Sitting on the Columbia riverbank, Salty's on the Columbia definitely is not a fish out of water. The superb service and seafood equal the enchanting dining experience on the river. Besides their superb seasonal seafood fare, they are also known for their steaks and happy hours. Savor their sublime dishes in the romantic interiors or in their lovely deck. Live jazz music adds to the ambiance on weekend nights.
Dubbed as one of "The Best Clubs in America" in 2013 by Rolling Stone magazine, Doug Fir Lounge is the go to place for music lovers. Located within the Jupiter Hotel, the lounge showcases the talents of up and coming artists. A first class sound system boosts the performance energy, keeping the guests asking for more. Even on nights without concerts you can still sip on some classic drinks, relax in the comfortable surroundings and dine on delicious American dishes.
Set in a contemporary industrial decor complete with leather-black paint, low lights and comfy booths, the White Owl Social Club is the Mecca for rock music. While the bar offers specialty cocktails, wine and craft beer from local breweries and wineries, the kitchen serves delish vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian fares. If you are a die-hard rock music enthusiast, you will definitely enjoy the music being played here. It's open till wee hours of the morning making it a great spot to stay put with friends on a weekend until you have had your fair share of music, food and potent drinks.
Offering a range of delightful dishes from Italy, Ava Gene's menu focuses on using the finest locally grown ingredients for its meals. It offers a special list of amari and grappa at its bar, in addition to a slew of Italian wines. Diners love the freshly made pastas, charcuterie and steaks served here, among several other authentic Northern Italian dishes that are part of its menu. The ambiance is casual and laid-back, and the beautiful lighting is a stand out feature of this eatery. With the help of local farmers and suppliers, Ava Gene's creates a menu with tasty Italian dishes and an equally impressive menu of wines and liquor.
As Irish as its namesake, this cheery downtown establishment is warm, welcoming and close to the city's heartbeat. The wood and brass tones exude an authentic yet casual tone. Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub's full bar is accommodating, boasting one of the largest selections of malt scotches in the Northwest. Varied menu offerings include traditional Irish cuisine as well as salads, sandwiches and more. Catch your favorite football team, Gaelic games or rugby on their television screens or tap your feet to the nightly live music.
Pok Pok attempts to present the most genuine Thai experience in Portland with its amazing food and fanciful decor. The food menu, which has specialties like Kai Yang, Kaeng Som Thaleh and Khanom Jiin Sao Naam, impresses Thai-food lovers with the tangy flavors. There are choices in the menu for vegetarians and vegans as well, and they try to use organic produce in most dishes. Pok Pok hosts private events, which should be booked in advance. Be ready for a street-side Thai experience right in southeast Portland, complete with wooden stools and tiled walls.
Since 1974, Old Town Pizza has been serving up delicious pizzas in a warm, retro atmosphere of antiques, velvet sofas and fringed lamps. The pizza prices are still affordable here, with a basic small pizza being large enough to feed one or two people whereas a basic large pizza feeds two or three. More than two dozen toppings are available, as well as pastas and toasted Italian sandwiches. And while you are seated in a corner room, you might get a visit from the resident ghost Nina, who has been wandering around the building since the 1880s. A selection of beers and bottles of local wine are available from the full bar.
Those who'd prefer to have a conversation rather than a shouting match over their cocktails will love Hobo's. Even with regular live piano jazz, this place remains a richly appointed intimate setting that caters to a diverse crowd. The wine menu features a great many West Coast wines, and their long bar boasts of one of the best wells in town. The game room features several pool tables and lottery games. The bar and appetizer menus features classic dishes with a few special touches. Enjoy the patio out back all summer.
Since the early 1900s, this fun, family-owned restaurant has been shucking oysters for Northwesterners. Seafood lovers will revel in the nautical environment decorated with sea artifacts and stein collections. Woods dominate the interiors and add to the feel of the place. Oysters are the specialty and are usually served on the half shell. Enjoy many varieties, including the Ekone oysters from Oregon and the Alaskan Halibut. A tempting array of Northwest micro-brews will wash them down perfectly. If you prefer, enjoy one of the other delicacies such as garlic parmesan fries or a fish sandwich.
Taste the flavors of delicious Peruvian cuisine at Polli-Tico which offers traditional chicken cooked using family recipes. The flavorful menu features exciting dishes such as on-the-go Pollo bowl and sandwiches, fresh salads, chicken platters, charbroiled chicken accompanied by scrumptious sides. The inexpensive menu of this modest food cart invites people of all budgets to enjoy the tempting offerings of this unique cuisine.
Real Taste of India is one the food carts that dot the Southwest 5th Avenue. This Indian cart has made a niche for itself with their delicious and cheap fare. They have everything on the menu from the staple favorite Chicken Tikka Masala to Lamb Tandoori, Malai Kofta, Bhindi Masala to Garlic Nan. The food is flavorful, filling and offers great value for money. Go for the combo meals if you're indecisive about what to pick.