This laid-back pub serves tasty micro-brews, Pabst, and fabulous pub food. Sandwiches are made on Grand Central bread, perfectly toasted, and served with a crisp garden salad or homemade soup. The taco salad is another winner, made with homemade chili, fresh veggies with salsa and sour cream. In the summer the "Stone" offers backyard BBQ fare like burgers and dogs, for a cheap price. Plus, if you like sports, they're undoubtedly showing your game, and if you don't, the TV is easy to ignore. Outdoor seating is available almost always.
Nestled right smack dab in the Hawthorne shopping district, Fujin is a longtime favorite and possibly one of the only places in town to get really good Szechuan and Mandarin. Sometimes I swear they have my food ready before I've even ordered it. Try the crispy eggplant or General Tso's chicken or one of the seemingly endless list of specials.
Fire on the Mountain is the cream of the crop when it comes to chicken wing cuisine. This little fry house has the freshest wings around, and over 10 different homemade sauces to slather them in. Don't fear bringing your veggie friends here: "Portland Wings," AKA vegetarian "chicken" wings, or the "Vegeterranean" sandwich will fill them up. And if you happen to have a hankering for some old-fashioned sweet tea or state-fair-inspired deep-fried pickles or Twinkies or even go completely crazy and have a salad, this would be your place.
Located in the Jupiter Hotel complex, the Doug Fir Lounge -located below the restaurant and bar, is like a super-cool log cabin bunker from the future. Playing host to some of the best touring and local bands it is by far one of the most unique music venues in the pacific northwest. The gorgeous log cabin-themed diner hosts a variety of musical events on their lower level, so you can see a show, drink a cosmo, and eat a "Fir Burger" all at the same place, then pass out in a swank room at the Jupiter Hotel just next door. The popular happy hour boasts some of the best cheap bar food in town, but get there early if you want to get a seat, because the lounge fills up quick with well-heeled urbanites.