Hungry Tiger Too207 SE 12th Ave Portland, OR 97214 Southeast Portland & near Northeast Portland
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O, lament our beloved Hungry Tiger - it is long lost, laid waste in favor of erecting yet another yuppie habitrail. The Too is too bland, too bright, and too boring to bear any real resemblance or homage to its late, great, predecessor. The tiger mural made the transition, but its charms alone are not enough to enliven the otherwise sterile space.
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Sundays: Now open til midnight! $1 off mimosas, SIN
Mondays:Happy Hour drinks for men all day.
Wednesdays: $1 doms 7pm-close.
Saturdays: Happy Hour drinks for ladies all day.
Hungry Tiger Too's Happy Hours
|Monday||12pm-2am $2-4 menu, $1 off cocktails, $2.50 micros, $1 domestics 4-7pm. Men's night - Happy hour all day.|
|Tuesday||12pm-2am $2-4 menu, $1 off cocktails, $2.50 micros, $1 domestics 4-7pm.|
|Wednesday||4pm-2am $2-4 menu, $1 off cocktails, $2.50 micros, $1 domestics 4-7pm., $1 select domestic 7pm-close.|
|Thursday||4pm-7pm $2-4 menu, $1 off cocktails, $2.50 micros, $1 domestics 4-7pm.|
|Friday||4pm-7pm $2-4 menu, $1 off cocktails, $2.50 micros, $1 domestics 4-7pm.|
|Saturday||4pm-7pm $2-4 menu, $1 off cocktails, $2.50 micros, $1 domestics 4-7pm. Ladies night - happy hour all day|
|Sunday||7pm-2am $2-4 menu, $1 off cocktails, $2.50 micros, $1 domestics 4-7pm. $1 off mimosas 7am-4pm, $1 off all day sippers|
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This used to be a really great bar. It has really, REALLY declined in quality over the last year. Whereas the servers used to be funny and engaging (and actually waited on you when you walked up to the bar), they're now more obsessed with making sure they're showing off their newest tattoo to their friends or playing the right music. (There's a jukebox nailed to the wall, but the bartenders are usually playing music through the bar's stereo from their own iPod.)
The food is generally pretty good. Prices (unless it's happy hour--where prices are low and the selection is decent) are a bit high, but the portions are commiserate. Occasionally they will totally fuck up an order. And lately it seems like they just forget to put orders in, so expect to wait a really long time to get your food. The booze is about average and the prices for that are fair. Happy hour is the best time to show up as pints of draft (any they have available--including Rogue and Hopworks) are $2.50. It's worth putting up with their shit service to pay that kind of price. Sometimes...
The set up can be uncomfortable. The bar is divided into two sections. There's the restaurant side (with plenty of space) and the bar side, where you can pretty much sit at the bar. (The tables they have set up are a joke.) And when the weather permits, the patio is a really nice place to sit. (Though, for some reason or another, they've neglected to put out the gas heaters. So if you're a smoker, find another bar to go to in the winter.) They reorganize the restaurant side to accomodate bands when they occasionally play. (The shows are generally free--which is good because they suck. Even by Portland standards.) The clientele is all over the place, but seems to favor the crusty-punk 80's hipster throw-back crowd. Dim and dirty without being an actual dive bar.
What used to be the high point for this bar was the "Vegan Corndog Wednesdays." You could order a vegan corndog for a dollar. And tallboys of PBR were also a dollar. When you went, it was total bedlam. Shoulder-to-shoulder crowds of some of the hottest and hippest people in the SE and not a bad place to pick someone up. They've since raised the price of the corndogs (which throws off the bar math you do to pay your check) and, in addition to the service taking a slide, the crowds have really thinned out. What used to be the destination is now just a stop-over.
And finally, the service--it fucking sucks. While there are one or two bartenders who still seem to take their job seriously, the rest of them seem like they're doing you a favor when they're pouring you a drink. There's a male bartender in particular who may actually be in the running for "worst bartender in Portland." I've had several friends tell me that they've waited for nearly ten minutes just to get acknowledged and, when they failed to get his attention, they've turned out and left the bar. Most of these people like the bar well enough, but if they walk in and see him working, they turn around and walk out. (I have no idea why anyone in their right mind would keep this guy employed.) The same for the waitstaff. If you're dining on the restaurant side, there is one waitress who is really dynamite and one who looks like she's in a constant state of misery. (The rest fall somewhere in the middle of that scale leaving no impression at all, but err on the side of "barely satisfactory.")
Pros: During happy hour, cheap eats and pints. Food is pretty good. (The macaroni and cheese is stellar.) Respectable patio. Additional vegan menu makes this a good choice for mixed dietary groups. The staff is (mostly) nice to look at (it's not a pound, but there are some dogs). The clientele is pretty sexy (but it's definitely a niche crowd.)
Cons: Unless it's happy hour, it's not cheap to wine and dine here--especially by the dive bar standards this place is seemingly trying to emulate. The service is absolutely abyssmal. (Here's a tip: If you see a bright red crotch-rocket out front, keep walking.)
Honestly, if you want to go to a complete dive, The Sandy Hut isn't very far and it's much divier. If you want better service, then Slammer's isn't very far and the service is much friendlier. If you want a fuller menu and cheaper prices with a similar vibe, My Father's Place isn't very far and they have pool tables and a juke box that doesn't get usurped by a hipster with an iPod. If you have a hungry vegan with you, then you come here (as long as they're not a "Level 5").
"Douche bags"? really? I would say that S.E. Portland is the best educated, smartest and most open minded part of Portland. Your ignorants tell everyone that you bred too close to the family tree and have an 8th grade education. Yes education is important, it helps us to reason through things instead of hurling obtuse remarks at a large section of society.
Challenge yourself and go here on a Wednesday night. That's the night they have cheaper than usual PBR and $1 vegan corn dogs. It is overflowing hell full of punksters and other asshole-types.
Go there on this night, and after waiting 20 minutes to get to the front of the line, order some wine. The bartender will look at you like you're a loser and then ask "uhhh. red or white?" Then you can get all punk rock and spit in his face and leave.
We played a show there last night. the first band was suppose to set up at 9. but there was a table of people where the band was suppose to set up, so they didnt let us set up until 10. then they were rushing the bands to hurry up, we were the last band and we got cut 20 minutes short. Then they accused my guitar player of stealing tobacco. the place needs some management instead of a bunch of idiots.
Actually I just checked the county health scores and they got a 90 and a 92 in April and May. The score of 75 was for June of 08
I used to really like this place. I especially liked their brunches on the weekend. Over the past few months, they've upped their prices (an $11 club sandwich? gimme a break), their portion sizes have become totally inconsistent and some of their staff act like entitled hipster douchebags (some are really nice, though). I have stopped going to this place and will not recommend it to anyone anymore. Just go down the street to My Father's Place.
Ok, All you southeast douche bags here's a little tip for you losers, check the health departments score before u rave about some shit hole u know nothing about. This place gets a score of 75. Thats bad! Not to mention how much do u think they pay that cook to prepare your vegan food? Do think he/she cares if a little meat product gets in your trendy ass vegan Mac for 8 bucks an hour? Tip for anal vegans NEVER eat vegan food from some place that cooks conventional food next to vegan food.
It's definitely NOT like the original, but it is good in its own way. I have had the vegan reuben twice now and several different breakfast options, and I give it an A+ for food. Drinks were average, not too strong.They have outdoor seating and decent service too.
I'm just really confused. One week this is a karaoke bar, a vegan bar, then its a "service industry" bar (yeah right), now there are ads about "se douchbags"....I've never seen a bar with such insecurities or trying so hard to find some kind of identity. It's not like a big secret this place would be out of business if it wasn't for the family and development deals, maybe you should worry about that instead of what kind of folks come to spend their money in your bar.
From the perspective of a middle-aged broad who has long since split from the bar scene, the place was a great neighborhood bar. It IS really smokey - but the service was great, we met some really cool and fun people there, and the drinks were strong and not that expensive. Also - a darn good mix of people.
As for food - what do you expect from a smoky bar!? It's *bar* food, not gourmet cuisine.
I tried to take my vegan gf here this past Sunday and they were closed. At 7:30pm. WTF?
My expectations in a bar are very minimal, but at the least you need to be open Sunday nights. If anyone out there has vegan friends, I'd say take them to HTT. They have a good selection of vegan and non-vegan foods, all served late night. The vegan ravioli starter in particular was excellent. But HTT is not the only vegan option on this particular block. If they are always closed on Sundays (as I've heard) I'll take my business to Red and Black just down the street.
Not only is there vegan menu about to expand but the place now has pinball and a photo booth. We came in and the bartender gave us a fake stash and oversize sun glasses for the photo booth. We watched some free comedy and had a good old time
Another sterile watering hole in Southeast Portland. No surprise. HTT is a lame, cheap version Chesterfield. There is no pool table. The menu is diverse, but the cook-staff is weak and consistently off-pitch. The bartenders are pretentious, rude, and very slow. What type of person does the HTT hire? C-R-A-P. Somehow, the place makes the customer feel edgy & uncomfortable. I do not think that the Hungry Tiger Too will survive much longer.
This place deserves a little more credit than what I've been reading. Yeah, so the original Hungry Tiger went the way of the Dodo, so what. It's not really trying to emulate it's former self, but trying to progress beyond it. It's very relaxing and clean. It's not a dive, so don't go in thinking you can spit on the floor and piss in the corner while nobodys lookin'. It's just a cool place to drink. And they have some HUGE drinks called "All Day Sippers" that run for $10. They come served in fishbowls (minus the fish). So no excuse not to get your drink on there. The bartender we had was super sweet and allowed us to change the channel on the HDTV behind the bar to whatever we thought would interest us. No attitude at all.
Oh, and they have the biggest club sandwich I've ever had in my life. So I left VERY full. I'll certainly go back.
I was surprised after reading the bad reviews what a good time I had at the Tiger Too! It seems any wrongs they may have had have now been righted. The mac was awesome and came with steamed veggies. My friend had the vegan mac and said it was the best in town! The menu kicks ass and the new staff is friendly and attentive. I will definitely be back regularly.
All I can say about this place is that's it's trying. It's the closest bar to my house, so I was very excited when it opened, only to be entirely disappointed by the staleness of the room and the lack of service entirely. They've unfortunately added video poker, but have made other changes that are very welcome. At the old Hungry Tiger, I felt it was acceptable to have no service pretty much ever. At the new one, when I saw the old staff transplanted, I was rather dismayed, and didn't go in at all for months. Well! New management, new staff, yay! Spent a nice night there last week and was perfectly satisfied, aside from the loud young girls next to me, but that's another topic entirely..
for folks who don't wear jeans to work but want to at night. (not a dig)
The mac n cheese is the baked kind, which I liked, but folks who are used to the creamier kind might not. For $6.95 it is a filling dish with 3 pieces of bread.
They were getting ready to start the open mic around 10 pm sat nite when I left. Seems like a comfy hangout if you feel at home there.
I'd call it a mid-scale venue.
I just had breakfast at HTT the other day and it was really good. The prices were excellant and the portion size was huge. I ended up taking home half my meal. Next time I'll bring a friend and we can share one breakfast (or the breakfast and a side). Service was good too.
I just ate the mac & cheese the other night, and it was awful. Not bad enough to not finish it, but I was starving so that's not saying much. When I was done, there was about a 1/2 cup of oil left at the bottom of the dish. Oily mac & cheese? It would've been good if it weren't swimming in oil. And the garlic bread was drenched in butter. And I dumbly ordered fried jalapeno poppers on the side, also greasy. While eating at the outside table, I heard two people walk past saying "my friend got sick eating here"- not the sort of thing you want to overhear while eating at said establishment.
But hey, you can't screw up a pint of beer. And, the service was good. Looks like they're building a back deck, which would be nice.
Not a bad space although it seems like the bar takes up most of the one room. Not a big deal, it just seems a bit strange. I tried the Mac & Cheese and it was stupendous although it was served with a side of garlic bread (a bit like serving steak with a side of chicken). A salad or side of veggies would have been better. Nonetheless I'll be back for the mac.
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