I've been fighting a nasty cold for the last month and because I'm flying tomorrow I wanted to make sure my sinuses aren't going to explode once I get on that plane. I was in and our the door in less than 30 minutes with good information about how I should treat my symptoms moving forward. If only all doctor's appointments could be this convenient, service oriented and fast. IS THIS THE FUTURE? I hope so.
I splattered bbq sauce on my shirt and I don't even care. That's how good everything was...the chicken, the pulled pork, THE RIBS, the beans and the potato salad. I'm full and I want to keep eating, and I don't even like bbq that much.
Pookie knows what he's doing. If you like bbq, or even if you don't, just get in your car and drive there right now.
The folks there are super friendly, the sandwiches are delicious and well priced, and the selection (though small) is lovely. You wish this was your neighborhood deli. Oh, it is? Well, then why aren't you going here already?
Also, they do a great job listing their daily specials on Twitter: twitter.com/#!/take5mark…
I was seriously disappointed with my stay at Hotel Lucia. I visit Portland from Seattle several times a year and have stayed at many properties downtown: The Ace, The Paramount, The Nines, the waterfront Marriott, The Benson (my least favorite of the bunch) and Hotel Modera.
My husband and I were placed in a corner king room on the 2nd floor and were unhappy with the following:
An uncomfortable mattress which sunk at least 6 inches upon sitting down (and I am not a big person nor is my husband) I woke up in the middle of the night so uncomfortable from the mattress and went to sit down in the chair only to discover that it was just as uncomfortable. I sat down and immediately sank way too far down. So basically there was no comfortable place to sit in the room. Not very relaxing.
A very noisy refrigerator with a constant dripping sound. The next morning we woke up to discover some water on the carpet not to far away from it. Stepping into a puddle of wet carpet isn't the best start to one's day.
Far too much street noise (normally if a hotel room has this sort of location, they'll give you a heads up, provide earplugs or offer a discount on the room with the understanding that street noise is part of the bargain) Unfortunately no such courtesy of notice was offered and at over $200 a/night I'm less than happy about this. I realize you only have so much control over the noise outside, however, you do have control over how you communicate a known issue to your guests.
Molasses slow Internet connection, even on pages that had little to no images. It shouldn't take 30 seconds to load Twitter. I mean, really.
Ordered room service around 10:10 at night and was told it would take 15-20 minutes. 40 minutes later the food actually arrived. However what I ordered tasted so inedible and only lukewarm I was only able to take a few bites before I gave up and just left it outside the door for pick up. Disappointing.
Took a shower the following morning only to discover the tub did not properly drain which meant there was at 2-4 inches of standing water in the tub during the entire shower. Gross.
Had we been staying another night I definitely would have complained to the front desk and at the least asked to be moved, but since our stay was only for a single night I simply wanted to leave.
I was excited to stay at Hotel Lucia. I love the general idea of stylish modern hotel and I don't mind the small size of the bathrooms, however the room was simply not comfortable and I don't plan on coming back.
Update 10/5: After leaving a comment card immediately following my stay, I finally got a response back in late September. While the lack of prompt follow up leaves a lot to be desired they've offered to comp another night's stay. So I'll probably give this hotel one more go before I completely throw in the towel on it.
I love the location with the exposed brick walls and the dim lighting. But the food is so awful. So very, very awful. I ended up here because another friend had picked it for a group of 10 people on a Friday night. Luigi said we could order off the menu if we really wanted to but suggested they just throw something together for us based on what we liked and didn't like and that it would be a better deal and he'd throw in dessert. He asked us how much we wanted to spend total, including dessert and we settled on $25 a person.
3 awful courses later the bill arrived and it worked out to $50 a person. Yes, that included some house red (which was acidic and off) but still. Double what we had agreed upon? I honestly wouldn't be complaining if any of the food had been decent but it wasn't. The main course Luigi selected for us was by far the worse. I couldn't even identify what it was exactly. Some sort of abused chicken covered in thick sauce with an unappetizing texture.
I didn't bother to complain about the excess cost of the meal or the poor quality of the food since I was with a friend who had picked the place and seemed to enjoy it. But I'll definately never go back there. Run away.
Response to Luigi: No one came over to ask if everything was okay once the main course arrived. Had that happened, I would have asked what exactly the main course was and pointed out that it seemed semi-raw and definitely inedible. But you're right that I didn't go out of my way to complain which I see as pointless.
If someone serves you a bunch of food that you deem as awful, do you bother to tell them that or just leave and never go back? Since you're not the boss of me, I'm going with never going back. Good thing you're not the boss of me too, otherwise I'd be hungry and or have a stomach ache all the time.
Tourist and other poor souls considering going here. May I suggest these places instead...Tavolata in Belltown (Yay Ethan Stowell!), Via Tribunali, Tutta Bella, or Dick's Drive In.
UPDATE: Luigi just private messaged me..."Sorry but all waiters check back. "the boss of you" ...really how old are you.
We would have refunded your money,but because you xhose the cowards way ,you're right please don't bother to return Ethan can have you"
Way to win me over with your sparkling personality, fantastic grammar, accusations of lying and the threat of only being able to eat amazing food cooked by Ethan Stowell from this day forward. Oh noes! Whatever will I do? (I mean, besides tell all my pals on Twitter about how much you suck.)
Kung Fu instructor Anjanette is amazing. But be warned, she will push you to the limit. In the end though you'll totally appreciate her for just that. It's true that you might feel like you're about to pass out, or possibly die, during the first few weeks but you won't. Trust me. And then you have free bragging rights to not only surviving but pushing yourself further than you ever thought you could go, and the strength to match. And some awesome muscles might start to show up in places you didn't even know you had muscles. Bonus!
Also, it's just cool to be able to tell people that you have to run or you'll be late for your kung fu class. Kah pow!
Thumbs down Diggstown.
My friends wanted to go to the Five Spot Cafe but I wasn't feeling the deep fried mac n cheese. I wanted something "healthier". We headed towards the Tillamook Cafe but then realized it was closed. Then we spotted this place but we weren't sure if it was still open. It was empty and it was past 9 PM. They seemed closed. But, as fate would have it, turns out they're open to 11.
I figured they must be new to the neighborhood since no one was inside. Turns out, no. They've been there for over 2 years. The crust was too thick and flavorless. The cheese was gummy and tasteless. The service was bizarre. The salad was just okay. Not impressed.
There are so many other great options for killer pizza in Seattle: Tutta Bella, Via Tribunali and now Delancey. Seriously, don't waste your time with this place.
Here's all you need to know...FLAVORLESS. Do yourself a favor and never go here. What? Not satisfied? Eat here if you want more of that feeling. Okay, fine. Here goes.
The service was okay. Slow, but friendly. I can deal with that. What I can not deal with is bland tasting food. The first clue were the chips and salsa. Completely flavorless. Everything else that followed was exactly the same. Lacking flavor. Bland black beans, bland (and dry) flautas, bland Mexican rice, bland salsa. The password is bland.
That said, there's a Taco Del Mar across the parking lot. I suggest you go there afterwards and grab a fish taco. That's what I did anyways. That bad? Yup.
This place is filthy. Avoid, avoid. (Unless it's under new management. I haven't been there in about 2 years.)
I use to walk here for breakfast, since I live nearby, but the food was never that great, except maybe once and a while the cinnamon rolls, when they didn't arrive at the table burnt, and then I noticed how dirty everything in that place was. I got a glimpse of the kitchen once and I never went back. I honestly can't understand why people are waiting outside to sit in the dust covered booths.
Do yourself a favor. Take note of how much dirt and food is on the floor on your way in. If they're okay with it being that unclean out front, how awful must in be in the back where you can't see it AND where they're preparing your food? Uh yeah, no thanks.
Last night was the first night of dinner service at A Caprice Kitchen. Sounds like for now it will be only for dinner limited nights. Friday and Saturday (no reservations required) with community style dinners on Sunday (reservations required). It's worth checking out.
A set three course menu with two different options for each course. So delicious. All local ingredients. No food from outside of Washington state. Awesome.
Last night's options included white beans or chicken in bechamel, brussel sprouts with bacon and roasted root vegetables. Starters included a chicken liver pate, soup and salad. Then a raspberry tart and a cheese plate to round things out. The tart and the cheese plate were, to die for, yum.
The set price was $27/person which included an appetizer, entree and dessert. The local food is crafted with care. Definitely worth checking out.
Michael Pollan would be proud.
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