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.
One of the most popular restaurants in the city, The Country Cat Dinner House & Bar is perpetually buzzing with energy. There is something immensely likable about this eatery, starting from the strange mosaic cat that greets you at the door, right down to the fantastic home-style food. The daily brunch is one of the drawing cards, and it is quite easy to see why; who would turn down offerings like Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, smoked Steelhead Eggs Benedict and vegetarian white bean chili? Offerings like Red wine braised beef and fish and shellfish pot pie ensure that the restaurant remains packed at night, too.
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.
Inspired by her sons' trip to Europe, Mary O'Rourke, a pastry chef, decided to try her hand at making Leige sugar waffles. After many attempts and a few secret ingredients thrown in, O'Rourke took these decadent street food waffles and made them her own. With the help of an old service entrance to her husbands restaurant, Bread and Ink Cafe, and a Dutch styled half door, the Waffle Window was born. Patrons can enjoy a variety of sweet or savory waffles, from seasonal favorites like the pumpkin pie creation to the Three B's - fresh basil, brie, pepper bacon and homemade peach jam. The outdoor covered patio is great in the summertime and the dinning room of the Break and Ink Cafe is perfect for raining winter days.
Smoky wood-fired pizzas and delicious homemade ice creams beckon children of all ages to this quaint eatery with an intriguing name. Don't expect an explanation for it though, as food is the only thing in focus here. The interiors invoke a mild sense of nostalgia, though it's probably not a deliberate effort. Basic interiors, wooden tables, plastic chairs and the wood-fired oven roaring away give a very comforting vibe to the place. Choose from a selection of delectable pizza pies with a selection of Italian as well as American toppings. The salad selection proves to be a good complement to the pizzas. Ice creams are a specialty and come in some delightful flavors from salted caramel to huckleberry. Almost all ingredients used in Lovely's Fifty Fifty are locally sourced with the addition of being organic when possible. Even the ice creams are made using organic eggs and cream. There's a perennial bustle to the place thanks to the number of families coming in with kids. How can you blame them with a menu like that?
Do not expect an upscale feel when visiting this cafe for the first time. While the interior is not much in terms of decor, the food and the overall ambiance more than make up for the lack of frills. You will find fresh hot or cold meals here for very little cash outlay. The sandwiches are scrumptious. Best of all, it is quick to pick up what you want and head out the door. Eating in is always a possibility, and the dining area provides a light, bright space for gathering with friends or co-workers.
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.
The corner location of this place is good for the morning line. Try going early to beat the rush or the sleep-in crowd that approaches at noon or later. Once you finally get your food, you will know why Bijou Cafe is packed. The muffins are good with coffee for breakfast while the salads are a solid choice for lunch. Delighting diners since 1978, the food is affordable and is fresh. The ingredients used are procured from local farmers. The atmosphere is bright with large windows that open up the place. Fridays are the time for some live jazz music. Don't miss the spot when in town.
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.
Started in 2007, Tandoor Indian Kitchen is an unpretentious and casual eatery located in the Southwest tenement. It is the perfect place to start if you want to sample some of the best regional Indian specialties. The decor is toned down and the atmosphere fits regular dining, but all the value goes on the plate. Made from scratch using superior local ingredients, the food is authentic and flavorful. Lunch is served buffet style which includes a choice of appetizers, three non-vegetarian curries, four vegetarian curries, biryani, naan (flatbread) and dessert. Highlight dishes are the Chicken Tikka Masala and Palak Paneer. Service is efficient and prices are reasonable, making this place a go-to in the neighborhood.