This hip, industrial-railroad inspired spot is divided into raw plates (steelhead poke, avocado, sesame, yuzo, yolk), small plates (honey glazed foie gras) and larger American roadside comfort plates like fried chicken with steamed clams and herbs. At dessert, go big with the green apple ricotta fritters and brown butter syrup.
The approximately 50-seat restaurant is the collective effort of former Little Bird executive chefErik Van Kley; his life partner, Gabriella Ramos (Nostrana, Toro Bravo, laurelhurst market, and Le Pigeon).
Just as the name suggests, Taylor Railworks is situated where the railroad tracks meet Taylor Street in the Central Eastside Industrial District. The restaurant is both spacious and cozy, with reclaimed and weathered wood as a central theme, from the original supports from the Plow Works Building to the cork floors and the finely sanded Doug fir chef's counter.
All Taylor Railworks meals should start with The Boxer, four perfect slices of yellowtail tossed in avocado oil, arranged in wave-like folds above a shallow pool of ponzu sauce and decorated with baby cilantro, cured steelhead roe and Thai chiles that lend both spice and crunch.....Van Kley's partner, Gabriela Ramos built a list of high-altitude wines, bottled beers, sturdy winter cocktails and an interesting selection of apertifs, digestifs and vermouths.