Tasty n Alder

It’s not always easy to catch a glimpse of a genuinely heart pounding hunk of beef in Portland, unless you have the time and lack of shame to blatantly loiter outside fire stations when it’s truck-washing time. Find a happy medium at chef/restaurateur John Gorham’s meaty downtown sister restaurant to North Portland’s popular Tasty n Sons, fittingly dubbed Tasty n Alder, where the fried onion-topped smoked coppa steak sandwich, hazelnut romesco-slathered Alder Burger, steak ‘n eggs-centric Cowboy Breakfast, and cinnamon-laced Budapest coffeecake will leave you with a whole new kind of beefcake lust.


Cuisine: New American

Executive Chef: John Gorham

Owner: John Gorham

Atmosphere: Buzzy, rustic-chic downtown hotspot with upbeat energy, refreshingly casual but consistently delicious and good for all occasions

Outdoor seating: Sidewalk tables

Best Seat: Window table

Noise Level: Normal to Boisterous

Dress Code: Casual

Bring the Kids: Yes

Parking: Street parking is metered (Mon-Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 1-7pm) and can be challenging to find; there is a SmartPark garage down the street at SW 10th and SW Yamhill

Cocktails: 10 signature cocktails ($8-$12), bottled cocktails $36-$38, whiskey flight, Tasty Mary + variations

Beer: Five draft beers $5-$7, six bottled beers $3-$9

Wine: Sparkly, white, rosé, red and sherry by the glass ($8-$10) and bottle ($30-$96)

Teetotalers: Virgil's root beer, Cock n Bull ginger beer, Brasilena, sodas, juices, chocolate milk

Coffee: Water Avenue

Tea: Steven Smith

Ideal Meal: Brunch: chocolate potato doughnut, glazed yams, fried egg and cheddar biscuit, Auntie Paula's French toast, tasso hash, Alder burger, Budapest coffee cake

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

Good for the following occasions: Downtown Brunch, Lunch With Coworkers, Dinner With Friends, Pre-Theater, Early Happy Hour

Reservations: Accepted for parties of 7-10, call 503.621.9251

Delivery: No