My how time flies!
Wild Abandon opened February 2nd, 1995.
So what is this place "Wild Abandon" about? I still recall the day a number of years ago when a table of rambunctious regulars grabbed me and proclaimed "Michael, we have voted Wild Abandon the most unpretentious restaurant in Portland". That statement really encapsulates the personality of Wild Abandon.
A super casual neighborhood spot, a place where people would gather for a variety of reasons whether it be a solo diner grabbing a quick bite after work, an impromptu Happy Hour party of friends, that special event...Just that sort of place that feels like home no matter the occasion.
So what about the food? After all, we are coming there to eat, right?
Maybe you're coming here to eat. Maybe you're coming here for a drink. We do have a full bar, several tap beers, and a selection of wine.
If it is to eat you will be glad you came. Comfort food and casual fare with an International flare here and there. The food is made in house, mostly from scratch with quality ingredients, and love. If it's a burger you have a hankering for or the risotto or the fried chicken you will not be disappointed. If you are a vegetarian we have a cornucopia of veg options and always something to offer to the vegan as well. On special nights such as Valentine's Day or New Year's Eve we go a little fancier. You may find Prime Rib on the menu, or perhaps crab ravioli.
And let's not forget Weekend Brunch (which has an entire section dedicated to vegan fare). Omelets, benedicts, pulled pork hash to name a few.
Sounds expensive, should I increase my credit limit before I come over?
We would really love it if you would lay down some serious cash, but not necessary. Very affordable! We want to feed you and we want you to come back so we will leave you a little green for next time.
As for the "atmosphere"?
I've heard many comments, out dated (What?!), eclectic, cozy, romantic, dim, retro, awesome, It's so you, busy, perfect, you should paint over the Bacchanalian mural and put up some track lights (I did have the bouncer bounce that one. OK, not really. We don't have a bouncer).
Many years ago some reviewer described Wild's ambiance as "garage sale baroque". I guess that sums it up. Lots of 70's light fixtures (which are everywhere now, I hung mine in 1995. I hereby accept my award as trend setter), revolving art. It's definitely not a stark environment. It is cozy.
Did I mention the patio?
But forget Cozy. Come see us in the spring and summer. We have terrific outdoor dining space, off street. We hope to see you soon.
In summation, get in here! Whether you are a carnivore or herbivore, alone or with an entourage, we are dying to meet you.
Owner, Wild Abandon WildAbandonPDX@gmail.com