Category Archives: Hollywood

Gado Gado

Last updated on September 30th, 2019

Gado Gado is a new restaurant in the Hollywood neighborhood of NE Portland. The food and drinks are superb.

Our first dinner was during their opening week, which felt a little chancy, but turned out amazing. Both the service and the food was delicious. We ended up with a fancier fish than what was on the menu, and the flavors were perfect. The dishes on the menu have changed with each visit, and I highly recommend ordering a variety of options to taste the range of textures, flavors, and cooking techniques. We have tried to order at least one dish from the Chef’s Specialties, and these have often been our favorite of the meal.

The mixed drinks are also delicious, and I’ve focused on options where I don’t have the ingredients available at home.

While my digestive system is no longer equal to chef’s menus (simply too much food in one sitting for me), we have gotten rave reviews of the Rice Table approach from friends. If you are young and hunger (or older and stronger than me), go for it!

The space is in the same little retail development as Baskin-Robbins, and is light and airy. Since it’s an old strip mall, there is parking out front, and you can make reservations using the Resy application.

Address: 1801 NE Cesar E. Chavez Bvld.
Phone: 503.206.8778

Cheap Date Comedy Hour!

Last updated on February 11th, 2018

About once a month, Hollywood Theater is hosting a stand up comedy show — Cheap Date – Stand Up Comedy. The first one was on July 14, and it was excellently funny. Also, the price of $6 is hard to beat! After seeing so many shows on the Bridgetown Comedy Festival pass earlier this year, I’ve been looking for the same bang for my buck.

We had gone to the Hollywood thinking we were most interested in Arcade-o-Vision where folks were playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the big screen with a live band playing the soundtrack. Once I heard about Cheap Date, I was a bit more interested in the comedy. And as it turns out, if you’re not planning to play TMNT, about 20 minutes suffices to watch the show…

And so, we adjourned upstairs for a packed crowd at Cheap Date. Apparently there were also donuts, but I declined… The show was lovely. Sean Jordan was a good emcee, and kept us moving along.

It was nice to see Ian Karmel again since I hadn’t been that blown away from when he emceed a show for Bridgetown Comedy Festival. He did great. And I finally saw Ron Funches — his delivery patter is lovely. I really like the slow delivery and build of humor, and he nails it.

Anthony Lopez’s riffs on his name and family were quite funny. I’m looking forward to seeing all of these guys again!

The next Cheap Date is on Wednesday, August 31 at 9:30pm.