The Picnic House : Portland, OR

A casual restaurant on Portland’s Salmon Street Downtown.

Overall Score: 8/10

Picnic House

When you should go: 

It’s a perfect place for lunch any day of the week, and probably good for dinner. We’ve only been once for lunch on a weekday, and although there were many tables open we still had to wait 15 minutes.

What we drank:

Local Portland Porters

What we ate:

Artisan Grilled Cheese, Chicken and Bacon Sandwich, Brown Rice Salad, Roasted Tomato Soup

Chicken and Bacon Sandwich with Brown Rice Salad

Chicken and Bacon Sandwich with Brown Rice Salad

Artisan Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup

Artisan Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup

 

Best Choice:

Brown Rice Salad

Why?

Everything we both ate was pretty spectacular. The brown rice salad is tossed with roasted vegetables (yams, carrots, cauliflower) snap peas, arugula, toasted almonds, and hazelnut vinaigrette. It’s unique, and just the right blend of textures and flavors.

The reason I am giving The Picnic House an 8/10 is the service. The hostess asked if we had a reservation, and when we said we didn’t, she had us wait for 15 minutes saying the server was too busy for us. There was nowhere to sit to wait for our table, so we asked if we could be seated at the table and wait there. She said that wasn’t an option, so 15 minutes later we were seated. We sat for about 10 minutes before anyone even came over to get our drink order. The hostess walked by us multiple times – she definitely could have taken a drink order, no? At any rate, we were only in Portland for 1 day and we wanted to try the food that everyone says is amazing. It definitely was.

 

Picnic House Window

Picnic House Window

Tip!

Make a reservation or plan on standing to wait for yours.

 

Melt It! : Pasadena

Who doesn’t like grilled cheese?

Overall Score : 8/10

 

Melt It | Pasadena, CA

Melt It | Pasadena, CA

 

 

When should you go:

A great lunch or dinner place located on Hill Avenue in Pasadena, close to Pasadena City College. Quick service, everything is made to order.

What we drank:

They have fountain coca cola soda and other bottled options.

What we ate:

Herman Munster (munster cheese, bacon, arugula, tomato on sourdough), fried peanut butter and jelly, fries

Herman Munster | Melt It!

Herman Munster | Melt It!

Best Choice:

Herman Munster!

Why?

Good mix of hearty grilled cheese with arugula makes for a yummy combination.

Melt It! has capitalized on the fact that everyone and their mother loves grilled cheese, and they’re about to make you love it even more. They have everything grilled cheese from traditional, to macaroni and cheese filled, to brie and fig.

The only downside would be the amount of oil used in preparation. I understand that it’s a grilled cheese and fries type of place, but they are a little heavy handed on the oil overall.

They also have deep fried oreos and deep fried peanut butter and jelly. How can you go wrong?

 

Tip!

Free Tomato Basil Soup on Tuesdays after 3 pm!

tomato basil soup  melt it pasadena

tomato basil soup

(Restaurants at the) Hilton : Los Cabos, Mexico

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There were so many amazing culinary experiences here…so I thought I’d lump them into one post! Overall Score: 9/10 When you should go:  We stayed at the hotel from July 7-14. It rained one day (apparently it was a tropical … Continue reading

Lemonade : Pasadena

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A casual dining restaurant on Lake Street in Pasadena with tons of salads and homestyle food to choose from! Overall Score: 9/10 When you should go:  It’s a perfect place for lunch any day of the week, and a great … Continue reading

Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana : Pasadena

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A sit-down Italian pizza place with a variety of salads and antipasti – perfect menu for a group to enjoy family style. Overall Score: 7/10 (Photo credit: redlandsdailyfacts.com) When you should go:  We went for an early dinner on a … Continue reading

Houston’s : Pasadena

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A bit pricey, but worth it – on the corner of Arroyo Parkway and Del Mar Blvd. in Pasadena [one of many owned by the Hillstone Group]. Overall Score: 9/10 When you should go:  Try and make a reservation. If … Continue reading

Green Street Restaurant : Pasadena

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Adorable Pasadena restaurant just off the iconic Lake Street in the heart of the city. Very quintessential Pasadena, “ladies who do lunch” type of place. Overall Score: 8/10 When you should go:  This was the first time I went to Green Street … Continue reading

The Terrace at the Langham Hotel : Pasadena, CA

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A restaurant in the Langham Hotel in a beautiful tree-lined location in Pasadena, CA. Overall Score: 9/10 When you should go:  All day long. The patio overlooks the pool so if you’re looking for a fun, sunny, upbeat atmosphere, go … Continue reading

Zimzala : Huntington Beach

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Shorebreak Hotel’s Restaurant, with ocean views. Sits atop the hustle-bustle of 6th Street. Overall Score: 9/10 When you should go:  Daytime – beautiful views of the ocean and the hustle bustle of 6th street. Catch happy hour, and you’ll get … Continue reading

Duke’s : Huntington Beach

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Beachfront Hawaiian Restaurant in Huntington Beach Overall Score: 6/10 When you should go:  Go to their “Barefoot Bar” anytime during the day, but I’d recommend the restaurant for dinner versus lunch. More of a dinner environment. What we drank: Long … Continue reading