Lardo Restaurant Review, Portland
Posted by Foodnut.com
1205 SW Washington St.
Portland, OR 97205
Why did we dine here? – Lardo was the place mentioned several times by other foodies, when asked where to get a great burger in Portland. We’re also big Porchetta fans, so this made it an easy decision. We selected the location right near downtown Portland, within walking distance of our hotel and that bookstore to end all bookstores, Powell’s.
They have 3 locations to serve your pig-out needs. Chefs Table Group also owns Ox, Grassa Next Door, and several other well respected restaurants in Portland.
The restaurant is not huge and was packed. You had to fight to get a seat.
Insider Tip – Be prepared to workoff all the grease!
Cuisine – American
Location – Downtown West Portland
Opened – 2010
Service – Lardo is an order at the counter, get a number and the food delivered kind of place. Everything was fast and efficient, using folks with good attitudes.
Verdict – Lardo impressed us with their meaty offerings. It reminded us of one foodie’s rant: is there any bad food in Portland? (Voodoo Donuts!)
If you are a fellow burger or porchetta aficionado, make sure you come here. The prices are a steal, and portion sizes are huge. Nobody leaves hungry.
1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
4090 N. Williams
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? 30 minute? 1 Hour?
Lardo Signature Dishes – Burger, Porchetta, Dirty Fries
Lardo’s Menu includes 11 different sandwiches including one token dish for vegetarians. There are 11 different sides and salads along with a nice offering of beer and cocktails.
Lardo Food Picks:
the Lardo Mai Tai ($7) Bacardi, lime, brown sugar simple, orgeat, soda was pretty darn good. Strong and tall, frankly better than the ones we had on Maui!
Double Burger cascade natural beef, porkstrami, cheddar, Lardo sauce ($9) was a heart attack maker. Holy Smokes, we had asked if there was a single burger and got laughed at. This beast is tall and full of meaty goodness. You could see the juice and grease fall off with every bite. Burger fans have to come here. Forget about this In and Out crap. Two can share this monster.
Spit-Roasted Porchetta gremolata, caper mayo ($10) was a little more sedate when compared to the burger. Still good sized, the porchetta was thinly sliced and possessed some nice crispy skin elements. This approaches the Roli Roti in San Francisco Porchetta sandwich.
Lardo Fries fried herbs and parmesan ($4) were just ok. Dripping in grease and a bit soft. Most people order the Dirty Fries with pork scraps, marinated peppers, fried herbs and parmesan.
Soup kale & linguica ($5) was unsurprisingly pretty hearty. A heavy handed soup that didn’t give you any respit from all the meats.
Pickled Vegetables ($4) included many different types cucumber, tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, onions and more. Very sour pickling.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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