Portland >Mc Menamins Mall 205
Quirky, Fun, and Awesome Burgers. We go to McMenamins 205 about once a week for a beer and (usually) a cheeseburger from their after 10 menu. That menu has gotten smaller in the past few months, but those cheeseburgers are the best bar burgers anywhere and they come with fries for around $4! We have never been rudely treated at 205, in fact, we always feel like welcomed friends. Yes, the strip mall location is not historical or very beautiful, but in East County, hey, at least there's a McMenamins and they have done their best inside with quirky old advertising signs and cool paintings. Over all, it a neighborhood pub with good beer, great burgers, and funny-friendly staff--there is one server who calls every group "gang"--hey, how's it goin' gang?--even if it's just the two of us--we always have to laugh at that! They play interesting music and you can listen (eavesdrop) to old guys from New Jersey (by their accent) talk about their time in the service. It's a fun place!
Not what we've come to expect from a McMenamin's location. We stopped in for lunch. The brew was, of course, the same as the other locations. The food was almost as good but there was nothing spectacular about this 'strip mall' location. Part of what many people have come to expect from the McMenamins is locating in beautiful, historic locations. This diversion from that made for a less-than-pleasing experience.
Worst service. Waiter and staff was rude (our waiter interrupted me mid-sentence asking for a NAPKIN, to tell me "Uh, I'm on break. Someone else will help you"). Staff was apathetic, food was mediocre. Will not be going back.
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