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'.
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.
Selling a range of delicious hand-made, small batch ice-creams, Salt & Straw is the brainchild of cousins Kim and Tyler Malek. The parlor has a sustainable and organic approach, and uses natural ingredients for all its ice-creams. Some of their delightful flavors include chocolate, blueberry and blackberries, raspberry, lemon basil sorbet and grandma Malek's almond brittle, among others. Sourcing their ingredients from local family farms and turning them into moreish flavors, Salt & Straw always delivers quality with taste.
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.
Since 1974, Old Town Pizza has been serving up delicious pies in a warm, retro atmosphere of antiques, velvet sofas and fringed lamps. The pizza prices are still affordable here, with a basic small pizza is 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 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.
Flavors of South American countries like Argentina and Chile are brought together under one roof at the Lechon restaurant. Executive Chef Jaco blends these with his personal styles, creating delicious plates like spicy Manilla clams and Bavette steak. Careful attention is given not only during preparations but also while plating which is visible from their artful presentation of every dish. The place offers a relaxed and rustic atmosphere to enjoy their diverse delectable brunch, lunch and dinner menu.
Housed in the Baggage and Carriage Building, is Pine Street Market where you can sample delicious portions of the city's top restaurants. Want to eat different plates at the same place? Then Pine Street Market is the plate. With Israeli street food, hefty pizza slices and Asian fusion delights, there is something for everyone at Pine Street Market.