Dining out and having a drink go hand-in-hand. A stiff martini may be simply the factor you wish to begin a meal after a tough day. A tasty Margarita goes completely with tacos. And whilst you can definitely combine your individual drinks at residence, there’s nothing like a wonderfully balanced craft cocktail made by your favourite bartender. New guidelines from the Oregon Liquor Management Fee briefly permit eating places and bars to promote alcoholic drinks to go.
A restaurant’s highest revenue margin is promoting alcohol. Some eating places and pubs might provide bottles of wine, beer and different sealed, commercially-sold liquor in cans earlier than this rule. To offer a lifeline for eating places who’ve been combating earnings, the OLCC agreed to permit gross sales of single servings of wine and combined drinks to go. It has taken a few weeks for our native eateries and bars to tug collectively options that comply with the foundations.
In line with the OLCC guidelines, eating places and bars should serve drinks with “substantial meals objects.” One meals merchandise should accompany as much as two drinks. Snack objects comparable to popcorn, peanuts, chips and crackers usually are not thought-about substantial. The meals have to be cooked on the premises.
Drinks have to be consumed offsite and sealed in a container that makes it apparent if it has been opened. Tape is allowed.
The container have to be labeled that it accommodates alcohol. All drinks will need to have a mixer—they’ll’t simply serve a glass of whiskey neat.
Extra bars and eating places proceed to create cocktail-to-go options. Right here’s a sampling of what you’ll be able to anticipate.
Margaritas to go can be found from most Mexican eating places — Hola, El Caporal, El Rancho Grande, El Sancho, La Rosa, Madeline’s — and may be ordered from many others together with Bos Taurus, Joolz and extra.
Hola — All Bend places, and Redmond
Refreshing Purple Cactus Margaritas and different flavors can be found. Served in a plastic cup with the highest taped closed, a beneficiant serving of tequila provides taste and a kick to the refreshing combination. You’ll be able to order a pitcher, which might be served in a big plastic jug, however you’ll must order a meals merchandise for every 2 margaritas servings ordered.
I paired the purple cactus with empanadas stuffed with candy, tender shrimp, Monterey Jack cheese, cilantro, tomato, drizzled in cream and served with pico de gallo and guacamole.
El Caporal — Bend and Sunriver
The Caporal Margarita is the basic served in a plastic bottle. I had it with the Fiesta Platter appetizer sampler. Consuming the taquitos picadillo, rooster flautas, cheese quesadilla and nachos with the Margarita was the entire Mexican restaurant expertise.
Dogwood Cocktail Cabin
To maintain bills down till they’ll reopen, Dogwood is open Saturdays solely, providing cocktails-to-go from 2 to eight pm. For $35, you’ll be able to select one bottle of both the Poco Loco or Beetnik cocktail bundled with a take-and-bake wood-fired pizza from Portland’s Renata Italian restaurant.
The Beetnik tasted like a spiked, wholesome juice that grew on me, the extra I drank it. It’s made with beet-infused vodka, ginger, and lemon. As tasty because it was, if I had been to order once more, I’d select the Poco Loco cocktail as it could go higher with the pizza.
Whereas McMenamins gives all meals for takeout, I opted for breakfast to attempt the Bloody Mary ($9.25) and a espresso drink ($9). They adopted the OLCC guidelines to the letter. The highest on the plastic drink cup and occasional cup had huge labels figuring out the drinks as alcoholic drinks. They had been securely closed utilizing blue painter’s tape.
There are two methods to boost Bloody Mary’s. Some have lots of horseradish, and others use black pepper and scorching sauce. McMenamin’s Bloody Mary is the latter. It’s vital to ask for the drink with out ice because it will get watered down by the point you get it residence.
The second drink was good for a chilly Sunday morning. The Espresso Nudge is made with freshly roasted espresso, Edgefield’s Espresso Liqueur, Excessive Council Brandy, Carl Crème de Cocoa, and whipped cream.
We selected a brief stack of buttermilk pancakes to go together with one drink and poached eggs with corned beef hash to go together with the opposite.
Westside Tavern is understood for its cocktails, not its delicacies. Nonetheless, they’ve discovered a method to adjust to the rule to serve meals to allow them to make the most of the cocktails-to-go.
When ordering takeout cocktails, you’ll be able to select both a hotdog, corn canine, chili canine or “strolling nachos.” Strolling nachos are a Fritos bag with warmed chili and cheese poured into the bag. Fortunately, all the meals choices high out at $2.25. And but, consuming them was a responsible pleasure.
Westside Tavern makes scrumptious drinks they serve in plastic pouches aptly described as an grownup juice bag. Every bag is taped shut on the perimeters utilizing masking tape with an extended flexible straw included. I had the Greyhound with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and a fruit slice within the bag. I additionally grabbed a Bloody Mary. It was closely spiced with horseradish and a little bit of scorching sauce and got here with a pickle and olives within the bag. It was scrumptious, and since there was no ice, I might drink it the following morning.
Joolz is providing their signature Hibiscus Margarita made up of a refreshing hibiscus flower and Tazo Ardour tea combine with contemporary lime. Easy syrup, orange liqueur balanced with sweetness, and an earthy silver tequila provides kick.
One other signature cocktail of their preliminary providing is the Oregon Pear made with Oregon Pear Nectar, contemporary lemon ginger easy syrup, Oregon Pear Brandy vodka and lemon garnish. The candy, tart fruitiness is a refreshing complement to Lebanese meals.
Each fruity drinks had been a refreshing complement to the tender Oregon Beef Schwarma plate and creamy, wealthy Lebneh with Dukkah nuts.
Whereas it is probably not the total fine-dining expertise, Ariana is aware of create a temper with meals ordered to go. The restaurant’s signature White Cosmopolitan cocktail ($12) is available in a drink pouch with three purple cranberries and sealed with an aesthetic black Ariana sticker. I selected the gnudi starter to go together with it.
The meal is available in a dealt with black paper bag. A gorgeous “thanks observe” is included for a sublime expertise. It was so pretty that I needed to switch it to my china and a martini glass.
The tart drink was a terrific accompaniment to the cheese-filled gnudi lined with black truffle shavings and served in a cream sauce ($17). Actually a stability of richness and lightweight.
The Sundown Cocktail tastes like a Creamsicle with its fruity mango puree and Thai sunrise-coconut rum, gentle rum, and Thai tea drizzle. It pairs completely with the spicy, curried Turmeric Clams with egg, inexperienced onions, and basil with a selection of rice (I selected the nutty brown rice).
5 Fusion & Sushi Bar
5 Fusion & Sushi Bar has added craft cocktails-to-go that may be ordered with their high-quality sushi rolls or one in all Joe Kim’s artistic dishes on the primary menu. I ordered a fruity, nuanced Marionberry Cosmo that was a pleasure to sip and savor with the contemporary, scrumptious sushi rolls.
Bend Izakaya Ronin
When choosing up my take and warmth ramen, I took benefit of getting a glass of saki. The Ozeki One Cup has a clear and simple to drink style and is just $6 as you solely get a glass relatively than shopping for the entire bottle. Since going to Ronin, they’ve added distinctive craft cocktails, together with Yuzu Lemonade, a Ginger Roku Rickey and Whiskey Apple Cider.
Within the following days, extra eating places will take part providing to-go cocktails. Velvet plans to open on Jan. 15. Name or test the Fb web page of your favourite bar or restaurant as day-after-day extra locations are including alcoholic drinks for takeout.