Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Portland Burger Blog; Newport Edition. Cafe Mundo
LOCALS ONLY; From the excess of multicolored Christmas lights on the enormous stone patio to the kinetic dias de los muertos paper-mache art, this place reeked of beach hippy. I wouldn't hold that against this joint, because it wears it's flower child attitude very well. Heavily saturated with the acoustic guitar playing, bald-with-a-ponytail, loveable, non-profit boomer dudes, I recommend against this place if you're a card carrying republican or you're into taking yourself real seriously.
BURGER; Having eaten my body weight in seafood, I was ready for something different. Cafe Mundo's specials included a "rueben burger". As a big fan of the classic rueben, I figured this menu item would be amazing! The house baked rye bun was disappointingly bland with a texture similar to cheap white bread. The 1/3 lb McK Ranch organic beef patty was overcooked, which is damn disrespectful to McK Ranch organic beef. The burger missed the mark, but if there is seitan on the menu in more than one dish, the chef probably doesn't want to cook you a burger anyway. The hubby's fish tacos were dang awesome though. And every longhair in the place looked especially stoked on their world-cuisine.
FRIES; Yea right. The salad was gorgeous. Fresh local field greens, a ripe tomato that must have come from someone's home garden, and the house made poppy seed dressing were all a nice pat on the back after my burger letdown.
SERVICE; Great laid back servers, who are professional and charming, serve a limited amount of pricy craft beers mostly produced locally. The cocktail menu was also a bit steep considering the laid back atmosphere. Apparently hippys only drink top shelf liquor.
WHERE; 711 NW 2nd Court, Newport, OR www.cafemundo.us