Thursday, December 26, 2013

Kerns Kitchen

2935 NE Glisan
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kernskitchenpdx.com

Disclaimer: Our meal was complimentary but our opinions are always our own. Thanks to the owners of Kerns Kitchen for throwing a fabulous Pizza Party AND to the lovely ladies at Little Green Pickle for inviting us to join them to explore a little more of what the menu has to offer.


The days are starting to get longer again. It's barely noticeable, but it is the TRUTH. Although it is not always obvious in Portland, longer days mean more sun and more sun means more reason to be outside. The owners of the ever-popular Bakery Bar are making our time spent outside more enjoyable with their newly renovated patio. In fact, they've revamped their whole restaurant--now with longer hours, a menu meant for breakfast, lunch AND dinner, and a brand new name. The Bakery Bar is now Kerns Kitchen. They have always offered fabulous food, but now that food (plus a whole lot more deliciousness) is available late into the evening (inside or out).


We were there not long after the name change to sample their brick oven pizzas. They had a number of ten-inch pies available free-of-charge for the whole neighborhood. (What better way to announce their grand opening than with a pizza party?) I sampled both the Margherita and mushroom pies.


The Margherita Pizza is topped with just enough mozzarella and Parmesan to bubble and brown during baking. Although seemingly simple, the combination of melty cheese and chewy crust was a perfect pairing.



With a hint of white truffle oil, the mushroom pizza stood out as one that would have me back for more. The mushrooms were sauteed with rosemary and garlic and smothered with mozzarella and Parmesan.




Meat eaters at the table also sample the Bacon and Blue--a favorite of many that night--and the Prosciutto Pizza.



Before the pizzas arrive, we worked our way through a number of the appetizers listed on the dinner menu. The Farm Toast is available in two varieties--one with roasted zucchini and goat cheese, the other with fig, sweet and hot peppers, and a lemon ricotta--and can be topped with prosciutto for an additional charge. The Smoked Deviled Eggs were a must (as they seem to be wherever we go, these days) and pleased the entire crowd with their smokey quality and sprinkling of hot peppers.



The Kale Salad at Kerns Kitchen stands out from others I've had lately mostly because of the great texture combination they've created by added chopped dates to the mix. Served with a lemon vinaigrette, this salad includes plenty of chopped kale, sunflower seeds, those delicious dates, and Parmesan cheese.




We continued working our way through the menu after filling up on appetizers, salad, and pizza by ordering a bit of everything from the dessert menu. At Kerns Kitchen, you can enjoy your favorite Ruby Jewel ice cream sandwich (they've got five to choose from) or opt for a fresh-from-the-oven Apple "Pie" topped with marscapone, ricotta, caramelized apples, and a bourbon caramel sauce. There's also a salted chocolate truffle cake or--my favorite--the bourbon butterscotch pudding. Choosing one will forever be challenging now that I've tried a little of everything. I would highly suggest going with a group large enough so that you too can order a long list to share.



Kerns Kitchen is officially open for breakfast and lunch from 7 to 2 (8 to 2 on the weekend) and again for dinner from 5 until 9. We are hoping to see a happy hour listing soon, but will be back nonetheless.

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