The Lowdown

Cheffy’s Easy Beet Pickled Eggs

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Keep the Easter fun going after the hunt is over with these easy beet pickled eggs! When the kids have collected all the hard boiled eggs from the garden and eaten their fill, this is a great way to preserve the rest for snacks later in the week (bonus: they make a beautiful egg salad).

You’ll need:

1 quart jar
6-8 hard boiled eggs
1 medium beet, boiled for about 45 minutes then peeled–the skin should slip right off when cool.

For the pickling liquid:

1 1/3 C white wine (don’t worry, you’ll boil it until the alcohol is gone)
1 1/3 C white wine vinegar
2/3 C water
3 T sugar
1 T coriander
1 T mustard seed
1 bay leaf
1/3 T black pepper corns
1/3 T cloves

Peel hard boiled eggs and pack into quart jar with roughly chopped beet. In a saucepan, add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Allow to cool, then strain into quart jar until eggs are covered. Your beet pickled eggs will last for up to two weeks in the fridge!

Besaw’s is Built on Game!

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Like many of us who love to cook, Cheffy has amassed quite a large collection of “favorite” cookbooks. Arguably none is so well-loved as his 1943 edition of Irma Rombauer’s Joy of Cooking (we had to get extra-special permission to use it for this post). If the specific edition doesn’t ring a bell, you might start by comparing your own copy to the original: there have been many, many changes to Joy over the years. One reason this early version’s a go-to in Besaw’s kitchen – its fantastic chapter, “America was Built on Game.”

In our continued effort to support sustainable farming practices at Besaw’s, Cheffy is partnering with our friends at Nicky USA to create some exciting options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our Elk Burger at dinner has been a fantastic success, and we’ve been ramping up our repertoire with special menu items featuring duck, goat, buffalo, venison, elk & pheasant.

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Elk sausage, poached egg, red pepper coulis


On April 22nd – 26th from 5-10pm, join us for a tribute to the beloved classic, Joy of Cooking: “America was Built on Game”. Cheffy’s selected some of his favorite recipes, adding a seasonal Besaw’s twist, of course.


Duck Liver Paté, toast points, micro greens
Grilled Pheasant, fiddlehead ferns, roasted fingerlings, hollandaise
Sweet Potato Pudding, vanilla whipped cream

We’ll also feature a fabulous libation paired with each course for $24.

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Easter Shenanigans With The Besaw’s Bunny



IMG_4851After a long and unusually snowy winter, the Besaw’s Crew is ready for Spring! Tulips and daffodils abound in the garden, where Cheffy’s been starting his spinach and early beets. Speaking of beets, we hear the Besaw’s Bunny has been spotted nibbling on dandelions! It’s only a couple weeks ’til Easter, after all, and he needs to get his strength up for the hunt!

While we adults enjoy an Easter Bloody Mary and a lovely Easter Brunch on Sunday the 20th, the kiddos have four chances to join the Besaw’s Bunny scouring the garden for brightly colored goodies.

The hunt starts at 10am!–bring your own Easter Basket or decorate a bag at our craft table. Plus, it’s free! The fun continues on the hour at 11am, Noon and 1pm–sign up at our Garden Gate, just up Savier from the restaurant.

We want to see your Easter Pics! Help us follow the Besaw’s Bunny and his Shenanigans on Instagram and Twitter April 19th & 20th with #bunnysighting and #besawsbunny! We’ll feature the best ones on our blog!

Happy Easter!



L.O.V.E.: On Two Legs and Four

February has certainly gotten off to a cold and snowy start; good for lovers lookin’ to get cozy, though!  Speaking of lovers, this Valentine’s Day Besaw’s will be serving up some fabulous dishes that will send your heart a’flutter: dungeness crab cannelloni, Tails & Trotters bourbon-glazed pork chops, and of course your romantic evening won’t be complete without kumamoto oysters on the half shell with blood orange gastrique.  Not only will you be enjoying a classical candlelit dinner, but you’ll be supporting a heartwarming cause as well!

For the month of February we will be donating a percentage of our dinner sales to P.A.W. (Portland Animal Welfare), an organization of tireless animal lovers who ensure that pets in poverty-stricken homes can still receive the care they need.  Be it veterinary attention or the right kind of food, P.A.W. understands the importance of a healthy pet staying with a caring family.

If you can’t join us for our Valentine’s Day Spectacular, keep the rest of February in mind for those furry, four-legged family members in need, and help us support a wonderful group in our neighborhood.  Keep warm, lovers!

February Featured Charity

February Featured Charity


A Crime Most Foul…!

The night wind whipped icily outside the great hall window as the costumed revelers gathered.  From upstairs came the creeeeaaaak of a loose floorboard, unnoticed by most of the guests.  Suddenly the hall was shrouded in black as a spectacular CRACK split the night– perhaps it was just thunder?  Alas, no!  For when the lights flickered back to life, a single corpse lay at the eye of the eddying current of veiled partygoers… for there had been… A MURDER AT THE MASQUERADE!!!

This past Monday evening, the Besaw’s crew descended on our sister restaurant, Wildwood, for a night of intrigue, whodunits and mystery, in conjunction with the fabulous Murder Mystery Company!  Words don’t properly some up the event, so we’ll let some photographic evidence do the talking:

Oh my!

Oh my!


Mr Peacock

Mr Peacock


And at the end of the night, it was revealed that the dastardly perpetrator was none other than… wait, but that would be telling, wouldn’t it…?


The french maid

The french maid, never trust the woman in a red boa.



The late General, who had the motive to do him in?


Bring On 2014!!

2013 was a banner year for Besaw’s, not to mention our Nob Hill neighborhood.  There have been a lot of new developments on this end of NW 23rd, and as we look forward to a new year with some new neighbors, we want to express our gratitude to all the amazing and supportive customers that have kept this old landmark alive and kicking. Thank you to everyone who was  a part of our numerous events last year.  We hosted many “First Annual’s,” all of which were greeted with wonderful turnouts and rave reviews; looks like they’re here to stay!

Kicking it off was our First Annual Easter Egg Hunt and the debut of the weekly-sitcom-in-the-wings “Besaw’s Bunny” (perhaps lacking a bit of originality in the name department).  The festivities were held in our garden, where neighborhood kids hunted their treasures as said “Bunny” hopped about, providing hints as to where the eggs might be hidden.  Keep your eyes and ears perked up for more information on the Great Easter Egg Hunt of 2014!

The "Besaw's Bunny" with the neighborhood kids

The “Besaw’s Bunny” with the neighborhood kids

Another garden success this year was our 4th of July BBQ.  Cheffy built a new deck and slate patio alongside our 18 raised beds last summer so as to expand our soon-to-be-frequent garden parties.  Fabuloso Bartendress Beth served up some perfect summer cocktails to cool us all off while we enjoyed the dulcet stylings of jazz guitarist Max McCarger.  There’s plenty more cocktail sippin’ and garden grubbin’ to be had coming up this summer, so be sure to join us!

Fun in the 4th of July sun!

Fun in the 4th of July sun!

But the biggest daddy of them all was our 110th Anniversary Bash, the “Grand Outdoors Bizarre!”, celebrating the colorful 110 years of Besaw’s existence… and we went B… I… G…  BIG.  A celebration of the last century, it was a most epic kaleidoscope of carnivals.  Sorry if you missed it; maybe, just maybe, there will be a 111th…?

Just some good 'ol fashioned entertainment at the 110th

As you likely know, Besaw’s features a local non-profit every month and donates a percentage of our dinner sales to their cause.  To kick off the new year, we would like to recognize an organization that is focused on helping individuals evolve toward a more stable lifestyle.  Transition Projects serves people’s needs as they adjust from homelessness to housing.  Keep them in mind during your “spring cleaning” this year:  they have an ongoing wish list on their website for in-demand items.  Transition can be difficult, but it is effectively accomplished with the support of community.

Have a wonderful 2014; we’ll see you soon!


Besaw’s Family White Water Adventure from 2013……..Remembering the Good Times.

Hey Besaw’s friends and fans, we wanted to share one of our adventures from 2013 with you.

So it turns out we are absolutely crazy to go whitewater rafting on a rainy day in September but we aren’t the only ones. The crew from Broder, another fabulous breakfast spot in Portland was on the river with us that day. Not planned at all but just happened to be there as well, it couldn’t have been more perfect.The weather was crazy, the water was fast, and rapids big, but that is just the way we like it. The northwest at it’s finest.

We have a great friend that owns Old School PDX, the best party bus in town, and don’t you forget it. He is always our chauffeur for such events and takes great care of us. The bus is hooked up with karaoke sponsored by Voicebox, SWEET! We love to sing and when you have a bus like this driving you from place to place, the party never stops. Thank you to all of our patrons for understanding that every once in a while this crew needs some quality family time to simply enjoy each others company and have crazy adventures.

Hope you had some great adventures of your own in 2013 and here’s to a new year full of amazing experiences. Enjoy the photos!

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CHAP: Children’s Healing Art Project

‘Tis the season for comfort food, finding the perfect gifts for loved ones, spending time with friends and family, and reaching out to those in need of a little holiday cheer.

We here at Besaw’s do our best to extend a helping hand to local non-profits each month.  For December, we are coming together with a wonderful organization, CHAP, to host a “Crafty Happy Hour” for all ages.

CHAP will have a fun craft area for the little ones to make holiday decorations and gifts, while our fabulous staff will be on hand to take care of parents in need of a little down time. There will be free snacks and a gift-wrapping table with everything you need to wrap up your holiday purchases.  Our bar will be open and serving, to keep the “happy hour” festivities flowing.

Join us on Monday, December 9th from 5-7pm to celebrate CHAP and give yourselves a little time to “wrap and unwind”.

Happy Holidays!



Everyone loves music; many of us need it.  Music tells the stories of our lives, brings us joy when we need to smile, gives us the strength to face the day, soothes our pain during rough times.  It warms our hearts to know that, here in our community, there’s an organization so passionate about musical creation that they devote their time to the marginalized youth of Portland.

We are proud to feature My Voice Music as our featured charity for November.  A percentage of all Besaw’s dinner sales this month will go directly to My Voice Music.  We invite you down to dine for a good cause and make a little music of your own! MVM logo





Friends of Family Farmers

logo-1This month, we are happy to feature Friends Of Family Farmers as our charity.  For the entire month of October, we will be donating a percentage of our dinner sales to them.

Friends Of Family Farmers is a grassroots organization promoting sensible policies, programs and regulations that protect and expand the ability of Oregon’s family farmers to run a successful land-based enterprise while also providing safe and nutritious food for all. Through education, advocacy and community organizing, FOFF supports socially and environmentally responsible family-scale agriculture and works to shape healthy rural and urban communities.

Come join us for dinner this month and eat some delicious food (sourced from local farms!) while you support the organization that keeps them moving forward.