the meat rig

What To Eat At Ox Restaurant in Portland, Oregon

People, we have a new favourite restaurant. Myers Leonard is also a fan. According to my husband I’ve been talking about it for years. I point it out every time we drive by it. But on this last trip, I couldn’t remember ever talking about this restaurant, ever. So weird. My memory can be pretty bad sometimes, so I’m not surprised. But now that we’ve finally been, I’ll never forget Ox. Hands down one of the best restaurant experiences we’ve had. And we had a Portland Trailblazer spotting!

We weren’t able to get reservations, so we went early to put our names down on the list and then headed to the bar one door down to have some drinks while we waited. The bar was cute and had great mixed cocktails. Highly recommend. There are a few tall tables, and seating along the edges of the bar. It’s not a very big space and it got pretty crowded by the time our table was ready.

When we finally got called, we got to sit at the bar in front of the grill. It was a pretty cold night, and I love being warm, so this was great. We got to watch all the meat and other things get BBQed on their fancy meat rig.

the meat rig
the meat rig

We ordered a bottle of red wine, and the salad to start.

Gem lettuces, lemon & white miso dressing, salt-cured anchovy, croutons, thyme
Gem lettuces, lemon & white miso dressing, salt-cured anchovy, croutons, thyme

And then for our main courses, we ordered the ribeye and the short rib. You can’t go wrong with any of your protein choices. They also have an extensive vegetarian selection, so you could be a vegetarian and not feel like you’re missing out on anything by accompanying your meal loving friends here.

Coal-Roasted Spaghetti Squash, Toasted Garlic, Lemon, Aged Goat Cheese
Coal-Roasted Spaghetti Squash, Toasted Garlic, Lemon, Aged Goat Cheese

Flanken-Style Beef Short Rib
Flanken-Style Beef Short Rib
Beef Ribeye
Beef Ribeye
So much fun watching these guys BBQing away.
So much fun watching these guys BBQing away.

We covered everything in the house made chimichurri. They should bottle the stuff, I’d buy a ton of it.

Overall, Ox was phenomenal. The service was fantastic. I’d recommend sitting at the bar if you can, as I thought it added to the experience. They have a cookbook too, which I wish I had bought. A bit on the higher side for the price point compared to most places in Portland, but you get what you pay for. Ethically sourced and healthy meats. A great Argentine experience.

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