Vita arrived on the Portland scene a number of years ago as the grown-up sister of the(mostly) vegetarian mainstay the Paradox Palace. They have since parted ways and new owners have taken over either restaurant. However, don't think you can't still get your vegetarian "chicken fried steak", burritos, mushroom stroganoff, corn cakes, etc.. The big, varied menu is relatively unchanged. Your meat-eating friends can still get a free-range, hormone-free burger, a plethora of deserts and to top it all off the patio even has a bocce ball court!
This sprawling sports bar/restaurant occupies the former Billy Reeds. They are apparently the Blazer's official bar and so as you can imagine, there's an enormous TV for sporting events and the Blazers are rumored to make an occasional appearance. It doesn't end there, a dining room, patio with waterfall, cigar bar, wine cellar, banquet rooms, "living room", stage for live music and so on add to the variety. The chow is pretty standard Americana with burgers, sandwiches, soup, salads, pasta and the like.
Goofy, kitschy, pop-culture-clutter decor and creative pizzas with funny names like the Foo Foo or the No Kiss Tonite are this Northwest pizza chains' signatures. Tons of ingredients (including alligator sausage) are at their disposal so be adventurous or hey, have a slice of cheese it's cool. If you don't feel like pizza, try one of their pasta dishes or a salad for your health.
Quality beer, pizza, calzones, burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. Stop by for a bite with your buddies or (as the place is very ankle-biter friendly) the whole family.
Homey, relaxed neighborhood pub featuring local live music. Delicious weekend breakfast menu featuring scrambles, pancakes and more. Lunch and dinner selections range from soups and sandwiches to burgers and burritos. Lots of vegetarian options and lots of microbrews on tap.
One of the first art-deco buildings in Portland, the Laurelhurst is a popular second-run movie theater that serves pizza from the New Deal cafe and beer along with the usual movie snacks.
Arts Center, Bar, DistroLocation, Lodging, Movie Theater, American, Pub Grub, Burgers, Northwest, Soup/Salad and/or Sandwich, Brewpub
The McMenamins worked their renovation magic on this former elementary school to transform it into a destination for locals and visitors alike. Check out the five different bars, the courtyard restaurant, movie theater, soaking pool and guest rooms for rent as well as a dedicated brewery.
Fuel Cafe is an adorable retro-ey coffee house with tasty sandwiches, soups and salads, and a beautiful back patio. Lots of organic, local, free trade, vegetarian/vegan options. Drinking, reading, and relaxing are easy at Fuel.
Not your normal fast-food chain. If you didn't know this already, Burgerville has a tendency to use local, and sustainable products in their better-than-average burgers, fries, shakes and such. You can even find seasonal specials like the pumpkin milkshake or sweet potato fries. And unlike almost all other chain fast food restaurants, those who eschew meat can get a Gardenburger
Bridges is a tiny breakfast place, and like most good ones in this town, it gets packed on the weekends. Their eggs benedict is delicious, as is their breakfast burrito, and the potatoes come loaded with flavorful garlic. Most of their ingredients are organic and/or local. Also of note, they serve one of the best mimosas (orange or grapefruit) in town.
Low ceilinged and slightly divey, Blind Onion may not win any architectural digest awards for interior design, but it wins over followers with its pizza.
A cute little coffee shop on NE Alberta that's got your cigarette, caffeine, and internet needs covered. If you're hungry munch on a bagel or panini, or perhaps some fresh juice or a gelato will do the trick.
Quick, cheap, good selection of deli sandwiches soup and salads made to order.
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The domed building in St John's is chock full of history, from it's turn of the century inception as an exhibit for the Lewis and Clark Exposition to it's present day movie theater/pub status. The decor is a true testament to the McMenamin brothers' designers love for the eclectic and unique. Serving a slightly scaled-down McMenamin's menu and showing a number of current and second-run films daily, it's definitely a must, especially if you live in the area.