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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bring your magnifying glass

We found ourself in Lake O. yesterday, where we stopped for a late lunch with the beautiful people at the St. Honoré Bakery, in the plasticky retail bunker at State and A. We joined many perfectly coiffed ladies, decked out in the latest from Nordstrom (at least the Rack) and with all the time in the world.

We ordered a sandwich and an iced tea, which set us back $12.30. What came out to our table was a delicious, but microscopic, sandwich; an anemic salad straight out of the bagged lettuce section of the nearby Safeway, with dressing that must have been applied with an eye dropper; and a glass of a little tea and a lot of ice. For this we paid $12.30?

No wonder the ladies were so slender. We were hungry before we even got back to the car.

Comments (21)

I've noticed their Salad Nicoise has a major price bump every quarter it looks like now $9.00 for a bowl of salad with anchovies (and it is not that good of a Nicoise)

You sure you didn't overshoot and end up in downtown Dallas? (I had a dealing with a restaurant like that years back: insane food, bad service, and ridiculous prices, and then the waiter chased me into the parking lot to give me the complimentary button they gave all of their customers "so you can tell all your friends." I admit that I laughed when the building was demolished after the restaurant shut down a couple of years ago.)

Go for the pastries!
Lots of calories for the bucks!

lol Our son works at an establishment there (not the aforementioned bakery), and is a perfect example of... don't know the phrase but almost 'migrant help'. Works in a district he can't afford to shop.

Asked about the yogurt place that opened a while ago, and if he'd tried he, he sneered "no... I'm not into eight dollar yogurt."

Surely you must know by now that your dining experience is called blight.

The streetcar, Urban Renewal & 3000 housing units in the Foothills is intended to remedy that.

Of course it could go horribly wrong no improvement whatsoever.

But that's not what matters when the act of spending the millions is the only measure of success.

Only the peasants complain about food prices, Jack. Try to follow the rules.

...the act of spending the millions is the only measure of success.

Ben,
You have those counter phrases down quite well. Seems I have noticed getting more to the point and better, not that they weren't good in the first place.
Thank you for going to all those meetings and keeping us informed.
Thank you to all on here who are watchdogs.

The Pearl bakery has much better value. I pop in there to satisfy the provencale gibassier fetish.

gibassier de mes reves: tastes nothing like the Pearl's, but is a decent substitute:

450g flour
150g sugar
yeast packet
100mls olive oil
some salt
1 tsp of (customized from your kitchen) taste powder; 1/5, 2/5, 2/5; cardamom, fennel seed, anise seed
1/2 cup of warm water, enough to make the yeast bubble, along with a little bit of the sugar.

Mix. Knead. Add extra very minimal water, just enough to make it all stick and seize together. Let it rise in a 170 degree oven for an hour in a metal bowl with a wet kitchen towel draped over the top, then divvy into six portions, bake at 350 for 10 minutes, 275 for 10 minutes, or longer, depending on your oven.

Eating this will keep you happy all day, imagining all the salubrious effects all that olive oil has on the old circulatory tubing...

Jack,

You should've gone to Gubanc's restaurant instead. Best. Soup. Ever.
Decent prices and great service

Gubancs is an Oregon treasure. They are the best and their menu is amazing. Something for everyone at great prices with fantastic qualitY.

Gubancs is great please try it Jack...and yes the soup!NICE people own the place and great staff.

That'll teach ya to not cross the tracks!

Don't forget to mention that bakery always reeks of burned cheese. The seating is horrid. Yes, too spendy.

Agree about the ugly shopping center. Never did like it. Looks so out of place. So sick of the faux-Tuscan look these developers are into last few years. (That goes for Bridgeport also.) Can't wait to see what cheesy trendy crap will get slapped up in Foothills.

"But you are paying for the service and atmosphere." I had an old girlfriend that said that. We are no longer dating.

Just a couple doors down is the best restaurant for the price in that area -- Zeppo's. Great food, good portions, reasonable prices. Locally owned too, just like Gubancs. Next time, Jack, try Zeppo's.

You're such a pessimist sometimes. Nobody forced you to eat there.

If the shopping center looks plasticy and unreal, the prices probably are too. If you want more abuse, there is a hamburger place across the way from the bakery with $10 -$15 burgers. I'll save you the trouble, the $3 happy hour burger at McCormick & Schmick's is way better, and you can spend the rest of your dough on something to drink.

Nobody forced you to eat there.

Did I say that somebody did? I went in of my own free will, and was ripped off. I wrote about it on my blog, and I will never go back. What's your problem?

Try the La Provence in Lake Grove. And don't forget to buy an almond or chocolate croissant to go.

What next? Jack will be told,

"Nobody forced you to live here",

for his crriticizing the despicable officials and policies?

Order the pear and warm brie sandwich, filling and delicious. And you can't beat the lemon tart, the best in town. I love St. Honore and always stop at the NW location en route to Sauvie's Island.



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