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Beaker & Flask

727 SE Washington St.
Portland, OR
235-8180 | beakerandflask.com
Neighborhood: Eastside Industrial

727 SE Washington St., 235-8180, beakerandflask.com. 

[DINNER & DRINKS] Lacking signage and located on a grayish industrial corner just off Southeast Sandy Boulevard, Beaker & Flask does not readily lend itself to a cohesive first impression. Is it a warehouse? A design studio? A car-dealership showroom? A peek inside does nothing to mitigate the confusion, revealing extensive use of concrete and chalkboard paint, chromed diner-style tables and chairs, and an enormous curved bar populated by a handful of middle-aged men in Tommy Bahama shirts who may or may not want to sell you a Honda. In any case, it was from this very bar, topped somewhat incongruously with homey-looking canned preserves, that we received some of the best cocktails we’d ever tasted. Keep in mind, though, these cocktails are strictly for grown-ups—nothing is blended with ice, or contains schnapps, or is even particularly sweet. (Highly recommended is the Devil in a Boot—a warming mix of smoky blended and single-malt scotch, Cynar and orange liqueur with a strip of orange peel.) The food menu is equally spectacular, offering a mix of deftly executed small and large plates such as a medium-rare grilled beef shoulder with spinach and roasted fingerling potatoes, an already addictive combination topped with a festive tuft of fried leeks. I’m still not sure what Beaker & Flask is selling, but whatever it is, I’m buying. KAT MERCK.

Ideal meal: Tails & Trotters pork belly with green beans, pesto and Manila clams. 

Best deal: The seared quail on a bed of arugula, fennel and strawberries with basil pesto is a picture-perfect summer meal.

5 -11 pm Monday-Saturday. $$$

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5 pm-midnight Monday-Wednesday, 5 pm-1 am Thursday-Saturday. $$-$$$ Moderate-expensive.[COCKTAILS AND CRITTERS] Our 2009 Restaurant of the Year has no intention of coasting on its accolades, as its kitchen continues to put out exquisite, creative dishes that an attentive, enthusiastic staff proudly    More
 
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When Kevin Ludwig announced plans in 2007 to leave his job as bartender and front-of-house manager at Park Kitchen and open his own place, most of Portland’s foodie community assumed it would be a craft cocktail bar in the mold of Teardrop Lounge, with plenty of attention paid to housemade ton   More
 
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My first thought upon entering Beaker & Flask (727 SE Washington St., 235-8180, beakerandflask.com): “Huh. So this is what we’ve been waiting for.” The belated opening of Kevin Ludwi ...   More
 
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