This homey pizza pub has just about everything. Well, as long as everything consists of: comfy atmosphere, beer, pizza, and live music seven days a week! The Atlantis Lounge in back mixes some sweet and exotic drinks.
The North side sister (estranged) of the infamous Delta Cafe. Expect similar southern down-home goodness with lots of blackened dishes, greens, barbecue, gumbo, jamabalaya an alla that there. This restaurant is more bar-like and a little more refined than the Delta Cafe but you can expect those good ole spicy Bloody Marys and Mint Juleps with infused liquors.
Mio Gelato is a downtown/Pearl District favorite, serving creamy handcrafted gelato in a dizzy array of flavors, grilled panini, pizzas and Illy espressos. Expect it to be mobbed any night in the summer.
The international/Latin influenced menu consists of animals of the sky, ground and sea, all done up fancy-like. Their creative cocktails are not only available but a must at this hip North Portland drinking cave, and they're quite cheap during happy hour. Not a lot for the non-meat eating crowd though, unless you REALLY like sweet potato fries.
This cute little sandwich shop in the Buckman neighborhood is drawing hungry folks from all over the city. They offer soup, salads a slew of classic and creative sandwiches, as well as some breakfast items and eating here won't put a dent in your wallet.
Located in the Fubonn market, this little slice of SE Asia will charm you with it's authentic touches and bowl you over with the sheer volume of dishes available. A multitude of Malaysian and Indian cuisine dishes are available. Every item in the voluminous menu is accompanied by a picture so you can at least get an idea of what you're ordering. However, vegetarian beware: shrimp paste gets added to a lot of dishes. This place has so many choices it's almost overwhelming, so good luck when ordering.
p.s. I have it on good authority the avocado milkshake is not to be missed.
A rare breed of restaurant, with it's own on-site parking, spacious deck, free pool tables, upstairs party area and banquet facility -featuring occasional dinner-theater productions, all in one big, prominent yellow building in the Buckman neighborhood. Aside from all this, they feature above-standard moderately-priced American chow including a popular weekend brunch (complete with Bloody Marys for your hangover).
The ever-classy Lovely Hula Hands has garnered tremendous (and justified) popularity, thanks to Chef Troy McLarty's elegant, unpretentious menus. Expect hearty, seasonal dishes drawing from local ingredients, supplemented by a house cocktail list that's creative and fun. They don't take reservations so plan accordingly.
Tired of watching movies at home with take-out pizza? Or worse yet, in a crowded theater full of jabbering teens who keep kicking your chair? Well, Living Room Theaters has the solution. The theater has a small lounge in front with a full bar and a kitchen that serves a variety of international treats consisting mainly of sandwiches, rice-paper wraps and pizza. You can also dine in any one of the 6 theaters while watching indie/art house films and even get in-theater service if you order early enough. Go on a Monday or Tuesday and movies are only $4.50 so you can order more food! The chairs in the theaters are plush and comfy and even have a couple family-style set ups. Just like home. Well, okay maybe way better than home because you don't have to clean up and the phone won't ring (as long as you remember to put it on "silent").
little t sets the bar awfully high. An airy modern bakery which has developed a devoted and growing following. Due primarily to their classic, rustic yet creative pastries and breads. Plenty of choices like scones, baguettes, tarts, donuts and much more. They also offer their baked goods as part of a hearty breakfast or lunch (mainly in sandwich form). To wash it all down, you have the choice of coffee, tea, soda or a nice glass of wine.
North Lombard can be know for long stretches of nothing but there are oases here and there and this awesome little bike-themed café is a shining example of that. Besides the usual coffee/espresso drinks, Little Red Bike offers a small but drool-inducing menu of breakfasty goodies, and lunchable treats complete with "sandwiches w/ training wheels for the tykes. They'll substitute vegetarian menu items and soy milk at no extra charge! -something a lot of other places should take heed of. To top it all off, they make and serve homemade ice cream and will even serve it out of the Bike Up window after they close at 3 .
International flavors of all kinds shine at this Southeast Mediterranean kitchen. Savory seafood dishes run rampant on the menu, and on the huge chalkboard-specials board. The wines and cocktails also complement the delicious dinner fare. Note: they do NOT take reservations, and considering that foodie mags like "Sunset" write about this place, it gets packed in quickly. A wait is likely.
If the city of Portland had to design a burrito, it'd probably look something like one you could get at Laughing Planet. Creative and sometimes bizarre (yet tasty) combinations. Burritos, bowls and quesidillas can be augmented with the addition of organic: tofu, tempeh or chicken. L.P. also features delicious smoothies, fresh juices, and lots of vegan baked goods. A perfect place when you need something healthy and fast.
This little Italian-style cafe does pasta, panini and salads right. Enjoy a cocktail or jelly glass of wine with your lunch or dinner while watching the East 28th & Burnside neighborhood pass you by. The bruschetta is nearly perfect but, sadly, isn't offered at lunch.
This colorful little taqueria is a longtime, popular standby in the NE Alberta neighborhood, and for good reason. Quick, inexpensive, flavorful Mexican standbys. A $3 burrito is easily a complete meal, but don't stop there: try their homemade tamales, enchiladas, and more. Plus the service... super nice!