Close to the PSU campus, the Green Onion specializes in Persian cuisine. It shares similarities with both Middle Eastern and Indian food with some unique cooking and spice differences. Hookas are available in the smoking section for those seeking an authentic Persian experience.
Slick live music venue decked out in red and black featuring national and local acts as well as Sunday's Sinferno Cabaret with it's sexy, erotic performers. There are three full-service bars because they know you're thirsty and they serve pizza and pastas because they know you'll get hungry.
One of Portland's finest music venues Sits 3 stories above busy West Burnside and plays host to some of the best international and local bands as well as other events. The ornate decor is capped by giant crystal chandeliers from whence the name was derived.
A small local chain of art stores offering the finest in art and craft supplies.
The place where all the cool kids go, Dot's is a one-of-a-kind Portland icon of sorts. It's overpoweringly dark, but once your eyes adjust, you can enjoy velvet paintings of doe-eyed children, anti-drug posters from other countries, and more from their rotating collection of kitschy art. Dot's serves some fantastic junk food and a fine variety of classic cocktails and sodas (Lime Rickey anyone?). Jalepeño cheese fries, the Gentle Ben (the vegetarian version of the Ruben), the generously portioned Caravan Platter (falafel, hummus, olives, tomatoes, feta, pita), and a frosty PBR for me, please!
If you were wondering where in town you could ride your bike to pick up some delicious vegan baked goods, bagel sandwiches, and coffee from a bike only pick-up window, Black Sheep Bakery has the answer, with their retail location in the inner SE Active Space building. You can also find Black Sheep Bakery vegan treats at fine locations throughout the city. Check out their website for details.
The Vegetarian House is a gold mine for vegetarians and their meat-eating friends as well. Many of the Chinese dishes are made with faux-meat alternatives ranging from "steak" to "squid". Check out the tasty daily lunch buffet for a sampling of their offerings.
Portland can thank Voodoo Doughnut for providing the downtown club crowd with more than just a late night sugar high. Not only does Voodoo give Swahili lessons, you can even get legally married in this magical doughnut hole. But if a doughnut is what you're after, they craft some of the craziest makes and models such as: the cock-n-balls... yes, that's a kind of doughnut.
Rocco's is downtown's indie rock pizza spot. Eat extra cheesy slices, drink cheap beer, stare at Zoobombers on the crazy Burnside corner.