Identifying itself as an American saloon, Interurban provides an excellent place to indulge when quinoa salad just isn't hitting the spot. Red meat, red wine, chocolate, and perhaps a jell-o shot.
The ambiance is much like what Portland restaurants are currently surging with, and somehow no one is tired of it. Beautiful barn wood adorns various portions of the restaurant, a beautifully made beautifully stocked bar, a twist of modern lighting with an unfinished vintage feel, glass bottles, dim lighting, craft cocktails- Interurban is a beautiful space. It's small, but cozy with a twinkling back patio for the soon approaching warmer Portland evenings.
Located on Mississippi, Interurban is an offspring of Dan Hart, the co-creator of Prost!. Much different from the German bier drinking atmosphere of Prost!, American saloon is an appropriate niche for Interurban.
Craft Jell-O shots for three dollars, a rotating “dog of the day”, fine hand dipped corn dogs, bone marrow with salsa verde, and a pitcher of manhattans for forty bucks. The menu is a collective of good ol’ American favorites along with a mix of classier choices; cured meats and cheeses, kale salads, and speck wrapped dates.
The rotisserie, however, is where Interurban's back of the house gets it so right.
Two rotisseries to choose from- one pork, one chuck, each can be ordered as a plate or as a sandwich.
Absolute number one recommendation: “Chuck Roast Rubbed & Dry Aged” as sandwich. Tender pink chuck meat topped with spicy horseradish and fried onions on a brioche bun. Served with a steak knife and house made pickle. Accompany with their “Old Pal” cocktail, or a full glass of red, and finish with the most delicious “Triple Chocolate Brownie” (it has salted caramel ice cream on it!). Enjoy.