Ever feel the need for Drunken Noodles but you don't have time for a fancy sit-down meal 'cause you've got a pile of dirty laundry that ain't gonna do itself? Well, Monsoon Thai has you covered, sharing their building with a laundromat and all. But I'll warn you; the food can be addictive (hello pumpkin curry) if you live in the neighborhood you might just find yourself re-washing already clean clothes.
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 signature gravy comes in both meat and veggie varieties, and the brunch here is very popular. It's the details that really make the wait worth it. Consider: double wide bacon, good veggie sausage, big fluffy biscuits, killer mac & cheese and homey decor.
Housed in a former Rexall drugstore, Fresh Pot is a keystone of the Missippi neighborhood. They brew a fine cup of coffee, espresso, latte, etc., using Stumptown beans. Budda Belly baked goods and Voodoo Dounuts are available for purchase as well.
Serving the usual McMenamins Ales and Edgefield wines, this converted Chapel (of the Chimes) serves as a spot for neighborhood folks to gather for some good old-fashioned beer worshiping. And in that vein, you can catch some rockin' keyboard work on the chapel's dedicated pipe organ every Thursday. A pretty standard McMenamin's menu of burgers and sandwiches is complimented by a few pub specialties and weekly specials.
Beaterville is a staple North Portland breakfast joint, a bit off the radar due to its neighborhood location. Seeking it out is completely worth the effort though. Your quest will be rewarded with hefty omelettes, fluffy piles of pancakes, endless cups of coffee and more.
Amnesia Brewing has good beer, snacks to go with it and is a good beer drinking space. It's obviously all about the beer at this converted warehouse North Portland pub. Hang out on the covered patio and enjoy some grilled, meaty goodness along with your brew.
Along with the Palms motel across the street, the Alibi is a rare hold out of the 1950s Polynesian craze. The interior is done up in awesome (if slightly aged) tropical decor including giant Tiki statues, fish-shaped light fixtures and a 3-D hula girl mural. The high-camp decor is complimented by an over-the-top tropical bar menu the food however mostly lies in the plain 'ol bar food realm. If, thatch, neon, tiki torches and Mai Tais aren't enough for you, the Alibi also boasts some of the rowdiest karaoke crews in town, which can be experienced nightly.
You could call the baristas at Albina Press "coffee artists," if it didn't sound so pretentious (no matter how true it is). They make truly professional coffee drinks, then they send their baristas to national coffee competitions, then they win or at least place because they're that good. It's also a gorgeous atmosphere and they always have some hot local artist showing off their work on the walls.