Ben Dyer has added so much to the Portland dining scene. One of the partners in Laurelhurst Market, and Simpatica Dining Hall has now added the plate lunch to his repertoire.

Ate-Oh-Ate is a reference to the area code of Hawaii, where Mr. Dyer hails from. The space off of E. Burnside is casual, friendly and reasonably priced. This is soul food eating, with traditional dishes like Loco Moco- a hamburger patty with two over-easy eggs on rice and smothered with gravy. Like the logo indicates, the pig is featured pretty heavily on the menu, one choice being the Kahlua pig featured with double starches- both rice and macaroni salad. OK, they offered a salad instead, but why bother at a certain point, right?