Ringside’s Late Night Deals

The newly-reopened Ringside Steakhouse brings Happy Hour back to the classics with steak tips and strong drinks.

By Allison Jones May 9, 2011

Late night weekday Happy Hours usually fall into the not-for-me category, but I’ll bend my rules for a $2.25 burger. Ringside Steakhouse has been a throw-back Portland institution for decades, but the remodel of their West Burnside location has a new generation of Portlanders waiting for a table. What’s the draw? A long list of classic bites, priced between $2.25 and $4.75, to wash down with well-made martinis and strong Old Fashioneds.

The Happy Hour menu is only available at the windowless, wooden-beamed Ringside Bar, so be prepared to fight for a seat. You may have to stand up and take in the framed boxing memorabilia for a few minutes, but the cheap eats are worth the wait. Tender bites of Ringside’s signature steak, a "fork and knife" Caesar salad, twice-baked potato skins with cheddar and bacon, or a classic hamburger are only $2.25 each. The steak bites come with a creamy horseradish sauce for dipping, and the hamburger’s toasted bun and creamy sauce will give In-N-Out fans a familiar punch in the mouth.

For an extra buck and a quarter you can get a plate of fried calamari, a braised beef quesadilla, steamed mussels with angel hair pasta, or a spicy prawn satay ($3.50 each).

For the big spenders, the Prime Rib Dip Sandwich, Fried Oysters, Dungeness Crab Cake, and Old Bay Poached Prawns will each set you back a whole $4.75. The dip sandwich was our favorite, with fresh sourdough baguette providing a satisfying crunch that holds up to the savory au jus.

Yes, the portions are smaller than your typical dinner fare, but the quality and prices make the old-school Ringside a solid addition to the westside’s late-night dining scene.

Ringside Steakhouse – 2165 West Burnside. Happy Hours:
Monday to Saturday, 9:30 pm to close
Sunday, 4pm – 5:30pm and 9:30pm to close

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