Monday, July 9, 2012

Heathman Restaurant

Heathman Restaurant, adjacent to the Heathman Hotel, is located on SW Broadway in downtown Portland, Oregon. I had heard some positive remarks about this place, so I popped in during Happy Hour, which runs daily from 2 p.m. until closing.

The ambiance makes you feel like a VIP. Elegant interior. I chose to sit in the bar area, which had marble tables and fairly cushioned seats. While some of the patrons probably stay at the adjacent hotel, anyone can come on in for food or drinks.

I opted for the Croque Monsieur ($5), which Heathman serves open-faced. The base is a hoagie roll, layered with creamy Mornay sauce (basically a cheese bechamel). Layers of thinly sliced ham are added, then topped with Swiss cheese. I assume it's then put under the broiler to allow that cheese to melt. The cheesy edges of the sandwich took on more of that crispy, baked quality. The small side of greens, dressed in a simple vinaigrette, is a nice peppery addition to the meal. It's a good-sized portion that can pass for a light dinner or a decent-sized snack. And it's fairly nice on the wallet!

Croque Monsieur
(Heathman Restaurant)
A better shot of the greens
Cross-section of the sandwich!
Heathman has a full bar, so the panda now knows where to get his drinky freak on. Michael, the bartender (and I believe also the executive chef there), took my order. Real nice guy; we need more people like him! I'd like to come back in the future to try dishes from their breakfast or their lunch menu. Check this place out! 7.25/10

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