Taking over the old Pause Kitchen and Bar spot at 5101 N Interstate Ave., the Highway 99-themed Patton Maryland is now open daily starting at 11 a.m., and in the kitchen is experience Portland chef Wesley Berger, who is making a menu of barbecue and seasonal Southern-inspired pub food (Berger grew up in South Carolina, so this could be promising). As some will recall, Berger hit the limelight back in 2009, when everyone found out he was the great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria.
Serving lunch, dinner, and happy hour, Wesley will be armed with a smoker trailer and experience at Lauruelhurst Market, Podnah’s Pit, Paley’s Place, and Gino’s. Along with half chickens, beef brisket, pulled pork, and smoked meatloaf, Patton Maryland will serve bar snacks like pork rinds and fried vegetables with ranch, plus some meaty sandwiches. But those into clean living will also find salads and vegetable-driven bowls like the Hoppin John, with black-eyed peas, squash, onions, peppers, and garlic.
James Hall and Josh Johnston established Patton Maryland, and to get a sense of their style, consider the other seven restaurants and bars they run in the city, including Circe 33, Paddy's, The Station, North 45, and Produce Row. Patton Maryland is filled with road signs, seats 80, and has a large patio.
When news of Patton Maryland first dropped, Hall and Johnston said they’d keep the bar’s family-friendly vibe, and they’ve kept good on that promise. The restaurant welcomes the kiddos until 9:30 p.m. and has a kids’ menu. All of the kids’ plates, like mac and cheese and pulled pork sandwiches, are half-off Mondays.
On the bar front, find craft cocktails, mostly $9 to 10, and lots of $3 tallboys. Beers on tap and wines by the glass, too. And happy hour runs daily from 4 to 6 p.m. Patton Maryland operates daily from 11 a.m., closing at 10 p.m. throughout the week, and late Fridays and Saturdays.
- Patton Maryland [Official Site]
- Pause Kitchen and Bar Closes to Make Way for Patton Maryland [EPDX]