Por Que No offers some of the most unique Mexican cuisine in this city. Their fresh handmade tortillas are made on the spot, as are fruity juicy beverages including sangria. They serve Mexican brunch on the weekends with offerings like pancakes topped with plantains and huevos rancheros. The place is practically the size of a walk-in closet (albeit a cute closet), so you might not want to take the extended family.
Hot restaurant in the Ace Hotel building. The European tavern-style restaurant is a wide-open space with an open kitchen, long communal tables and high ceilings. They offer an eclectic menu of new American and classic European cuisines. Sip specialty cocktails at the big bar or select from a moderate list of wines including a selection of $6 table wines. Reservations accepted for parties of 6 or more.
A new hip, industrial space in the "Alberta Arts" neighborhood yet uniquely not actually on Alberta St. itself. Local artwork, disc jockeys, good cheap drinks and food, a back patio for smokers (and others of course).
It may not be the easiest to get to but if you appreciate expertly poured high-quality coffee drinks, a little extra effort might be worth it. Aside from expert espressos and cultivated cappuccinos, try a heavenly hot chocolate and/or a perfect pastry.
Stylish yet minimal Finnish design-inspired decor (named after the Finnish designer/architect) compliments the noshy menu. Strong cocktails match their price, along with decent selection of wines. Bare-bones (former)smoking lounge connects the main space with a nice little patio in back.
A dark, laid back, indie, loungey space with a DIY aesthetic, located on that alley of a street across from Berbati's and the Shanghai Tunnel. The menu lies in the tapas/small plate realm, relying on fresh and local ingredients whenever possible, and they also serve sandwiches from The People's Sandwich of Portland. A plate of three entrées and some bread will cost you $8 (get the egg salad, it really is that good). Mega-hip art covers the walls and the upstairs smoking lounge area is like being in your parent's basement, but upstairs! Sometimes DJs spin, sometimes it's; live music, poetry, performance, movies, etc. (Show nights are Sunday through Tuesday)
little t sets the bar awfully high. An airy modern bakery which has developed a devoted and growing following. Due primarily to their classic, rustic yet creative pastries and breads. Plenty of choices like scones, baguettes, tarts, donuts and much more. They also offer their baked goods as part of a hearty breakfast or lunch (mainly in sandwich form). To wash it all down, you have the choice of coffee, tea, soda or a nice glass of wine.
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.