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Meet The Best

Meet The Best Saturday, July 07, 2012

Meet The Best


The cream of the crop at Departure dish and tell!

This month, we are thrilled to present Chino; infamous Portland bartender, hilarious storyteller, and a cameraman’s best friend. Be sure to check out Departure’s Youtube Channel to see him in action breaking down our signature cocktails! Without further adieu….

Meet Chino Lee!

Q: What other Portland locales have you graced with your presence?

Chino:  Fratelli, Portland City Grill, and Touche.

Q: What is your favorite cocktail?

Chino:  Sapphire gin and grapefruit – gin and juice baby!

Q: What is your favorite Chef Gregory dish?

Chino: The salt and pepper tempeh.  It’s got really good with big flavors. Simple salt and spice. It’s  something off the radar, but very Portland.

Q: Why bartend?

Chino:  I like drinking spirits.  Being a bartender is like being a therapist for people.  The hours are great.  I worked a 9-5 office job once, and let’s just say it didn’t work out.  I hate being in an office.

Q:Why do you work at Departure?

Chino: It’s one of the top restaurants and we have top cocktails in a premier restaurant venue.  It’s all about location and the view and great food – I love it.

Q: Who is your favorite musician?

Chino:  The incomparable Luther Vandross

Q: What are your must have items would you need if you were on a deserted island?

Chino: I-phone, flip flops, Jack London’s “Call of the Wild” and my black tank top.

Q: The Quintessential Portland question: Bicycle or Car?

Chino: I have to go with Car.

Q: Favorite spot in Portland that nobody knows about?

Chino: Binh Minh on 82nd for sandwiches and stew. My local waterhole is the Yukon Tavern in Southeast.

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