Ken's Home Plate

★★★☆☆

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"Wow! This place is bad... I went last night (sunday the 28) at around 7. I stood in the door for about 5 minutes before I was seated at the tiny bar in front of the kitchen, there were plenty of other spots open in the place so why I was squeezed into the bar I'll never know.. Now we all know how crappy Portland waitstaff is, but come on. After being seated I was promptly forgotten. I didn't get water, and the two spots to my left were never bused throughout my entire meal.

After standing up, walking around, and starting to gnaw on my arm... No one came to take my order.. this is after about 15 minutes. I finally grabbed someone and asked if I could get at least a glass of water while I waited.. and waited.. and waited... 5 minutes later I got my water.

I was still optimistic, I mean the place is brand new... I finally ordered a pastrami ruben (they had run out of corned beef) with coleslaw...

The food arrived, excited and starving I picked up, or I should say, tried to pick up the sandwich.. the bread was a soggy mess, the top of the sandwich was nicely toasted, but hiding on the bottom was the almost unpalatable burnt remains of what was a piece of rye. The bread doesn't hold the sandwich together, sliced too thin? and I would have to say not big enough.. So the entire thing pretty much fell apart before I could get it in my mouth.. Now I'm from NY and this aint no ruben... The meat was overly salty and greasy, and sliced far too thick.. the swiss undetectable, and the kraut, bland at best.. the one redeeming thing on the plate was the slaw, while milquetoast, was edible...

Needless to say I ate a few bites, and decided to cut my losses, and the intestinal assault I knew was on its way.

I've been to better "jewish" delis in Phoenix Arizona... Don't waste your money or your pallet at this dump."

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★☆☆☆☆

"Wow! This place is bad... I went last night (sunday the 28) at around 7. I stood in the door for about 5 minutes before I was seated at the tiny bar in front of the kitchen, there were plenty of other spots open in the place so why I was squeezed into the bar I'll never know.. Now we all know how crappy Portland waitstaff is, but come on. After being seated I was promptly forgotten. I didn't get water, and the two spots to my left were never bused throughout my entire meal.

After standing up, walking around, and starting to gnaw on my arm... No one came to take my order.. this is after about 15 minutes. I finally grabbed someone and asked if I could get at least a glass of water while I waited.. and waited.. and waited... 5 minutes later I got my water.

I was still optimistic, I mean the place is brand new... I finally ordered a pastrami ruben (they had run out of corned beef) with coleslaw...

The food arrived, excited and starving I picked up, or I should say, tried to pick up the sandwich.. the bread was a soggy mess, the top of the sandwich was nicely toasted, but hiding on the bottom was the almost unpalatable burnt remains of what was a piece of rye. The bread doesn't hold the sandwich together, sliced too thin? and I would have to say not big enough.. So the entire thing pretty much fell apart before I could get it in my mouth.. Now I'm from NY and this aint no ruben... The meat was overly salty and greasy, and sliced far too thick.. the swiss undetectable, and the kraut, bland at best.. the one redeeming thing on the plate was the slaw, while milquetoast, was edible...

Needless to say I ate a few bites, and decided to cut my losses, and the intestinal assault I knew was on its way.

I've been to better "jewish" delis in Phoenix Arizona... Don't waste your money or your pallet at this dump."

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Citysearch - try to be a little more up to date! This place is closed. Watch for Kenny & Zuke's Deli downtown at the Ace Hotel October 2007.
About the old Ken's Place: I enjoyed it and had great service. They were very accommodating with our kid without being a "kid" place, which I really appreciate. The bad thing was that the dish that my husband ordered was so salty that it was inedible. When our server was told this he responded that Ken often makes that dish way too salty and he would take it off our bill. Weird that that's known and not fixed. We appreciated the comp but would have preferred edible food and/or to be warned when ordering it. Maybe the servers could have tasted this dish at the beginning of the night to be able to warn customers? Is Ken so frightening that no one will tell him? No idea, but I do look forward to trying the new deli.

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★★★☆☆

Citysearch - try to be a little more up to date! This place is closed. Watch for Kenny & Zuke's Deli downtown at the Ace Hotel October 2007.
About the old Ken's Place: I enjoyed it and had great service. They were very accommodating with our kid without being a "kid" place, which I really appreciate. The bad thing was that the dish that my husband ordered was so salty that it was inedible. When our server was told this he responded that Ken often makes that dish way too salty and he would take it off our bill. Weird that that's known and not fixed. We appreciated the comp but would have preferred edible food and/or to be warned when ordering it. Maybe the servers could have tasted this dish at the beginning of the night to be able to warn customers? Is Ken so frightening that no one will tell him? No idea, but I do look forward to trying the new deli.

Pros: Service

Cons: Closed

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according to rumors that abound, Ken's Place is closing, and the owner plans on opening a deli in a new hotel downtown.

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★★★☆☆

according to rumors that abound, Ken's Place is closing, and the owner plans on opening a deli in a new hotel downtown.

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Worst dinner of my LIFE. My food had hair in it, awful service, and the atmosphere was horrendous.
P.S, thats really cool that the owner of such a fine establishment would comment on his own restaurant, and rate it as "recommended."

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★☆☆☆☆

Worst dinner of my LIFE. My food had hair in it, awful service, and the atmosphere was horrendous.
P.S, thats really cool that the owner of such a fine establishment would comment on his own restaurant, and rate it as "recommended."

Pros: Nothing.

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Waste of money. I've been to Langers and Katz and this is not even anywhere close to these places. Ridiculous approximation of the real deal.

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★☆☆☆☆

Waste of money. I've been to Langers and Katz and this is not even anywhere close to these places. Ridiculous approximation of the real deal.

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Ken's does not disappoint for dinner. We have had many very good meals there and were excited to try the Saturday morning brunch, also known as Kenny and Zuke?s Deli. The staff, with the exception of surly Ken, were great as always but the food was very disappointing. The beef in the corned beef hash was rubbery and chewy and the potatoes, onions and peppers were burned. Not browned or just dark, burned and bitter. The salmon hash was similarly overcooked. The potato latkes were the best thing on the table but also stayed in the oil too long. I can appreciate dark, caramelized and flavorful but this food was just cooked beyond recognition and for a $9+ breakfast entry we rightfully expected more. I have to say that the dill pickles are awesome but certainly not enough to make me return and spend $15+ per person on a seriously sub-par breakfast.

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★★★☆☆

Ken's does not disappoint for dinner. We have had many very good meals there and were excited to try the Saturday morning brunch, also known as Kenny and Zuke?s Deli. The staff, with the exception of surly Ken, were great as always but the food was very disappointing. The beef in the corned beef hash was rubbery and chewy and the potatoes, onions and peppers were burned. Not browned or just dark, burned and bitter. The salmon hash was similarly overcooked. The potato latkes were the best thing on the table but also stayed in the oil too long. I can appreciate dark, caramelized and flavorful but this food was just cooked beyond recognition and for a $9+ breakfast entry we rightfully expected more. I have to say that the dill pickles are awesome but certainly not enough to make me return and spend $15+ per person on a seriously sub-par breakfast.

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My husband and I visited Ken's Place on a Sat. night at 7:30 pm. We got seated within 3 mins, and service was very attentive. They have approx. 20 people dinning, and two wait staff, two cooking staff, and I guess one of them would be Ken. We've got our drinks and food at a very reasonable time. I ordered pork chops and my husband ordered steak with peppercorn sauce. We also have the crab cakes as our appetizer. All the food were delicious, and the price point vs. quality/quantity was very reasonable. We would definitely head back again. They use Calton Farm pork which is local farm with very high quality meat, and quite expensive; so we feel our $18.00 pork chop is well worth the price.

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★★★★★

My husband and I visited Ken's Place on a Sat. night at 7:30 pm. We got seated within 3 mins, and service was very attentive. They have approx. 20 people dinning, and two wait staff, two cooking staff, and I guess one of them would be Ken. We've got our drinks and food at a very reasonable time. I ordered pork chops and my husband ordered steak with peppercorn sauce. We also have the crab cakes as our appetizer. All the food were delicious, and the price point vs. quality/quantity was very reasonable. We would definitely head back again. They use Calton Farm pork which is local farm with very high quality meat, and quite expensive; so we feel our $18.00 pork chop is well worth the price.

Pros: great food, great service, great price

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Ken's is a popular place in my neighborhood - all my neighbors say it's delicious, but I wouldn't know. Why wouldn't I know? Because my family and I (we're all adults) stood in the doorway for five minutes and not a single staff person even made eye contact with any of us. The two waitresses were busy, but you're never too busy to tell someone you'll be with them in a minute. We were willing to wait. I worked in a very busy sushi restaurant for 2 years and I never gave people service this bad. One of the waitresses was helping another customer right next to us and never looked at us, another waitress cut a piece of cake and turned her back on us. If they wanted to close, they should have put on the closed sign. They could've even lied to us and told us they were out of food. (tuesdays is 5pm - "whenever we run out") But they did neither, and completely ignored us. I won't be back, because all this treatment means is that the service while you're sitting isn't worth a dime anyway.

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★★☆☆☆

Ken's is a popular place in my neighborhood - all my neighbors say it's delicious, but I wouldn't know. Why wouldn't I know? Because my family and I (we're all adults) stood in the doorway for five minutes and not a single staff person even made eye contact with any of us. The two waitresses were busy, but you're never too busy to tell someone you'll be with them in a minute. We were willing to wait. I worked in a very busy sushi restaurant for 2 years and I never gave people service this bad. One of the waitresses was helping another customer right next to us and never looked at us, another waitress cut a piece of cake and turned her back on us. If they wanted to close, they should have put on the closed sign. They could've even lied to us and told us they were out of food. (tuesdays is 5pm - "whenever we run out") But they did neither, and completely ignored us. I won't be back, because all this treatment means is that the service while you're sitting isn't worth a dime anyway.

Pros: smells good

Cons: bad service

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Wow!
How thinned skinned do you have to be to write a response to city Search reviews calling your customers liars? As a restaurant owner you should be able to handle an irate breeder or 2.
Ken, spend a little less time on the internet, and a little more time forging bonds with the "republican-libertarian" deli poseurs. Let the chips land where they will.

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★★★★☆

Wow!
How thinned skinned do you have to be to write a response to city Search reviews calling your customers liars? As a restaurant owner you should be able to handle an irate breeder or 2.
Ken, spend a little less time on the internet, and a little more time forging bonds with the "republican-libertarian" deli poseurs. Let the chips land where they will.

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The food at Ken's is exceptional. My wife and I have visited 5 or 6 times in the last year, and have yet to be disappointed. My parents (food-obsessed) recently came from Chicago and after visiting Paley's Place, Portland City Grill, Lovely Hula Hands, Gino's, and Mother's, Ken's was their runaway favorite. The pork chop is the best I've ever had, and the burger is great. Every dish I've tasted there is fantastic. And don't leave without trying the pecan tart. Ken's is rarely busy, in my experience, and has a homey casual atmophere, which is interesting because given the quality of the food I'd almost expect some kind of fancy Bluehour or Andina motif. Ken himself is also very friendly -- and this guy (who I believe was a chef in New York for number of years) actually cooks your food. It's not a short order cook working for 10 bucks an hour -- this guy does it himself in the open kitchen. I've never written a review on Citysearch before, but I just had to give this place the credit it deserves and let everyone in on this great culinary secret, even though it may be at the expense of my weekend visits being a little more crowded.

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★★★★★

The food at Ken's is exceptional. My wife and I have visited 5 or 6 times in the last year, and have yet to be disappointed. My parents (food-obsessed) recently came from Chicago and after visiting Paley's Place, Portland City Grill, Lovely Hula Hands, Gino's, and Mother's, Ken's was their runaway favorite. The pork chop is the best I've ever had, and the burger is great. Every dish I've tasted there is fantastic. And don't leave without trying the pecan tart. Ken's is rarely busy, in my experience, and has a homey casual atmophere, which is interesting because given the quality of the food I'd almost expect some kind of fancy Bluehour or Andina motif. Ken himself is also very friendly -- and this guy (who I believe was a chef in New York for number of years) actually cooks your food. It's not a short order cook working for 10 bucks an hour -- this guy does it himself in the open kitchen. I've never written a review on Citysearch before, but I just had to give this place the credit it deserves and let everyone in on this great culinary secret, even though it may be at the expense of my weekend visits being a little more crowded.

Pros: Food Quality, Preparation, Atmosphere

Cons: Slow service, but what's the hurry?

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Ken's is one of our favorite restaurants in Portland. The dishes are always delicious and hit the spot in that homestyle, vaguely European way. The scalloped potatoes are our favorite - and the pork chop and applesauce that go with them are excellent, too. We have a 10 month old, and we LOVE going to Ken's. Ken and his staff go way out of their way to make us feel welcome, and always pay special attention to our baby. I've always seen them treat other families similarly, so I highly recommend your taking your whole family to enjoy Ken's delicious food and friendly, laidback atmosphere.

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★★★★★

Ken's is one of our favorite restaurants in Portland. The dishes are always delicious and hit the spot in that homestyle, vaguely European way. The scalloped potatoes are our favorite - and the pork chop and applesauce that go with them are excellent, too. We have a 10 month old, and we LOVE going to Ken's. Ken and his staff go way out of their way to make us feel welcome, and always pay special attention to our baby. I've always seen them treat other families similarly, so I highly recommend your taking your whole family to enjoy Ken's delicious food and friendly, laidback atmosphere.

Pros: scalloped potatoes, Low BBQ on Tuesdays, friendly staff

Cons: can't think of any

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I am the owner of Ken's Place, and the customer who wrote the review about not being good for children is lying. He stated that his child made two sounds, when, in fact, his child screamed and yelled for a solid 20 minutes, with the father making little or no attempts to quiet him. Then he stopped for awhile once he got his food (the customer also lied about taking their food to go), then started screaming again once the food was half gone. The child greatly disturbed the rest of my customers, of which about 5 or 6 were otherwise well-behaved children. It was only after about 15 minutes of loud screaming that I sshhhed the child. The wife was not crying, in fact she tried to sshhh her husband. I can give email addresses of other customers who will attest to the poor behavior of this family.

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★★★★☆

I am the owner of Ken's Place, and the customer who wrote the review about not being good for children is lying. He stated that his child made two sounds, when, in fact, his child screamed and yelled for a solid 20 minutes, with the father making little or no attempts to quiet him. Then he stopped for awhile once he got his food (the customer also lied about taking their food to go), then started screaming again once the food was half gone. The child greatly disturbed the rest of my customers, of which about 5 or 6 were otherwise well-behaved children. It was only after about 15 minutes of loud screaming that I sshhhed the child. The wife was not crying, in fact she tried to sshhh her husband. I can give email addresses of other customers who will attest to the poor behavior of this family.

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We had a horrible experience. Kids are not welcome Ken, the owner is very intolerant of children. There is no kids menu, only one high chair, and the food takes an incredible long time (we waited 45 minutes for 2 hamburgers and the restaurant was only about half full). We brought our 1 1/2 year old son to this restaurant and had to get our food to go, because first of all it took so long and second of all Ken made numerous comments under his breath, threw things in the kitchen, and then made a few rude comments to our face about our child (who made two short loud noises and was perfectly behaved other than that). He made my wife cry and me very angry. I would not recommend this place to anyone and they should indicate that children are not welcome (unless they are mute).

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★☆☆☆☆

We had a horrible experience. Kids are not welcome Ken, the owner is very intolerant of children. There is no kids menu, only one high chair, and the food takes an incredible long time (we waited 45 minutes for 2 hamburgers and the restaurant was only about half full). We brought our 1 1/2 year old son to this restaurant and had to get our food to go, because first of all it took so long and second of all Ken made numerous comments under his breath, threw things in the kitchen, and then made a few rude comments to our face about our child (who made two short loud noises and was perfectly behaved other than that). He made my wife cry and me very angry. I would not recommend this place to anyone and they should indicate that children are not welcome (unless they are mute).

Pros: none

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I would like to delete my review but Citysearch will not let me so I am replacing my review with this.

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★★★★☆

I would like to delete my review but Citysearch will not let me so I am replacing my review with this.

Pros: Excellent food, Cozy atomosphere, Good service

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Despite exposure in the papers, this small eatery is relatively humble and discrete. The food is excellent; the signature pork chop entree lived up to the promises made by our server. Tastes of the cornbread, hamburger and fried chicken also proved to be delicious. Perhaps this, in addition to kind, attentive service should be enough for a good review. However, while Ken's Place excelled in quality food and staff, the dull ambiance tainted my experience. While the pork chop will someday draw me in again, Ken's Place will again fall into obscurity for me until some serious attention is given to creating the cozy atmosphere that it deserves.

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★★★★☆

Despite exposure in the papers, this small eatery is relatively humble and discrete. The food is excellent; the signature pork chop entree lived up to the promises made by our server. Tastes of the cornbread, hamburger and fried chicken also proved to be delicious. Perhaps this, in addition to kind, attentive service should be enough for a good review. However, while Ken's Place excelled in quality food and staff, the dull ambiance tainted my experience. While the pork chop will someday draw me in again, Ken's Place will again fall into obscurity for me until some serious attention is given to creating the cozy atmosphere that it deserves.

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I read the review by Joe where he panned the Pork Chop and complained about the crust. I disagree. In my experience delicate pork dishes always have sauce to keep the meat moist. Baring that one sears the meat to seal the chop and then cooks. That's what they do at Ken's. It's a delightful preparation especially for the price. However, delicate it is not. it's a braised pork chop there Joe. If one wants a chateau then go get one. This is one of the best pork dishes in town

2
★★★★★

I read the review by Joe where he panned the Pork Chop and complained about the crust. I disagree. In my experience delicate pork dishes always have sauce to keep the meat moist. Baring that one sears the meat to seal the chop and then cooks. That's what they do at Ken's. It's a delightful preparation especially for the price. However, delicate it is not. it's a braised pork chop there Joe. If one wants a chateau then go get one. This is one of the best pork dishes in town

Pros: Food quality, Value, service

Cons: ambiance

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I have to say that I expected a little more for my money at Ken's Place. I'm sure that if you go there for the burger it's a great find, but $18.00 pork chops?? Dont get me wrong, I don't mind spending money for great food, but this particular chop looked like a piece of blackened tuna: cooked hard! It was burnt-solid on the outside, and while I admit that it was cooked well (good) on the inside, after cutting away the charred exterior there was simply not much left to enjoy. The waitress was surprisingly unapologetic and super inattentive. Having years of experience myself, I did expect at least a discount on my entree. No dice. We paid the full $51 for one starter, two entrees and one glass of wine. Bit steep eh?? More importantly, because of the service and the chop, not a good VALUE.

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★★★☆☆

I have to say that I expected a little more for my money at Ken's Place. I'm sure that if you go there for the burger it's a great find, but $18.00 pork chops?? Dont get me wrong, I don't mind spending money for great food, but this particular chop looked like a piece of blackened tuna: cooked hard! It was burnt-solid on the outside, and while I admit that it was cooked well (good) on the inside, after cutting away the charred exterior there was simply not much left to enjoy. The waitress was surprisingly unapologetic and super inattentive. Having years of experience myself, I did expect at least a discount on my entree. No dice. We paid the full $51 for one starter, two entrees and one glass of wine. Bit steep eh?? More importantly, because of the service and the chop, not a good VALUE.

Pros: Casual Décor, Location, Potential

Cons: Service, Value

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This is real. The recipes are inventive, elegant, presented beautifully and always eye-rolling-good. The room is stylish and comfortable and the service is friendly and professional. When my brother came to visit I had several places on the list, but after our first trip to Ken's, he had to go back. This is, without doubt, my very favorite restaurant in Portland. Ken is a genius and his food is perfect. Perfect!

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★★★★★

This is real. The recipes are inventive, elegant, presented beautifully and always eye-rolling-good. The room is stylish and comfortable and the service is friendly and professional. When my brother came to visit I had several places on the list, but after our first trip to Ken's, he had to go back. This is, without doubt, my very favorite restaurant in Portland. Ken is a genius and his food is perfect. Perfect!

Pros: Excellent Food, Simple and elegant, Friendly and warm

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When we walked into Ken's Place, it was like going to someone's home and smelling their cooking from the kitchen. Everything was great: Excellent selection of wine, small plates, vegetable sides, and an incredible creme brulee dessert. The wait staff was friendly. The restaurant is small, so you might have to wait for a table. Arrive early, on a weeknight, and you won't have a problem.

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★★★★★

When we walked into Ken's Place, it was like going to someone's home and smelling their cooking from the kitchen. Everything was great: Excellent selection of wine, small plates, vegetable sides, and an incredible creme brulee dessert. The wait staff was friendly. The restaurant is small, so you might have to wait for a table. Arrive early, on a weeknight, and you won't have a problem.

Pros: Creme Brulee (great), Home cooking, Small plates ($)

Cons: Small diner

 

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