Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Blue Goose

The Blue Goose is located at the corner of SE 28th Avenue and SE Ankeny St. in Portland, Oregon.

This place opened in summer 2014, replacing what used to be Esparza's. Much like Esparza's, The Blue Goose also does some Tex-Mex cuisine, but adds a Southwestern flare.

Apparently, according to photos there and a Willamette Week article, a Blue Goose tavern existed in Portland a while ago.

Noticeable New Mexican items include green chile cheese fries, green chile queso, and a green chile cheeseburger. Blue Goose also makes their corn tortillas from scratch and brings the ever-popular carne adovada to the table.

The panda got his beer here to start. Boneyard Diablo Rojo for me. Probably four or so rotating beers on tap. Full bar available.

The Green Chile Cheeseburger ($10.50) includes a half-pound Angus beef patty, aged white cheddar, roasted Hatch chile, marinated tomatoes, and chorizo con queso on a brioche bun. It's served with some mild pickled vegetables.

This is one tasty, cheesy burger. If you're a queso fan, you'll want this one. I spotted the green chile inside the burger, but all I really tasted was cheese, pickled veggies (not the green chile), and Angus beef. The traditional green chile cheeseburger basically got a gourmet facelift. For me, it's a bit on the small side for $10.50.

In the future, I might lean towards trying menu items featuring their corn tortillas.

Good service overall. If you like Southwestern cuisine, I'd give this spot a try. 7.5/10

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