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I was pretty excited about happy hour at Cafe Nell.
Great location, cute decor, exciting sounding menu.
And then - I actually went there. My martini wasn't bad (fortunately, that's hard to screw up). But then, with happy hour just minutes from ending, we had to practically do a table dance to get our waiter's attention...because he was busy - talking? to the bartender?
Finally, attention was grabbed. We ordered some happy hour food & another round of drinks.
My tom collins was decent. I've had better, but it was happy hour. The husband's hot & dirty martini was not good. He almost didn't finish it - and that's saying a lot. His comment: only order this if you enjoy the taste of stale seawater.
The food choices were....meh. We had chicken skewers (fine), the happy cheese plate (two tiny wedges of cheese), and some other completely forgettable thing that is no longer on their online menu. I think it involved bread & spreadable cheese.
The service didn't get any better when we had to start paying full price for the drinks. I ordered a French 75. Because I love them. I have had many French 75s in my life. It is a delightful drink.
When it arrived, it was not a) served in a flute; b) fizzy.
It didn't even taste like a French 75. It was also blue. Which was explained to me by the helpful waiter (they use blue gin) who also did top off my drink with more champagne. Didn't really help. (I did get a free beer, though, after, to make up for the nasty drink - which I, of course, finished....can't let gin go to waste!)
All in all, a completely meh experience. meh drinks. meh food. meh service. and - not even good prices to make up for the meh.
This place was weird. The space is so odd, and the decor even odder - a mix of tiki, fisherman's place & art deco.
The service was a little erratic, but not bad.
The seasonal cocktails were delicious.
I had the barbecue chicken sandwich, and it was phenomenal. The sauce was so delicious. The fries were also good, but I couldn't finish them - too much!
My husband had the fried razor clams, and was not impressed. He said they were rubbery & nearly impossible to chew.
I'm not sure I'd go back, but it is one of the better places I've eaten in Astoria (there's got to be a great place to eat there, right?)
I love the wide array of beers on tap, the games in the corner (my group played a game of Jenga, followed by an ultra-competitive, trash-talking session of Candyland). The food was pretty good, too (I had the chili). The service was a little weird (our waiter just disappeared after promising us the check), but was decent when we were actually ordering food & beer, and another waitress came over soon after noticing our waiter was MIA to help us out.
A group of friends & I went on a tour of four distilleries in one day, and this was definitely my favorite space, but least favorite liquors. The gin (and I am a big gin fan) and the aquavit are both terrible, and nothing else was even remotely memorable. The tour was kinda fun, though.
I love Laurelwood. Even the hordes of children cannot dissuade me from me love.
The service is always a bit slow, but the beer (and even the food) more than make up for it.
My latest trip was for the first Vinter Varmer of the season - and lo! it was good. We filled up our growlers, as is our custom, while enjoying my favorite Portland winter brew.
The food is definitely not tops, but it's consistently decent pub food, and there are quite a few choices on the menu.
The wait was long, but the food more than made up for it. My breakfast was delicious, and didn't feel that the service was too bad. It was a bit slow at times, but the place was packed.
I'd like to go back & have one of the mimosas that my dining companion raved about.
I love this place. It has consistently good beer (I'm a big fan of the Vortex IPA and the Nut Red), and great staff & space.
I've never eaten anything there that I liked, though. However, I will not give up! Every trip to Astoria deserves a stop at Ft. George.
My husband & I went here after reading all the fantastic reviews. I'm half convinced we ended up at the wrong place, or in some alternate universe or something.
1. When we walked in, we were the only people there. It still took a good 15 minutes for the waitress to even come by to take our drink order.
2. The drink menu was filthy & sticky. I had to wash my hands after touching it.
3. The only things that saved this place from 1 star were the Ninkasi on tap & the decent deep-fried tofu we had as an appetizer.
4. I got the Pad Thai (generally my measure of a Thai place). The noodles were okay, the broccoli was rotting (it was brown & smelled like it'd been in the back of the fridge for too long, but they didn't want to throw it out), the mini corns were putrid (I actually spit it back into my napkin), and the sprouts were hard. The peanut sauce was slightly congealed.
5. The husband got the lemongrass chicken. The peanut sauce was equally bad on his dish, and the chicken didn't taste like any chicken I've had in my life.
I ate about 2 bites of my food, and called it done. The service, at least, was consistent(ly terrible).
I can't imagine a world where I could ever be tempted to go there again. It was dirty & disgusting, and didn't even have good service to make up for the bad food.
My husband & I first visited the Rose River Inn B&B shortly after we were married in 2006. We've since been back every year, due to the great rooms, reasonable price, and, most importantly, the fantastic breakfast and even more fantastic innkeepers. Dave & Pam are such great hosts; so welcoming (and such great cooks!). The rooms are great (we've stayed in most of them by now), and the location is fantastic.
I can't imagine staying anywhere else in Astoria; there's no way there could be a better experience OR a better price.
I went here for a few drinks with some girlfriends, and we had a great time. We sat on the roof, had cocktails & dinner, and listened to the awesome drum circle.
The food was good. The drinks were good. The service was pretty good, considering how busy they were.
Definitely will be making a return trip back to the radio room, although I might wait until my foot heals post surgery so I can hang on the roof again!
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