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When in Portland, don't forget to go up the river just a bit and see the Columbia River Gorge. It's a beautiful drive, and the waterfalls, and views are amazing.
- Powell's City of Books1005 West Burnside, Portland, OR 97209recommended Powell's City of BooksThis is a serious bookstore. You're likely to find all the books you can't find anywhere else, but you might end up buying more than you can carry home.Recommended for:
- Voodoo Doughnut22 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204recommended Voodoo DoughnutOpen late in a neighborhood full of bars means it's always a line out of the door for Voodoo Doughnuts, but it's worth it. The doughnuts aren't the sort you'll find in most places. I go for the Grape ... read moreApe, a giant suger doughnut with grape Kool Aid powder as the topping. It's almost too much.Recommended for:
- McMenamins Kennedy School5736 NE 33rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97211
- Le Pigeon738 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214
- Jupiter Hotel800 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR, United States
- Saint Honore Boulangerie2335 Nw Thurman St, Portland, OR 97210
- Deschutes Brewery & Public House210 Northwest 11th Avenue, Portland, ORrecommended Deschutes Brewery & Public HouseAh, Black Butte Porter. The brew that has gotten me through many long nights at bars across the country. Here you can get it straight from the tap, at one of Portland's landmark brewpubs in the Pearl ... read moredistrict. Also take a look at the experimental and seasonal brews they've got on tap, from Belgian fruit beers to gluten-free versions. Fresh hops galore! All of the food we tried was also above par for pub grub, including artisan burgers and house-made warm, soft pretzels.
- Pupuseria El Buen Gusto TP7732 Southeast 82nd Avenue, Portland, ORrecommended Pupuseria El Buen Gusto TPOn the grand boulevard of 82nd Ave in SE Portland, amidst sex shoppes, tire stores, and mega Salvation Army retail centers, sits this great little pupusa place. When I walked in with my sister, ... read moreneither of us really knew much about pupusas. The owner, who was at the counter, helped us with our orders and filled us in on what was what. The pupusas and empanadas were terrific. Hot, good satisfying and cheap! The owner started with a food cart, and then this little restaurant. I wish him and his family the best and lots of thanks for making such great food. Note: park in the lot by the sex shop. That's the deep purple building next door.
- Apizza Scholls4741 Se Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215recommended Apizza SchollsMy sis and I had a great time here, and really enjoyed the pizza and the atmosphere. Great service, great pizza. Yes, get there early! We arrived to stand in line 20 min. before opening. Got a table ... read morein the first seating. If you do wait in line, most of the outdoor waiting area is under awnings, so you won't get wet when it rains.Recommended for:FoodiesBarbara Kossy
- Best Baguette8308 Southeast Powell Boulevard, Portland, ORrecommended Best BaguetteI've eaten here a couple of time and loved the bahn mi. The bread was fresh with a crunchy, but not gum damaging, crust. The sandwich I ate, (I can't recall exactly which) was tasty and moist and full ... read moreof vegetables. And such a good price! It was the perfect thing to eat on the way to the movies, since we were already running a little late. Food was delivered fast.Barbara Kossy
Great for lunch!
- Piazza Italia1129 Northwest Johnson Street, Portland, ORrecommended Piazza ItaliaWe enjoyed a sumptuous meal here. The food and the restaurant had a true Italian feel. Very authentic. The wait staff was professional yet friendly and helped us with our food and wine orders. And ... read moreyes, I'd go back, anytime.Recommended for:Barbara Kossy
Nice authentic feel about the place. I even chatted a bit in Italian with the server.
- Park Kitchen422 NW 8th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209recommended Park KitchenOur meal started with the most amazing cocktail and ended with a dreamy desert. The atmosphere was warm, yet hip, and we loved our table by the window. We got there from our hotel by the river by ... read morewalking and taking the free tram.Recommended for:FoodiesBarbara Kossy
It's the best meal I've had in Portland.
- Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen1038 Southwest Stark Street, Portland, ORrecommended Kenny & Zuke's DelicatessenI stopped here for dinner and after checking out the Ace Hotel (basically next door) as a possible future place to stay. Even though it had gotten a bit chilly on this early evening, it was fun ... read moresitting outside with the neat metal patio furniture and watching the world go by. It was an off night for me and Kenny. I opted for the $12.50 3-course dinner special, which includes soup, half a sandwich, and an ice cream sundae. However, I didn't find out until the very end that they were out of ice cream and that I had to "settle" for some pretty good rugalach (which was breakfast the next morning). The chicken soup was just OK, but it definitely wasn't what "Mama used to make". Service was very fun and friendly, but slow. My intrepid waiter also overcharged my credit card by slightly over a generous tip amount. I figured the total was close enough, but I came away irritated at what I hope was an honest oversight. On the positive side, the half deli sandwich was warm and delicious and more than enough to eat. And it went very well with a most excellent red Oregon beer.Recommended for:Eric Brink
- Living Room Theaters341 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, ORrecommended Living Room TheatersAfter Dinner at Little Bird, I headed over to the Living Room for a movie. During my previous visits to Portland, I had frequently walked past this place and wanted to try it out. So tonight, I ... read moresettled into a comfy chair in Theater #1 and very much enjoyed a showing of the movie "Cedar Rapids". The "fish out of water" Iowa humour was a bit over the top, but at the same time this home state Hawkeye thought that the cultural portrayal was fairly spot on. I thought the admission price was a bit dear, but that the atmosphere, projection, and sound were all very good. The attached bar and restaurant is a nice touch and I really appreciated the seat-side waiter service. This would have been a perfect date night with Gayle, as opposed to solo business traveler activity. But for me, tonight's show was a welcome change of pace and relaxing night out.Recommended for:Eric Brink
How about a cool movie and a meal?
- Driftwood Room729 Southwest 15th Avenue, Portland, ORrecommended Driftwood RoomAfter a great dinner at Andina, my Canadian friends and I walked over to the Driftwood Room for a night cap (or 2). We loved the small cozy retro feel, the low lighting, the driftwood and rock ... read moreaccents, and the friendly neighbourhood vibe. It was a perfect place to catch up with good conversation, lots of laughs, and various stories. We also appreciated the extended happy hour specials and a most interesting selection of cocktails.Recommended for:Eric Brink
Great Retro Bar
- McMenamins Edgefield2126 SW Halsey Street, Troutdale, OR 97060recommended McMenamins EdgefieldMany Sundays ago, Gayle, the Kid, and I borrowed his Mother's car and took a drive out of Portland and towards the Columbia River. My ex-wife also recommended that we stop at McMenamins Edgefield as a ... read morefun place to walk around, and visit the Little Red Hut for a class of beer. This place was originally built in 1911 as the Multnomah County Poor Farm, and it would prove interesting how this place had been reimagined. When we saw the turn off Halsey, we almost didn't take it, as there were signs directing guests to an on-site wedding. In hindsight, our notion that any wedding would take over this property turned out to be kind of silly. This place is huge and of almost theme park proportions. In addition to the sizable wedding space (and party), we wandered past vineyards, the 2 golf courses, glass blowing and garden shops, Distillery operations, the Powerhouse (including the Movie Theater), the main Hotel building (including a cool basement pool hall and a nice place to sit out on the porch), spacious grounds, and of course the Little Red Hut. And on top of all this, Oktoberfest was going on during our visit. It was a nice bonus to hear all the cool music and partake in some really interesting people watching. Even then, I'm sure we got to scratch the surface of this place. At the same time, McMenamins strikes me as an efficient business machine that has some parallels to the Pappas family restaurant empire in Houston. I'm also reminded of a previous conversation with a friend who worked at a Bay Area Brew Pub, and pointed out that a single pour of draft beer cost the business about 5 cents. That probably explains why there's always a bar nearby to any place you go here. Their food might be so-so to some, but they're making a killing on the alcohol. And this probably isn't the only other aspect of their business that is not being left to chance. I left impressed on the amount of detail and hard work that goes into this place. My previous McMenamins experience was limited to Ringler's Annex and the Baghdad Theater and Pub. This new Edgefield experience has left me wanting to experience more of these funky refurbishments, and maybe starting with a future stay at the Kennedy School.Recommended for:Family TravelersEric Brink
Quite an Experience!
- Grüner 527 SW 12th Avenue, Portland, Oregonrecommended GrünerA Brat and a Beer has never tasted so good! However, the Portland version here at Grüner will make you think twice about returning to Wisconsin. I came here for an early dinner and before a play at ... read morethe nearby Gerding Theater at the Armory. The dining room was already full, and I gladly took a table by the window in the bar area. I appreciated that they offered to hang up my coat and soon after I settled in, and that I soon had a Dunkel in my hand and a nice warm bread/pretzel plate in front of me. For those of us that don't collect foodie playing cards of popular chefs and the newest hot cuisine, Grüner is the creation of to award-winning restaurateur and chef Christopher Israel. Grüner draws on the affinity between the geographies of the Pacific Northwest and the alpine regions of Europe (without the lederhosen). Grüner means "Greener" in German, which certainly fits the mind set of Portlandia. But how about Nachhaltige as a naming alternative? I ordered the house-made sausages -- bratwurst and saucisson with braised sauerkraut, sweet mustard, and yukon gold potatoes. It was delicious and even better with a glass of Austrian red wine (Zweigelt). The sauerkraut in particular was mild with subtle flavours that really impressed me. I also enjoyed the interior and watching people come and go through the bar. I was actually sorry that I had to eventually go. During the following days, I would tell my friends of my wonderful dining experience. Their first reaction was - a German restaurant? Yes and they too were most pleasantly surprised.Recommended for:Eric Brink
- Little Bird Bistro219 Southwest 6th Avenue, Portland, ORrecommended Little Bird BistroI had an early dinner here at Little Bird during a recent solo business trip to the Rose City. I sat at the handsome copper top bar and enjoyed a Le Pigeon Burger (with wine), while I watched this ... read moreFrench Bistro world around me. From my front corner position, I had a direct view into the kitchen, the hungry folks coming in, the dining room, and of course the folks sitting and standing behind me. It was all very fun and fascinating. It takes an excellent restaurant to make a great burger (with salad and frites) and Little Bird really really came through (including the wine pairings). Best of all, I loved the energy of this place, and especially some of the learned wine conversation that was going on at the bar. I also had the feeling that everyone on both sides of the counter knew each other, and that I was really part of a casual dinner party. The space is also sexy and just the place for a romantic European dinner with Gayle.Recommended for:Eric Brink
- Pok Pok Restaurant3226 Southeast Division Street, Portland, ORrecommended Pok Pok RestaurantUPDATE After a recent Parent-Teacher Conference, I picked my Son up and asked him where he wanted to go for Lunch. He started describing previous incredible "Thai" dining experience of which my first ... read morereaction was - Pok Pok? His immediate reaction was: Yes! How did you know? My response? Dads have eyes in the back of their head. :) It's almost been 2 years since I had Lunch at Pok Pok. The Kid and I arrived at just before the opening time of 11:30 and there was already a hungry group that had gathered. We were soon seated inside and attended to immediately. At the same time, the service was a bit on the "take it or leave it side" as my initial choice was summarily dismissed as not being available. However, my 2nd Choice of Naem Rice was fabulous, as was my Son's First Option on the Khao Soi Beef. He washed his choice down with Thai Ice Tea, while I went for a light draft beer. I have recommended Pok Pok repeatedly to various friends. The restaurant is cool Portland funky, the dishes are inspired and delicious, and that more than makes up for the less than perfect "hip" service. Out of the many dining options in the Rose City area, this remains among one of the best choices you can make. ----------------------------------------------------------- I'm at a Convention this week and when lunch time rolled around, the choices were pretty much limited to "captive" cafes, a nearby Burgerville, and a few other casual places within an easy walk. On a whim, I decided to go to Pok Pok for Lunch. On the Trimet, it's a simple "jump to the left" (#70 Bus), then a "step to the right" (#4). And as much as watching people is fun regarding my fellow sometimes nerdy professionals, being on a Portlandia Bus is even better. My favourite overhead conversation today was a lady asking the bus driver if he could extend his route an extra hour so that she could get home more conveniently. Pok Pok is a popular place and I had been previously advised that going for lunch during the week might better assure a seat at the table or bar. That was certainly true today, although by the time I left, the place was full both inside and outside. The service could have been better than today's "A-OK". My waiter had the expected friendly and casual Portland personality. However, he was a bit detached, slow in taking my order, short on menu choice explanations, and maybe a tiny bit flip on top of that. I've seen stronger versions of that behaviour before at well regarded restaurants that let all the praise they receive go to their head. But in the end, I let it go and decided to just enjoy the space, the energetic mid-day vibe, and of course my meal. The food was simply fabulous. I ordered the Phat Si Ew (a woked pork, vegetables, and rice noodles dish) and am still marvelling at the rich variety of flavours that came rushing in and around my pallet at every bite. Gayle would call this a "kick ass" meal of which every last drop would be "licked" clean from the plate. I'd love to bring her back here and give Pok Pok a more robust work out.Recommended for:Family TravelersEric Brink
One of the best Asian restaurants around.
- Andina1314 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209recommended AndinaWow. Gayle and I had a long and busy day on a previous trip. After our delayed arrival into PDX, we went straight into a 2+ hour parents meeting, and then in a borrowed car did a poor job of ... read morenavigating Portland traffic and finding our Downtown hotel. And with a minimal breakfast and no lunch, we were a pretty hungry and crabby pair. After we checked into our hotel, the person at the front desk highly recommended Andina. It was a little bit of a hike to the Streetcar, followed by a moderate ride to the Glison stop and then a few blocks walk to the restaurant.. I'm proud that we both decided to "suck it up" and make the journey to what turned out to be a stellar dining experience. Gayle and I arrived to find that the main dining room was full. Yet, our hosts were very attentive and accommodating and walked us over to check out the bar area and then pointed out the available seating in the patio below. That turned out to be a great choice since we had a nice degree of privacy and the live music playing in the bar area filtered in nicely downstairs. Both Gayle and I appreciated our waiters attention, knowledge and service. And he appears to be held to high standards! Very soon after we sat down, I think it was Doris Platt Rodriguez herself who stopped by, welcomed us and instructed the waiter to make sure we were taken care of. We started (and pretty much gobbled up) fresh bread served with 3 Peruvian sauces (hot chile verde, a sweet middle one and peanuty third). Our initial wine by the glass orders of Loimer Rose and Luna Benegas (red) were OK, but not remarkable. After that, Gayle switched to a much more complex red Amancaya and I opted for the red Sangria. Both were much better choice and the Sangria (including the soaked fruit) was the best I've had in a very long time. For the main courses (we skipped the small plates menu), Gayle ordered the Arroz Con Pato (pan-seared duck breast and crispy duck confit served over cilantro-infused rice with red bell peppers, peas and carrots ) and I opted for the Seco a la Nortena (lamb shank slow-cooked with cilantro, black beer, ají Amarillo, onions and garlic; served with a bean stew and salsa criolla). Both dishes were cooked perfectly. My lamb practically melted off the bone and the taste of the duck with the Peruvian risotto offered the perfect combination of texture and flavour. And even at the end, when Gayle was full, but there was still food on the plate, the flavours in her mouth kept urging her on. But alas, even those amazing flavours couldn't convince us to try something off the very tempting desert menu. We were too full and too happy. All our day's trials and tribulations had melted away.Recommended for:Eric Brink
- Hotel Monaco Portland506 SW Washington Street, Portland, OR 97204