While most will recognize February 14th as northwest restaurant Carlyle's last day of service before owner Bruce Goldberg wanders off to other projects and Jake Martin wanders over to Fenouil, a few will recognize it as the best/worst day ever. Yes. As it is every year, it will be Valentine's Day. With that, Eater's interested in rounding up a few options. Last week we checked out Gilt Club's puntastic plans and the "just get totally shitfaced" option. Today, it's all about the doubletakes.
Image of Kenny & Zuke's courtesy Save the Deli
Downtown's Kenny and Zuke's--part-owned by pupusa-stalker and Eater Co-Mascot Nick A. Zukin--is offering a Cheap Date special, Sunday night only (a rare departure from what most restaurants are doing which is bending spacetime and treating Saturday as Valentine's Day as well). Why a Cheap Date, aside from maybe being one? Zukin explains it all: "Whereas most places are probably increasing their prices for the holiday, we've decided to be that place people can go if they just want a really tasty meal at a reasonable price without all the fuss. Let them save their pennies for something else -- like a present for their loved one." All together now: awwwwww.
Meanwhile, at Bruce Carey's southeast industrial district mainstay Clarklewis, (where both Tails & Trotters' Morgan Brownlow and Beast's Naomi Pomeroy--who co-founded the place with Family Supper's Michael Hebb back in the day--have logged kitchen time) chef Dolan Lane is putting together a VD (ohhhh) menu involving beet terrines and pappardelles and semolina-dusted Petrale soles which is all very lovely and the menu is in a delightful shade of violet which isn't pink enough to be obnoxious nor red enough to be classy on Opposite Day, only problem being the email announcement is illustrated with a big ol' pile of plates of asparagus. Which, as everyone who's ever eaten asparagus and then had makeout party knows, is probably about the least romantic-inclining food, ever. Which means that either Carey was snoozing (unlikely) or Lane's got a funny idea of fun.
· Previous Best/Worst Day Ever Coverage [EaterPDX]
· Kenny & Zuke's [Official Site]
· Clarklewis [Official Site]