Northeast Portland is a growing quadrant where the bones of Portland's past are evident in the graceful homes that occupy its streets, and where the process of rejuvenation is ongoing. Here you can pick a neighborhood and chances are a new pub or restaurant is in the works that will anchor its bid for tenants in search of a classic Portland home.
Here are the Northeast 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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Posh but never snobby, the Irvington neighborhood includes some of Portland’s most architecturally significant houses (many on the National Historic Registry of Homes), but its walkability to the nearby Lloyd Center mall guarantees plenty of opportunities to indulge in retail therapy. In other words, it’s got a little something for everybody.
Some may feel oppressed by the crush of humanity at the Lloyd Center, so for them the less frenetic pace of NE Broadway is a suitable alternative. Chic shops like Soho Clothing Boutique and Emily-Jane Jewelry sport the latest looks, while Here We Go Again, is a used clothing store where treasured togs are routinely discovered.
Refreshment seekers will find what they’re looking for at Peet’s Coffee or Grand Central Baking, while Cadillac Café and Milo’s City Café serve up eggs, hotcakes, and much more for the weekend breakfast crowd. Thai food is ubiquitous in Portland, but Irvington’s Chai Yo is one of the best, with top-notch service to match its fresh and zesty entrees. Wine and cheese, you say? Look no further than Foster & Dobbs, where discriminating gourmands gather to nibble and sip from a rotating inventory of classic comestibles.
After all that food and wine, hike down NE 15th to Root Whole Body, where you can join a yoga class, get some nutritional advice, or perhaps just a healing massage for those aching bones.
Soho Clothing Boutique, 1605 NE Broadway, 503-282-4940, sohoclothingboutique.com
Emily-Jane Jewelry, 1428 NE Broadway, 503-460-0516, emily-jane.com
Here We Go Again, 2438 NE Broadway, 503-244-0855, hwga.com
Peet’s Coffee, 1441 NE Broadway, 503-493-0192, peets.com
Grand Central Bakery, 1444 Ne Weidler, 503-288-1614, grandcentralbakery.com
Cadillac Café, 1801 NE Broadway, 503-287-4750, cadillaccafepdx.com
Milo’s City Café, 1325 NE Broadway, 503-288-MILO, miloscitycafe.com
Chai Yo, 1411 NE Broadway, 503-287-0505, facebook.com/chaiyo.thai.1
Foster & Dobbs, 2518 NE 15th, 503-284-1157, fosteranddobbs.com
Root Whole Body, 2526 NE 15th, 503-288-7688, rootwholebody.com
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The Alameda neighborhood, which rolls north from Northeast Fremont, is another highly desirable address; its mix of sophisticated retail and well-known restaurants in the nearby Beaumont-Wilshire section, with solidly traditional homes and schools is a beacon for new families looking for a sensible first step.
Alameda borders the Irvington neighborhood and they share a vibe that’s elegant but practical. Case in point, the Alameda Brew House, which serves both eclectic craft beers (the signature Black Bear stout is highly recommended) and affordable family meals in the Northwest tradition. The wood-fired pizza at Italian bistro Lucca, a popular neighborhood joint, is not to be missed, nor are the small plates of Asian delicacies available at Smallwares, one of the best reviewed restaurants in town. The Old Salt Marketplace is a new addition and its deft blend of delicious, shareable eats—the watermelon-feta salad and an astounding pickle plate, to name two—with an actual onsite deli, meat counter, and weekly farmer’s market has resulted in enthusiastic crowds.
Oenophiles will rejoice at the variety of vino on display at Blackbird Wine Shop, where friendly staff—and frequent tasting events—can help you navigate the often- confusing world of wine.
What’s wrong with a sugar high? Anyone with a sweet tooth should make tracks over to Hattie’s Sweet Shop, where your childhood sense of wonder over a trip to the candy store will be rekindled with its awesome assortment of gourmet chocolates, house-made fudge, and vintage licorice, suckers, and ice cream. You’ll discover a treasure trove of clothes, jewelry, and stylish household goods, (small furniture, toys and games, home and garden supplies, and arts and craft items) at Patti Smith West, a consignment and resale shop where the inventory is constantly changing.
Alameda Brewhouse, 4765 NE Fremont, 503-460-9025, alamedabrewing.com/brewhouse
Lucca, 3449 NE 24th, 503-287-7372, luccapdx.com
Smallwares, 4605 NE Fremont, 971-229-0995, smallwarespdx.com
Old Salt Marketplace, 5027 NE 42nd, 971-255-0167, oldsaltpdx.com
Blackbird Wine Shop, 4323 NE Fremont, 503-282-1887, blackbirdwine.com
Hattie’s Sweet Shop, 4185 NE Fremont, 503-477-0497, hattiessweets.com
Patti Smith West, 3746 NE 42nd Ave, 503-688-1749, pattismithwest.com
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Is the Alberta Arts District the most distinctly Portland neighborhood? Does its array of singular shops, salons, and busy eateries eerily echo an episode of the quirky TV show Portlandia? The fierce independence and proud Bohemian lifestyle that Portland is known for can be found everywhere on Northeast Alberta, from the funky fashions at Tumbleweed and Frock to the Alberta Rose Theater, where the popular Oregon Public Radio variety show Live Wire is recorded.
The Last Thursday Alberta street fair is like a mini Mardi Gras that expands for several blocks, with artists, musicians, and food vendors attempting to reel you in and win your heart. Join the crowds that mill up and down Alberta, perusing the goods at galleries, boutiques, and cafes.
As you might expect, coffee, food, and beer (Portland’s holy trinity) can be found in abundance. For example, celebrated chef Troy MacLarty’s Bollywood Theater redefines Indian cuisine with unique, inexpensive plates of highly esoteric eats. And like any good Alberta eatery, there will probably be a line, so it pays to get hungry at non-peak hours. The Tin Shed offers sensational barbecue and comfort food classics, while vegetarians flock to Bye and Bye, an inventive establishment where there are no animal products to be found. Grab yourself a slice and a beer at Bella Faccia Pizzeria, or if you’re feeling especially famished, drop by Pine Street Biscuits and order the “Reggie.” It’s more food then you ever imagined piled on top of a fresh-baked biscuit and requires a nap immediately afterward.
The locals gather for cocktails and happy hour chow at the Radio Room, where abundant patio space and futuristic fire pits beckon the weary walker to sit a spell. On the way home, stop off at the Alberta Co-op Grocery for something healthy.
Tumbleweed, 1812 NE Alberta, 503-335-3100, tumbleweedboutique.com
Frock, 1439 NE Alberta, 503-595-0379, frockboutique.com
Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta, albertarosetheatre.com
Bollywood Theater, 2039 NE Alberta, 971-200-4711, bollywoodtheaterpdx.com
Tin Shed Garden Café, 1438 NE Alberta, 503-288-6966, tinshedgardencafe.com
Bye and Bye, 1011 NE Alberta, 503-281-0537, thebyeandbye.com
Bella Faccia Pizzeria, 2934 NE Alberta, 503-282-0600, bellafacciapizzeria.com
Pine Street Biscuits, 2204 NE Alberta, 503-477-6605, pinestatebiscuits.com
Radio Room, 1101 NE Alberta, 503-287-2346, radioroompdx.com
Alberta Co-op Grocery, 1500 NE Alberta, 503-287-4333, albertagrocery.coop
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With the nearby MAX trains taking residents into downtown Portland or out to Hillsboro throughout the day, the Hollywood District—like its namesake to the south—is always bustling with new arrivals and sightseers. This inviting urban village is home to the Hollywood Theater, a venerable old movie house built in 1922 and currently being restored to its former grandeur.
As the MAX train departs, gym-baggers make their way to the nearby clean and spacious 24-Hour Fitness facility that thoughtfully contains a sushi restaurant, as if to reward its workout warriors with a healthy indulgence. Directly across the street more folks bearing bags converge on the Trader Joe’s for their latest shipment of Hummus Dip.
If hunger pangs set in, Du’s Grill does terrific teriyaki for diners on the go, while the Laurelwood Pub is a family food hangout with sensational house beer. Try the Free Range Red; it’s not only organic but also a supremely satisfying sip.
Hollywood Theatere, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, 503-281-4215, hollywoodtheatre.org
24 Hour Fitness, 4224 NE Halsey St, 503-281-4767, 24hourfitness.com
Trader Joe’s, 4121 NE Halsey St, 503-284-4232, traderjoes.com
Du’s Grill, 5365 NE Sandy Blvd, 503-284-1773, dusgrill.com
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Conveniently located a stone’s throw from the bustling Lloyd Center, Portland’s premier shopping destination, Sullivan’s Gulch is a terrific neighborhood with access to a host of different districts (Hollywood, Irvington, Laurelhurst), as well as an abundance of older homes and funky apartment buildings on shady tree-lined streets. There’s a gigantic Fred Meyers store here that has anything and everything you’ll need to furnish to your digs and fill your fridge.
Hale Pele is an authentic tiki bar where stay-cationing can tackle tall exotic drinks and tropical foodstuffs, while the Rose and Thistle is styled like ye old English pub with massive platters of fish and chips and an expertly curated list of craft beers. The local knitting community can be found at Twisted, a yarn store that offers classes and comfy couches for those inclined to craft. The young and the drinking congregate at the Swift Lounge, a friendly dive bar with an assortment of cunning whiskey cocktails served in Mason jars.
Hale Pele, 2733 NE Broadway St, 503-662-8454, halepele.com
Rose and Thistle, 2314 NE Broadway St, 503-287-8582
Twisted, 2310 NE Broadway St, 503-922-1150, twistedpdx.com
Swift Lounge, 1932 NE Broadway St, 503-288-3333, swiftloungepdx.com
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
HOSFORD - ABERNETHY
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The growth in stature of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, from Portland’s go-to destination for info-taining the kids, to major transportation hub thanks to the development of the new Tilikum Crossing light-rail bridge, is a work in progress that will culminate with the opening of the new span next year. The evolution of inner industrial Southeast Portland has been fast and furious over the past five years, with the addition of several choice dining locations alongside Clarklewis, the rustic Bruce Carey-owned restaurant that does a bang-up happy hour trade.
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
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For many years, this was considered the most desirable neighborhood in Portland. In point of fact, Ladd’s Addition is one of oldest planned residential districts on the west coast. It’s not an ostentatious wonderland of wealth—that would be the South Hills—but rather a tasteful spiral of respectfully preserved bungalows and craftsmen peopled by a conscientious upper middle class. At the center is Ladd’s Circle and the four rose gardens that form the jewels in this particular crown.
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
MT. SCOTT - ARLETA
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Like so many Portland communities, Mount Scott is a genuine up-and-comer that’s in the process of tidying up and improving the amenities. Some of its inhabitants hail from cities and towns throughout Europe and Asia, bringing an array of diversity—and ethnic pride—to a city that is often teased for its paucity of minorities. Begin the day at Toast or the Maple Leaf, a pair of excellent neighborhood eateries that celebrate the breakfast arts.
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
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Homeowners in search of a good view and plentiful dining options should gravitate to South Tabor. Your son the science geek will be overjoyed by its proximity to a potentially active volcano on Mount Tabor, while the rest of the family takes Spot for a run around the reservoir. Fancy a beer and a bite of cheese? TK is the celebrated owner and curator of Cheese, as wonderful a gastronomic spot to while away a cloudy Saturday as there is in Portland. On the south side of the mountain you’ll find the cozy Montavilla neighborhood, where famished foodies belly up to Country Cat, chef TK’s Northwest take on Southern comfort classics like fried chicken and pulled pork.
The pita is always fresh at Ya Hola, a family run Middle Eastern eatery that serves up special-occasion entrees every day of the week. The craft beer crowd can be found drooling over the daily chalkboard at Roscoe’s or checking out the cooler at Beer Bunker Bottle Shop. Family units are usually headed to the Academy Theater, a pizza-and-beer pub with several movie screens of second-run cinematic magic.
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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Don’t let the gritty, working-class demeanor fool you: a recon cruise up SE Powell Boulevard and SE Foster Avenue reveals many destinations for both fine diners and bar flies looking to land somewhere off the beaten path. Some of the tastiest and most affordable pho in all of Portland can be found at Pho Hung. Let the tourists stand in line for 45 minutes at the latest trendy spot; you’ll be full of delicious Vietnamese noodle soup and back in your car by the time they finally get seated.
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
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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
SELLWOOD - MORELAND
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If you take a right on SE Milwaukie Boulevard just off SE Powell, you’ll pass the Aladdin Theater, a fantastic live music venue and former burlesque theater. Continue straight for a few miles and you’ll find yourself smack dab in the picturesque village of Sellwood, a quaint community that should satisfy any newcomer’s thirst for small-town amenities and cozy charm.
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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It’s much more than just the street that leads to Reed College. Woodstock Boulevard is an ever-changing mix of old Portland and new additions. For decades, discriminating carnivores have been making regular pilgrimages to Otto’s Sausage Kitchen and Meat Market (recently featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives) to partake of artisan sausages and finely cured meats. Part neighborhood grocery, deli counter and hangout spot, Otto’s always has something special cooking on one of its sidewalk smokers. Nearby is the Lutz Tavern, formerly one of Southeast Portland’s most beloved dives, recently given a thoughtful makeover that preserved its vintage vibe, cheap eats and punk rock jukebox full of regional rock acts. The Delta Café remains a popular dining spot for hungry Reedies, serving up southern comfort food staples like Po’Boy sandwiches and a fiery jambalaya. Yolk is your best bet for a hearty breakfast and Papaccino’s is a convivial coffeehouse with couches, comfy chairs and a tasteful array of local artists providing mood music to sip by.
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
The answer to your question is, “no.” You will not be far removed from the activity of Portland’s downtown and robust neighborhoods if you decide to locate in North Portland. With the MAX trains running throughout and various bike paths for your cardio-convenience, North Portland is always just a brisk ride from the action, while confidently possessed of its own charm and distinctive amenities.
Another corridor on the rise, North Williams is a frequent destination for foodies on the fly. Here resides Tasty N Sons, a frequently busy bistro with one of the most dedicated breakfast followings in the entire city. Diners don’t mind the wait in order to dig into steak and eggs with a cornmeal pancake or an English breakfast with baked beans over eggs that has local Anglophiles singing its praises. Situated in the same restored warehouse building, known as “the Hub,” is Lincoln, another acclaimed restaurant where Jenn Louis, Food & Wine’s Best New Chef of 2012 is working the burners, turning out in-demand specialties like sturgeon with prosciutto and chickpeas and ribeye steak with braised leeks.
Portland is not exactly a hotbed of Jewish delicatessens, but East Coast visitors have added their seal of approval to Kenny & Zuke’s Deli Bar, where you can snag some killer pastrami—and enjoy a well-stirred martini.
Coffee connoisseurs swear by the beans at Ristretto Roasters (also located in the Hub) to get them through another day, and serious ale aficionados can take their pick between Hopworks Urban Brewery’s “bike bar” with its cool outdoor beer garden, and longtime resident Lompoc Brewing’s Fifth Quadrant, a name that refers to North Portland’s unfounded reputation as a hastily added fifth to the city’s four primary destinations.
If beer isn’t your bag, you might try the Box Social, a quaint neighborhood bar that bills itself as a “drinking parlour” with a long list of artisan cocktails for the adventurous imbiber.
Between meals, residents get their downward dog on at Yoga Shala, to ensure that mind and body are as healthy as their appetites. And guess what? It’s in the Hub! Now that’s what we call convenient.
For the cherry on the sundae, there will soon be a New Seasons opening at the corner of Fremont and N Williams. What else could you need?
Tasty N Sons, 3808 N Williams, Suite C, 503-621-1400, tastyntasty.com
Lincoln, 3808 N Williams, 3808 N Williams, 503-288-6200, lincolnpdx.com
Kenny & Zuke’s Deli Bar, 3901 N Williams, 503-287-0782, kennyandzukes.com
Ristretto Roasters, 3808 N Williams, 503-288-8667, ristrettoroasters.com
Hopworks Bike Bar, 3947 N Williams, 503-287-MALT, hopworksbeer.com
Yoga Shala, 3808 N Williams, 503-963-9642, yogashalapdx.com
The fast-evolving North Mississippi neighborhood intersects with North Williams, so chances are, if you don’t find what you’re looking for in one, you can surely find it in the other. The two areas are easy to navigate and make for a nice leisurely ramble with an infinity of shop-browse opportunities
One of the best music venues in town is Mississippi Studios, an intimate theater space with superb sound and acoustics ideally suited to both singer-songwriters and DJ dance nights. If you’re a fan who actually wants to hear the music, this place will be on your regular itinerary.
Indeed, the nightlife on North Mississippi is especially vibrant and its substantial number of bars and restaurants make it a sought-after destination. Por Que No? taqueria is a constant hive of activity, the perfect spot to bring a bunch of friends for their amazing chorizo tacos, a tasty margarita, and just one more round of chips and salsa. Miss Delta is an elegant eatery specializing in Southern comfort food and brazen cocktails, the latter of which often come served in a Mason jar. If it’s an order of gooey mac & cheese you crave, this is the place.
The Mississippi Pizza Pub and its adjacent Atlantis Lounge, proffers both impressive pizza (including a yummy gluten-free variety) for the whole family as well as a snug nautical-themed bar with civilized live music for the restless wanderer. If you’re in the mood for a little Old World sophistication, look no further than Prost, a German tavern and restaurant so welcoming that you might find yourself toasting with a whole new group of friends by evening’s end.
The shopping here is a veritable wonderland. Furniture, fish tanks, comic books, and vinyl records can easily be found among the nooks and crannies, and for the style conscious, Chapter Four, Backtalk, Jet Clothing and Gypsy Chic are but four of the clothing stores creating fashionable buzz in this part of town. Even amidst the conspicuous consumption, perhaps no other local business encompasses Portland’s sensibly sustainable state of mind like the ReBuilding Center. It’s a huge sprawl of wood, furniture, appliances, plumbing equipment, and basically anything you will ever need to efficiently refurbish your hacienda, including classes and workshops that will demonstrate how you hold a hammer.
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 503-288-3895, mississippistudios.com
Por Que No, 3524 N Mississippi, 503-467-4149, porquenotacos.com
Miss Delta, 3950 N Mississippi, 503-287-7629, missdeltapdx.net
Mississippi Pizza Pub & Atlantis Lounge, 3552 N Mississippi, 503-288-3231, mississippipizza.com
Prost, 4237 N Mississippi, 503-954-2674, prostportland.com
ReBuilding Center, 3625 N Mississippi, 503-331-1877, rebuildingcenter.org
Wheeling down North Interstate Avenue, one can’t help but notice remnants of a Portland that used to be. A New Seasons store stands alongside midcentury motels and bustling old-timey bars with flashing neon that light up the night, none with a bigger glow than the Alibi, Portland’s most venerated tiki bar. You can eyeball an ocean of Polynesian knickknacks and order a round of Mai Tai’s while waiting your turn to take the mike at one of the most colorful (and competitive) karaoke scenes (seven nights a week) in the city. Or you can stake out a dark corner and whisper sweet nothings to your beloved.
Since tiki bars aren’t known for their cuisine, the hungry reveler is advised to check out the sauce at Fire on the Mountain, a barbecue pit with fiery wings, tangy ribs, and tasty house-brewed beer. For a more international flavor, see what’s on special at Miho Izakaya, a congenial Japanese pub with an inexpensive rotating menu—and it’s all good—of noodle dishes, soups, salads, seafood, and more. Also on hand is Pause, a comfy bar for the young and restless that boasts bodacious burgers (including a terrific veggie variety) and stiff drinks. For coffee and something sweet, nearby North Albina is home to Sweedeedee, a cafe and coffee shop where the smell of baking bread has been known to cause passing pedestrians to miss urgent appointments so that they may linger for a while.
The Alibi, 4024 N Interstate, 503-287-5335, alibiportland.com
Fire on the Mountain, 4225 N Interstate, 503-280-9464, portlandwings.com
Miho Izakaya, 4057 N Interstate, 503-719-6152, mihopdx.com
Pause, 5101 N Interstate, 971-230-0705
Sweedeedee, 5202 N Albina, 503-946-8087, sweedeedeepdx.tumblr.com
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There’s nothing wrong with living on the outskirts of town as long as we’re talking about St Johns, another bastion of blue-collar pride in North Portland. Here, houses dare to be affordable and once a year all the citizens gather for the St Johns’ NoFest, a music and arts fair of legendary proportions. St Johns is home to the Fixin’ To, a Southern-fried bar with potent drinks, Frito pie, and a spaciously trailer park-style patio. Be sure and order plenty of Ro-Tel, a down-home favorite delicacy of diced green chilies, tomatoes and cheese thoughtfully blended together in an ordinary microwave over. For that authentic down-home feel, wash it down with a sweet tea.
Occidental Brewing, one of Portland’s most under-the-radar breweries, is located in St Johns, and it’s very much worth your while to investigate, especially if you’re a fan of Euro-style beers such as koslch, hefeweizen and alt. Ask any brew believer about Occidental and you’ll get an unqualified thumbs up. In the mood for a movie to go with your beer? Truck over to St Johns Pub and Theater, the handsome and historically significant domed building that contains the neighborhood McMenamins outpost, where burgers, pizza, beer and second-run movies are the order of the day.
The Fixin’ To, 8218 N Lombard St, 503-477-4995, thefixinto.com
Occidental Brewing, 6635 N Baltimore Ave, 503-719-7102, occidentalbrewing.com
St Johns Pub and Theater, 8203 N Ivanhoe St, 503-283-8520, mcmenamins.com
Don’t overlook the Overlook neighborhood, if you’re curious about “Old Portland.” A casual cruise down North Interstate reveals the flickering of neon at once-glamorous motor inns like The Palms and The Westerner. Projecting the same faded elegance as the Fremont Street area of Las Vegas, the Overlook is still hopping on a Friday night as MAX train riders disembark at the North Interstate transit stop to try their luck at the Alibi Tiki Lounge, Portland’s most venerable tropical watering hole. Waves of Mai tais, Zombies, and Singapore Slings issue from the busy bar but the main attraction is a very competitive karaoke scene kicking off every night at eight. Rank amateurs are encourage to seek fame elsewhere; the Alibi is for more polished acts.
Famished visitors can tame their hunger at nearby Miho Izakaya, a friendly and welcoming Japanese pub with plenty of room and a chalkboard full of intriguing specials. Too exotic? Overlook is also home to Fire on the Mountain, where you can tear into some of the hottest wings in town. Pause Kitchen and Bar is a hip, happening spot for twentysomethings in need of a big juicy burger. And you can get your healthy groceries at the local New Seasons.
Alibi Tiki Lounge, 4024 N Interstate Ave, 503-287-5335, alibiportland.com
Miho Izakaya, 4057 N Interstate Ave, 503-719-6152, mihopdx.com
Pause Kitchen and Bar, 5101 N Interstate Ave, 971-230-0705, facebook.com/pages/Pause
Fire on the Mountain, 4225 N Interstate Ave, 503-280-9464, portlandwings.com
North of Portland’s downtown and a fast dash across West Burnside Street, lays not only the opulent Pearl District, but also the flagship store in the local Powell’s Books chain. It’s a mammoth structure that takes up a full city block, a temple dedicated to reading material dusty and rare or hot off the bestseller’s list. This is a bookstore whose legend precedes it—nearly everyone who comes to Portland for the first time is advised to take a sojourn among its charmingly cluttered aisles. It’s a crucial stop for visiting authors sharing a few pages from their latest works, and is also the home of the Anne Hughes coffee room, a spot where well-read singles routinely gather, gazing inquiringly at the tomes being leafed through by intriguing strangers at nearby tables. Epic bookups have been known to result. Did you know Portlanders buy more books per capita than the denizens of any other U.S. city?
THE PEARL DISTRICT
For the boutique browser, the Pearl District is nothing less than a paradise of potential purchases, fraught with temptations that may cause friction in the checking account. Tucked amid sleek high-rise condo towers are smart shops that cater to the fashionista (Mabel & Zora, Parallel, Lizard Lounge), interior designer (Cargo, Moulé, Jonathan Adler), and famished consumer in need of a memorable meal. In that case, you might try Bluehour, an elegant establishment with a dazzling array of sensibly portioned food and cocktails, Andina, a purveyor of exotic Peruvian dishes, or Irving Street Kitchen, a favorite dining spot of newly minted Portland celebrity K.D. Lang.
Gerding Theater is the truly awe-inspiring home of local theater powerhouse Portland Center Stage, a dynamic theatrical company that entertains its audience with a stimulating season of musicals, dramas, and comedies ranging from Shakespeare to David Sedaris. In addition, the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, located in the heart of the Pearl, hosts a much-ballyhooed annual arts extravaganza called TBA (Time-Based Art), a two-week festival of performance and visual art that manages to be both challenging and wildly entertaining to the uninitiated.
Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 503-228-4651, powells.com
Mabel & Zora, 748 NW 11th, 503-241-5696, mabelandzora.com
Parallel, 1016 SW Washington, 503-274-8882, parallelportland.com
Lizard Lounge, 1323 NW Irving, 503-416-7476, lizardloungepdx.com
Cargo, 380 NW 13th, 503-209-8349, cargoimportspdx.com
Moule, 1225 NW Everett, 503-227-8530, moulestores.myshopify.com
Jonathan Adler, 1165 NW Everett, 503-222-1217, jonathanadler.com
Bluehour, 250 NW 13th Ave, 503-226-3394, bluehouronline.com
Andina, 1314 NW Glisan, 503-228-9535, andinarestaurant.com
Irving Street Kitchen, 701 NW 13th Ave, 503-343-9440, irvingstreetkitchen.com
Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th, 503-445-3700, pcs.org
Portland Institute for Contemporary Heart, 415 SW 10th, 503-242-1419, pica.org
Gravitating west from the Pearl and leapfrogging the freeway leads one to yet
another buzzing hive of conspicuous consumption that stretches from NW 21st to 23rd avenues (the latter is known as “Trendy-third” thanks to its abundance of au currant shops and cafes). Cinephiles congregate around Cinema 21, the popular movie theater that typically gets first dibs on art house, avant-garde, and alternative films that have proved so irresistible to Portland’s highly educated populace. And after a show, many ramble across the street to the Gypsy or further on to Voicebox, both of which have formidable followings among the karaoke crowd. For bashful beginners, Voicebox is highly recommended for its private karaoke rooms, so that your first time behind the mike will be among friends, rather an indifferent audience of strangers.
Those in need of home décor are advised to check out the inventory at Eclectic Home for a handsome, sustainable variety of furnishings that thankfully doesn’t require a trip to Ikea—where the crowds have been known to swallow stragglers whole. If you’re more inclined toward self-décor, Gilt is a shiny den that’s stacked to the rafters with unique and vintage jewelry; a must-see for any would-be member of the local glitterati. Gaia Couture, a retail space given over to organic clothing, is like Portland in a nutshell, blending a selection of eye-catching outfits with a friendly eco-conscious vibe.
After all that shopping, anyone’s energy can flag under the weight of bags and bundles. Not to worry! Northwest 23rd’s formidable array of spas, wax centers, and salons are designed to reinvigorate the weary. You’ve worked hard enough stimulating the local economy; let the personal pampering commence!
Dining destinations are plentiful, whether your tastes run to upscale cuisine (23Hoyt, The Fireside) or more traditional fare, in which case the Nob Hill Pub & Grill prepares enormous hamburgers with multiple patties and a galaxy of condiments. Just make sure to pay a visit to storied steakhouse The Ringside for one of two daily happy hours that are among the most bountiful in town.
Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st, 503-223-4515, cinema21.com
The Gypsy, 625 NW 21st, 503-796-1859, cegportland.com/gypsy
Voicebox, 2112 NW Hoyt, 503-303-8220, voiceboxpdx.com
Eclectic Home, 2259 NW Raleigh, 503-224-0551, eclectichome.com
Gaia Couture, 921 NW 23rd, 971-266-8650, gaiacouture.com
23Hoyt, 529 NW 23rd, 503-445-7400, 23hoyt.com
The Fireside, 801 NW 23rd, 503-477-9505, pdxfireside.com
Nob Hill Pub & Grill, 937 NW 23rd, 503-274-9616, facebook.com/pages/Nob-Hill-Bar-and-Grill/106160921575
The Ringside, 2165 W Burnside, 503-223-1513, ringsidesteakhouse.com
NORTH PEARL & SLABTOWN
Yes, everyone loves to shop and nosh in the Pearl District. But if you continue to wander north, you will be quick to note that the amenities don’t taper off appreciably. Spiffy diners are numerous, including Seres Restaurant and Bar, a Chinese eatery with a voluminous menu that includes intriguing cocktails and gluten free options galore. The Bent Brick is a newish tavern with a modern sensibility; stiff, creative drinks and upscale pub grub like New Mexico-style chorizo tacos and a truly symphonic porchetta sandwich. Here too, residents can casually motor between destinations on the easy-to-catch streetcar line, a wise transportation option, especially if you’re paying a happy hour visit to the Bridgeport Brewpub for a couple pints of Blue Heron Pale Ale.
In Portland everything gets the artisan touch, and nowhere is this more apparent than at Olympic Provisions Northwest, a restaurant and butcher shop noted for its expertly cured meats. In fact, no less an authority than Saveur magazine wrote that it serves some of the best regional charcuterie in the country. Among the expansion plans for 2014 is the opening of a New Seasons market at 21st and Raleigh.
Seres Restaurant and Bar, 1105 NW Lovejoy, 971-222-7327, seresrestaurant.com
Bent Brick, 1639 NW Marshall, 503-688-1655, thebentbrick.com
Bridgeport Brewing, 1313 NW Marshall, 503-241-3612, bridgeportbrew.com
Olympic Provisions NW, 1632 NW Thurman, 503-894-8136, olympicprovisions.com
When the average person pictures Portland, it’s as a bustling, creative, mini-metropolis—recently voted Best City in America, who are we to disagree. And they’re probably thinking of Southwest Portland, home to a clean and vibrant downtown.
On any given night visitors can enjoy superb classical music concerts at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall; catch a Broadway show at Keller Auditorim, or bounce like silly children on the spring-loaded floor of the Crystal Ballroom to local bands of note like the Decemberists or Pink Martini.
And given Portland’s reputation as home to culinary wizards like Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon, Little Bird) and the Heathman’s Phillippe Boulot, not to mention craft beer royalty like the Widmer Brothers, Bridgeport, Hair of the Dog, and Laurelwood, one can definitely see advantages to living within an easy distance of so many exciting possibilities. Bailey’s Taproom is an ideal spot to test-drive a multitude of these renowned regional ales. Not to brag, but when it comes to food and drink, Portland plays second fiddle to no one, and the downtown is a great place to begin. Why not tarry a while at Higgins, a cozy dining den that boasts one of the best burgers in town and a beer menu with more than 100 options? Closer to Burnside Street and the nearby Pearl District, revelers can toast to old times and new ones at world-class bars like Clyde Common and Saucebox, both of which have vast menus of astonishing cocktails.
Shoppers chomping at the bit to throw around a little cash can find bargains and bounty at Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, and the many business ensconced at the Pioneer Place Mall. Another highlight is certainly Tom McCall Waterfront Park, a capacious green space that’s always hopping with joggers, dog-walkers, and river watchers. When the weather’s nice, it’s usually hosting huge family friendly festivals like Cinco de Mayo, the Blues Festival, and the Bite of Oregon.
There’s always something happening in “Portland’s living room,” better known as Pioneer Courthouse Square, 40,000 square feet of brick and stairs where farmer’s markets, brew festivals, concerts, and the annual lighting of the Christmas tree take place. And if you’re curious as to why so many Portlanders are wearing green (when it’s not even St. Patrick’s Day) you may get swept up by the Timbers Army, a fiercely loyal throng of soccer fans who will brave any weather to cheer and sing for their beloved Portland Timbers. Seriously, being a part of this roaring force of nature at Jeld-Wen Field is a sporting event that simply must be experienced by tourist and transplants alike.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, 503-248-4335, pcpa.com
Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay, 503-248-4335, pcpa.com
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, 503-2250-0047, mcmenamins.com/CrystalBallroom
Bailey’s Taproom, 213 SW Broadway, 503-295-1004, baileystaproom.com
Higgins, 1239 SW Broadway, 503-222-9070, higginsportland.com
Clyde Common, 1014 SW Stark, 503-228-3333, clydecommon.com
Saucebox, 214 SW Broadway, 503-241-3393, saucebox.com
Jeld-Wen Field, 1844 SW Morrison, 503-553-5405, jeld-wenfield.com
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, SW Naito Pkwy, 503-823-2223, portlandonline.com
Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW Sixth, 503-223-1613, thesquarepdx.com
Portland’s newest neighborhood is a shiny high-rise district built in a former little-used industrial area. Visitors can get an incredible bird’s-eye view of Portland by taking a trip on the aerial tram that carries hundreds of employees of Oregon Health & Science University to their offices on a daily basis.
The construction here is fresh as paint, and all manner of new businesses have sprung up to cater to the busy professionals who call the South Waterfront home. One of the best places to do Happy Hour in Portland is McCormick & Schmick’s Pilsner Room, where guests can nosh on excellent seafood and pub grub, sip exclusive beers from Full Sail Brewing, and lazily watch the Willamette River roll on by. Diners interested in more exotic fare are directed to Bambuza Vietnamese Bistro or trendy French dining spot Vie, where the river views are second to none. Other restaurants and retail spaces are still works in progress, but if you’re new to town and don’t want to hear endless stories about your neighborhood’s “historical significance” then it makes perfect sense to set up housekeeping someplace that’s still shaping its identity.
McCormick & Schmick’s Harborside at the Marina, 0309 SW Montgomery, 503-220-1865, mccormickandschmicks.com
Full Sail Brewing, 506 Columbia, Hood River, 541-386-2247, fullsailbrewing.com
Bambuza Vietnamese Bistro, 3682 SW Bond, 503-206-6330, bambuza.com
Vie, 315 SW Montgomery, 503-222-1290, viepdx.com
CORBETT - LAIR HILL
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Also known as South Portland and Corbett-Terwilliger-Lair Hill, this elongated strip lays just south of downtown and includes the rapidly expanding South Waterfront enclave and nearby John’s Landing. A smattering of old Victorians lurks on one side of the freeway off-ramp, signifying the neighborhood’s blend of tradition and tech.
Here you’ll find old school drinking establishments like Buffalo Gap, where since 1974 you can watch the big game, catch some live music, or enjoy sensational hangover breakfasts piled high with eggs, sausage, and hash browns. The Lair Hill Bistro is a quaint little lunch counter that serves breakfast, lunch, and brunch to the locals in need of their morning caffeine fix—or maybe a little hair of the dog. Down closer to the waterfront, Bambuza Vietnam Bistro brings plenty of heat and spice to the table for adventurous appetites, while Corbett Fish House is a popular destination for eaters craving a healthy fish fry. Finally, Aquariva, located in the River’s Edge Hotel and Spa, boasts one of the best river-view drinking and dining opportunities you’re likely to find.
Aquariva, 0470 SW Hamilton Court, 503-802-5850, facebook.com/Aquariva
Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen, 3682 SW Bond Ave, 503-206-6330, bambuza.com
Buffalo Gap, 6835 SW Macadam Ave, 503-244-7111, thebuffalogap.com
Corbett Fish House, 5901 SW Corbett Ave, 503-246-4434, corbettfishhouse.com
Lair Hill Bistro, 2823 SW First Ave, 503-279-0200, lairhillbistro.com