Portland >Cider Mill/Fryer Tuck Restaurant, Lounge & Brewery
Yum fried chicken.... Its fried chicken that's cooked to order. The prices are a little higher than what's posted here on citysearch. Overall I thought the chicken was great, just remember that because it's cooked to order there's a 20 minute wait time.
RUDE!!!!. So rude,food takes forever, food isn't that great.
Citysearch menu prices are wrong!.
I still love Fryer Tuck's chicken but its never been cheap. The prices on the Citysearch menu are not even close to what I was charged.
Called in an order for 3/4 chicken only with 1 order of spuds should have been 10.75 per the citysearch menu. Went to pick up and was told $15. 50. Chicken was 11 and spuds were 4. Also additional .50 to go fee.
If you call in an order - suggest you ask for total to avoid surprise.
KISS LAST GREAT CHICKEN PLACE GOODBYE!.
I use to LOVE Fryer Tuck, but in July 2010 I will no longer waste my time or money in this tasteless food.
For $35 we received four thighs, six wings, pint of coleslaw and dip with one order of spuds and it was so disappointing.
Whoever bought this business either got screwed or is trying to be cheap by leaving out important spices for the chicken and spuds. The spuds were just that...spuds! The chicken was cooked and looked good. The coleslaw use to come in two parts and you put it together yourself. Either they forgot the first part or just don't care since they should NEVER call what they are selling coleslaw. The dip looked the same, but just like all the other tasteless food it was missing too. For $35 I expected great tasting Fryer Tuck chicken and we didn't get it!
I will not bother to buy anything from this place again. This was the LAST Fryer Tuck, and all we have is our memories now!
If it goes out of business, the owner deserves it after all the bad reviews written here. I wish I had read them before wasting my money.
Great Bands and No Cover!.
Lloyd Jones plays every Thursday! The various bands that play here seam to have a music style geared to rock/blues which I found to be a good fit.
If you are looking for a sit-down restaurant, this is not it. They serve good fried food, but this is a bar atmosphere. Don't expect anything more out of it.
No-smoking in PDX bars improves this place. Smokers can hang out under a covered tent out back (not bad on warm nights). The old dive of the past has improved with new ownership in 2009.
The Best Fried Chicken PERIOD. I first tried the fried chicken at Cider Mill Lounge/ Friar Tuck a few weeks ago, and I have been back several times since. It is absolutely wonderful! The chicken is incredibly fresh (its strictly cooked to order) and the pieces are huge! The crust is very flavorful and crisp, and the meat is moist and delicious. Once you try it you will be absolutely hooked. The spuds are apparently also quite popular, but I prefer the shoestring fries....and the baked beans are the best I've ever had! The new owner is young and energetic and is committed to keeping things they way they have apparently been for the past 70 years. Cider Mill is absolutely my new favorite spot in Portland!
Used to be great. Going downhill fast..
I've been eating take out here for at least 35 years, and I've never had a bad meal. They've always had delicious, crunchy and juicy fried chicken and great spuds. Never a fan of the "dip"...kind of bland and I prefer to use ranch....but the baked beans have always more than made up for it. Unlike any I've ever had, with a deep mahogany color and a rich molasses flavor.
Yesterday, I decided to eat in at the attached bar. Big mistake. At first, I was enthused...the menu has been expanded and I saw an article on the wall about a new owner. Great! Good to see someone young taking over, and the new menu items indicated some ambition to succeed.
Unfortunately, my enthusiasm was short-lived. The service was atrocious and slow, with my waitress getting my order wrong twice. But, even worse, the food was really bad. While my chicken breast was good, the spuds were overcooked and dry...just crunchy dry shells with nothing inside. And the beans I've loved for a lifetime are gone. In their place, some really generic, out of the can baked beans that I didn't even finish.
If I had never been here before, I would give it one star and never return, however, 35 years of good food earns them an additional star and a second chance. I'm worried, though, that the new owner has lost what has made this place great for so long. An expanded menu is fine, but there's a reason Fryer Tuck has been in business for this long, so don't screw it up! Do the basics right. I hope I'm wrong about this place going downhill, because I love(d) it. One more chance.
It isn't what it used to be. Growing up I worked @ Fryer Tuck in Beaverton. The Owner made all the coating flour for all the different Fryer Tucks. He sold the company years ago , but the chicken remained good. I stopped at the Cider Mill 3 or 4 years ago , and it was still good chicken spuds , and dip. I stopped in there last week with a group of people , sat down and proceeded to be imediately disappointed by the service. It took forever to get a beer , the waitress had to repeatedly come back to check on what we orderd because I guess she forgot , or couldn't read her writing. It took about 40 minutes to make our food order , not because we didn't know what we wanted , it was because she could never find the time to take our order. So after we gave her our order , another 40 minutes went by before some of us got our food. I was one of us that got there food, the dip tasted like sour cream , the spuds tasted like bland floured potatoes , and the chicken tasted like bland floured-no spices-chicken. The rolls were store bought box rolls , we did not get the choice of coleslaw , beans or potatoe salad , that was suppose to come with the meal. Also 2 people never did get there meal , the couldn't figure out how to get 2 1/2 chickens in a fryer that holds 5 chickens. My suggestion is , that if you liked Fryer Tuck Chicken , you will not find it @ the Cider Mill , but if you like bland food this is your place.
Never will recommend. We were to meet with friends and family and eat at this icon of a restaurant on the westside. We walked in about 6 pm on a sunday---apparently after their grand reopening of new mamagement---one waitress and one bartender was all that was running the floor.Thank good it wasn't busy.It took us 15 min.to get drink orders.25 min.to order food.Took the other 7 people 40 min. to finally get their food with one order returned due to wrong order.As for me and my son we never got to eat--AFTER ONE HOUR OF SITTING AND WATCHING PEOPLE EAT WE LEFT!!!!!!!! The waitress was rude,the NEW OWNER was too busy to talk to us!! NEVER AGAIN
SERVICE IS MISERABLE!!!!!.
Been going to Fryer Tuck for years (off and on). It's rare that we eat fried chicken, but theirs is exceptionally good as far as fried chicken goes. We also love their potatoes and dipping sauce. Beers (since they lost their brewery) are good. When they made their own beer, it was even more fun.
That's where it STOPS. The last time, we went with out of town guests who wanted to try some (of the best)fried chicken and potatoes and were treated like dirt. Mind you, the waitress appeared to be the only one in the entire "joint" (yes, it's a total smoky dive). Her attitude was aberrant, rude and condescending.
She made us feel completely UNWELCOME and we didn't even enjoy our meal or beers for fear she would loom her casting dirty looks and snotty comments our direction if we dare asked for a napkin or a question about the menu. She mustered up a phony smile the last 2 minutes...(TIP TIME), well it was too late. Out of kindness, we still left her a tip since she probably has to share, but it was against our better judgment.
HORRIBLE, Grumpy, large, dark haired, middle-aged woman...needs to find a job NOT in the SERVICE industry!
WE will NEVER, EVER go back. Thanks for all the years, but her treatment was appalling!
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