Apr 9, 2024 - Food and Drink

Bite Club: Seasonal squash salad at Victoria Bar

A photo of a table with three plates of food, including a burger and a salad.

Victoria Bar specializes in classic bar food, but each dish is a winner. Photo: Meira Gebel/Axios

In anticipation of patio season, I headed to Victoria Bar, the "mostly vegan" hotspot on N Albina known for its happy hour and crafty cocktails.

  • When I first moved to Piedmont, a handful of friends recommended Victoria because it's dog-friendly (Joby never leaves my side) and has a pretty nice mocktail list.

🍔 The menu: Classic bar food staples. Small bites include blistered shishito peppers, elote-style corn "ribs" and buffalo cauliflower florets, with tuna melts, cheeseburgers and a vegan fried chicken sandwich as the mains.

  • I ordered the seasonal salad, which had hazelnuts, chili maple vinaigrette, delicata squash and a huge hunk of burrata on top of a bed of arugula — and a frozen virgin piña colada, because, "Why not?"

🍟 The bite: The chili-maple vinaigrette was a surprise, packing a touch of heat but pairing nicely with a creamy forkful of burrata and hazelnut for crunch.

  • The biggest standouts were the small bites — the buffalo cauliflower bites (drenched in what tasted Frank's-adjacent) with house-made ranch dressing were gone quickly.
  • The parmesan herb fries were crisp and standard-style, a sure crowd-pleaser.

🍹 The bottom line: It would be difficult to find something not to like here. It's a perfect bar to take picky friends or to have a quick dinner on a sun-filled afternoon like I did.

  • The piña colada was also one of the best I've ever had.
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