Food & Drink

Portland's best places to party... AND have dinner

Published On 12/06/2013 Published On 12/06/2013
Tasty n Sons
Drew Tyson
Toro Bravo
Le Pigeon
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1. Nicholas Restaurant 318 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Nicholas Restaurant specializes in Middle Eastern and Lebanese fare and has been serving Portland since it opened its doors in 1986.

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2. Beast 5425 NE 30th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211

Beast, Beard-winning chef Naomi Pomeroy’s (she of Knife Fight) amped-up supper club, opened to acclaim in 2007 and never looked back. Six courses can include anything Pomeroy has imagined, and the fixed-price meals are served at communal tables. These meat-heavy dishes make for a truly unique and unforgettable Portland dining experience.

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3. Acropolis Steakhouse 8325 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Portland, OR 97202

With 65 beers on tap and a steak that rivals any meatery in town, Acropolis brings new meaning to the word "strip" at one of Portland's most famous stripperies.

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4. Tasty 'N Sons 3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

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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5. Toro Bravo 120 NE Russell St, Portland, OR 97212

A perpetually packed spot in Eliot, this Spanish-inspired restaurant serves up small, shareable plates of succulent beef, pork, lam, and duck with vegetables made every which way to make their way around the table. With rustic red-brown walls and polished wood floors, the unpretentious vibe here makes you feel like you're in the home a good friends, unlike most upscale tapas restaurants.

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6. Le Pigeon 738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Yes, it's named after a pigeon, but their amazing upscale fare draws no comparison a common bird. They specialize in French food and they always have market-fresh fish and seafood, as well.

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7. Urban Farmer 525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204

An actual sustainably sound restaurant (not just another trend-follower...), Urban Farmer boasts "barrel to bar" drinks, beef-cut options that will make you pound your chest, and sides like Asparagus and Lefse (asparagus and what?), which consists of crème fraîche, confit lemon, and dill. It's located on the 8th floor atrium of the Nines Hotel and is open daily for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner. There's also a popular weekend brunch complete with a Bloody Mary bar.