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1239 SW BroadwayPortland, OR 97205
I gather that this restaurant has a well-established reputation, but we weren't aware of it. We've walked past the place many times on our way to n…
1429 SE 37th AvePortland, OR 97214
We went to TDD on a Wednesday night, were seated promptly and our waitress was great - attentive, polite, professional. We ordered the ""New Old Fa…
506 SW Washington StPortland, OR 97204
I stayed at this hotel the night of my wedding. Plus, my bridesmaids and I got ready for the ceremony in my room. The room was large enough to fit a…
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Had great reviews so we gave it a try. We love interesting neighborhood spots like this seemed to be. Relaxed atmosphere, eclectic crowd, creative food. We ordered two different burgers so we could share. Food arrived in about 15 minutes. From the first bite we could tell they had used WAY TOO MUCH SALT! The fries were salted fine but the house sauce was awful. Since that was also all over the burgers they were almost too salty to eat. After paying that much we were going to eat them. I season pretty heavy at home but these were much more than that. It overshadowed all the other great flavors. Service was average, bathroom was dirty and parking was limited. No need to go back to this one.
We wanted a cold beer after exploring downtown Portland. Saw this beautiful building and the welcoming bar. They had lots of tables available. Before we could sit down and even look at a menu we were told the tables were for customers that ordered food. Because we didn’t yet know if we were ordering food, we were turned away from a table and told we could sit on bar stools at the bar. Not very welcoming considering they were almost empty. No wonder.
Don't go solo, they don't allow you in the dining room. Said to go to bar which was packed and noisy. Should have that listed somewhere outside so I don't feel foolish. I mean really. The hostess was curt about the situation. I get it, make more dollars with a crowd, but still seems off putting. Sayler's seem to take me solo in their dining room. No more going to Clyde's, group or solo.
Good old-fashioned home cooking, comfort food. Daily specials. Delicious house-made soups and crisp salads. Homey atmosphere.
Worst hotel stay ever. They told me incorrect billing information, charged the wrong card and refused to charge the initial card. The manager was disrespectful and refused to rectify the situation. She told me she couldn't do anything because 48 hours had passed from the reservation....this was about 24 hours after the reservation. The room wasn't even cleaned very well and a very minor request I made to the desk was just basically disregarded. If you like competence, respect and getting what you pay for....don't stay here.
I and my son visited Cheesecake for a birthday dinner. The server, Justin, started off great, Then ended great of course, tip time! Yet, in the middle was non-existent and I had to ask for a drink refill and more bread. We both have a few favorites there and we ordered the pasta ones that we love. The little bit of sauce in the pasta was watery and my sons "crispy" chicken wasn't crispy like it's been the last 5 or 6 times we've been. Justin didn't even bring us menus for cheesecake, just asked us if we wanted any while he was walking away from the table. I ordered food to go for my daughter and asked for bread for her pasta and it was HARD AS A ROCK!!! Literally....I couldn't break it apart with my hands. It had to be sitting out for a week and a server who cared and knew something about food would have noticed how hard the bread was. That's not even the worst part. I call to talk to the manager, Christian, who's also rude. Tells me that he's sorry the bread wasn't up to snuff. WTH. He was belittling and told me that he could bring me some new bread but it's kind of late. As I was explaining the situation never once did he apologize. I've been going here for years, and the service and food just keeps going downhill....but we keep trying because sometimes we'll get lucky. We celebrate several birthdays here every year...almost a tradition. Well .... that ended today. I try to be polite to the staff and don't ask for much. Leave at least a 20% tip. It's not enough that you wait almost 2 hours to have dinner ( I have no problem waiting because I know what to expect) .... then to receive such poor treatment from the server and manager...they will not get another dime from me.
My husband and I often meet our daughter at this Elmer's on Sunday afternoons. We like this restaurant because there is something for everyone on the menu. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. We especially LOVE their German Pancakes (they are to die for!) . The decor is a bit outdated, but we don't go there for the ambience. We go there to eat and to visit. Plenty of parking. Fair prices for good food. No complaints here.
Bed was hard as a rock. Gave her our rewards number to enter. She could not even figure how to put it in. Don't bother to show up before 4pm or they will tell you to come back after 4pm. They will also want a $50 deposit witch they do not tell you when you make a reservation. Tried to tell the lady at the desk that nothing was said about a deposit, she just said to us 'read the fine print'. I check and nothing is ever said about it. Will never stay at a shilo inn again!
I just moved here from Alaska and already have a short trip planned that I can't take my baby with me. I did heavy research and happened upon Howliday Inn. I saw the great reviews on many platforms so I decided to give them a shot. I emailed and inquired with them about my dates. They requested to have my dog do a one day daycare stay so they could evaluate him and get to know him. I think this is an amazing process and all boarding places should do this. We set a date but unfortunately while we were moving he got a horrible injury. The staff was amazing and super responsive. They let him heal for a month and then we finally had him do his evaluation! We walked in and I automatically assumed we would be walking into a huge "play pen" of dogs. No! We walked into a quiet and clean reception area. He didn't have to be stressed seeing other dogs while they talked to us, so nice! They took him back after going over his paperwork, making sure he was healthy. They gave us a tour and told us what they were doing with him. They slowly introduced him to one dog at a time and then eventually to all the dogs as a group. They told us all about their rules and how they rule everything. We left for the day feeling like we made an awesome choice. But it doesn't stop there. Mid day, one of the staff called and left a very detailed message about how our dog was doing. It was so nice to have an update and not just a "he's great" but a 2 minute detailed list of what he's doing and how he's doing. When we went to pick him up they had all the paperwork ready for us that they promised us. They take cash, check, or card which is fantastic. He was brought out to us so happy and excited. The best part, he didn't smell at all! They keep that place so clean. Most boarding places you pick up your dog smelling of urine, dirt, and other smells. He smelled his normal self! He slept the whole rest of the day too, so pooped out! I can not wait to bring him for his weekend stay with them. I know I will have a complete peace of mind with him here. I am incredibly over proctive of him and this is the first place EVER that I know he will be taken care of the way I take care of him. The staff truly care about the animals and show so much love for them. Every penny they charge is 100% worth that piece of mind that my animal is cared for at a high level while I am away. Now I can vacation without worrying about him! I highly recommend this place!
Came in late by myself and was seated right away as they were not very busy. I flipped through the menu for awhile, picked something then set my menu down. It took about 20 minutes for a server to even talk to me, the majority of that with my menu down, ready to order. When I finally got to place my order and he asked if I'd like bread while I wait and I said yes, brown bread only please. He said he likes his the same and soon I was brought a basket of bread... With white and brown bread. I finished my incredibly tiny portion of brown bread and my water sat empty for ages without being asked if I need either refilled. I sat there watching as couples and groups seem to be getting plenty of service in a timely manor... Apparently my dinning alone with an order of a $22.5 single dish didn't warrant similar attention. It was a very unhappy experience. I went out to treat myself to something nice and instead spent the better part of my first hour there all but ignored.Added to that, my fork had old food crusted to it and my mashed potatoes had many large hard chunks of under cooked potato in them. See my photos for an example of one of the bigger chunks I pulled out of them.
Nature's beauty can be seen everywhere through landscape designs. Not everyone has a green thumb or the knowledge to coordinate a landscaping plan that's aesthetically pleasing and meets the unique needs of the property. Landscape contractors can help add curb appeal to the exterior of your home or strategize how plants should be laid out.
Generally, landscape contractors create or refurbish outdoor spaces by planting trees, lawns, shrubs and flowers, and constructing paths, decks and patios. These professionals will generally discuss client requirements, how the landscaped area will be used, and the client's preference for certain styles. After this initial meeting, landscapers will select the materials they need and start carrying out their construction and planting plans.
With the number and variety of properties that need landscaping services, it should come as no surprise that there are many different providers to choose from. In fact, there are nearly 500,000 active landscaping businesses in the U.S. This demand is driven by the continued growth in domestic housing markets. Steady disposable income has also been a major reason for households to outsource their yard care.
Landscaping contractors have a wide variety of techniques that they can use to spruce up your yard. Here are some of the most common landscaping attributes that you can find at most homes:
Homeowners and businesses may stray from annuals and biennials due to planning and costs associated with them - instead, look to fill your garden with perennials. These plants return every year, making them a budget-friendly option. You may choose to do a one-color floral garden or a combination of colorful perennials. Look at plants like allium, buddleia, coneflower, sage and veronica for inspiration when choosing perennials.
Homeowners can mix and match different kinds of trees to enhance their yard. Evergreens like spruce, magnolia, holly and firs keep their leaves year-round. Deciduous trees, on the other hand, have leaves that change color and fall off in colder months. Pair different types of trees together for ample yard coverage.
If you want to guide guests around your yard, try using pathways. You can dig shallow holes to make the stones flush with the ground, providing an appealing walkway. Pavers can also be arranged in geometric patterns to cover unused ground space or bare earth.
Landscape contractors can also build a structure that will enhance your yard. Perhaps you decide to put in a koi pond, or that you want to build out your patio. Landscape contractors have the knowledge, tools and design expertise to carry out these construction projects.
Homeowners and business managers should call landscaping contractors as these professionals have the tools and expertise to carry out jobs such as:
Planting Trees and Flowers
Landscapers are often called out to roll out sod as well as plant trees and flowers. These contractors have the design aesthetic to help you plan the best layout for your particular space. Landscapers can also tell you if certain plants aren't cut out for your climate. Not only will you get a beautiful yard, but you'll also have foliage that will last over the years.
Sprinkler systems are beneficial for a variety of locations, but many DIY irrigation projects can lead to incorrect installations. Some problems include poor-quality components, improper pipe sizing, too many sprinkler-heads per zone, and inadequate head spacing. These systems are difficult to install, and a DIYer can easily make mistakes. Landscape contractors can situate sprinklers methodically to maintain your plants and ensure that the irrigation system is set up correctly.
Building Retaining Walls
If you have a retaining wall or are putting one in, proper installation is crucial. Landscapers see issues like lack of proper base preparation, unattractive wall blocks, mitered cuts at corners and no drainage chimney installed behind the wall. To prevent your wall from crumbling, call a landscape contractor to construct one.
Besides putting in plants and trees, building decks and patios are the most common jobs for a landscape contractor. These professionals have the best materials and tools available to create the look that you desire. DIY projects can end with structurally unsound builds, requiring additional time and money to fix the issues. Good landscapers will ensure a solid result that melds with the rest of your landscape design.
Homeowners and contractors can draw a lot of inspiration from landscaping styles used all over the world. There are some limitations to your options, such as what plants you can use based on the climate you live in, how much space you have to work with and any homeowners-association compliance regulations. However, once you address these main areas, landscaping design is only as restricted as your imagination.
Many homeowners are starting to use the Mediterranean design style for their landscapes. This option is becoming popular around the world because it takes advantage of new varieties of palm trees and plants that conform to different climates. The diversity of this flora is what makes this approach so appealing.
Southwest Landscape Design
If you live in an arid region, this style is likely going to be the best choice for your landscaping. Using a mix of garden decor and plants, Southwest design aims to make the most of plants that retain water well and can handle dry, warm climates. Pathways, patios and lawn ornaments can help cover the space and complement available flora.
Japanese Garden Style
Japanese-style landscapes are known for providing a serene space. This design uses a number of techniques to make the area look bigger than it is and to create a calm, beautiful atmosphere.
No matter which style you choose, there are some main considerations that should go into your design. Homeowners need to anticipate equipment access needed to create a deck or patio, as some tools may be too big for the space. They will also want to start by choosing a focal point. It should stand out but still be connected to the rest of the landscape. Accenting your home with thoughtful plantings to highlight its features will add curb appeal and enhance its characteristics.
Landscape work is not cheap, so it's in your best interest to make sure that it's done to your requirements and that you get the best contractor to do the job. Consider these factors before hiring a contractor:
Every good contractor should have a list of recently completed jobs that you can see in their portfolio. They should also have a list of references that you can contact, or properties that you can see in person. Feedback from these sources can reveal necessary information about the quality of the contractor's work, dependability, responsiveness and capacity to carry out your particular project.
Certification and Memberships
Landscape contractors also should have relevant certifications from reputable programs, like Certified Landscape Technician. You should also ask for a list of professional activities, affiliations and awards to gauge interest in professional growth and commitment to excellence. Contractors may be part of the International Society of Arboriculture, The Irrigation Association and numerous other organizations that are committed to providing better training and education in the industry.
Homeowners should require that the contractor submit certificates verifying compliance with safety, insurance, workers' compensation and drug and alcohol testing programs. This will give you peace of mind that the contractor has gone through all the steps under industry regulations.
Pricing and Billing
Homeowners should know how much they'll need to pay for the contractor's service as well as how they will be billed for this work. Ask about any design fees, if quoted prices are fixed or estimates, and what the payment process will be. Clarifying these items in the beginning will prevent any surprise expenses.
States have different requirements regarding landscape-contractor operations. Check the specific regulations for your area, and verify that your contractor has the necessary licenses. These may include a state contractor's license, pesticide license, CDL driver's license and license to sell and purchase nursery stock. It's important to ensure that your landscape contractor complies with established rules before beginning your project.
When it comes to working with landscaping materials, safety must be the top priority. There is a wide range of services within the industry, many of which come with a risk of injury. Employers must conduct all required training in a language and vocabulary that workers can understand. Training must demonstrate the hazards of operating certain machinery, like stone cutters and splitters, as well as how to use them appropriately. It's important to verify that your landscape contractor has taken the necessary steps to fully train its personnel and that the appropriate safety precautions are in place.