December 27th, 2010


Cafe Allora

Portland seems to have quite a few Italian restaurants. Good Italian restaurants. Italian food is mostly about pizzas and pastas but it's not just that. Good pastas are done just right, al dante where required and sauces with the perfect amount of cream or tomato chunks. Cafe Allora was recommended to us and though the rest didn't quite fancy this cafe, I was the outlier that did.

Sometimes, it's not just about good food - this place wasn't bad in my opinion, it's also about the ambience and service which Cafe Allora had both, thumbs up. The food wouldn't be rated five star perhaps but more towards home-styled cooking with fresh ingredients. It's comfort food. It warms the heart, may not give you that absolute 'wow' factor but it fills the tummy nonetheless and isn't all that bad. And I'd dare say, that this kind of food, will be best on a rainy day :)

P.S I apologize for the poorly taken food photos. I should start using my external flash! It's just a bit of a hassle to screw it on.

Cafe Allora
504 Northwest 9th Avenue
OR 97209
+1 (503) 445 4612

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Annie's burgers

Mushroom swiss homestyled burger

The guys are creatures of habit and contented to settle for Five Guys all the time. It is a good substitute for In and Out but I wouldn't skip a chance to try out something new. According to my Oregon colleague, Annie's is this gem of a burger shack that he randomly found one day and they serve a good home-styled burger.

The owner is a tiny Vietnamese woman who used to run a Vietnamese store. However, her burgers sold more than her other food offering so she decided to just focus on it and hell does she make one good burger. The buns are like homebaked almost, and the hand-formed beef patties non-processed. It isn't as greasy as the typical burgers, still unhealthy but not processed like those from Mac's (which I hate by the way) and the other commercial offerings.

I went for a simple mushroom swiss burger whilst the rest went for the little John's which consists of bacon, ham, egg, ketchup, mayo, lettuce, pickle and goodness knows what. The Farmer's John is the king-sized version of it and it's as big as my head -_- I think that must be something like 2,000 calories or so!

The fries weren't as good as the ones from Five Guys but the milkshakes were thick and sinful. I had a malt vanilla milkshake and took just a few sips and was done. It was really rich and that plus a burger was too much for me!

Great burger meal, another place to re-visit when I return.

18805 SW Tualatin Valley Highway
OR 97006

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