The Slide Inn is located at the previously vacated Italian restaurant “Il Piatto” located just steps off SE Burnside at 24th & Ankeny. After 17 years serving Italian fare at Il Piatto recently the original chef/owner Eugene & wife Lenor decided they wanted something ”different” to offer Portland, so they decided to renovate the entire inside and re-open as The Slide Inn a modern American atmosphere serving a healthy, innovative cuisine with global influences.
Where does the name “Slide Inn” come from?
‘In the early 1970′s, Eugene’s family bought and ran a small Inn in the Northern Sierra Mountains called, “The Slide Inn”. It was in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by mountains and snow. The decor of the Slide Inn was rustic with a mid-century modern decor. Eleven year-old Eugen soon became the cook, preparing American and German cuisine. Eugen learned the joy of cooking from his mother Louise who was determined to bring a slice of Germany to this American Inn. After his parents divorced, Eugen and his Mother moved to Germany, where Eugen began a Chef’s apprenticeship. His mother returned to the States but Eugene stayed on in Europe where he lived for 10 years and honed his skills working at many notable top restaurants.’
The food is new American cuisine with a wide range of global influences as well as a strong presence of gluten-free, Vegan and Vegetarian home made food options with natural grass-fed meat dishes. Most of the food on the menu is 100% handmade in-house and created using fresh elements from the on-site garden in the back. The owner Eugene is head chef and is the passion behind The Slide Inn. He is working heavily on creating items that are Gluten free, Vegan and Vegetarian as well as equally offering food for carnivores too. He wanted to create a space where everyone all inclusive could find an item that they would be satisfied with.
The decor inside is made to mimic an ice chalet following through with the with rustic wood walls and furnishings with a vintage flair of eclectic. The wall of clocks catch your eye as you walk in, with over 20+ seventies sunburst clocks artfully displayed. Many private tables scattered throughout with two large communal tables to create a casual group dining experience. Eeach table greeted with a large carafe of water to share with others colored seafoam blue similar to a glass of Bombay Gin. Another favorite I saw in the room was a cove next to the bar that had an electric fireplace with vintage couches somewhat “living room” looking where a couple was sitting and enjoying their meal. This place screams Portland with its eclectic vibe and decor, everything thing in the space has a purpose with a well thought out theme.
We visited The Slide Inn on a summer-y Thursday evening for Happy Hour and tt was surprising full inside for only being open for a few months. We decided to eat outside and take advantage of the weather for happy hour. Our server was extremely nice and patience in letting us browse the lengthy drink & food menu and let us ask away with questions we had about the food.
At the end of the meal when the questions of dessert arises, the server brings out a beautiful tray of house-made desserts, the visual experience is awesome and pushes our stomach to new heights to make an exception.
WHAT WE ORDERED: Off the Happy Hour Menu
House-made Rosehip lemonade
“The Pink Lady” fresh squeezed grapefruit, ginger juice, hibiscus syrup and sparking water
House-made Dill Pickles
Yam fries w/ horseradish ketchup
House-made Bavarian Pretzel with Rosemary Butter
Spicy Mac & Cheese with grilled tomato
GF Gnocchi with house cured pancetta and parsley pesto
Slide Inn Sliders (Trio of 3) Turkey burger-hormone free served with a spicy red pepper mayonnaise
Street Parking only
Happy Hour 5:30-7pm & 9pm-close
Jade Lounge is located next door is owned by the same owners & has live music most nights
Hefty cocktail menu
Open for Breakfast & Brunch too