Sunday, July 17, 2011

Marathon Taverna (Portland, OR)

1735 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209, T: 503-224-1341

Marathon Taverna has a couple of signs up: "Food Cocktails Lottery" and "Sport Bar and Grill." The latter describes this odd place better, though doesn't capture it all. It is a dark seedy but huge bar with many tvs and various pool billiards. Before Timbers games it caters to the soccer fans, but normally the crowd is more local and, uhm, less affluent. They are attracted by low prices and long hours; it's open 7 days a week from 7 to 2:30 AM!

As they don't offer breakfasts on Timbers Game Days, we had to resort to burgers (poor us). My friend ordered Chili Burger ($7), an open faced burger with a 1/3lb patty with chili, cheese and diced onions. I had a Cross Country Burger ($7.50): 1/3lb patty, egg, bacon, ham, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, pickle, bun with mayo and burger sauce. Both burgers tasted quite good, even at 11 AM! I added (wrinkled) fries to my burger (+$2), which were very crispy.

The next morning I went back for the "Deuces:" 2 eggs, 2 strips of bacon, and 2 slices of toast (white, wheat or sourdough). I also got a 12oz OJ ($2). It wasn't the best breakfast ever, but it is sure as hell was the best breakfast for $4 ever!

VERDICT: 85/100
The Marathon Taverna is the perfectly eatery for Timbers fan on a budget: tasty and cheap!

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