So maybe you’re not a Type A personality and feel more at home with a mellower crowd. Welcome to Southeast Portland, where there are several cheery little neighborhoods, full of celebrated restaurants, jolly pubs, and quirky shopping destinations.
Here are the Southeast Portland neighborhoods, with a brief description. We invite you click on the neighborhood name and you can search for the homes, that are currently available.
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Stretching between lower Southeast Powell Boulevard and SE Foster Road, Creston takes its name from the capacious city park located therein. During the summer months, Creston’s outdoor pool is awash in neighborhood kids trying to beat the heat. Powell is lined with stores and eateries of all sorts, including Pho Hung, where a somewhat dingy interior belies the excellence and affordability of its hearty Vietnamese cuisine. There’s a gargantuan Safeway with several levels of parking for grocery getting, while DeNicola’s is a family run Italian joint with the requisite checkered table cloths, pasta dishes and pizza that requires a forklift to get to your mouth. Vino Vixens is a multipurpose spot that sells fine wine, cheese plates and occasionally boasts live music and belly dancing! It’s also a relaxing chill destination where you can shoot a few games of pool while savoring a delicious pino.
Creston Park, SE Powell Blvd, 503-823-2525, portlandoregon.gov
Pho Hung, 4717 SE Powell Blvd, 503-775-3170, pho-hung.com
Safeway, 3930 SE Powell Blvd, 503-772-4440, local.safeway.com
DeNicola’s 3520 SE Powell Blvd, 503-239-5221, denicolasitaliandining.com
Vino Vixens, 2929 SE Powell Blvd, 503-231-8466, shakerandvine.com
Boke Bowl, a shiny and inventive Asian noodle joint is worth a visit, as is Tommy Habetz’s Bunk Bar, where you can munch next-level sandwiches by day and dig the latest in crucial rock ’n’ roll at night. Anyone in search of the most powerful beers in town need look no further than Hair of the Dog Brewing, a pub that pairs good eats hot off the grill with some larger-than-life brews from venerated brewmaster Alan Sprints. The Abernethy enclave also includes lower Hawthorne with the Lucky Labrador Brew Pub, Analog Café, and White Owl Social Club, among its prominent dining, drinking and dancing options.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 SE Water St, 503-797-4000, omsi.edu
Clarklewis, 1001 SE Water Ave, 503-235-2294, clarklewispdx.com
Boke Bowl, 1028 SE Water Ave, 503-719-5698, bokebowl.com
Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave, 503-328-2865, bunksandwiches.com
Hair of the Dog, 61 SE Yamhill St, 503-232-6585, hairofthedog.com
Lucky Labrador, 915 SE Hawthorne, 503-236-3555, luckylab.com
Analog Café, 720 SE Hawthorne, 503-206-7439, analogpdx.com
White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE Eighth Ave, 503-236-9672, whiteowlsocialclub.com
Neighborhood pride is the defining feature of Ladd’s Addition and most meaningful amenities can be found on lower Southeast Hawthorne, including such long-running eateries as Hot Lips Pizza and Grand Central Bakery. (Come for the bread and stay for a sticky and delicious monkey muffin!) Jam on Hawthorne is the go-to breakfast spot, but even with a recent expansion you can expect to cool your heels for a while. Don’t overlook Krueger’s Farmer’s Market for farm-fresh produce and Flying Fish Seafood for consistently high-quality salmon, cod, sturgeon, and snapper.
Hot Lips Pizza, 2211 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 503-234-9999, hotlipspizza.com
Grand Central Bakery, 2230 SE Hawthrone Blvd, 503-445-1600, grandcentralbakery.com
Jam on Hawthorne, 2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 503-234-4790, jamonhawthorne.com
Kruger’s Farm Market, 2310 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 503-235-0314, krugersfarmmarket.com
Flying Fish Seafood, 2310 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 971-258-5212, flyingfishcompany.com
Work off the pancakes at the Mount Scott Community Center, where the kids can hit the pool and you can avoid stiff gym membership fees. For fans of fresh produce, there’s Portland Fruit Company and a regular farmers market, but everything else you can get at the mega Fred Meyer at SE 82nd and Foster.
Toast, 5222 SE 52nd Ave, 503-774-1020, toastpdx.com
Maple Leaf Restaurant, 7129 SE Foster Rd, 503-774-0274, facebook.com/pages/Maple-Leaf
Mount Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd Ave, 503-823-3183, portlandoregon.gov
Portland Fruit Company, 8040 SE Foster Rd, 503-770-0072, portlandfruitwest.com
Cheese Bar, 6031 SE Belmont St, 6031 SE Belmont St, 503-222-6014, cheese-bar.com
Country Cat, 7937 SE Stark St, 503-408-1414, thecountrycat.net
Ya Hala, 8005, SE Stark St, 503-256-4484, yahalarestaurant.com
Roscoe’s, 8105 SE Stark St, 503-255-0049, roscoespdx.com
Beer Bunker, 7918 SE Stark St, 503-254-8200, facebook.com/BeerBunker
Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St, 503-252-0500, academytheaterpdx.com
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Shopping at the mega Safeway at SE Caesar Chavez and Powell should solve any grocery dilemmas.
Continuing up to SE Foster, you can stop and scarf at Foster Burger or partake of Hawaiian barbecue and tropical cocktails at Da’Hui. The nearby Starday Tavern is a friendly, low-key dive with an excellent roster of live music acts, and the Slingshot Lounge offers air hockey, a cute bar cat and plenty of yummy pub grub. For fresh baked goods—and delicious bahn mi sandwiches—check out An Xuyen, one of Portland’s premier Vietnamese groceries. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, there’s a bumper crop of food carts, including the excellent Roadrunner BBQ, at SE 52nd and Foster.
Foster Burger, 5339 SE Foster Rd, 503-775-2077, fosterburger.com
Da’Hui, 6504 SE Foster Rd, 503-477-7224
Slingshot Lounge, 5532 SE Center St, 503-445-6649, facebook.com/pages/slingshot
Starday Tavern, 6517 SE Foster Rd, 971-888-4001, stardaytavern.com
An Xuyen, 5345 SE Foster Rd, 503-788-0866, anxuyenbakery.com
Carts on Foster, 5205 SE Foster Rd, 503-853-3541, facebook.com/CartsOnFoster
Most cities have a restaurant row and Portland is no different. But the lineup of excellent eateries on Southeast Division Street (most in a five-block radius) is truly mind-boggling. Centered around James Beard Award-winning Chef Andy Ricker’s legendary Thai establishment Pok Pok, there has grown a garden of gastronomic delights certain to provoke any palate. From the incredibly fresh rustic Italian cuisine of Ava Gene’s to the fiery Asian noodle soups found at Sen Yai (another Ricker restaurant), with perhaps a stop for a cone at Salt & Straw, where distinctive ice cream is the main course, food fans will be pinching themselves to make sure it’s not all a delicious dream. And save some room for pie at Lauretta Jean’s, where you’ll find a freshly baked coconut cream pie that deserves a round of applause, and perhaps cap the evening with a nightcap ale at Victory Bar or a tamarind cocktail at the Whiskey Soda Lounge.
Pok Pok, 3226 SE Division, 503-232-1387, pokpokpdx.com
Ava Gene’s, 3377 SE Division, 971-229-0571, avagenes.com
Sen Yai, 3384 SE Division, 503-236-3573, pokpoksenyai.com
Whiskey Soda Lounge, 3131 SE Division, 503-232-0102, whiskeysodalounge.com
Lauretta Jean’s, 3402 SE Division, 503-235-3119, laurettajean.com
Salt & Straw, 3345 SE Division, 503-208-2054, saltandstraw.com
Victory Bar, 3652 SE Division, 503-236-8755, thevictorybar.com
Why not take the food carts for a spin? At SE Hawthorne and 12th Avenue lies Cartopia, a lively enclave of mobile food trucks where a hungry soul can graze on a hand-tossed pizza that’s ready before you put your wallet away. Pyro Pizza subscribes to the notion that hotter is better, and their dedicated doughboys should pull your piping-hot pie from the wood-fired oven within 10 minutes. Over at Whiffies Fried Pies, you can feast on homemade hand pies filled with sweet and savory ingredients, or if you’re feeling lucky, you can take part in a Whiffies pie-eating contest that takes place every now and again. Warning: not for light eaters.
Further up the street you can catch a first-run movie at nifty neighborhood movie houses like Cinemagic or the McMenamins’ Bagdad Theater, the latter of which allows viewers to nosh on housemade pizza and sample several selections of ale and lager from McMenamins Brewing during the movie. And if your lust for pizza remains unsatisfied, SE Hawthorne is also home to Apizza Scholls, the most acclaimed pizzeria in town, where diners routinely wait 45 minutes to an hour for the chance to chow down on an award-winning pizza with no more than two ingredients. House rules, you know.
Southeast Hawthorne is definitely a hub of retail activity as well. Window shoppers gather in clusters and knots up and down the avenue gazing at outposts of used clothing like Red Light and Buffalo Exchange, or swanky shoe stores like Imelda’s and Clogs-n-More. There are even three different yarn shops if knitting is your bag.
Thirsty beer fans will dig the diverse menu of regional brews at the Oregon Hophouse, and rock-and-rollers can queue up for a show at Hawthorne Theatre, a boisterous all-ages venue where acclaimed local and touring acts regularly kick out the jams. And don’t miss the Space Room, a recently refurbished dive bar and lounge renowned for its strong drinks, all-day breakfasts, and excellent people-watching potential.
Oh, and there’s a Powell’s Books here too, in case a good read is necessary. Need groceries? New Seasons, Fred Meyer’s and Safeway are all present and accounted for.
Pyro Pizza, 1204 SE Hawthorne, 503-929-1404, pyropizzacart.com
Whiffies Fried Pies, 1204 SE Hawthorne, 503-946-6544, whiffies.com
Cinemagic, 2021 SE Hawthorne, 503-231-7919, thecinemagictheater.com
Bagdad Theater & Pub, 3702 SE Hawthorne, 503-236-9234, mcmenamins.com/bagdadmovies
Apizza Scholls, 4741 SE Hawthorne, 503-233-1286, apizzascholls.com
Red Light Clothing Exchange, 3590 SE Hawthorne, 503-963-8888, redlightclothingexchange.com
Buffalo Exchange, 1420 SE 37th, 503-234-1302, buffaloexchange.com
Imelda’s Shoes & Louie’s Shoes for Men, 3426 SE Hawthorne, 503-233-7476, imeldas.com
Oregon Hophouse, 4111 SE Hawthorne, 503-477-9619, oregonhophouse.com
Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th, 503-233-7100, hawthornetheatre.com
Space Room, 4800 SE Hawthorne, 503-235-6957, spaceroomlounge.com
Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 503-228-4651, powells.com
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Shopping opportunities, especially for fans of Antiques Roadshow, beckon from multiple shops, including the Sellwood Antique Mall and Stars Antiques. There’s a vintage neighborhood movie theater, a brace of pubs, and abundant restaurants serving everything from addictive Korean barbecue (Jade Teahouse and Patisserie) to hearty Philly cheesesteak sandwiches (Philadelphia’s Cheese Steak and Brewpub). Motor on a bit further and you’ll find Mike’s Drive-In, a throwback eatery where diners can order old-school burgers, fries, and sensational milkshakes from their cars and be served by friendly carhops.
Of course, you can’t put down roots anywhere in Portland without considering the proximity to beer. The Portland U-Brew and Pub allows novice brewers to get their feet wet, offering sturdy brewing supplies and instruction in the fine art of beermaking. And while we’re on the subject of spirits, Sellwood’s sweet selection of funky old-man bars like Kay’s and the Penguin Pub (coldest beer in town!) should not be missed.
Stars Antiques, 7027 SE Milwaukie, 503-239-0346, starsantique.com
Sellwood Antique Mall, 7875 SE 13th, 503-389-7670, sellwoodantiquemall.com
Moreland Theater, 6712 SE Milwaukie, 503-236-5257, morelandtheater.com
Jade Teahouse & Patisserie, 7912 SE 13th, 503-477-8985, jadeportland.com
Philadelphia’s Cheese Steak & Brewpub, 6410 SE Milwaukie, 503-239-8544, phillypdx.com
Mike’s Drive-In, 1707 SE Tenino, 503-786-0595, facebook.com/mikesdrivein
Portland U-Brew and Pub, 6237 SE Milwaukie, 503-943-2727, portlandubrewandpub.com
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There’s a sizeable shopping center smack dab in the middle of the area with a Bi-Mart for household goods and groceries.
Otto’s Sausage Kitchen and Meat Market, 4138 SE Woodstock Blvd, 503-771-6714, otttossausage.com
Lutz Tavern, 4639 SE Woodstock Blvd, 503-774-0353, facebook.com/lutztavernpdx
Delta Café, 4607 SE Woodstock Blvd, 503-771-3101, deltacafepdx.com
Yolk, 4804 SE Woodstock Blvd, 503-568-0787, facebook.com/yolkpdx
Papaccino’s, 4411 SE Woodstock Blvd, 503-771-2825, facebook.com/papaccinos
Life in the Brooklyn Neighborhood seems gritty and blue collar, situated east of the Willamette River amidst industrial buildings and train tracks, but, as with most Portland enclaves, it has its own funky charm—not to mention a great inner Southeast location—to recommend it. The venerable Aladdin Theater, a former burlesque house back in the vaudeville days, is one of the most reliable live music venues in town, hosting singer-songwriters like Steve Earle, Todd Snyder, and Neko Case, whenever they’re passing through town.
Late-night munchies got you down? Never fear, Brooklyn’s Original Hot Cake House is open 24 hours, flipping fluffy pancakes the size of hubcaps to satisfy those ill-timed cravings. A visit to Brooklyn Park Pub is a must for anyone who considers himself or herself a whiskey fancier. There are more than 100 varieties of whiskey, bourbon, and scotch available in a homey sports bar setting, plus bartenders that are only too happy to make recommendations. Bushwhacker Cider is one of several dedicated hard-cider pubs in Portland, with eight rotating taps ranging from bone-dry to sweet and succulent. Don’t forget to drop by Edelweiss Sausage and Delicatessen, an old school, Old Country meat counter for some of the best brats in the area.
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, 503-234-9694, aladdin-theater.com
Brooklyn Park Pub, 3400 SE Milwaukie Ave, 503-234-7772, facebook.com/brooklyn.p.pub
Bushwhacker Cider, 1212-D SE Powell Blvd, 503-445-0577, bushwhackercider.com
Edelweiss Sausage and Delicatessen, 3119 SE 12th Ave, 503-238-4411, edelweissdeli.com
Original Hot Cake House, 1002 SE Powell Blvd, 503-236-7402, hotcakehouse.com