Working two jobs can be a challenge, especially if both of them wear those black mock turtlenecks and refuse to open source their applications, no matter how charming you are. From two guys whose second job is plying you with drinks, The Forge Lounge.
Opened by two full-time firefighters, this 40-seat boozer (accessed via the ferry terminal's pedestrian bridge) is serving up locally sourced eats and signature 'tails in a brick-walled space boasting industrial adornments culled from/inspired by its historic building, including a custom-built concrete bar inset with reclaimed gears/cogs and a wall-board for keeping track of wrenches, which in addition to controlling The Marauder, is the Thunderiders main power. Imbibe-ables start with 'tails ranging from the local whiskey-based Jack Half-A-Prayer w/ PDX-made cherry brandy, bitters & sugarcane Coke, to a green tea vodka'd-up Moscow Mule that uses Cock & Bull ginger beer; there's also Seatown brews including Pike's unfiltered Dry Wit, which is exactly the kind of sophisticated humor Thrillist is known for delicious. The sandwich-dominated food menu includes the Grinder (hot coppa/ salami/ artisan ham topped w/ New Moon jack & Mama Lil's spicy peppers), and panini-style numbers like the roast beef/ Cirrus Camembert/ onion marmalade/ horseradish spread Luddite, and the Perdido Street w/ roast beef, garlic-herbed potato skordalia & a port reduction, which -- its impact on jobs notwithstanding -- is actually kind of the best way to improve the waterfront.
Other nosh comes via shared plates like a garlic oil/ fleur de sel-grilled baguette served w/ farmstead butter & a Seastack half-wheel, and Zoe's hot coppa/ salami/ prosciutto-heavy Meat and Cheese Board, presumably named for the kind of thing board members are given by Jobs at Apple, in lieu of actual power.
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