Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Nice Bites: 50 Plates

50 Plates: A swanky joint in the Pearl that boasts dishes inspired by one or more of the 50 American states. It's a road trip of historical and modern American food. I tried seven of them. Guess the state(s) involved? 

Because I love Campari: Playmaker Ransom - Old Tom Gin, Campari, Tawny Port, Orange Twist

Cold Oysters with beer, tapatio, lime and cilantro

Monte Cristo with natural ham, aged gouda, Amarena cherries and a sunny side quail egg

"Knuckle Sandwich" - Maine lobster salad on a buttered mini roll

Radicchio Slaw with toasted pine nuts 

Griddled Boston Brown Bread with Vermont cheddar, sour cream and apple mince stout molasses

Pizza with pears, blue cheese and caramelized shallots

Banana Fluffernutter: fresh banana ice cream, peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, and salted peanuts

50 Plates
333 NW 13th 
Portland, OR 97204


Jessica said...

Oysters: Louisiana
Monte Cristo: NY
Knuckle Sandwich: Maine? Or is that "Main"?
Pizza....hmm... Oregon?
Fluffernutter: Massachusetts!

FOODalogue said...

Tough...I hope you'll post answers. The fluffernutter thing looks like it's topped with worms. Not very appetizing.

Mells Bells Supertramp said...

do you get to eat for free?? i wish i was friends with you. we'd eat drink and be merry all day long! x

Lenia said...

Can't guess the states but of one thing I can be sure: everything looks yummy!Lucky you!

Mary Bergfeld said...

I hope you publish the answers. I thought I was doing well then started to second guess myself :-). That's always a bad sign. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Banana Wonder said...

Jessica - Hah! Thanks for the typo correction!

Foodalogue - I never thought about that, but now that you mention it.. yes... eww!

Mells Bells Supertramp - Psh please you are friends with me and I totally paid for this meal (groupon helped).

Lenia - At least it wasn't just a hamburger or a hot dog.

Mary - Hah I think some dishes actually incorporate several states? Not totally sure.

Dewi said...

Ah, those radicchio slaw really looks delicious and appetizing.

Helen said...

Here are my uneducated guesses:
I know that the "Knuckle" sandwich comes from Maine because I went there a few years ago and ate one. (I have to say though that I found it kind of bland: lobster, mayo, bread.)
And of course, I'm assuming that the Griddled Boston Brown Bread is a Boston treat even though it has Vermont cheddar in it? That's the extent of my knowledge. Curious to know the answers though.

Banana Wonder said...

Elra - I think I love any purple vegetable :-) Especially if it has pine nuts on it.

Helen - Good guesses! So I believe 50 plates actually combines some states so that second guess would be Massachusetts and Vermont...? I don't think I could come close to making the same guesses for Canadian states(providences?).. me=#epicfail

Kung Food Panda said...

Yum! That knuckle sandwich looks good!

Helen said...

haha! It's provinces ;)
I don't think there are noticeable distinct food characteristics between the Canadian provinces (as in the U.S. States) except for maybe Quebec due to the French influence. Alberta is known for being the beef production province, Nova Scotia is known for lobster farming, B.C. is known for their salmon and seafood...

Banana Wonder said...

Danny - Just another reason to visit Portland... or Maine :-0

Helen - Gotcha...and I wonder if they each do their own poutine..salmon poutine, anyone? That just sounds wrong.

Haddock said...

Everything looks great. (never had quail egg before)