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Portland Adventures

"I'm hoping to catch Tanuki for dinner since I realized after my last post that Tanuki's not even open on Sunday and I wouldn't have been able to even go there! Do you think I need to make reservations for a Saturday night? "

Hi, thanks for your interest, I own Tanuki
Tanuki does not take reservations.
Saturday is generally not busy at Tanuki, especially earlier.

Aug 12, 2009
quovadis in Metro Portland

Portland Adventures

"With regard to Tanuki, is it just me or do the plates there seem to be predominantly Korean, not Japanese... but I'm just basing this on their current sample menu up on their website... is the chef there Korean?"

The menu changes daily. Tanuki does Okinawan, Korean & Japanese drinking foods. The emphasis is on the beverage selection w/the menu created to match it and to utilize the freshest things at the markets.

In anticipation of upgrading the liquor license to be able to serve sochu there is currently a bit more Korean going on.

Aug 07, 2009
quovadis in Metro Portland

What Portland food item(s) should an out-of-towner not miss?

Kens is on 21st, not 23rd

Jul 27, 2009
quovadis in Pacific Northwest

Pizza in Portland

Apizza Scholls. Accept no subsitutes.
I hate waiting. I don't like places with kids. I prefer to be in places with full liquor.

All that goes out the window when it comes to Apizza Scholls because it simply is the very best.

Care, love, craftsmanship. End of story.

Jul 26, 2009
quovadis in Pacific Northwest

What Portland food item(s) should an out-of-towner not miss?

HaVL is a tiny mom&pop that crafts everything in limited quantities.. you'll want to get there before 11am or they can be out of soup. Also, cash only there.
They have banh mi but I'd skip them- they don't hold a candle to AnXuyens.

Jul 17, 2009
quovadis in Pacific Northwest

But I Only Have Plastic

saacnmama.

Really?
It seems that controlling your spending should be a personal responsibilty, not a financial burden on the the business people who try to serve you.

And again, before everyone goes off on "the cost of doing business" and how they should just add theffes onto the price of the product.. why should other consumers who are capable of controlling their own finances responsibly be surcharged for people who apparently aren't mature enough to handle money?

Jul 17, 2009
quovadis in Features

What Portland food item(s) should an out-of-towner not miss?

Laurelhurst Market

ToroBravo

HaVL for vietnamese breakfast soup-redefines soup, make sure to get Vietnamese iced coffee, even if you don't usually like it you'll love this

AnXuyen for best banh mi (ask for extra spicy or they give you gaijin treatment though) and get a lotus stuffed pastry pig for your kid while you're there!

Cool Moon for ice cream- must try the spicy thai chile peanut!

Apizza Scholls for pizza. Get there right at opening to avoid a long wait

Navarre for a nice wine bar small plates experience (I think they allow children but you should double check)

Jul 16, 2009
quovadis in Pacific Northwest

Extra credit card charges listed on menu

Discount for cash is both legal and (until the cc companies get wise) not in direct violation of standard restaurant merchant services agreements.

Not only that but what could be better than rewarding guests who are sparing an owner a hasle and an expense?

It is not the restaurants that are greedy- it is the credit card processers.

Jul 16, 2009
quovadis in Not About Food

But I Only Have Plastic

Absolutely, Tinka.
I think a business that has a pp average of more than $10 is shooting itself in the foot not accepting cc.

Lets face it, every business does well by the occassional "impulse buy". If a guest came with enough cash for what they usually get then notices you have a great special ap or dessert they are unlikely to go to a cash machine in the middle of dinner to go get more cash. They are likely to either forgo the extra dish or even worse, buy the dish with what would have been the server's tip.

If you're a higher end dining place and cash only people are less likely to splurge on an expensive wine.

My only point on here is that people should be reasonable.
Maybe I'm getting too old now but when I was a teenager and started going out my mother always told me to "never go out without enough cash to get you home from where you're going, make an emergency phone call & to buy a meal if you get stranded somewhere".

Jul 16, 2009
quovadis in Features

But I Only Have Plastic

I should add that the only reason I take credit cards at my place is as a courtesy to my waitress.

People like to punish the servers for things beyond their control.
You know who you are and shame on you :P

Jul 16, 2009
quovadis in Features

But I Only Have Plastic

Using a credirt card to pay for small change items like $1.50 pizza slice is just a jerk thing to do, especially when you mention reporting them to the credit card companies if they list a minimum.

When you charge on $1.50 between the 20-24 cent transaction fee, other monthly and quarterly fees and the percentage the business has now made no money off of feeding you.

Shame on you. And by the way.. the practice is not "illegal" it is not "law" it is an agreement w/ a third party yes but not a criminal offense.

As to just charging more to deal with the costs
1)why should people who use their cards sensibly suffer for people that run around charging 50cent cokes?
2)thats how the credit card companies make a win-win. you charge more for the item they get more because there is both a flat fee AND and percentage taken out.

While it may be against the cardholders agreement to charge a minimum or charge a swipe fee they certainly have the right to refuse service. As in.. really... you want to charge a 25cent pack of gum that I'm going to get charged 23cents to run your card?..sorry don't need your business...

Business owners are not the "villains" here.
Every perk, every free airline mile, every cash back you get from the credit card company is paid for by the business you use your card at.

Not every business is a Cheesecake Factory.
The places that have these policies and that you are talking about reporting to get them fined are generally small family owned ventures that are as hit by the economy right now (or more so) as everybody else. That 23cents times 200 with an additional 2-4 percent of the gross + about 20-40dollars a month in additonal fees adds up for a place serving you a $1.50 slice of pizza.

Seriously, have you ever thought of treating people as you would like to be treated?

Use your credit card by all means. But don't be an asshole about it.

Jul 16, 2009
quovadis in Features

But I Only Have Plastic

sorry about all the typos in the above post.. when did Chowhound get rid of the edit post function?

Jul 15, 2009
quovadis in Features

But I Only Have Plastic

"You are overstating the cost and hassle of accepting credit cards. Credit card vendors have made the process ridiculously simple, and the 2-3% fee is negligible"

sbp, your statement is simply not factual.

Merchant processing services and cc companies charge variable rates and they smaller your business the more they charge.

Also the rates vary by card with AMEX being the most outrageously expensive, then visa and matercard will be more expensive is they rewards cards as opposed to regular

I pay 23 cents for each card swipes PLUS between 3-4% of my gross sales. Also rental on the processing unit. While some would say it is cheaper to puchase the unit it really isn't in the long run because periodically companies will declare you unit obsolete and you will be forced to purchase yet another one whereas if you rent they switch you out.

A larger place will have a lower percentage and swipe fee and the total gross percentage paid for cc service per month will also vary by which cards are most frequently used at a business.

Jul 15, 2009
quovadis in Features

ASKING TO ADD 10 PERCENT TIP TO MEAL [moved from Ontario]

Regarding tipping an owner... if they are your server you do.

May 22, 2009
quovadis in Not About Food

ASKING TO ADD 10 PERCENT TIP TO MEAL [moved from Ontario]

Did they speak English very well or only minimally?

This actually makes a difference because on some credit cards machines
there isn't a spot for a gratuity... basically the kind of machine a convenience store would have.

If they don't speak very good English their merchant services saleperson may have conned them into taking a machine that doesn't print out the tip form the way a restaurant slip does.

I own a restaurant and had some salespeople try to unload these on me (older models they wanted to get rid of but still make money off of). This could well be the issue...

May 22, 2009
quovadis in Not About Food

Help with Portland and Willamette Valley stops.

Nettie, that discussion is in the Biwa post on that food board.

Also of note while discussing some misguided notion of "authenticity".
No authentic or traditional izakaya serves sushi.
Sushi-ya is sushi-ya... izakaya is izakaya.

Just sayin'.

May 22, 2009
quovadis in Pacific Northwest

Help with Portland and Willamette Valley stops.

Kimchee is not "like a hamburger at an Italian restaurant".

Kimchee is the #1 selling pickle in Japan and has been for almost 10 years. In fact, Japan has it's own national style of kimchee (often spelled kimuchi in romanji) that is specific and unique in flavour. Most, if not all izakaya..including Biwa, which you claim to enjoy have some form of kimchi... because kimchi has replaced takuan and oshinko as drinking food pickle of choice in Japan..starting in 1998 & becoming undisputed #1 in 2000.

May 22, 2009
quovadis in Pacific Northwest

Fun and moderate in Portland

a great local site to check out for the latest happenings in good/cheap food and drink is www.portlandfood.org

(sorry for the outside link chowmods but since Oregon state liquor law doesn't allow restaurants to post happy hour drink specials online or advertise them local food blogs are all we have

)

Clyde Common has a really popular and cheap happy hour scene and Biwa is an izakaya w/good happy hour prices and can make a lot of stuff veg on request.

No HH goodness at PokPok but it is reasonably priced and veg friendly.

What we need now is Sauce Supreme, happy hour expert of Portland to come along and give you the comprehensive list.

Aug 04, 2008
quovadis in Pacific Northwest

Fun and moderate in Portland

Not to seem glib... but what "kind" of vegetarian?

Most "vegetarians" I meet these days eat chicken, fish, shellfish, sometimes even pork... some will eat broth made of any animal but won't eat "chunks"... makes it very hard indeed.

Once this info is provided I would say "bang for buck"=Portland's great happy hour scene.

Aug 04, 2008
quovadis in Pacific Northwest

Just moved to Portland

PokPok for Thai

Toro Bravo for tapas

Biwa for Japanese izakaya style food

Are the ones I think of off the top of my head.

Jun 18, 2008
quovadis in Pacific Northwest

Fish in PDX?

Alberta Street Oyster Bar and Grill.
Get the escolar if they have it and the steak tartar w/bone marrow toast is a must have as well.

Jun 17, 2008
quovadis in Pacific Northwest

What to do about bad hosts?

Wow.
She really is a bad host.
But hosting is part learned skill and part natural good people skills... and for people who never learned past that "frat party stage" they really may mean well and simply be clueless. If she is so thick that a few low turn out parties don't make her think twice hopefully a close friend of hers will politely explain to her (when she is complaining about low party turn out) that their are certain responsibilities of hosting.

Jun 02, 2008
quovadis in Not About Food

Le Pigeon or Castagna?

LePige

Apr 24, 2008
quovadis in Pacific Northwest