There are times when you feel so low that you just want to stuff your face with pizza, or a cheeseburger.
But what happens if you can’t choose?
In times of stress, even picking between two comfort foods can feel like an overwhelming decision. Enter: The Cheeseburger Pizza.
My inner 12-year-old is a big fan of comfort food, and Samuel’s, an unassuming pub located on outer Forest Avenue, is an excellent place to chow down on inexpensive wings (50 cents each on Wednesday and Thursday nights) and personal pizzas (half-price on Mondays and Tuesdays), while sipping a cold draft brew (like a Shipyard Export, which is also half-price on Mondays and Tuesdays).
As you can probably deduce from the previous paragraph, Samuel’s Bar and Grill has an excellent lineup of specials. Every day of the week, there’s some sort of discount on tap. Plus, the kitchen is open until 1 a.m. every night, making it a rare late night option for those dining off the peninsula.
Another major draw is the outdoor dining area. While it’s not the most picturesque part of town, the picnic tables provide spacious seating that’s cheerfully decorated with strings of lights.
Inside, the atmosphere is casual and welcoming. The waitresses and bartenders are always friendly and helpful, but never hover. They’ll let you finish your beer in peace before showing up, right on time, for another round.
It’s not hip, it’s not trendy, and it’s not expensive. It is, however, a fantastic place to hang out with friends and linger over a pitcher of beer.
Full disclosure: For three years, I lived right up the road from Samuel’s, and it was the only place within walking distance, which made it my go-to. When I returned recently, it was my first time there in several months. It wasn’t until I was halfway through my buffalo chicken pizza (another delicious junk food dinner) that I realized, I’d really missed Samuel’s.
WHERE: 1160 Forest Ave., Portland
HOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
AMENITIES: Outdoor seating, bar seating, trivia nights, nightly specials and discounts on food and beverages, brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays, dinner and lunch menu, damn good buffalo wings.
BOTTOM LINE: Located on a busy stretch of outer Forest Avenue, this bar is easy to miss. Don’t. Samuel’s is a diamond in the ruff with cheap beer, classic pub food and nightly specials. Tip: Head over on Mondays and Tuesdays for $5 personal pizzas and discount draft beers.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: Yes