HobNob Grille3350 SE Morrison Portland, OR 97214 Southeast Portland
(503) 445.3665 - Visit Website
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The owner is perhaps the friendliest man alive—and most of the staff follows suit—so it‘s a sickly, sad feeling that accompanies this report, but in the service of journalism…
We don’t get it. We don’t know why the HobNob Grille exists.
Though we hear there’s been a kitchen change-up recently, the pricy food has gotten reviews that range from wilty to shabby and certainly overcooked, and its baffling décor of beige and mood-relaxant painting suggests the place might double as a dentist’s reception in the off hours; it’s the sort of bar that has a patio but won’t let you smoke in it, which means it’s more a distant offjut of the mostly corporate Hawthorne strip rather than a member of its more free-form Belmont neighborhood.
But, heck, if it keeps the area’s floral-print dresses and khaki slacks up and away from Aalto Lounge, we’ll consider it a public service.
Tv X 4, ping pong, and board games.
Dark on Mondays
$2 mimosas, $4 in a pint, every day.
HobNob Grille's Happy Hours
|Monday||10pm-12am $2+ apps, $3.50+ beer, $3 cocktail specials. $4+ wine 10pm-close|
|Tuesday||10pm-12am $2+ apps, $3.50+ beer, $3 cocktail specials. $4+ wine 10pm-close|
|Wednesday||10pm-12am $2+ apps, $3.50+ beer, $3 cocktail specials. $4+ wine 10pm-close|
|Thursday||10pm-12am $2+ apps, $3.50+ beer, $3 cocktail specials. $4+ wine 10pm-close|
|Friday||10pm-12am $2+ apps, $3.50+ beer, $3 cocktail specials. $4+ wine 10pm-close|
|Saturday||10pm-12am $2+ apps, $3.50+ beer, $3 cocktail specials. $4+ wine 10pm-close|
|Sunday||10pm-12am $2+ apps, $3.50+ beer, $3 cocktail specials. $4+ wine 10pm-close|
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I don't know if anyone still reads these reviews, but just in case, here's my two cents.
I live around the corner from Hobnob. I go here a lot. Would I go to Hobnob if they were on the other side of town? Probably not, way too lazy for that. But they're in my neighborhood and they're very neighborhood-y, so there I am, parked on a stool, couple of times a week.
The owner Jason is... he's an odd guy. A good guy, super nice, but... odd. Keeping Portland weird I guess. But he'll give you the shirt off his back, and if something isn't right (and you're not being a dick about it) he'll move heaven and earth to fix it. He's put together a great staff who in turn take good care of their patrons. Do they take care of the regulars a bit better than the random folks who wander in looking for the nearest McMenamins? Sure, but you'll have that with any neighborhood pub.
They do allow smoking outside, just not at the tables right by the doors. Oregon's law, not theirs. If they had a back patio they might be more laid back about enforcing it, but the tables are right out there in front so it's pretty cut and dried. Just don't sit by the door and you'll be fine. Most nice days the outside tables are more full of dog people than cigarette people. (I think they do have heating on colder days but I'm not sure. If it's too cold to sit outside, the usually don't put the tables out to begin with.)
Food is pretty much what you'd expect from a pubby neighborhood place. Burgers dominate the menu, lot of frying going on. I've never had anything here that was terrible, and once in a while they blow me away, but mostly it's just quietly good unassuming bar food. It's almost a shame, their head chef Ben is a talented guy who doesn't get to stretch his wings that often. Keep an eye out for special events (whiskey tastings, stuff like that), he'll sometimes do paired dishes that are pretty great.
If I wanted to wait in line, here is where I'd remind you that they do a tasty brunch on weekends. $2 mimosas (or $4 mimosa pints) and a brunch menu with a little bit of everything. But I like being able to get a seat when I want brunch, so please keep lining up on that bench outside of Cricket, thanks.
Drinks are good. The wall of booze isn't huge but covers the basics and then some. Beer selection rotates but there's usually about a dozen options available. Quality of the drinks varies with who's behind the bar at any given time. On weekends you'll see a lot of David, tall dark and handsome, most everything he pours is pretty drinkable even if he sometimes seems a little grumpy when he slides it over to you. One of the newer guys is from Hawaii and he'll make you awesome boat drinks if you ask him nice. Not everybody is good at everything but if you want a great drink, just ask whoever's behind the bar for whatever they do best. Or tell them the kinds of things you like and let them figure it out for you.
Is the Hobnob for everybody? Hell no. For starters if Aalto is your scene, you might not like it here much. Those floral-print dresses and khakis that'll get you stared at at Aalto are welcome at Hobnob, just like your skinny jeans or your baggy shorts or your shabby corduroys or your leather kilt or your toddler's overalls or whatever the hell you (or the tyke) happen to have on. Hell. some nights you might earn a free drink by skipping the pants entirely, ask your server for details. The point is nobody comes to Hobnob to see or be seen, nobody cares what you're wearing, they're too busy eating or drinking or chatting with their friends or playing ping-pong or one of the beat-up trivia or board games scattered around the room. Old folks are here drinking wine, young folks are here yelling at the Blazers, middle-aged folks are meeting friends or getting a beer after work, families come in with their kids now and then... it's a mix of all kinds of people from all walks of life, a snapshot of the neighborhood in which it sits. If that sounds good to you, you'll like it here just fine. Just, please don't take my table for brunch.
I just quit working here after two weeks. I found the owner, Jason, an entitelist. He continued to pocket my tips in the name of training while he was scheduling me on busy shifts, filling a slot when he would have to have a full staff. I wasnt "shadowing" anyone or being tought anything. when i asked when my "training" would be over and i would be allowed to keep my tips he gave vauge answeres and kept my money again. After friday night when we sold several thousand in boose and food, bringing in more then $500 in gratuity (which he kept after giving me $80 of that), it was clear this job was not how it had been presented in my interview. I assure you as we worked that night alone together, he DID NOT work 4 times harder then me. Other staff have shared with me that this is an on going issue here. That he often "fogets" about tip share. They have allowed it cause, "at least they have a job". Everyone there has only been there for a few months at best.
Seems greedy to me that this man not only profits on everything being sold in his venue but also keeps much more then a fair portion of gratuity given in good faith by his customers. I suggest you dont make this man any richer buy patronizing his venue. I also STRONGLY suggest you dont work for him!
This is a tiny blip on my radar, but I felt the need to put it out there for others who might look for a job here. If they are like me, they look at online listings about the business they are applying at.
What are you talking about?? I love the Hobnob!!!
I have been going to the Hobnob for the last 6 months (as of 3/10/11), multiple times a week; I cannot get enough of their food and drinks. The owner is one of the nicest people you will ever meet in the industry, very personable and amusing, and his staff is very friendly and on point. The food is superb, many excellent burger selections, breakfast and $2 mimosas on the weekends is awesome and the best way to recover from a work week.
As a beer lover I was excited to become a stein member. They have a beer punch card program that you must earn that will get you your own 26oz stein which makes normal pints seem like shot glasses. They also do a few very unique and tasty infusions that change with the seasons, I highly recommend the Pink, a berry vodka infusion, to every lady out there and any guy who has a sweet side. This is way better then a cosmo. The Friggin Delicious is my second favorite, spicy and sweet made with habanero infused vodka, rum guava and OJ. There are too many drinks to list and these guys are always coming up with something new.
With everything from Salsa dancing to an open mic night there is always something to do....did I mention free ping pong? Happy Hour is every day 4-7.
I suggest you go to the Hobnob Grille and make up your own mind, you will not be disappointed. My only regret is I cannot walk to the Hobnob from where I live or I would be there daily, but everyone who lives in the SE Belmont are you have got to stop by and check it out.
I am not a review writer. I keep my opinion to myself unless it is positive, because i dont want to badmouth Portland businesses.
BUT. This is the worst experience I have ever had at a bar or a restaurant.
The food was so disgusting, and I got eggs benedict that was nearly raw, and cold. My boyfriend and I were both on the verge of ill for several hours after eating here.
Also, the waitress was so bad I was almost in awe. I wont even go into detail about how long she took to come take our order (after we had to ask her for menus because she didnt bring them) and how long the food took. But what got me was how often I had to get up to ask her (again) for things that she totally forgot we had requested, multiple times! Tea. Milk. Sugar. Salt. Pepper. Ketsup. I'm actually amazed she remembered to bring us our food, although maybe she had forgotten and that's why it was so cold.
I should also point out, there was only one other person in the place, sitting at the bar. She was NOT busy.
I am hoping that Hob Nob is replaced by something better in this location and soon, since it's the perfect spot but has had such bad luck since Salvador Mollys went away.
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