Deschutes Brewery & Public House
210 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR, 97209
Sometimes you just get lucky. I had just spent a couple hours in my favorite place in America, Powell's City of Books in Portland. I was hungry and had planned to visit the Portland Classical Chinese Garden, so I started walking there, hoping to find a restaurant on the way. Just a couple blocks north of Powell's I came to the new Deschutes Brewery & Public House. This was not here the last time I was in Portland.
I am a big fan of Deschutes beers. Their Twilight Ale is a beautiful summer beer, and their Black Butte Porter, in my opinion, is one of the best beers in America. So I take a seat at the bar, order a Twilight, and look over the menu. I see a smoked pork sandwich, served "Memphis-Style with Slaw and Fried Onions with Black Butte Porter BBQ Sauce." Perfect. I order it and the bartender says "Oh, nice."
The sandwich arrives, and it is amazing. From the picture it looks like it's mostly onion strings (my bad), but trust me, there was lots of pork in there. Normally I prefer that my sandwiches don't have sauce on them (properly smoked pork doesn't need any sauce) but this barbecue sauce was so damn good I didn't mind. This was one of the best sandwiches I have ever had.
The mustard that they had in a bottle on the table was fantastic; I wish I knew what it was. I guess I could have asked the bartender, but I'm pretty lazy.