In a move that only Left Radicals, Socialists, Antifas, Progressives, ARAs, Democrats, and vegetarians could hate, that is most of KBOO's membership, KBOO was given a fiscal reprieve just a few short hours ago by Tea Party Party Boy Michael Zokoych of Michael's Italian Beef:
Reviewers on Yelp! have more to say:
****DO NOT GO*** PLEASE HEED THE WARNINGS***
Mu husband has always loved this place for years, why i'm not sure!! but we stopped thre on a cold super rainy normal Portland day, I didn't want to get out of the car so my husband went in to get our order.
He called me once inside and asked me to come in, which I did..when I got on in there I was so disgusted on how they treated my husband, he being 6'3 250 pound Native American, I feel they stereo typed him, the weathered looking lady treated him cold took his order he paid with my debit card, then instead of giving back the card, told him they were confiscating it becuase clearly he is not the person who belongs to the card, hence why he asked me to come in, once in she gave me the card instead of handing it back, she went back to what she was doing, mu husband standing there feeling embarrased and uncomfortable, treated ,like a theif, my question to her was, " Why take the order charge the card, if you thought it was stolen" who was the theif in that situation.
I got nothing but attitude, so I asked for a refund. You would think that would be the end of it all but noooooo.
SInce my husband loived that place and has spoke with the owner over the years, we decided to call to let Michael hmself know about the situation, that was an even worse mistake then going to eat there. I tried to call the woman on the phone was rude and hung up on me, I called back then Michael got on the phone, and starting yelling at me to hang up becuase I was tying up the line to take his debit card payments I was stunned I couldnt believe it!!
I believe this is not an owner that cares what his customers think, so no sense in calling him back hopefully any new customers read this and heed the warnings, Portland has so many great food places, why waste a great meal on Michaels!!
Rants Like Rush:
First, let's talk about the elephant* in the room:
The owner, is, a character. When I heard his non-stop-talk-radio-esque ranting early in the morning I thought "surely, the reviews most make mention of him."
And, surprise, THEY DO!
I DO NOT share his political views (to be fair though, there are very few people I share such views with...but this is neither the time nor the place).
I don't really care though. If someone makes good food I am not concerned about their thoughts on healthcare, war, taxes, etc,etc, blah, blahadfjalkdsf. My personal views/ideas rarely win if my stomach is involved. I should note though, that I was not personally attacked by the owner or anything. And I rather enjoy listening to people complain. If it wasn't so early in the morning, I may have even engaged in some healthy debate.
But the food here, is not good. At all. It wouldn't even be good if it were 1/3rd of the price and served at little league game with the proceeds going to the little tykes. This is some of the worst food I have had in Portland. For over $10 I got a breakfast sandwich and a coffee. The sandwich was comprised mostly of boring white hoagie bread, with a bit of crappy-old-tasting beef in the middle and some mundane (not hot, at all) hot peppers sprinkled on top.
The lady that served me was incredibly nice, this star is for her.
*is this what a pun feels like?
Sexual Harassment Time Bomb LiabilityPortland, ORWent there AGAIN and I am philosophically aligned with the owner. Unfortunately the food is not good. I tried the spaghetti and meatballs. SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS! If you can't pull this off you can't be an Italian restaurant.
They couldn't pull it off. Went into the trash.
Let's start with the food. The bread was BLAND. The meat in the Italian Beef sandwich was AWFUL. It honestly tasted like salty scraps marinated in nasty gravy for hours until the flavor of the meat had dissipated into the gravy! So much so that the texture was dry and worthless. I didn't see anyone sauteing the onions or the peppers - I suspect they had been cooked earlier in the morning. No flavor at all.
The rugrats behind the counter were having a graphic conversation about childbirth and menstrual periods between orders. To top that off, the owner was standing there making comments to the girls that would have landed him in court for sexual harassment anywhere else. The level of professionalism was pretty low.
There was a 5% charge for using my debit/credit card. Not acceptable, guys. Work it into your overhead costs. It's fairly basic business sense.
I'm not sure what people see in this place, as there were quite a few people sitting in the booths eating away.
In any case, I won't be coming back.
If you want a good, solid Italian style sandwich, go over to Shut Up and Eat on SE 39th and Gladstone. Completely superior to this outdated fare.
This is NOT a bicyclist friendly restaurant! If you ride a bike, these people do not like you.
I took my last trip to Micheal's today. I thought I would not say this because I am a regular customer and have enjoyed the food. However, from the moment I stepped into Micheal's, I was relentlessly hassled both by the owner and one's of the employees, because I chose to wear my "I Bike Portland" shirt.
The employee started in on me by loudly stating they should charge me an extra 5% for riding a bike and repeated herself until I asked if I should get a refund and leave. The owner then stepped into the conversation and started ranting at me about how bicyclists don't pay licenses fees for roads and improvements and they should be taxed on and on, blah blah blah. At which point, I kept asking him, are you hassling me, a customer, because i ride a bike? He finally replied in a very sarcastic tone, "Ohhhh I am Sorrryyyy."
I will never return to this establishment.
I hate to break it to this guy, but car registration fees do not pay for roads, income and property taxes do. I am pretty confident that like everyone else cyclists, have jobs, owns cars and property and pay their taxes. As far as I am concerned, he has every right to dislike cyclists and voice his opinion but maybe he shouldn't hassle the people that pay his bills.
Really Hates Cyclists:
Good food! But the owner and staff are very rude! My friend and I went there for lunch. My friend was wearing a tshirt that said "I Bike Portland" on it. First the woman behind the counter started harassing him for it. Then the owner came over and joined in. Apparently they hate bicyclists, and think they're all a bunch of lazy, non tax paying losers. Even after my friend was obviously offended, they wouldn't let up. This isn't how you treat paying customers! If we weren't starving, and hadn't already paid for our food, we would've left. I won't be going back!
I take back any good words I may have written in the past. Unless you like mediocre food with minimal nutritional value and and a wannabe Beck or Limbaugh for an owner, avoid this place.
without a douth the worst place to eat your lunch or dinner is Michael's. I can't stand the loud moth owner and his help. I use to go here all of the time. First of all, it's two blocks from where I work, but since the owner treats all of his customers like were idiots.....I stopped going there. I will never set foot in his place ever again. The food is lousy.....I have had a lot better. Especially when I go to Chicago to visit my family. Also....most important!!! the service "STINKS"...Especially the owner who treats not only his help like crap,
but the customer's as well. And, we're the ones who pay his bills. Well, you know what......................NOT ANYMORE!!!!
Thank You...........an X CUSTOMER
Chicago, ILYeah, I'm sorry, but 1 star. I am from Chicago and visited beautiful Portland and tried a beef sammich from here. Wayyy too thick on the cuts of beef. And Onions? Never heard of onions on a beef. They told me the owner is from Skokie, IL, so I was suprised at how unauthentic this sammich was.
And then there's ZoKoych's stunt with the Tea Party:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Posted by Sarah Mirk on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 1:42 PMIt's been almost a year since Tea Baggers held an anti-Obama rally in the Michael's Italian Beef parking lot. Time for a reunion! With the president coming into town this evening, the radical fringe was out in full force in the sausage mart's lot this afternoon.
The inside of Michael's Italian Beef was almost as crazy as outside—the place was packed with people trying to juggle giant protest signs and giant Italian meatball subs.
Sausagemaker in Chief Michael Zokoych was in the back, washing dishes and dressing down a worker when I came in. "Yes sir, yes sir," the employee repeated while pulling on dishwashing gloves. Michael is a hardy guy, he moved to Portland from Chicago 40 years ago and has been running his Italian meat shop for the past 35 years.
"Portland politics are becoming more like Chicago's every day," he said, taking a break from the dishes. "More and more aligned with government takeover." Michael's involved in local politics as a director of the Central Eastside Industrial Council—in his window hangs a Tom Hughes for Metro President sign and he says he would allow any political group to host an event in his lot. Rallies are a great way to meet new customers.
"It's important to protect the free business enterprise in America. That's what America is all about," says Michael. And his thoughts on Obama coming to town? "I have no connection to that man's politics, I'm not a socialist."
As we talked, who should walk in the door but Tom Hughes himself. Michael shook his hand and Hughes explained to me that he wasn't here for the Tea Party rally, just to get lunch. "It's amazing to me, all this anger," says Hughes. "I listened to hear solutions, but all I heard is anger."
A former KBOO
I used to eat there when I was a KBOO volunteer. People warned me about his establishment. The people working there were nice, unless Michael was in and then they were terrified. The last time I ate there (a soggy sausage sandwich that tasted like dogfood) was during the 2008 election and he had Fox News blaring and was ranting to customers and employees alike.Posted by rich23 on 10/20/2010 at 3:40 PM
Up to that point, I was tolerant of his asshole-ness, but he really treated his employees like crap all the time. His place only makes it because there aren't too many places nearby with regular sandwiches for a decent price.
Is this the elusive Richard/Winston Smith Comrade Lisa Loving outed?
It's all coming together, Comrades! Remember, seeking funding from Federal sources for non profits and related grants is selling out to the Evil Corporate State Machine! But accepting money from supporters of a misguided ideology, used to rally racists cloaked in patriotic trappings is just fine!
Know your allies!
Know your enemies!
Fitch is Evil!
The Tea Party is okay! The Board Prez says so!
Solidarity! The glorious radio workers paradise is right around the corner!
Can't get enough of the Tea Party? Here's muy mucho pics of diverse white people complaining about stuff in Michael's Parking lot!
" The Tea Party really is diverse! I mean, you have old white people, middle-aged white people, white people with mustaches and without mustaches. You even have variety of obese white people. "
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We're sure he'd love to explain how a right-wing reactionary Tea Bagger wants to support a left radical community radio station!