Early bird gets the worm…

…at Sayler’s Old Country Kitchen.

A friend of mine wanted to celebrate his tax returns old-school style, with a big ol’ honking porterhouse at the Sayler’s by Mall 205. I had been to Sayler’s once ten years ago when I first moved to Oregon – and although I don’t remember much about the place, it just never landed on the top of my ‘must-visit-again’ place. But when a man needs meat and wants it without the fancy trimmings and/or price tag, I guess Saylers is the place to go.

I balked a bit at his request that we head out early – “you know they’re open at 4 pm.” Leave at 4 pm for dinner? What are we, senior citizens in search of the early bird special? Nevertheless, I skipped lunch, we set out early, and I soothed my ruffled feathers with a decent vodka martini, extra olives, at 4:30 in the pm while I waited for my prime rib. (He made do with the carrots, baby corn, olives and celery sticks from the relish tray.)

We polished off our cuts of beef in true carnivore style, declined the complimentary ice cream, and stood up to head out the door for what I presume will be a post-digestion meat coma at some point. But what’s this? Every single table is full – and was the entire time we were there. There are hordes of people packed around the perimeters of the restaurant, waiting for their turn at the trough. And it’s barely 5:30 on a Saturday evening!

One tip: skip their menu of foo-fooey drinks (which all sounded repulsive), and stick to wine or the aforementioned martini. And don’t assume that you can stop by the nearby Hooters for pre- or post-dinner drinks – Hooters is no more, and their sign’s been smashed to smithereens.

Now…this “senior citizen” needs to toddle off for my post-prime rib nap…!

7 Comments so far

  1. Aaron B. Hockley (unregistered) on February 16th, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

    30 hours ago I’d never heard of this restaurant. You’re now the second person who has recommended going there and getting a steak. I think I have a mission.

  2. Gary Walter (unregistered) on February 16th, 2008 @ 11:38 pm

    When I was a kid – more than 30 years ago (ok, 40, but who’s counting), this is the place my parents went for a "fancy" night out. Being a simple blue-collar family from SE PDX – this was a big deal.

    My brother and I used to marvel at their 72 oz. steak. If you could eat it in one setting, it was free. We dreamed of being able to do that someday.

    Do they still offer the 72 oz deal? Are there still photos of people who’ve done it?

  3. Betsy (unregistered) on February 17th, 2008 @ 8:28 am

    Yes, they still offer the 72 oz deal, but they only offer it up on weekdays before 9 pm. I didn’t check to see if there were photos available in the lobby – we scooted in and then scooted out quickly.

  4. McAngryPants (unregistered) on February 17th, 2008 @ 8:51 am

    I could eat 72 oz’s of goodness. Suddenly I’m reminded of scene from John Candy’s Great Outdoors…

  5. Superinkygirl (unregistered) on February 17th, 2008 @ 9:44 am

    I’ve seen a grown man attempt to finish the 72oz-er. One must also eat all the sides (a salad & potato if memory serves). He didn’t get anywhere close to eating the whole thing. It was a marvel to behold, however.

  6. divebarwife (unregistered) on February 17th, 2008 @ 4:16 pm

    I thin it must have been an early night out in Portland on Saturday. We had plans later in the evening and tried to go to Gustav’s for an early dinner at 5pm – until they told us it was a 45 minute wait. Crazy!

  7. T-bone (unregistered) on February 17th, 2008 @ 6:17 pm

    I went to Sayler’s once – the same one
    you went to mayber 30 years ago. I didn’t
    hate it, but I didn’t really like it. But,
    I give them credit – successful long time
    local business employing people and so forth.
    Worthy of a pat on the back.

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