Another Tasty Shakshuka at Portland’s Tasty n Sons
Thursday 10 November 2016 — Category: Dining Out
At the end of June 2016 I took my Swiss wife and daughter to the Portland airport for a three-month visit with their family in the Old Country. Once that duty was discharged, I drove about eight miles southwest to Tasty n Sons on North Williams in the North Portland area.
I had first visited Tasty n Sons in April 2016, the same month they were ranked number three in a list of Portland’s 10 best brunches on OregonLive.com. Their shakshuka was spiced to perfection and tasted out of this world! Obviously I had to go back and try it again.
Tasty n Sons is very popular, so it can often be hard to find a seat. This time I was seated at a bar-type table just inside the roll-up-door at the front of the restaurant. It was a nice place to sit ... I enjoyed the fresh air and the front-row-seat view of North Williams Street.
For an establishment in Beervana their beer selection was pretty thin pickin’s. I ended up with a Rainier Beer, which according to the brewer:
“Rainier beer brings together nature’s bounty from the great Northwest. Pure spring waters combine with golden barley and verdant hops to produce a beer rich in taste and texture. Fermented slowly with a pedigree yeast culture under tightly controlled conditions, Rainier comes forth with a satisfying malty flavor over a slightly fruity background, spiced with Chinook, Mt. Hood, and Willamette hop notes.” Measurements: 4.6% ABV • N/A IBU
My notes from that day read: “it’s pretty weak ... I have to stop ordering wimpy beers ... but the $3 price definitely makes it easier to swallow!”
When my shakshuka arrived I was once again in hog heaven. As before, it consisted of large chunks of: stewed tomatoes, red and green chili peppers (fairly mild), onion, garlic, merguez sausage (optional), and probably some olive oil. Two raw eggs were cracked over the top and then baked until firm, and two large slices of grilled (not toasted) bread were stuck vertically into the dish. It was fairly juicy, so the bread was very handy (and tasty) for sopping it all up.
I was enjoying the merguez sausage so much that I asked the waitress where they buy it. She said it was house made ... awesome, but too bad! It was really good ... I wanted to buy some! I’ll have to keep a lookout for merguez when I visit any Portland butchers.
I felt that their shakshuka was definitely worth the $14 price, just as I did the first time. And it was worth a return visit to Tasty n Sons. I hope that you get to go there and try it for yourself sometime.
As usual, you can click on the above photos to see larger versions, which I have added to the Oregon Pub Crawl 2016 album. You can also see all of my photos from Tasty n Sons.