Terms I never thought I’d see together : “gastropub,” “Oregon” and “Euless.”
But an Oregon sports pub is flourishing in Euless, mainly because it’s better than your typical bland suburban chain.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill, a Portland original from that city’s Old Town, is owner-operated and represents the best of that city’s famous food culture.
The giant menu includes everything from Tuscan chicken to Thai chicken curry, with burgers, salads, sandwiches and a giant weekend brunch.
There’s also a special made just for Texas: half-price margaritas when it’s 95 degrees or hotter.
The brunch has become the biggest hit around DFW Airport. A menu of 16 platters includes chilaquiles or huevos rancheros with Santa Fe bacon-black beans, Irish whiskey French toast and jalapeno-buttermilk chicken-and-waffles with maple bacon.
On a recent stop, a summer-menu cheddar burger with crispy prosciutto and arugula ($15.95) lived up to the billing, and a skillet blackberry pecan-oat crumble ($8.95) obviously was meant to be shared.
There are $6-$8 small plates at happy hour.
Thirsty Lion has been publishing introductory coupons on Groupon and other sites, so there are deals out there.