Another must if you visit Portland. The small size and subtle music help create a cozy, relaxed atmosphere. Bartender was alert and helpful, but never overly friendly. The selection of beers on tap is small, but they offer only outstanding brews. Food is very good - I heartily recommend their wonderful bread with olive oil, and especially the mushroom barley soup.
The food is above the mark and the great tap and bottle list makes this a great place to visit. The sticker shock on the food is the only thing why I don’t go over and over. The taste is incredible. The terrific beers are off the chart awesome.
blanchjoe (2) Portland, Alabama | August 15, 2010| Updated August 18, 2010
Higgins does not have a large menu, this is because they are committed to food that is fresh, in season and local, and as a result their menu tends to fluctuate in choice according to the season. However what is on the menu is expertly prepared.
Higgins also has one of the largest. and best beer menus of any restaurant, or bar in the world.
After nearly 15 years, I’m really surprised Higgins was still not in the places database until this entry, May of 2008. It is one of the most sophisticated beercentric places I have ever been to anywhere in the world. Opened in 1994, it has also played a very important role in the development of the beer scene in Portland. Higgins should be credited with two things above all else: 1) bringing Belgian beers to the Portland bar scene, thus creating inspiration for seeking international beers, and 2) pairing beers with food long before people did such things. They still do both those things today, the latter at a level of greatness reached by very few. You want your own amazing beer dinner? Go create it nightly at Higgins. It is fairly expensive and you often need reservations. Wanna save buck? Sit in the bar and order their burger. I don’t think they will let you order it in the restaurant, so if you want it, sit in the bar.
Higgins is a more upscale restaurant than where I would typically dine. The food was good, my server was very attentive and polite, and while it is more upscale it was a very comfortable dining environment. While you certainly can find good food and good beer together for less it was great to see a restaurant in this price range focus on beer as well as wine.
This is the best Gastropub in PDX. There’s the fancier dining side, but the British style pub part is what’s great. Incredible food and you pay for what you get. During the week they have a great lunch special deal though. Beer selection is great, some common brews, some hard to get and always a cask available. Plus some exclusive Hair of the Dog brews -- if you are willing to drop a twenty for a 12oz, HoTD Cherry Adam from the Wood is available.
caesar (391) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | September 9, 2008
Went to the pub after reading the rating from NoiZe. Got some food over here, which was splendid indeed! Some hair of the dog available on tap. Nice place.
The food I had was good but not great. It was definitely interesting stuff and a little overpriced. They have a good beer list but sadly it is 90% imports. I was looking for some solid northwest brews. The only ones that were reasonably priced to me were the 3 Hair of the Dog bottles they had. Service can be a little slow but that was fine with me as I was enjoying the whole experience.