Update: The Bent Brick closed in July 2016.
Portland Dining Month menus are a fabulous way to try new places or revisit familiar old favorites for less. Enter to win a $60 gift card to The Bent Brick so you can experience Portland Dining Month for yourself!
[Update: this restaurant is now closed]
Throughout the month of March, more than 100 restaurants in the Portland, Oregon area are participating in the annual Portland Dining Month. For you and me, this means we get to try out new restaurants or revisit our favorite restaurants for less: each participating establishment is offering a special Portland Dining Month menu of three courses for just $29.
Thanks to Travel Portland, my family and I dined at The Bent Brick as our first Portland Dining Month experience of 2016. If you like what you read and see here, YOU can enter to win a $60 gift card to The Bent Brick so you and a guest can experience their fabulous Portland Dining Month menu for yourselves! (Scroll to the bottom for the giveaway; enter before noon Wednesday March 16!)
The Bent Brick
Tucked into Portland’s Slabtown neighborhood at NW 16th and Marshall, The Bent Brick is housed in a charming 1940s brick building.
As soon as we walked in from the cold, I immediately felt warm and cozy. A smile took over my face, I gave the dining area a quick glance over, and thought “ohhhh….I like this place.”
To the right of the entrance is a small lounge area with a beautiful Jenga-like light structure and intimate seating. The bar is a semi-circle and looks like a great place to grab a bite, chat with the bartender, and watch the magic happening in the kitchen. The main dining area consists of a combination of cozy booths and open tables. There’s also a lovely outdoor patio that looks to be a wonderful option when the sun comes out.
We had made reservations through Open Table and were seated right away. After our orders were taken and drinks were delivered, the chef offered an amuse-bouche.
So few restaurants offer an amuse bouche course these days, and I have to say: you will almost always win me over if you serve an amuse-bouche. It is an off-menu, bite-sized hors d’oeuvre selected by the chef that is offered to each table at no charge and helps give you a glimpse of the chef’s approach to cuisine. On this evening, the chef was serving gougeres, which is one of my favorite hors d’oeuvres to make at home when we have large parties. These were slightly crisped on the outside and wonderfully cheesy on the inside.
The Bent Brick PDX Dining Month Menu
While some restaurants offer a special fixed menu during Portland Dining Month, several offer diners options from which to choose. Those are usually the restaurants I opt to try, so that my husband and I can try different dishes. That’s one of the reasons we were really drawn in by The Bent Brick’s Portland Dining Month menu.
Here’s a look at what we ordered.
My husband ordered the farm greens with pickled mustard seed vinaigrette, chive and radish.
I opted for the pappardelle with braised beef, trumpet mushrooms and kale. The pasta tasted so fresh and I loved the combination of flavors with the mushroom sauce and the braised beef.
Since I had a meat & carb-heavy first course, I opted for a vegetarian second course: the polenta with roasted cauliflower, celery, and hazelnuts. I loved how the crunchiness of the hazelnuts complimented the creaminess of the polenta.
My husband ordered the grilled pork loin with spätzle, country ham and pear mostarda. This was a beautiful, bright dish.
The Bent Brick offers a small children’s menu, which includes grilled cheese, mac & cheese, or a hot dog, along with one side.
My children both chose the grilled cheese with a side of jo jo’s.
The third course was perhaps my favorite of the whole evening. I selected the donuts, which were perfect round bites of ricotta, lemon confit and espresso.
My husband ordered the chocolate pudding cake with malted whipped cream. To be honest, the whipped cream was a little bitter but the cake itself was delicious!
I like that The Bent Brick gives diners several options from which to choose for Portland Dining Month. The space is really lovely, and the service is warm and attentive. It’s a great place to go for drinks and happy hour with friends after work, and I can see the patio being an excellent spot to enjoy during warmer weather.
You can view the entire Portland Dining Month menu for The Bent Brick here.
BONUS: For every Portland Dining Month reservation made through Open Table, a portion is donated to the Oregon Food Bank.
Visit The Bent Brick
1639 N.W. Marshall St.
Portland, OR 97209
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Have you dined at any Portland Dining Month restaurants yet? Which ones, or which restaurant would you like to dine at?
Many thanks to Travel Portland for providing me with two Portland Dining Month dinners for this post, and for providing the giveaway. We paid for our beverages, children’s meals, and gratuity. As always, all opinions and photos are my own.