The food is too good for an “alehouse.” Plus, Spints offers cocktails and wine, too. Spints is a gem hiding in plain view on NE 28th and Flanders.
On Spints’ sunny sidewalk café, I enjoyed an appetizer of seared ahi, with avocado and grapefruit and oranges with my gin and tonic. Others took advantage of good beers and ales. Later, I had a delicious pint of something Belgian.
Chef-owner Alyssa Gregg started Spints after serving as Chef at the Pearl District’s, Teardrop Lounge. So what the heck is a “Spints?” It refers to time in Germany when people kept their steins locked at the beer hall. Sure enough, Spints has lockers where people keep their steins, mugs and wine glasses. The menu tilts German, with a lighter, fresher Portland take. Locavores will like that they make their own sausage.
Like Teardrop Lounge, the bar area dominates. Unlike Teardrop, you can relax. This is a comfortable, casual place for people who do not need a scene to enjoy good food and beer.