Boasting an overlooked back patio/garden and a secret rock-lined soaking tub, Yakuza’s Asian-inspired paradise has got sushi in addition to an awesome menu of izakaya and American eats.
St. Jack is run by a former 23Hoyt chef and named for the man's encouraging grandfather (it's also an Americanization of "coquille St. Jacques", French for "scallop"). There is an elegantly-tiled patisserie with pastry domes and Stumptown coffee as well as a bistro side serving rustic continental fare. Snack on bones marrow gremolata and seared foie gras or, for something heavier, a whole roasted trout with lentils, arugula and brown butter vinagrette.
A friendly, nabe-y dive that specializes in cheap drinks, warm service, and super dogs (filled with cheese or topped with anything you can imagine) that are best eaten late-night.
A New York style do-it-all eatery and bar, the Portland Penny Diner serves breakfast, lunch, cocktails, and of course your end of the night I-think-I' m-going-to-call it-but-I'm-hungry needs.
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.