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Mint Satisfies My Craving

Posted in Portland with tags , , on March 18, 2008 by Donna Arriaga

I had a wonderful dinner this evening at the Mint in northeast Portland. With a carnivorous craving for a bit of spice, I found the grilled chili rubbed chicken breast to be exactly what I needed. The breast was grilled skin-on and was cooked to perfection. All too often, a large grilled chicken breast is either so over cooked that it is something shy of dried leather OR, the inside is just plain raw. Tonight’s chicken, on the other hand, was moist, juicy, and flavorful.

Served with the grilled chicken was a Romesco sauce, goat cheese corn bread, and cole slaw. The Romesco sauce was a bit too acidic for my liking; however, when eaten with the goat cheese corn bread, the two were a scrumptious match. And the cole slaw. Well, initially, when reading the menu item my mind simply grazed over it. I merely though it would provide a cool balance to the chili rubbed chicken and didn’t really think much more of it.

As it turns out, the slaw had a terrific punch of heat, and the extra-long shaved cabbage and julienned carrots made the act of eating slaw a unique experience in and of itself — you could actually twirly the spicy slaw about your fork as one might do with a mound of spaghetti. Very nice touch.

Ah yes… and to top it all off, I enjoyed a tasty “O” — the Mint’s house Mojito made with orange rum. Very good.