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Ox
Tasty 'N Sons
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Bunk Sandwiches
Breakside Brewery
Upright Brewing
Ecliptic Brewing
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Thrillist
Cascade Brewing
Thrillist
Andy Kryza
Burnside Brewing
Widmer Brothers Brewing Co.
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1. Biwa 215 SE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

Biwa is a Japanese restaurant serving up yakitori, ramen, and the occasional burger in SE Portland.

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2. Tasty 'N Sons 3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227 (N Portland)

With "Tasty" in the name, you know it must be good. This local tapas spot is popular with the breakfast and brunch crowd, but they also have stellar dinner options and a great happy hour.

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3. Ox 2225 NE Martin Luther King Blvd, Portland, OR 97212 (Ne Portland)

MLK Blvd smells a lot like grilled meat thanks to the arrival of Ox, the bovine baby of a husband-and-wife team that's dropping Argentinian techniques on meat charred on a Hades-hot, custom-made Grillworks wood-fired grill.

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4. Pine State Biscuits 2204 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211 (Alberta Arts Dist)

Pine State Biscuits uses ingredients taken straight from the farm to make biscuit creations that'll satisfy every comfort food craving.

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5. Old Salt Marketplace 5027 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218 (Concordia)

Old Salt Marketplace is a Concordia-based old-timey-style grocer, butcher, and resto, serving up huge entrees like half-chickens w/ wheat berries and steak tartare with toast.

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6. Olympic Provisions 1632 NW Thurman, Portland, OR 97209 (Nw Portland)

OP Northwest is setting you up with some fine fowl and more, either for dine-in or take-out. A string of patio lights in an otherwise industrial area alerts you to the location where you can enjoy spit roasted pork shoulder crepinette, eggplant, piquillo peppers and stewed corona beans. They're also known for their next-level charcuterie plates, with high quality meats like proscuitto and chorizo.

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7. Nong's Khao Man Gai Kitchen Window 609 SE Ankeny, Portland, OR 97214 (Lower Burnside)

Thanks to a new carry-out window in her Southeast PDX prep space, Nong is supplying Eastsiders with her immensely popular Thai chicken and rice w/ garlicky/spicy fermented soybean sauce, all without them having to cross any bridges -- which you should never do to Beau, because that dude can distribute Max Payne.

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8. Lardo 1212 SE Hawthorne, Portland, OR (Hawthorne Dist)

The Hawthorne pork paradise's Super Bowl party will make the Bud Bowl look like the Puppy Bowl, pitting SF's Speakeasy brewing against Frederick, MD's Flying Dog in a beer-off. And if you care about sports or whatever, a huge screen in their tented lot will play the game while they serve smoked-pork nachos and lamb meatballs.

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9. Smallwares 4605 NE Fremont, Portland, OR 97213 (Beaumont Wilshire)

Smallwares serves inauthentic Asian cuisine one small plate at a time. Inauthentic as in take your expectations and turn them on its head. With fare like chicken lollipops and pork skin ragu, there's no better place to get your weird bar food on. For a slight return to normalcy, hit the bar for your choice cocktails, beer, and wine.

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10. Clyde Common 1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

Clyde Common's rocking Prohibition era-themed cocktails are crafted by top-notch mixologists, plus this spot also offers European-inspired eats in its casual space Downtown. The trendsetting tavern has communal tables and small plates. Snack on truffle popcorn while you wait for your Heavy Petting cocktail, made with vodka, quinine syrup, lemon peel and grapefruit.

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11. Belmont Station 4500 SE Stark St., Portland, OR 97215 (Se Portland)

With 1,200 bottles crammed into a shop the size of your average convenience store, you can spend hours staring at beers from throughout the world. Even better: you can consume anything on site -- whether it’s a bottle of a rare lambic or a bomber of a seasonal from local brewers like Breakside and Hair of the Dog.

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12. Horse Brass Pub 4534 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215 (Belmont)

The City of Roses has over 75 breweries that aren't Breakside, and almost every one of them is represented at no-nonsense Brit pub Horse Brass. This place has been serving up craft beer since 1976 (before it was cool) and has never not been a great place to knock back a few. It’s the best British pub outside of Britain, right down to the halibut fish & chips.

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13. Imperial 410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR (82nd Ave)

Imperial restaurant, located in the historic Hotel Lucia, is owned and operated by Chef extraordinaire Vitaly Paley. This spot has a modern bright interior, and all the food is dishes made with local ingredients. The menu's combination of new and traditional American cuisine can be paired with any of Imperial's fine wines, specialty cocktails or draft and bottled beers.

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14. APEX 1216 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 (Clintondivision)

If you're into beer, you need to get to APEX ASAP. This SE Portland bar has 50+ beers for you to try, and we're willing to bet you haven't even heard of most of their offerings, like Racer 5 IPA, Omega Session, and, best of all, the 10.5% ABV Danish import Pride of Nekron. If you're not satisfied with beer alone, APEX has also got an outdoor cigar bar.

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15. Mary's Club 129 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

Operating for almost 50yrs, Mary's Club is perhaps the original Portland bastion of boob-baring. Stop in for a drink at this iconic PDX club.

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16. Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library 1124 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

If you're a whiskey fan, Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library in Portland is worth a trip. One of the best whiskey bars in the country, it has more than 1,500 whiskeys stacked along a huge brick wall, and in true library fashion, they're accessible by a sliding ladder. Roaming bartenders serve drinks from bar carts, and they know more about whiskey than you ever will, so trust them. You can buy a membership to the semi-gentlemen's club to reserve a table ahead of time, otherwise you'll have to wait a few hours for a seat on peak nights with the rest of the non-members. You can always buy a one-time "Hall Pass" to skip the line though.

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17. Hale Pele 2733 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232 (Lloyd District)

You might be a landlubber, but there's no reason you can't pretend to be a pirate and taste more than 50 different rums from all over the map, earning monikers that were previously reserved for guys with birds on their shoulders. Hale Pele in the Lloyd District rejects your average tiki cocktails and instead adopts more inventive cocktails. Don't forget to order the Zombies, which are so strong they are limited to two per person.

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18. Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade 511 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209 (Downtown)

Classic arcade 'n drink emporium Ground Kontrol has been remodeled/upgraded to version "3.0", which brings new comfy flooring, an LED-heavy Tron grid-esque interior.

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19. Bunk Bar 1028 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97124 (Buckman)

Draft beers, imported cans, and house drinks like the Iceberg (a pint of beer topped with a shot of frozen Marg), pair superbly with the mouth-watering sandwich creations perfected by the guys at Bunk. Expect varied creations like the braised lamb with house chorizo or roast beef sandwich with caramelized onions.

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20. The Slammer Tavern 500 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

Portland’s got its fair share of great dive bars, but not all of them advertise themselves as “Portland’s friendliest bar” on a sign outside. And dammit, it might be true. The Slammer has basically refused to change as the industrial area around it has hipsterfied (that skee-ball and the acceptance of credit cards are the only new flourishes).

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21. Hair of the Dog Brewery 61 SE Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

Hair of the Dog works to obtain local ingredients for all of its brews, which is great for the community. It's also great for the people who drink their beers, with 8 on-tap selections to choose from at their taproom. Growler refills are available for 5 of them, in case you're the kind of person who likes to stock up for the winter.

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22. Upright Brewing 240 N Broadway, Portland, OR 97227 (N Portland)

NoPo's Upright Brewing is a brewery that specializes in farmhouse-inspired beers with roots in France and Belgium, although they're all made with PNW ingredients and a local twist. In house they have a tasting room where you can sample various drafts & bottles, take a case home, and watch Blazers home games.

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23. Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. 929 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227 (N Portland)

Widmer Brothers is capable of filling 300 kegs per hour, which, if you're keeping track at home, is a lot of kegs. The Gasthaus Pub features an assortment of German-inspired dishes, and the banquet facility on the second floor has three separate rooms with a combined area of 2,818 square feet.

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24. Burnside Brewing Co. 701 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 (Ne Portland)

Beers produced at Burnside Brewery are unfiltered and cleaned of particulates using a lagering process. In layman's terms, this means that the beer takes longer to make but tastes like liquid sunshine. The menu features a selection of cured meats and charcuterie that has been meticulously paired with the beers on offer.

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25. Laurelwood SE Public House 6716 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202 (Sellwoodmoreland)

They already had locations in other parts of the city, but the folks behind the Laurelwood Public House chain decided to open one up in the Westmoreland area of SE PDX. Despite a new location, they haven't messed with their winning formula of great beer ($10 for a sampler tray!) and awesome bar food that redefines bar food -- fish tacos, fried mozzarella, Greek lamb gyros, and Kobe beef burgers.

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26. Ecliptic Brewing 825 N Cook St, Portland, OR 97227 (Mississippi Ave)

John Harris's newly opened spot has classic American bar eats like sandwiches, and starters and mains like sweet & spicy chicken drumsticks and fish & chips. Oh, and beer. They've got 4 of their own on tap right now, with seasonal rotations.

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27. Cascade Brewing Barrel House 939 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214 (Buckman)

This brewery prides itself on being at the forefront of the "sour beer" movement and, to that end, produces barrel-aged beers for the pucker-lovers among us. The Barrel House features over 18 rotating taps, not all of which are sour.

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28. Breakside Brewery and Dekum Pub 820 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211 (Concordia)

Breakside Brewery has drawn industry accolades, boasting a lineup of medals from the Brewers Association World Beer Cup, because it isn't afraid to take risks with its beer. Breakside minds have birthed salted caramel stouts and habanero-infused lagers, and you can sample a rotating cast of the creations from any of the 24 taps in use in the onsite taproom and Dekum Pub. The food at this brewer's tavern takes a backseat to the beer, as it should, but still provides almost anything you'd want with a cold one: namely, wings, a burger or some fried pickles.