Friday, October 28, 2005

City View Tavern

Review #3 @ Stop #3
City View Tavern
403 Oregon (Mt. Adams)

After such a beautiful setting at the Rivertown Bar and Grill, it is only fitting that the next review be in Mt. Adams. A lot can be said for the City View Tavern:

  • It is hard to find.
  • Parking can be an adventure in itself.
  • It is a converted house flanked by actual homes.
  • Its menu is basic because it’s a place to drink.

We arrived on a perfect early-summer day: sunny, clear, low humidity, and a slight breeze. Sitting on the small outside deck overlooking the P&G towers with the Ohio River also in view and with adult beverages in hand, - Wow! What a place to be! While on the deck, take a close look nearby to see the old abutments of the Mt. Adams incline.

The Big Ted Deluxe burger ($4.50) is a large, half pounder loaded with condiments served on a regular bun and accompanied with a bag of potato chips. Some may say it is too messy while others are euphoric. Regardless, the sandwich can be difficult to hold.

Overall, the Big Ted Deluxe provides a lot of flavor. Unfortunately, the flavor is from the condiments as the meat itself was plain and a tad dry. Give Bucky a burger, a Bud Light, and a great view – he is in goo-goo-gah-gah land. Fortunately Freddie is there to say, “It’s the taste, not the place.”

Bucky says one of the important features of a good burger is how all the tastes blend together into the sandwich as a whole. Freddie counters by questioning if a good sandwich can exist without the flavorful meat that is the foundation of a good sandwich. Agreeing to disagree, it was time to have another beer on the deck, enjoy the view on that beautiful day, and talk about something less controversial. “Freddie, what do you think about privatizing schools?”

Points: 6.5
CBG Rating: A Step Up

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