I for one tend to hate things that are popular and trendy. Thanks for letting me know which places to stay away from.
I like the inclusion of the Pirate's Cove bartender. Live down the street, generally never go to strip-bars, but have had two very notable experiences there.
1. Went in on a hot afternoon a few years ago. The first dancer, a scraggly-ass specimen if there ever was one, shouted after her dance at the 3 folks at the bar:
"Hey! Heyyyyyyyyy! Naked woman here! Fucking tip meeeeeeeeeeeee! Very funny.
After that, the next dancer, this time dressed head to toe as if she was about to go skiing on Mt. Hood---hat, gloves, goggles and all--jumped up on the stage an proceeded to boogie in an amazing fashion and take off one garment at a time. Fucking hilarious.
2. Went in late one night, completely frying on acid. Sat at the stage and just looked past the dancer at the mural on the wall. Tipped well, but she seemed disturbed that I hadn't really looked at her and high-tailed it out after her last song. Then again, maybe I'm just a creep.
Lots of atmosphere there though---very cool and unique-looking place.
Best restaurant in PDX is 7-11.. mmmm Chili nacho hot dogs!!
Best bar in town.. Plaid Pantry.. You can chug a 16oz PBR before they even know your in the store.
Best food cart... Any of them at closing time.. Gotta get rid of the food or throw it away.
Best porn shop. The Black Duffel Bag in my closet.
Best nature walk.. from my house to Plaid pantry to chug a 16 oz PBR before they even know i'm in the store.
shall I go on ??
Cat &Beard, the would explain The Red Light Exchange ....wait, no it does'nt. It just proves that it is the N#1 hipster clothing store. Where DO they find those 70's and 80's concert shirts in XS anyway? not that I could fit in to them
Over 50% of content was ads...
This sort of thing is really just for advertisers, right? I don't mean that cynically.
i know from experience that bill howell as a massage therapist is choice!
@Amazonfemme.....exactly. That is who the publication caters too. You also could say hipsters/artists (and ppl who think they are)/, etc. Anyway, there are few surprises (the bike route thing was good) except how did Chin Yen make the list? It appears way more young people are going there, why I don't know. Really average Chinese food (quality is questionable) of which I have heard a few gastronomic misadventures. Maybe if you order in the lounge, in which case you are probably hammered and it won't matter
Meh. While I anticipated it, I'm a little disheartened at how reader demographic-centric the picks were. I often wish papers who do guides like this would do a little outreach outside of their comfort zones to gain a little perspective and have a little more well-rounded a "city" guide.
That said, it's a good where-to-go-what-to-do guide for anyone in inner pdx who is young, white, and has some money.
OK, I approve of almost all of this, except:
How did Brass Tacks sandwiches make the list, considering they opened like two weeks ago?
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