Brewpub, Bar, American, Burgers, Pub Grub, Seafood, Soup/Salad and/or Sandwich, International, DistroLocation, Featured Happy Hour, Menu
The Alameda Brewhouse has a boisterous, airy atmosphere and good beer. The menu is pretty varied from sandwiches to seafood to steak with a few vegetarian selections like home-made veggie burgers.
A pizza joint in the location of a former pizza joint. Dove Vivi gave the space a major face lift, and have a take on pizza different than any other in town; their pies feature a slightly chewy/crunchy, deep-dish style cornmeal crust. A slew of regular pizzas from a house-made fennel sausage to the pesto, to the corn & cashew "cheese" vegan, are joined by rotating specials every evening. Add one of their tasty salads and a big slice of housemade zuccotto for dessert and you will be rubbing you belly in contentment all night long. All pies are also available "par-baked" so you can take them home and heat them at your leisure.
This one-of-a-kind bar offers the biggest saké selection in town -over 40 to choose from including Portland's own Sake One. They also have a regular full bar and a menu of "Japanese tapas" (read: small-plate dishes involving a lot of seafood) as well as a sushi bar from 5pm to 10pm.
Coffee Shop/Tea House, DistroLocation, Cafe, American, Soup/Salad and/or Sandwich, Bakery, Deli, Bar, Featured Happy Hour, PDX Approved, Menu
A good spot to have your Caffe Vita coffee, use the free WiFi, and have a bite to eat or a drink. In-house bakers churn out fresh pastries, treats and both sweet and savory pies. They also serve a variety of creative breakfast and lunch sandwiches and soups and now have a full on bar complete with infusions and a happy hour. Don't miss their rotating art show, a wall of crafts-for-sale and ostriches. Well, not real ones but they really like the world's largest flightless fowl here. Ask 'em about it.
(Formerly Arabian Breeze)
It's strangely easy to miss this colorful Middle-Eastern restaurant on NE Broadway, but keep your eyes peeled: The somewhat exotic atmosphere and friendly staff encourage you to peruse the extensive menu while snacking on freshly baked flatbread and puffing from a hooka. Now with the same menu as the ultra-popular Nicolas' plus quite a number of additional dishes and of course, beer and wine.
Bar, Coffee Shop/Tea House, DistroLocation, American, Burgers, Pub Grub, Breakfast Brunch, Diner, Movie Theater, Featured Happy Hour, Staff Pick
A comfortable, homey, kinda grungy throwback in a neighborhood full of boutiques and wine bars. Second-hand furniture, retro-kitsch decor, a bunch of beers on tap, make for a perfectly good place for meeting friends or throwing back a cold one before (or after) a movie at the Laurelhurst. The food is simple, decent and won't eat a hole in your wallet. Entertainment is provided by the jukebox as well as live bands and DJs.
The window-filled City State has a classic diner menu with a few twists. Breakfast is served all day with choices running from ultra-cheap brekkie sandwiches to the rather steep hazelnut challah French toast. Soup, salad, sandwiches, burgers and a few entrées round out the menu. And of course it's on NE 28th where cocktails, beer and wine are a must.
Spacious yet cozy Southern food kitchen with a full bar. The varied menu has something for most tastes; Po-boy, fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, grits, ribs and so on. All crafted with seasonal and local ingredients whenever possible. On weekends, check out the increasingly popular waistline-expanding brunch for items like biscuits & gravy (both sausage and vegetarian) or Bananas Foster French Toast. Aw yeah now, that's what I'm talkin' about.
A sophisticated room with a long bar and good light, Tabla offers reasonably priced, upscale, gourmet takes on Mediterranean/Italian inspired comfort food. Choose to order from the menu or reserve the private dining room for a special occasion and have a prix fixe multi-course dinner.
Hankerin' for haggis? Salivating over the thought of a scotch egg? Well slap on your favorite kilt or tam and hit the Rose and Thistle. A treasure trove of all things Scottish. The fish n' chips come highly recommended, as does the back patio.
Prime rib, seafood cocktail, and other old school eats, plus live R&B/Dance music Friday and Saturday nights and a Jazz jam on Sundays. Work off your dinner on the dance floor if you're feeling the music.
The Ambassador features one of the most visually stimulating menus around--every single item has its own full color photo! It's mainly Chinese, with huge portions of chow mein. The food is decent and cheap, and karaoke crowds pack the place on weekends.
Not your average Thai. Along with the usual Thai choices, a number of interesting specials grace the menu. Choose your choice of protein from tofu to shrimp. Most lunch specials will run you under $6 so taking a break from lunch won't break the bank. It also features the My Thai Lounge, if you need a cocktail fix with your curry.
Located in the Albertina Kerr complex, a volunteer-run organization which donates its profits to programs benefiting kids with special needs. Albertina's serves a rotating, three-course lunch featuring local, in-season products (see website for menu); all proceeds and tips go to their cause.
Pretty much your typical steakhouse with western theme and everything. Oh, and they have an all-day breakfast and full bar.