My cuban lamb burger with mint chimichurri really, really pushed my buttons. It was nicely charred on the outside without being dried out and the bun — fluffy but flavorful white bread with sesame seeds on top — was just perfect…but the pulled pork sandwich, which was not pulled at all but rather sort of chopped, kept The Squeeze up literally all night long, stomach acids churning a violent regret.
The sweet potato fries were crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside…but the side salad carried way too much vaguely flavored vinaigrette.
We went during Happy Hour on a Saturday, trying to escape the massive Street Fair that had taken over our neighborhood (and our restaurants). We sat in the bar and watch the bartenders prep for the night and occasionally wait on tables. I’m sure it’s a pretty neat space once the sun goes down, but in the daylight the place looked too dark — black walls, black tables, plastic black chairs. Only after we were settled at our booth in the window did we notice the patio, which we agreed would have been a much better place to enjoy our early supper.
So — while I stand behind the lamb burger and fries, you’re on your own with the rest. Give ‘em a shot, then come back here and tell us what’s what.
Mint and 820
816 North Russell, Portland, OR 97227