I had the best eating out experience of my life last week.
And the best part, it was at a humble little restaurant -no bigger than a studio apartment-tucked inside a grocery store.
Well, I guess the restaurant isn't that humble. It's been reviewed as one of the best places in Portland and now I know why.
Evoe has maybe fifteen or twenty seats, a giant chalkboard menu, two chefs, and a simple concrete floor. The few things that adorn the small space are edible; chances are one of the chefs is gonna grab that artichoke that lies on the table and cook it up for you.
The menu is full of snacks and sandwiches; as well as interesting drinks and maybe a soup or two. When my friend and I sat down at the counter, the chef was inspecting a bag of scallops that had just been brought in. I decided that's what I would be eating...
I started with an elderflower spritzer and it was one of the most refreshing drinks I've had in awhile. I'm definitely going to try and recreate the bubbly goodness. I then watched as the female chef calmly cute up the grapefruit and avocado that would be accompanying my scallops.
What I love most about this place is that there's no hiding; what you see is what you get. Almost everything is made as you sit and watch. You don't deal with any waiters or long waits...you aren't wondering how old the fruit is or when that bread was baked. I was also floored by the fact that I spent about what I would've at the local taqueria. Everything is pretty reasonable and usually under $10.
My scallop dish was simple and lovely-cooked just to perfection. My friend ate a beautiful beet salad and our neighbors pea+chicken soup looked scrumptious...
I will definitely be returning to this place...