Breakside is a brewery and restaurant in Northeast Portland that features classic pub food and beer. The brain child of two local corporate refugees, this restaurant is marked by its clever design, beautiful wood and concrete form factors, and friendly waitstaff.
On our first visit, we sampled their fire roasted jalapeno poppers. This appetizer features halved, roasted jalapenos stuffed by hand with chorizo sausage, herbs, spices, and jack, cheddar and cream cheeses. It was obvious that these were fresh jalapenos. They were not breaded fried barely recognizable produce like you’d see at a chain restaurant. They were still crunchy, and full of awesome jalapeno flavor and juice. Obviously spicy, they were a big hit at our table. We highly recommend starting your visit with these guys.
The first entree we sampled was the Carne Asada plate. This asada featured marinated Oregon Country natural flat iron steak cut into strips and grilled. It was served with standard carne asada sidekicks– guacamole, black beans, pico de gallo, and warm corn tortillas. It was a little unusual to see a Mexican restaurant standby, other than nachos, in a pub atmosphere, but it was very good nonetheless. Everything was seasoned well and the steak was flavorful. By the way, they have nachos too.
Our second entree is no longer on their menu, which is a shame. We had halibut fish and chips, served with house made tartar sauce and waffle fries. This was some of the best fish and chips I have ever had. The fish was moist and flavorful and stood up well to the breading. The serving of fish was very generous, and was more than enough for my big appetite. The waffle fries were awesome– soft on the inside, crisped on the outside, and very flavorful. Everyone at the table was stealing them. Normally I’d be stabbing hands with my fork, but there was more than enough food for me to share and still walk away feeling very satisfied. The house made tartar sauce was also very good. It was tangy, delicious and went well with both the fries and the fish.
Breakside is a great place to stop in for dinner or a drink. If you’re in Northeast and want to stop in, you’re in for a treat. When we visited the weather was rainy, and that meant no wait time at all. In summer months, this place gets very busy.
820 NE Dekum St.
Portland, OR 97211