Portland >Food & Dining > Two Brothers Cafe & Grill
829 SE 39th Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.516664 -122.623110
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Sunnyside
Who among us is from, or has been to, the Balkans? So maybe this is what Balkan cuisine tastes like, but either way, it tastes great. Dishes youve seen at Turkish/Greek places, so pretty much anything with ground lamb, spinach, and feta, wrapped up any which way, and you'll be happy
Lovely Food from the Balkans – I've always noticed the Two Brothers Cafe but never went in. But after checking out the lights on Peacock lane last night my wife and I decided to check it out as we have a number of friends we met who are from Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia.
Needless to say the food was amazing, inexpensive, and the owners were pleasant. We ordered pita bread with Ajvar and Chevapi. Tasty treats!!
We came back for lunch today and we had Sudzuka and Pljeskavica (which has to be the largest burger I've ever seen).
They're heavily into the meats, but have vegetarian fare as well. Whatever misgivings people have had about this place before seems to be resolved. They deserve more business and I am their newest fan!
Great Resturant – A group of us are traveling to Serbia this summer and wanted to find a restaurant that serves authentic Balkan - Serb dishes... we found it.
We were excited to find they had Burek, a customary stuffed break with meat or cheese. All of us found the food to be great. We will go back.
If you are looking for a taste of the Balkans, you need to try Two Brothers.
The worse restaurant in Portland – This place is terrible. Its dirty, cold, dark. The food is absolutely repulsive.
The worse part are the people who run the place. When I was there the owner was fighting with some homeless people at the bus stop in front of the cafe. The fight came inside where upon the owner was yelling obscenities at them. It got so bad people were leaving and we ended up leaving as well. If that's not bad enough the owner tried to charge us for things we didnt order, he was insistent. He tried to charge me for dishes i didnt even order and yelled at us saying that we were trying to cheat him. In the end he realized he gave us the wrong bill. The worse thing is that he didnt even apologize.
Never ever go to this hell whole.
Great Cheap Eat In Belmont Area – I love this place and hope it continues to flourish. I must admit having an ethnic bias since the food is akin to what I grew up with. I love everything I have tried there: the meat "Pirsoshky" style offering, the cabbage rolls and the borscht. I just wish there were more tables here so the place would not feel so cramped.
Great Balkan Food! – I love this restaurant. Their food is homemade and delicious. The owners (who are great people) are from Bosnia and I would recommend trying their food to anyone! They have great great Goulash, Chevapi, Stuffed Peppers, Cabbage rolls and the mixed grill is great too..you can try all of your specialty meats on one platter.
low expectations were lowered by owner – Food was ok. Atmosphere was bleek and cold. Waiter was very nice but embarassed to work for the A-hole owners. I had a coupon for their establishment that was valid for a free entree of "equal or greater value" that was denied. I was told that they weren't accepting them anymore and yet I had it in my hand within the time of expiration with their name on it. All it was going to save me was $6 (my other entree was $11.75). The waiter seemed bewildered by the owner's ignorance (who was ten feet away but wouldn't speak to me) and I wasn't going to make a fuss over it. Instead, I will never return and implore all to stay away from their mediocre food and crappy business sense.
You should try this restaurant! – I love this restaurant. I drove by it for the last couple of years because quite honestly, I have lived in PDX for many years and I could not get away from the mental image that about 20 years ago this building was a laundrymat. Additionally, the exterior of the restaurant does not look upscale or fancy, and I assumed that food would match the exterior. Nothing could be further from the truth. I love it. I am a Minnesotan and this restaurant has the ultimate comfort food. One other reviewer said that the goulash was art- and it is. I have had it at least two time. However, my favorite dish is their moussaka. They do not make it like the Greek dish- at Two Brothers they use eggplant, ground beef and scalloped potatoes. I love Greek moussaka and this dish is even better. Try this restaurant-you will not be dissapointed! Service is excellent and the staff is very nice.
Balkans not Eastern European – Instructions are be yourself: I am an expert on food I have consumed approximately 46,000 meals
I wanted to try Borsht, they did not serve Eastern European food. There was a small group of men obviously enjoying their meal and the staff was so friendly so they recommended . The Goulash.
Before it arrived the three men seated near me were talking about how excellent their meal was and how full they were. I wish I had ordered what they had then immediately my Goulash arrived.
One bite --this was not my grandmas Goulash. It was not food --it was > art. I will crave this dish from now on. Right on the corner of Stark and 39th..
I would rank it in definitely my top 100 dishes of all time. $13.95
Greek , Hungarian, Yugoslavian type food. Words like Pita. Sorry, no Big Macs
Comfort Food Balkan Style – In a city overrun with Asian Fusion, ( which I like as well as the next) its difficult to find a place that serves real, honest to goodness, comfort food. I had my first taste of Croatian flavors at the Polish Festival in September and was eager to try more. Anyone who loves the food of Eastern Europe will not be disappointed in Two Brothers. My mom and I had the opportunity to visit a few weeks ago...I had the Chevapi ( a meatball sandwich in a pita style bread, though describing it this way completely understates how good it is) and my mom the cabbage rolls. The menu is pretty vast and seems to combine Eastern European and Middle Eastern cuisine. Everything was exceptional: fresh, flavorful, and truly authentic. I have to disagree on the lack of ambience. If you are looking for a theme meal with servers in quaint folk costumes, this isn't it. But the cafe is warm and inviting and the sort of place you dont feel uncomfortable lingering in. The service was very friendly and acommodating. Prices are reasonable and portions generous. It is a must try.
Don't Miss it... – without a doubt, the best simple salad in a town that has a knack of screwing with every dish to make it "unique," and ruining it. Soup is killer. The fries have always been fresh when I've eaten there. Serbian dishes are awesome as are the others. And no, I'm not friends or related to the owners, just glad to see these folks do well on a street quickly loosing it's charm. Goes to show that you can flood places with high priced condo's and posh eateries, but there is still hope for the little guys yet. I hope they don't change too much.
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