Sometimes you just need a face-full of barbecue and a Southern Punch. Though the Dixie-land flair of the food at Southland Whiskey Kitchen—featuring fried chicken, ribs, biscuits, and gumbo—may not be the best you'll have in Portland, when you pair it with their shockingly extensive wall of bourbons (56 strong), it most certainly gets the job done. I'm a fan of their "Southern Classics" cocktails, especially the aforementioned Southern Punch and Whiskey Smash, but their wine and scotch list is nothing to sneeze about either. While it may not be a quiet place to reflect on the many mistakes of your life, the Southland Whiskey Kitchen is hard to top when you need to pair collard greens with a shot of WhistlePig rye. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
Southland Whiskey Kitchen
1422 NW 23rd,
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-midnight, Fri & Sat 11am-1am
Daily 3-6 pm (all food and drink items $5).