Drew Tyson
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1. Nostrana 1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

Nostrana is an Italian restaurant in residential South East Portland that features classic Italian food made with simple ingredients from long-standing recipes. It's also a quality spot for their wine list, dessert menu, and special happy hour deals. Plus, it's the birthplace of the Negroni Social, an industry costumed gala, which inspired the creation of Negroni Week, Nostrana is Portland’s capital of the negroni.

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2. Departure Restaurant & Lounge 525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204

Located in the Nines Hotel, The Departure serves authentic pan-Asian cuisine -- such as sushi, dim sum, and kushiyaki, along with vegan and gluten-free items-- and creative cocktails in a scenic, double balconied setting with a great outdoor seating area and sweeping views of downtown PDX. Try the Tasho Macho, the venue's longest-surviving drink, which is an Asian fusion take on the Moscow mule.

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3. Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen 835 SW 2nd, Portland, OR 97204

Luc Lac sports an interior reflecting French influences and an expanded menu of recipes from a grandma nice enough to treat you to greens with Hennessy-seared cubes of tenderloin (Damn, you ballin’, nana!), and tomato fried rice or tamarind-lemongrass-broth-steamed mussels, aka Mike Katz if you steal his t-shirt.

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4. Cibo 3539 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97214

Cibo, a restaurant opened by NW's mastermind Marco Frattaroli, serves wood oven-fired hand-pulled pizza, stromboli and other adventurous takes on traditional Italian cuisine. Entrees alters when head chef Frattaroli changes his mind, but though you'll likely be happy to notice.

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5. Savoy Tavern 2500 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

Located in Southeast Portland, this bar and new American resto has a long list of housemade specialty cocktails, a variety of happy hour deals, and a solid wine and beer list.

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6. Driftwood Room 729 SW 15th Ave, Portland, OR

Sure, 007 is cool, but he could use a bit more adventurous drink order, don't you think? How about "shaken, then hit with a piece of rum-soaked fruit that's set on fire?" Well that's exactly the kind of thing that you can get at this Hollywood-themed bar in Downtown Portland, where they're serving up a number of delicious cocktails, bottled & draft beers, PNW wines, and bar bites that include crab cakes, BBQ pork sandwiches, and wings.

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7. Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

This triple-threat bar, lounge, and restaurant near Buckman stuns with an entirely wood interior (right down to its chandeliers) with a rustic and interior vibe ideal for date nights. The American fare offers modern takes on staples like mac & cheese and bar food like buffalo wings, along with some of the best burgers in the city. The Fir Burger's decked with local cheddar, house-made pickles, and bacon on a soft brioche bun.