She and I went to Laurelhust Market. Remember the nondescript mini-mart across from Music Millennium on East Burnside? It's now a meat-based brasserie, bar and full-service butcher shop. Really. While we waited in the bar area, we ordered a couple of complicated drinks. I had a Chrysanthemum, which had Vermouth, Bactine and Absinthe.* Sno had a "Love Makes You Feel Ten Feet Tall," which was worth it just for the name.**
Dinner was quite good; I had flatiron steak*** and pommes frites, my companion ordered the beef short ribs, roasted parsnips and some other fiddly bits. Dessert was a baked apple pastry with ice cream, which technically we split, although I could only eat the fruit part. Still, artfully baked apple with cinnamon does not make us mad.
Not a budget place to go for dinner, but if you have a craving for hearty, meat-oriented fare, they will provide.
* Okay, that was probably Bénédictine. Just seeing who's paying attention.
** Sadly, the drink does not make you feel ten feet tall. That's what Love does. My drink made me feel warm and glowy with a hint of anise, which is kind of like Love.
*** For those of you keeping score at home, it was probably 95% of the beef I will eat this year. I felt like I had to point that out.