The Hourglass Pub at Glisan & 74th make the absolute best fried chicken in Portland, and have for decades. Many people know this. What most people don’t know is the bizarre billiard chalk phenomenon that happens only at the Hourglass.


They have a beautiful 9-foot 1950’s pool table there (free!). But I’ve always noticed the house chalks get “glazed”. Like almost ceramic so that no chalk goes onto your tip. Surface sealed. My first thought noticing this years ago was “impacted house cue tips” or “cheap chalk” which was indeed the case.

Except when they upgraded to Master it still happened. And when I brought along my cue it happened. I was in two weeks ago (4 legs & 4 thighs) with perfect timing as they’d just put out some brand new, high end Triangle, and it was working great. However – last night I went in and it had already happened – those Triangle chalks were in the usual glazed state.

Here you can see the result of using one of their house chalks vs. a cube I had with me. It makes you miscue endlessly. It’s like trying to chalk with a broken Hummel figurine.


I can only believe the cause is – chicken grease from people’s fingers.

It’s been many years since I’ve been to Reel M’ Inn – the second best fried chicken in Portland – as I no longer live nearby, and even when I did live nearby, I rarely went because the pool table is too crowded by tables and no fun, but I’ll have to make an observational stop-in.



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