Mummy's is a mysterious and venerable place. It bides its time in a relative urban wasteland across the street from the incredibly shrinking Oregonian. But please don't let that stop you from enjoying a tipple, or quiet and romantic dinner in one of downtown's most interesting drinking spots. True to its name, Mummy's is filled with Egyptian artifacts much like you'd find in an actual crypt. (Yes, it also serves Pyramid beer.) But it's not a schtick. When he's not slinging Middle-Eastern staples or mixing up a surprising variety of tiki-inspired blended cocktails, longtime owner Gabriel Mounir is perfectly willing to sidle up to the rail and tell you everything you ever wanted to know about his homeland. And yours. DENIS C. THERIAULT
Portland's only Egyptian restaurant and one of the only places to find Egyptian food in town is mainly a relatively quiet bar. Residing in the same location for three decades, the decor is a 70's mod/Egyptian theme in a basement. Like Elvis' tomb or King Tut's rec room.