On an unassuming corner of the Burnside corridor, Screendoor looks more like a dining hall than your average restaurant. However, within this ... More
On an unassuming corner of the Burnside corridor, Screendoor looks more like a dining hall than your average restaurant. However, within this unassuming space, you'll find a foodies take on the best of southern cooking, leaving the Cajun seasoning to other restaurants. The mid-priced menu always includes fresh, local ingredients with familiar sides, such as cheesy grits with the artisan cheese of the day. Signature drinks from the full bar are delivered by a friendly and fast staff. Check out weekend brunches to sample the pecan praline bacon, and enjoy the patio during the dry summer months.
This is one of my most favorite places to eat in Portland! Which is saying a lot because there are a ton of really great restaurants! Here is the deal...it is VERY good and VERY consistent which is one of the hardest things to find. Yes, there can be a wait but i ave found you either get there right when they open or around 11:00 am and a lot of the huge morning rush is starting to thin out. It is a great place to bring visitors. The food is authentic Southern but upscale in some ways. Everything is very fresh and local! I have been going here for years and the owner always remembers me and says hi even of I haven't been in for awhile. The desserts and cocktails are just a ridiculously good added bonus! You cant go wrong here folks...trust me
Having lived in the south for 35 plus years, I was doubtful that I would be that impressed with a southern food menu in Portland , but I was so happy to be wrong in my assumptions. The sweet iced tea was spot on and reminded me of my grandmother's (huge test in my book). Then I tried the fried okra...omg.. so wonderfull! Lightly fried and not greasy or over fried, which is exactly the was it's supposed to be. I had to try the Shrimp and Grits w/ Pork Belly and again I was not dissappointed at all. So much flavor and the grits were so creamy and buttery but had the yummy smokiness from the pork belly...WOW. You must try the hush puppies and fried catfish as well. We all shared and no one left hungry. The portions are HUGE and it's so much fun to order different things and share.There is plenty to chose from and my next meal there will include the fried chicken as I saw it go out 80% of the time so it must be good! Be prepared as it is loud with everyone talking and laughing and enjoying their meals. Not the place for a romantic quite dinner but perfect for a great meal at a great price .It's the best southern cooking I've had this side of the country! Get there early as there was a line but we waited and didn't mind as they have alot of tables and it moved pretty good. Be prepared to wait for your meal as they are cooked to order but the apps come out fast. They do have a full bar and I saw some yummy drinks go by...but hey , I'm from the south so it had to be the sweet tea for me!! Our waiter was wonderful and kept the glasses full and gave us such great service. The only downfall was that we all got so full that we didn't have room for dessert which would have been my fav. pecan pie....next time!!!!
The restaurant has great atmosphere, good service, and plate licking food. Our party had the hush puppies, catfish, fried chicken, pork chop, mac 'n cheese, mashed sweet potatoes, red beans & rice, corn bread and coleslaw. It was the best sotuhern meal we've had since we left Texas. The fried food wasn't heavy or greasy, it had lots of flavor. The cornbread actually had corn in it. Yum! Hushpuppies were hot and really tasty with the pepper sauce or the mustard sauce that came with it. The only disappointment was not getting there early enough to order fried okra, as it's one of my favorite southern dishes. I would definately recommend the Screen Door to anyone wanting a great meal.