Porter's Pub, Keizer
Porter's Pub has since undergone several changes of names and ownership
Briefly, I thought about calling this post, "The good, the bad and the worn out", but reconsidered after sleeping on our experience. Porter's may not be the most up to date locale, but it did have it's good points.
On a recent evening, N and I ventured out to Porter's Pub after receiving a tip that they served up some delicious fish and chips. The pub is located in a Keizer strip mall on the corner of Dearborn and River Road North on the NE side of the street. The two of us decided to eat in the family section instead of the bar. There were several young men enjoying a loud friendly get together in the bar and we opted to sit where we could hear each other. The pleasant waitress tending the front area, brought us a pair of tired looking paper menus and asked us what we'd like to drink. She volunteered that they offer an impressive list of microbrews. It's not an out of the ordinary list, but I was impressed with the number. When we said the Deschutes "Hop in the Dark", sounded good, she offered to bring us out a couple of tastes. And what a big taste it was--both in quantity and flavor.
I filled N in on the tip about the fish and chips and then spotted the specials board from my seat. The honey barbecue chicken wrap sounded like it was worth a try. While we waited for our orders to arrive, we chatted and listened to all of the variations of the f-word the young men were finding to use. I'm thinking that bringing kids into the family area after 6:30pm might be a risk.
When our dinner arrived, I couldn't help noticing how different N's fish looked from a typical order of fish and chips. Not in a bad way (other than the pale color), just made me think they definitely make it themselves. While the tarter sauce tasted like it was house-made, the fries were not. I didn't get much feedback from N, other than "it's okay". I reached over for a bite. The coating had a nice combination of spices that didn't overwhelm the fish, but the overall mouth feel and texture led me to believe the fish was overcooked in oil that wasn't hot enough. I don't think he'll be craving this particular variation in the future.
My wrap was filled with fresh ingredients, and thankfully not overstuffed. There was a nice balance of vegetables to the cheese and chicken and sweet barbecue flavor. Overall, with the coleslaw, the special made for a nice meal--even though I shared a few bites with N.
I've heard Porter's Pub is a favorite with several Salemites. What's your favorite thing to order? And has anyone had their Shepherd's Pie?
4820 River Road North
Keizer, OR 97303-4538