We started at The Midoint Food & Drink.
This restaurant is located midway between our home in Happy Valley and the city. Also, it is located between Foster and Powell on 52nd. I am assuming the latter is the reason for the name. (insert laugh) I read about this place online. It had several reviews and was in the category of “local, easy, comforting, and not pretentious in the glossy-magazine and fancy chef way” If, indeed, that is a category.
It is an older spot, and while the name sounds like a pub it is in fact a diner. We were seated immediately and the menu was easy, filled with great options, and ordering was not a test in culinary knowledge. I ordered “The Downtowner” and the better half ordered “The 2 Egg Scramble” which he added tomatoes to. He actually said “would it be weird to add tomatoes?”, to which Violet (who was darling and quick with the coffee to be refilled) made it clear that his idea was brilliant. Other half enjoyed that moment. (mental note to take cues from Violet). The coffee was hot and good, and the food, amazing. Here is what came out of my mouth: “These are the best hashbrowns I think I have ever had”. They were simple, buttery, and if you added the house made green sauce (lovingly made by violet with tomatillos, jalapenos and a host of other items) you could easily clean your plate.
During my meal, Violet treated everyone like family, talked about the butter cookies that were fresh made, and allowed me to bestow her with my new found full education on the history of ketchup.
So, East Siders….get your butts over there and fill that restaurant. Also – expect to meet the amazing sisters who run it soon on The Simple Kitchen.
Midpoint Food & Drink
- 3524 SE 52nd Avenue
- Portland, Oregon
- OPEN: 8am – 10pm
- PRICE: Reasonable
- STYLE American, Family Friendly
What’s for lunch?
It was the hubalubs birthday on Wednesday, so he really got to drive the meals. So, for lunch I asked, at the very least, that he select a place on Division as I was so behind on the new places over there. He did as I requested, and selected Atlas Pizza. He is a pizza fanatic and I follow Atlas on Instagram so this was perfect for me!! So, we find parking a block away, which is awesome. The thing about Division, if you have lived here a couple decades (ahem) like I have is that a lot of the new restaurants and volume of traffic is new. This area was and is still a residential area, now with a long strip of wine, beer, food and other noveltie. If you are traveling to our city and want to enjoy our culinary delights, the odds are stacked in the favor of you landing on SE Division one or two times.
Atlas Pizza was a perfect experience for us. We walked in and I was greeted by a friendly smile, immediate assistance and awesome music. I looked around and saw my 20’s on the walls: show posters everywhere for Satyricon. I loved Satyricon and used to go there, listen to music, dance and drink a lot of cheap beer. After the concerts, there was a souvlaki joint right outside that was always open and we would grab that and eat it on our trek (on foot) back to our apartment in NW Portland. This is “pre The Pearl days” Whoever hung those posters knows exactly what I am talking about.
We ordered a Large Pepperoni and Pineapple. I grabbed an IPA of the tap and we chilled. I enjoyed some serious Hall and Oates music and we both watched the Original version of Willy Wonka on the TV. We were surrounded by working pinball machines, bright cheery windows and I want to point out – this place is CLEAN. I am a clean freak and in that type of lighting I can tell you that it is clean. People came and went picking up slices for here or to go, it was a warm bustling, and overall just a FUN place to be. Especially with an early afternoon buzz. The pizza was HUGE, it was delicious and I managed to eat 2 pieces. The crust was thin (we like that) and the sauce was amazing. So – yes, go here. Eat the pizza. Get a large one and take the rest home – it was AWESOME later that evening after some beer tasting…..
- 35700 SE Division Street
- Portland, Oregon
- Open: 11:30am – 10:00pm
- Price: reasonable
- Food: Pizza, Family Friendly, GREAT service
What is next?
So we decide to keep rolling like food gangsters. Book a room at Edgefield and get an overnight sitter. I mean, it IS the big guy’s birthday, right? So….lets soak in the soaking tub and drink beer.
We love it out there at McMenamins Edgefield. It is the easiest way to get away for 24 hours, still be close to the kids, but let our hair down at a reasonable price. That is how we see Edgefield. We got a room, checked in, hit the soaking tub, then went beer tasting! We enjoyed a cheeseboard, and I was pleased by some SERIOUSLY sticky cheeses!!! Then later, had a simple light dinner and went to bed by 8:30 – we have a lot of calories to consume tomorrow!! Tune in tomorrow for the next installment!