Food & Drink

The 5 best new bars and restaurants in the PDX

Published On 10/30/2013 Published On 10/30/2013
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Drew Tyson

Remember that game when we were growing up with the hungry, hungry plastic hippos whose mouths would open really fast when you hit the lever? No?! Well that's cool, 'cause we totally would've crushed you if we played. SPEAKING of things that open fast, though... here're the five sweetest new bars and restaurants in the PDX:

Double Dragon Portland

Best Former Sandwich Shop: Double Dragon
Clinton/Division
It's no longer just a sweet lunchtime destination, now it's a full-on boozer with a new bar, behind which they're serving up a badass warm toddy called the Gold Soundz w/ lemongrass & absinthe rinse, a shton of specialty punches, and the usual banh mi sandwiches, now served on Portland French Bakery bread.

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Opens, and It’s A Hit: Richmond Bar
Clinton/Divison
Posted up in the old Matchbox Lounge, this Nate Tilden drinkery boasts the usual PDX touches (reclaimed wood, handworked steel, tufted leather booths, etc.), plus a highly curated collection of cocktails and English-inspired eats like London carpaccio w/ roast beef, arugula, radish, roasted onion, shaved pecorino & Dijon vinaigrette, and a mess of fistable hand pies.

Ecliptic Brewing

Best New Brew Pub: Ecliptic Brewing
Boise
John Harris’ highly anticipated brewery has finally opened its doors to show off its... four draft beers and seven sandwiches. Like you need anything else.

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Grandma’s Best Portuguese: Fado
Sunnyside
The menu here ranges from Portuguese to Brazilian, but the pro move is to pair the Linguiça -- Portugal’s tastiest sausage, served on a hand-painted clay pig with flaming vodka charring the sides -- with Grandma’s Top Shelf, a potent concoction that actually features the owner’s grandma’s secret anise liqueur.

Most Ambitious New Bar: Multnomah Whiskey Library
Downtown
Home to an "overwhelming" catalogue of spirits that's over 1500-strong, this old-school drinkery has waits longer than the Seven of Nine kissing booth at Comicon for its craft cocktails made with traditional techniques/ preparations which're served table-side from carts. Pretty convenient, since that's probably what you'll need to get you home.

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1. Double Dragon 1235 SE Division, Portland, OR 97202 (Clintondivision)

Brought to you by a dude whose resume includes NYC's famed Momofuku, Double Dragon's bursting with next-level banh mis, featuring meats like five-spiced, hoisin-sauced, and 6hr-braised pulled pork.

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2. The Richmond Bar 3203 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 (Clintondivision)

Nate Tilden’s newest spot on Division is boasting a selection of regional taps plus craft cocktails in their rustic and cozy space.

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3. 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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4. Fado Portuguese Kitchen 4612 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215 (Hawthorne Dist)

A taste of Portugal in Hawthorne. They've got a bevy of signature cocktails, plus Linguiça, the signature sausage of Portugal!

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5. 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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