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May 7th, 2003 12:00 am Caryn B. Brooks | z-Miss Dish

Name That Burger!

Gentle Readers,

A MISS DISH FOLLOW-UP! In March, Miss Dish brought you the tale of Tommy's, a new cart that popped up downtown at Southwest Park Avenue and Taylor Street. Tommy's looked like (note past tense) and served burgers just like the ones Californians enjoy at the famed Original Tommy's. Thing is, the Portland Tommy's and the So-Cal Tommy's are not connected, even though the Tommy's here had a design very similar to the Cali original. The update is that the Tommy's in Portland is no longer Tommy's--they've just changed their name to Ronnie's. Seems the folks at Tommy's central in L.A. were none too pleased with the name-game poaching going on up north. Richard Hicks, the CFO of Original Tommy's, told Miss Dish, "We sent them a complaint and told them we were prepared to file the complaint. They told us it would not be necessary because they were going to change the name." Oh well, it's not the name, it's what you do with it.


Grolla Restaurant and Wine Bar (2930 NE Killingsworth St., 493-9521) has always looked like a little bit of Europe ensconced on Northeast Killingsworth. The problem is, it's changed ownership so many times, it's been hard to gauge what's going on. Miss Dish got a nice letter from its new chef Peter Greene and new owners Angela and Christopher Lachmann this week letting her know that they've got an enticing modus operandi: affordable prices and quality product. Check it: Weekend brunch offers a smoked-salmon omelette for $7.95 and banana-walnut French toast for $6.95; dinner brings a Mediterranean sampler with fresh hummus, baba ghanouj, tabbouleh, pita and olives for $6.95, specials such as a scallop ceviche for $8.95 and a Tuscan grilled steak for $16.95.


Sad news on the sushi front: Beloved fish shack Mio Sushi, off of Northwest 23rd Avenue, was destroyed by fire last week. Owners Sonny and Joon say they will continue running their other two outlets--one at Southeast 39th and Hawthorne, the other in Beaverton--and plan to remodel and reopen the Northwest Portland restaurant as soon as they can.


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA, to you, home-slice) announced this week that Portland is the fourth-most vegetarian-friendly city in America. San Fran came in first place, Seattle second, based on the group's methodology using a per-capita ratio of vegetarian-friendly restaurants to population (NYC was No. 3). Citing such veg-friendly eateries as the Vita Cafe and the Chef to Go cart, the PETA people said, "Portland is a great example of a city where vegetarianism has graduated to the mainstream." No comment as yet from El Gaucho and the Ringside.


You can never be too rich or have too much coffee...Boyd Coffee Company is opening a cafe and retail store this summer in the schmancy Gregory Building in the Pearl District. Look for Boyd's coffee, teas, pastries and desserts to be dealt in this 770-square-foot hang featuring a 20-foot glowing espresso bar.

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