The serpentine queues outside this little pizzeria is a fair enough indication of it's popularity in the city. However, Apizza Scholls' fame goes far beyond Portland. This no non-sense pizzeria is frequently listed amongst the country's top pizza places and is a must-visit fixture when in the city. The restaurant's kitchen headed by owner Brian Spangler delights with his single-minded focus of crafting some of the best pizza pies. Choose from a delectable selection of house pies featuring classics like the Apizza Margherita as well as some delights like the Bacon Bianca and Tartufo Bianco. The selection has something for most tastes, and if you're thinking up something not on the menu, you can also 'Build your own Pie'.
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.
This business venture of Kenneth Pogson and Tres Shannon is one of a kind. Voodoo Doughnut is a donut market, serving the sweet rings under weird names like Dirt, Butter Fingering, Cock-n-Balls and… No Name. Yes, that too is the name of one of the donuts! The menu undergoes changes quite often. Live music on week nights promotes young talent. If you want to introduce your guests to these treats in the comforts of your home, go ahead because custom made donuts are also available. Suggest this wedding venue to your friend. Yes! Legal wedding service is conducted right in front of the Holy Doughnut! This fun-loaded eatery has, no wonder, bagged a 10 minute long media coverage. Welcome to the world of Voodoo's donuts.
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.
In an era when out-of-town coffee giants are making it difficult to raise a cup of java without seeing a corporate logo, this down-to-earth place is a welcome relief. Using one of the original names for Portland, stretching back to when the city had more stumps than people, the small cafe prides itself on its distinctively local feel. Built around a working coffee roaster, Stumptown Coffee Roasters is a casual spot. From in-house roasted beans, to fresh bagels and pastries from local bakeries, the cafe is a Portland original.
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.
The popular Japanese restaurant located centrally in the city has a deceptive simple recipe for success; use of fresh ingredients and a creative approach to dishing out some of the best sushi in town. The menu at Maki has an excellent choice of all your sushi favorites ranging from Nigiri to Maki. Apart from sushi, other Japanese specialties like Tempura, Udon, Donburi and Teriyaki also receive prominent attention. Accompanying your food is an above average selection of sake and shochu. There's a selection of wine and beer as well if you don't like it too traditional. The dining room has been done up in deep dark wooden hues with contemporary lanterns and lighting choices imparting a cozy vibe. Stop by for a fantastic Japanese meal.
Ichi Teriyaki 25 is a dine in and take out joint that serves amazing Japanese and Asian Fusion food. This comfortable and home-like dining space serves huge, wholesome and well priced lunch and dinner plates. Every lunch/dinner plate comes with a free egg flower soup and a side salad. The Mongolion Beef, Chicken yakisoba and grilled pork are some of the must have's. You will not be hungry after you leave this place but will surely return for some more delicious Asian Fusion Food.
Reed Lobster is a seafood lover's dream come true. Offering a variety of some of the freshest seafood, the restaurant is a perfect place to go to for a family meal. You can try out their shrimp stuffed salmon, clam chowder and other New England-style seafood delicacies. The menu also includes soups and salads, seafood platters, chicken, steak, and pasta. The LightHouse Menu for the calorie conscious and the special menu for kids ensures that there is something here for everyone.
McMenamins John Barleycorns is a place offering good food and great brews. If you are looking for a spot where you can enjoy reasonably-priced beers and food that is filling and delicious, McMenamins John Barleycorns is the place to be. Some of the must-try dishes here are smoked cubano, baked mac & cheese, tots, West African Rice Bow, Hogs Head Salmon Sandwich and something from their meaty burger menu. The beer selection is very impressive here, if you are arriving with friends go for their pitchers; highly cost-effective and top-notch on taste.