One of Portland’s oldest restaurants, Besaw’s is renown for its breakfasts but serves up some high-end food at lunch and dinner as well. Try the ceasar salad, one of the best in the city.
Next door to O'Briens, Wimpys is similarly small, under crowded and outfitted with a patio in back.
The WRC hosts various workshops and projects throughout the year with the goal of empowering women to get involved in the university and their communities. They are also a good contact for people looking to volunteer for groups that work with women.
This happenin' little coffee shop has more than just hot mugs of Stumptown coffee. They offer a soup and sandwich menu as well as Monkeywrench, Gabriel's and Dave's Killer baked goods. A selection of Local beers is on tap as well as local wines in the bottle. Plenty of events keep things interesting like; movie nights, lectures live music, DJs, open mic poetry, performance and the like.
Located in a cinder block building painted in distinctive shades of green. This comfortable neighborhood bar offers pool tables, games, local beers, soups and sandwiches and congeniality.
One of downtown's classic bars, the Virginia Cafe has been around practically forever -since 1922 at the beloved Park Street location. Now in their new digs across from the Library, some of the history is salvaged in the form of many of the fixtures and cozy booths from the old location. But gone are the smoky haze and the claustrophobia-inducing bathrooms. A good basic bar menu, including burgers, sandwiches and snacks is complimented by signature stiff drinks. There's an endearing quality to the Virginia Cafe, because they do interesting things like the "best kissing blot" contest, which features customers' lipstick kiss marks on paper napkins.
The fact that they call themselves a dive hits the nail on the head. Billy Ray's is a little joint with a good jukebox and snug seating. If you're hungry beware, they only offer microwavable sundries a la Hungry Man and Stoffer's. Pin Ball upstairs and a decent patio out back.