Columbia Grill & Bar

Written by on March 25, 2014 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Sheraton Portland Airport, Portland, Oregon

Columbia Grill & Bar Lobby Dining & Bar

How I heard of this place: We stayed at the hotel. We ate at the hotel.

Type of cuisine: Northwest cuisine using local, high quality ingredients.

Ambiance: A hotel restaurant, found in the lobby, the Columbia Grill & Bar features a small bar, ample seating immediately off the lobby and, as well as more intimate dining in the large room behind the bar, towards the kitchen. Soft instrumental music plays in the background as the bur bur carpets and dark-wood fixtures maintain the standard corporate setting.

Columbia Grill & Bar Back Room Dining

What I ordered: I nibbled on the bread and butter from the bread basket,

Columbia Grill & Bar Bread Basket

and shared the Artichoke-Spinach Dip ($10.50),

Columbia Grill & Bar Artichoke-Spinach Dip

while my husband savored the Baby Back Ribs ($26.50), slow braised and finished on the char-broiler with house-made espresso bourbon BBQ sauce, served over mashed potatoes and vegetables.

Columbia Grill & Bar Baby Back Ribs

Our dining companion – celebrating her birthday – selected the house special ($35) 14-ounce steak served with crab cakes, mashed potatoes and asparagus.

Columbia Grill & Bar Steak Dinner

For dessert, one Warm Fudge Brownie ($7.25) with chocolate sauce over vanilla ice cream for the birthday girl,

Columbia Grill & Bar Warm Fudge Brownie

and a Hand-Dipped Vanilla Milkshake ($4.50).

Columbia Grill & Bar Vanilla Milkshake

On a return visit, Friday, March 28, 2014: I returned for a breakfast buffet on our last morning at the Sheraton, and indulged in a handful of their buffet options: from oatmeal with brown sugar to fresh fruit and juices, not to mention the crispy bacon and home fries. I did, however, order two eggs, over medium from the kitchen, as buffet “scrambled eggs” seem a little too unlike egg to me.

Columbia Grill & Bar Breakfast Buffet

What I loved: The ample vanilla bean flavor in the milkshake!

Why I loved it: Convenience.

Cost: High ($13.75 – $32.25 per dinner entree)

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