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Two Brothers Cafe & Grill - 13 Reviews - 829 SE 39th Ave, Portland, OR - Eastern European Reviews - Phone (503) 232-3424

Two Brothers Cafe & Grill

829 SE 39th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 232-3424
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Two Brothers Cafe & Grill - Portland, OR
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I've always noticed the Two Brothers Cafe but never went in. But after checking out the lights on Peacock lane last night my wife and I decided to check it out as we have a number...


This place is terrible. Its dirty, cold, dark. The food is absolutely repulsive. The worse part are the people who run the place. When I was there the owner was fighting wi...

Lovely Food from the Balkans 12/16/2010

I've always noticed the Two Brothers Cafe but never went in. But after checking out the lights on Peacock lane last night my wife and I decided to check it out as we have a number of friends we met who are from Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia. Needless to say the food was amazing, inexpensive, and the owners were pleasant. We ordered pita bread with Ajvar and Chevapi. Tasty treats!! We came back for lunch today and we had Sudzuka and Pljeskavica (which has to be the largest burger I've ever seen). They're heavily into the meats, but have vegetarian fare as well. Whatever misgivings people have had about this place before seems to be resolved. They deserve more business and I am their newest fan! more

Great Resturant 5/23/2010

A group of us are traveling to Serbia this summer and wanted to find a restaurant that serves authentic Balkan - Serb dishes... we found it. We were excited to find they had Burek, a customary stuffed break with meat or cheese. All of us found the food to be great. We will go back. If you are looking for a taste of the Balkans, you need to try Two Brothers. Pros: Good food and prices. Cons: OK atmosphere more

The worse restaurant in Portland 12/15/2009

This place is terrible. Its dirty, cold, dark. The food is absolutely repulsive. The worse part are the people who run the place. When I was there the owner was fighting with some homeless people at the bus stop in front of the cafe. The fight came inside where upon the owner was yelling obscenities at them. It got so bad people were leaving and we ended up leaving as well. If that's not bad enough the owner tried to charge us for things we didnt order, he was insistent. He tried to charge me for dishes i didnt even order and yelled at us saying that we were trying to cheat him. In the end he realized he gave us the wrong bill. The worse thing is that he didnt even apologize. Never ever go to this hell whole. more

Great Cheap Eat In Belmont Area 4/26/2009

I love this place and hope it continues to flourish. I must admit having an ethnic bias since the food is akin to what I grew up with. I love everything I have tried there: the meat ""Pirsoshky"" style offering, the cabbage rolls and the borscht. I just wish there were more tables here so the place would not feel so cramped. Pros: good food, great prices, walk in to go available Cons: small restaurant, corner of two busy streets more

Great Balkan Food! 2/9/2009

I love this restaurant. Their food is homemade and delicious. The owners (who are great people) are from Bosnia and I would recommend trying their food to anyone! They have great great Goulash, Chevapi, Stuffed Peppers, Cabbage rolls and the mixed grill is great can try all of your specialty meats on one platter. Pros: Taste, Service, Quality more

low expectations were lowered by owner 11/3/2008

Food was ok. Atmosphere was bleek and cold. Waiter was very nice but embarassed to work for the A-hole owners. I had a coupon for their establishment that was valid for a free entree of ""equal or greater value"" that was denied. I was told that they weren't accepting them anymore and yet I had it in my hand within the time of expiration with their name on it. All it was going to save me was $6 (my other entree was $11.75). The waiter seemed bewildered by the owner's ignorance (who was ten feet away but wouldn't speak to me) and I wasn't going to make a fuss over it. Instead, I will never return and implore all to stay away from their mediocre food and crappy business sense. more

You should try this restaurant! 6/8/2008

I love this restaurant. I drove by it for the last couple of years because quite honestly, I have lived in PDX for many years and I could not get away from the mental image that about 20 years ago this building was a laundrymat. Additionally, the exterior of the restaurant does not look upscale or fancy, and I assumed that food would match the exterior. Nothing could be further from the truth. I love it. I am a Minnesotan and this restaurant has the ultimate comfort food. One other reviewer said that the goulash was art- and it is. I have had it at least two time. However, my favorite dish is their moussaka. They do not make it like the Greek dish- at Two Brothers they use eggplant, ground beef and scalloped potatoes. I love Greek moussaka and this dish is even better. Try this restaurant-you will not be dissapointed! Service is excellent and the staff is very nice. Pros: Excellent food and service. Easy to park Cons: I wish it were open on Mondays more

Balkans not Eastern European 2/29/2008

Instructions are be yourself: I am an expert on food I have consumed approximately 46,000 meals \r I wanted to try Borsht, they did not serve Eastern European food. There was a small group of men obviously enjoying their meal and the staff was so friendly so they recommended . The Goulash.\r Before it arrived the three men seated near me were talking about how excellent their meal was and how full they were. I wish I had ordered what they had then immediately my Goulash arrived.\r One bite --this was not my grandmas Goulash. It was not food --it was > art. I will crave this dish from now on. Right on the corner of Stark and 39th.. \r I would rank it in definitely my top 100 dishes of all time. $13.95 \r Greek , Hungarian, Yugoslavian type food. Words like Pita. Sorry, no Big Macs\r \r Highly Recommend Pros: Food taste and cost Cons: The flavor with more ambiance --my meal would be $29.95 more

Comfort Food Balkan Style 1/21/2008

In a city overrun with Asian Fusion, ( which I like as well as the next) its difficult to find a place that serves real, honest to goodness, comfort food. I had my first taste of Croatian flavors at the Polish Festival in September and was eager to try more. Anyone who loves the food of Eastern Europe will not be disappointed in Two Brothers. My mom and I had the opportunity to visit a few weeks ago...I had the Chevapi ( a meatball sandwich in a pita style bread, though describing it this way completely understates how good it is) and my mom the cabbage rolls. The menu is pretty vast and seems to combine Eastern European and Middle Eastern cuisine. Everything was exceptional: fresh, flavorful, and truly authentic. I have to disagree on the lack of ambience. If you are looking for a theme meal with servers in quaint folk costumes, this isn't it. But the cafe is warm and inviting and the sort of place you dont feel uncomfortable lingering in. The service was very friendly and acommodating. Prices are reasonable and portions generous. It is a must try. Pros: Food!!! Cons: Cabbage rolls only in winter.... more

Don't Miss it... 10/1/2007

without a doubt, the best simple salad in a town that has a knack of screwing with every dish to make it ""unique,"" and ruining it. Soup is killer. The fries have always been fresh when I've eaten there. Serbian dishes are awesome as are the others. And no, I'm not friends or related to the owners, just glad to see these folks do well on a street quickly loosing it's charm. Goes to show that you can flood places with high priced condo's and posh eateries, but there is still hope for the little guys yet. I hope they don't change too much. Pros: Great for families, dates, easy on the wallet Cons: Not cool enough for snobby people. (Thank God). more

Best Goulash in Town 7/17/2007

I love this little place, the staff are always so friendly and the food is so authentic Eastern European. But the best thing is their Goulash, stuffed cabbage (Sadly only served in the Winter). \r \r I recommend this little place to everyone. Pros: Goulash and freindly service Cons: when they dont have the stuffed cabbage more

grilled meats 5/12/2007

Good value for the price. Ambiance is lacking. French fries were freshly made. Child friendly. Ample parking. Pros: amount of food Cons: ambiance more

Some aspects good, needs improvement overall 4/5/2007

My husband and I shared a platter of assorted meats. That part was very good, and I think the cooks were likely competent with Serbian food (I have not had Serbian before so I cannot make any comparisons). What was off were the details. Our food was served with frozen crinkle cut french fries that were fried in very ranc*d oil. The fries had that telltale ranc*d fishy flavor and it was quite strong. Overall I guess I just felt there was not a lot of intention with what they were doing, and the details, left something to be desired. To make it in SE, where there are so many good ethnic restaurants, I think they should consider ditching the thoughtless americanized aspects of their menu - fries (especially frozen), bottled minute maid juices, iceberg lettuce, and instead focus on showing us what their culture has to offer in terms of a whole dining experience, with higher quality ingredients. And replace the ranc*d oil! more
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  • In Short
    The cuisine at this casual eatery offers a taste of home to some and a perfect way to shake up the usual takeout routine for others. Staples include mounds of Eastern European...

  • 1/11/2007 Provided by Citysearch

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    Sunnyside, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program