :P


Hey now, we're about the same age :) ! I think it was called the Alexis when we were in high school.

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 12:50 PM

You have a better memory than I!

On topic: Several Meriwether residents have mentioned Cypress as a great place to grab a bite.

#8 wildmushroomer

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Posted 12 May 2007 - 03:23 PM

You need to really work on that website - Tadziki Sauce for an appetizer???


Not sure who you are addressing, but I am not associated with the restaurant or their website. The website is, um, rather creative.
BTW, the online menu does not match the actual menu. For example, the two vegetarian entrees are not listed online.
The Happy Hour menu mentioned in my initial post has some different food options from the the regular menu. Drinks during HH are $3.
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Posted 12 May 2007 - 06:16 PM

Beer on tap?

#10 wildmushroomer

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Posted 14 May 2007 - 07:42 PM

Beer on tap?


They had two beers on tap as I recall. Sorry, I cannot remember which two.
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Posted 14 May 2007 - 07:50 PM

Better than most Lebanese. Will try!

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Posted 15 May 2007 - 06:06 PM

We recognized one of the owners from Cedars restaurant that was located in John's Landing. Cypress has been in business for about three months.


I'm rarely in that part of town but I am curious to check this out. I used to work down off Macadam and remember some pretty good lunches at Cedars, in a area that was (then) lacking variety. Thanks for the review!
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