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 rock ’n’ roll sensations 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 Brewing Company, 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