Last night for dinner, we took a good recommendation by a fellow CrossFitter and checked out Local 188, a tapas restaurant in the downtown Arts District of Portland, featuring local, whole ingredients.
The inside of the restaurant was not quite rustic, but definitely influenced by European style. It was warm and open, with high ceilings and a combination of both family-style and bar seating.
The menu featured tapas, raciones, salads, and entrees. Because this is a vacation where we don’t have access to a kitchen (major bummer), we’re trying to keep it inexpensive while still enjoying all of the restaurants Portland has to offer.
We started off with bread, toasted and brushed with olive oil.
Padre went HAM on this stuff.
I chose the Meatballs (Tapas, above), and the Steak Tartare (Raciones, below).
Both were unreal. The Tartare was served with a cracked Quail Egg on top. I don’t know what that is, but it was creamy and I liked it.
I’m still burping steak tartare. It was that good.
Madre and Padre got a huge rice dish with a variety of seafood: Lobster, scallops, shrimp, mussels. I had some of the lobster, and some of my sister’s mussels. At first she got the scallops and nearly puked them up when she realized they were raw. They gave her mussels as a replacement, which were in an un-REAL broth that I’m dying to replicate.
Overall, we had a great experience at Local 188 and I left with a hot lemon tea. It was in a beautiful sachet, which gave it a nice local, homemade flair. No dessert necessary.
What are your favorite restaurant types to hit up on vacation?
Do you get the “weird” (read: raw) foods or the classics?