Thick, velvety home made Italian-style ice creams and sorbetos (no cream) in a seasonally changing array of flavors (over 80) some even using local ingredients like berries. If that wasn't enough, Friday through Sunday they make awesome homemade cake donuts in a variety of traditional and creative flavors. The rest of the week they offer a more limited selection of donut holes. This sunny, salon-like location in the 28th & East Burnside area is a great place to grab a gelato or espresso with a friend or chill and read the Mercury, work on your blog. You get the idea.
Hip, happenin' warehouse space in hip, happenin' Southeast Portland. Holocene is host to both DJs and bands. With two large rooms and one long bar, it's a great place to shake your booty or bob your head.
The Hush Hush is a tiny, easy-to-overlook café in downtown that serves up some of the best Middle Eastern food in town.
From their clean, well-lit but bare-bones dining room, Tandoor offers Indian cuisine from both the Northern and Southern regions of the world's second most populous country. The weekday lunch buffet boasts over 13 items with several vegetarian selections. Well know Indian standbys join less common dishes on the menu and of course, tandoor oven-baked treats.
Occupying thee first phase of the Hub complex along with Yoga Shala and Akimi vegan hair salon. A gigantic garage door opens into an airy space half-filled with the open kitchen/counter, half with spacious wooden booths and an art gallery space in back. The menu consists of a variety of really unique, creative, internationally derived, seasonal dishes that focus on nutrition and flavor. Although their menu is no longer strictly vegan many of the selections are still animal product free. And if choices like Tandoor roasted corn on the cob with cotija cheese, lime juice & cayenne or the Crispy risotto cake with shaved baby fennel, lemon aioli, melted Walla Walla onions & arugula don't make your mouth water, you might want to check your plumbing.
Friendly and spacious Ya Hala offers loads of tasty Lebanese dishes, including lots of vegetarian and vegan options. Basically, something yummy for every taste and budget. You can also visit the connected market for ingredients to make your own but I'd just eat there if I were you.
As their logo says “drive through or stay put." Small but handsome, Floyds is a smart place for coffee or a baked goodie.
Note* Floyd's has moved a 1/2 block to the West from it's previous location
(Formerly Blend)This little coffee shop on Burnside seems bigger on the inside than it does if you're just walking by. They serve Stumptown coffee any way you like it. Some snacks and baked good are available as well as a small selection of bagel sandwiches.
Red-walled, candle-lit hipster hangout. Varied menu with cheap and better-than-average bar food makes carnivores and vegetarians happy and full. Good looking waitstaff serves up some mean cocktails too. Watch for daily specials.
Located in a garden level walk down in the Pine Street Studios building, Biwa is a simple, high-quality Japanese restaurant, emphasizing everyday Japanese cuisine. Ramen and udon noodles are made in-house, and there's also a large selection of skewered vegetables and meats (including unusual cuts like pork belly and pork cheek). Much of the menu is available vegan or vegetarian.
Formerly an old storefront next to the Wonder Ballroom, the Spanish tapas sensation Toro Bravo is creating new fans on a daily basis. Order at least three items from the menu: Though the portions are generous by "small plate" standards, you'll want to sample as much as you can. (Even better: Go with a group, and try almost everything.) Starters like marinated sheep’s cheese with harissa and mint, gear you up for heartier courses like an incredibly tender hanger steak with roasted potatoes, braised lamb with couscous, or salt cod fritters with aioli. There's plenty here to satisfy vegetarians, too, from soft polenta to assorted veggie plates or ultra fresh salads. Meanwhile, an inventive cocktail menu relies heavily on Portland's local distilleries.
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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.
A Portland Staple since 1958, Club 21 is under new ownership. The Club has regained all of its original charm but now has more beer, booze, and a build your own burger menu. Open at 11:30am every day with brunch on the weekends, Club 21 is a dark and comfortable bar to relax in and soak up some Portland’s history. Rotating bands, djs, and pinball add to the entertainment or just grab a pint and relax on the patio or next to the fire. Be sure to say hi to the regulars they’ve been drinking there before you were born. No but seriously. They have.