We've lived in Portland for seven years. We've been to Screen Door, maybe, 15 times. Maybe 10. It's my absolute favorite restaurant, in a town full of great restaurants and coming from a town where I had a laundry list of favorite restaurants (San Francisco). It's affordable, it's accessible (meaning down-home, easily understood and appreciated food. It's "A Giant Plate of Southern Fried Chicken" - rather than, you know, "a miniscule serving skate larvae served on a bed of cumin-scented fava beans." But oh, Screen Door, the dark side of your wonderful food and friendly services is the line that begins to trail around the block an hour before you've even opened for service. In the last year, we've shown up for a meal at least four times, only to move on when we spot the crowd of a 100 or so people waiting outside for a chance at Praline-Maple Bacon. I can't fault you for it; you handle it with aplomb and, god, your business model is clearly working. But man, I wish we could eat there once in a while. So, if you're going: commit to the wait, practice some acceptance around it, and make sure you order that bacon.
Good for couples, families, friends - as long as you can stand the wait for a table. Wouldn't go here for business.
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