Pal’s Shanty

This is from the 1990 Willamette Week Restaurant Guide. Pal’s Shanty is still open at 4630 NE Sandy Blvd.

Pal’s celebrates 25 years in business this year, and you can be sure not much has changed since ’65. The neon beer signs on the wall have been updated to keep pace with name-brand evolution,  the TV features cable sports channels, and local microbrews are available on tap. But the long wood counter with the art deco metal stools, the table tops of sliced agate entombed in clear resin, and the shanty itself, a faux log cabin behind the bar that houses the beer cooler – all remain relatively untouched. While Pal’s is really more a tavern than a restaurant – if you’re under 21 you can’t even eat here – it serves fresh seafood instead of microwaved sandwiches. Buckets of steamer clams, pan-fried oysters and halibut steaks, and shrimp or crab in the form of cocktail, salad, or Louis. In 1965 everybody knew that a Shrimp Louis was a big salad with lettuce, tomato, hard-boiled egg, and shrimp. They still do out here in the Middle America, working class neighborhoods of east Portland.

More contemporary reviews at CitySearch and Yelp are mixed, but sounds like things haven’t changed much. This Last Supper piece from the Mercury sums it up.