200 SW Market St.
When I got an invited to see Chicago at the Keller Auditorium I knew a Happy Hour at Bistro Marquee was in order to start the night off right. Being moms, we weren’t able to get there super early and we were greeted with a warning (which I really appreciated) that they would try and get us out in time for the show, but since we cut it so close it would be tough. Fair enough, we decided to take our chances. (Everyone else after us was told no food orders if they were going to the show, as there would be no time. Please let me say it one more time, this was not rude, it was them being realistic and it was very much appreciated.)
I won’t lie, it really did push us to the last minute in getting our food. I am very glad we did gamble, even if it did mean we would have to eat rather quickly, because our selections were pretty awesome.
I missed one picture all together and the others were grabbed in a hurry, but here is the Happy Hour I enjoyed at Bistro Marquee.
The best dish, and I didn’t get a picture before we tore it apart and devoured it, was the Sauteed Gulf Shrimp with a huge piece of very tender and nicely done Pork Belly. It was served with fried grits and a creole shrimp sauce.
Steak bites with a Bearnaise sauce were the first thing that caught our eye. The sauce was a perfect addition to these tender bites.
My friend really wanted the glazed carrots. I wasn’t super excited about them, but they turned out great. They had a great glaze over them and almonds. I am picky about my cooked carrots, and they were cooked to the perfect al dente.
Our last dish was the corona beans. I am a sucker for beans, not sure why. My friend thought this was an odd request, but I talked her into it. I did get the carrots for her after all. They were tossed with some braised greens and had great flavor. This was by the far the largest serving of everything we had and was very filling. I would go in and order a whole bowl of these and be completely happy.
Overall great Happy Hour experience. My only suggestion is, they know how quickly they can crank stuff out, so don’t push it quite as close as we did. Go when you have time to sit back and enjoy this whole meal.
This wasn’t our first time at Bistro Marquee, we have also enjoyed dinner here.
- Atmosphere is very open bright with ceiling to floor windows. Great outdoor seating as well for those warm sunny days.
- Pricing was good for Happy Hour. Food: $2-$9 Drinks: $4-$7 Beer, wine and cocktails
- Service was great and it’s not a huge space so it’s easy to get someone’s attention if you need.
- They had a few beers on tap, good wine selection and great cocktails.
- Bistro Marquee is located in Downtown Portland