The coolest bars and restaurants in town


The coolest bars and restaurants in town
The coolest bars and restaurants in town


It's time for a new edition (easy there, Bobby Brown) of the Thrillist 47, giving you the best new and new-ish places to eat and drink. Some had to go (it's not OUR fault Trigger closed), while other hot spots could not be denied (Hello, Whiskey Library and Expatriate!). Have a look at the list (organized by hood, this isn't a ranking) and make the most of your next night out.



1) Lardo
1212 SE Hawthorne; 503.234.7786
Sometimes the name says it all, but that won't stop Lardo's from being repeated, as it's what people will be calling you once you're addicted to their sandwiches piled high with house-cured meats and served alongside a huge local beer selection.
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2) Gigantic Brewing
5224 SE 26th; 503.208.3416
Like a jackrabbit during mating season (or an Evander Holyfield during any season), the Portland beer scene just keeps popping out babies, and Gigantic's managed to go all alpha with a garage-style tasting room/"Champagne lounge" in the beer-starved industrial area hiding behind Reed College.
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3) Levant
2448 E Burnside; 503.954.2322
Serving a specialized blend of North African, Middle Eastern, Iberian, and Sephardic Jewish cuisine, E Burnside's Levant proves that all you really need to unite a region is good food... assuming said region is in a nice Portland neighborhood.
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4) Bar Dobre
3962 SE Hawthorne; 503.477.5622
Sticking out among East Hawthorne's hot dog and bar-burger joints like a delicious potato- & cheese-stuffed diamond in the rough, Bar Dobre mixes traditional Polish food with the even-more-traditional Portland vibe of never having toiled a single day anywhere, let alone a field.
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5) White Owl Social Club
1305 SE 8th; 503.236.9672
Joining it won't get you a creepy rendezvous with David Bowie after you lose your baby brother, but White Owl Social Club's got something even better up its sleeve: seriously local craft cocktails, high-end pub grub by the Sizzle Pie crew, and live rock shows and dance parties so epic, the next day you'll totally be reminded of the babe. What babe? That babe that you met there.
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6) Cibo
3593 SE Division; 503.719.5377
Authentic Tuscan cooking involves the delicate art of creating complex flavors from simple ingredients and utilizing every part of the animal… all while hunting womp rats and avoiding that annoying Ben Kenobi dude. For an authentic taste of Tuscan cooking without the threat of Sandpeople (for now), check out Cibo.
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7) Roe
3133 SE Division; 503.232.1566
Essentially turning seafood joint Block + Tackle into a Russian nesting doll filled with fish instead of tiny fat women, this signage-eschewing, reservations-only seafoodery requires cruising through B+T's bustling bar like you know what the hell you're doing and walking directly to the back, where the chef plates seafood he personally selected from coastal merchants.
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8) Shut Up And Eat
3848 SE Gladstone; 503.577.5604
If you like restaurants that firmly order you around, you'll love Shut Up And Eat, a former food cart that plates Italian sandwiches alongside a big tap selection.
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9) The Woodsman Tavern
4537 SE Division
From the caffeinated cat who started Stumptown Coffee, the gustatory genius who helped launch Olympic Provisions, and a torrid tender who raised the bar at Laurelhurst Market, Woodsman Tavern's epic raw bar, super-rare charcoal-fired oven, and tons of ham make this place quite H.A.M. itself.
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10) Boke Bowl
1028 SE Water; 503.719.5698
These noodle masters take two days to make the chicken & pork broth in which they float handmade noodles, buttermilk fried chicken, pork belly, and slow-poached eggs.
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11) Nong's Khao Man Gai Kitchen Window
609 SE Ankeny; 503.740.2907
Thanks to a carry-out window in her Southeast PDX prep space, Nong now supplies her immensely popular Thai chicken and rice w/ garlicky/spicy fermented soybean sauce to those who don't like crossing bridges.
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12) Tanuki
8029 SE Stark; 503.477.6030
This polarizing Japanese dive bar is filled with all manner of effed-up fun: pinball machines featuring boobs, dolphins, and angry lizards, a sitting lounge for watching Human Centipede screenings (seriously), and a tiger-striped bamboo bar serving aggressive drinking food.
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13) PaaDee
6 SE 28th; 503.505.7176
PaaDee brings a careful culinary eye to Thai street grub and comfort food in vibrant airy digs meant to mimic SE Asian outdoor dining: long communal tables and benches made of reclaimed teak, all surrounded by low stools illuminated by lights fashioned from birdcages
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14) Rum Club
720 SE Sandy; 503.467.2469
The intimate Dashiell Hammettian atmosphere provides the backdrop for drinks rescued from the back pages of dusty cocktail books, and served in mismatched vintage glassware.
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15) Hokusei
4246 SE Belmont
Specializing in a dizzying array of sushi, nigiri, and sashimi, Hok also plates a grill menu that combines Japanese traditions with a Pacific Northwest attitude, which shockingly doesn't mean depressed cooks listening to Elliott Smith?
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16) El Cubo de Cuba
3106 SE Hawthorne Blvd; 971.544.7801
Offering PDXers a chance to live the Cuban life without drawing the suspicion of the ghost of Joe McCarthy, this cart-turned-restaurant actually encourages that most un-American of activities, eating, by slinging the city’s best Cuban street food.
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17) Tarad
601 SE Morrison St; 503.234.4102
Part Thai market, part Thai restaurant, and all awesome, Tarad’s cooking up all-Thai-m classics like green curry, slow-cooked pork belly, and savory buns until 3a on weekends, so you can still go after you… sigh… Thai one on.
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18) Breakside Milwaukie
5821 SE International Way; 503.719.6475
The NoPo brewery’s funneled the cash from its award-winning beer into a gigantic Milwaukie facility n' tasting room that makes the south-of-PDX suburb feel a lot like Wisconsin but, like, in a good way… if that’s possible.
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19) Ecliptic Brewing
825 N Cook St; 503.265.8002
John Harris’ highly anticipated brewery has finally opened its doors to show off its... four draft beers and seven sandwiches (Trout Po’ Boy, a pancetta-topped burger, etc.). Like you need anything else… but if you do, they also have some seasonal mains and stuff.
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20) Expatriate
5424 NE 30th Ave; 503.805.3750
From a former St. Jack barman and the Top Chef Master behind Beast (not Kelsey Grammer... dude's a terrible cook), comes this inconspicuous, laid-back bit of awesome specializing in high-end cocktails and spicy twists on drinking snacks.
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21) Slowburger
2319 NE Glisan
The team behind Slow Bar ditched the ceviche and fondue to focus on mutating their lauded burger in the most deliciously deadly of ways, and it works.
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22) Old Salt Marketplace
5027 NE 42nd Ave; 971.255.0167
Emulating an old-school wagon trail-era grocery -- minus the part where you had to buy & eat pretty gross stuff -- the crew behind Grain & Gristle has set up this lunch counter rocking sandwiches w/ house-cured meat, a full butcher shop, and supper service featuring pretty much every character from Animal Farm.
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23) Ox
2225 NE MLK; 503.284.3366
This much-heralded Argentinean steakhouse chars its meat on a custom-made, Hades-hot, wood-fired grill whose grates raise and lower at the turn of two crank wheels.
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24) Oregon Public House
700 NE Dekum St; 503.828.0884
A philanthro-pub where, after overhead, they send the profits from food and drink stuffs -- like bacon cheeseburgers w/ a banana-/ rum-based secret sauce, and local craft beer -- to the charity of your choice. So get ready for a huge bump in funding, The UGBFCSAB (Unshackle Giant Breasts From Constraining Shirts And Bras) Foundation!! ...Just kidding, they do good here.
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25) Bollywood Theater
2039 NE Alberta
Bollywood will charm you with flamboyant song and dance numbers the subcontinent's lighter fare in digs that look like a spice-road antique riot, complete with bathrooms rigged with a video installation meant to recreate the chaos of Mumbai’s streets, which leave most tourists totally pooped.
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26) Aviary
1733 NE Alberta; 503.287.2400
Come for the top-notch restaurant in front, stay for the badass bar in the back.
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27) Hale Pele
2733 NE Broadway; 503.427.8454
A dark, neon-drenched tiki bar packed to its exotic gills with Polynesian decor, from antique spears and an army of gigantic wooden Tiki gods, to a private booth with velvet paintings, to an indoor pond complete with fog machine.
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28) Old Gold
2105 N Killingsworth; 503.894.8937
Gold's chef creates the late-night bar food she always dreamed of but could never find, including serious sammies like roasted pork seasoned with earthy achiote, garlic, and OJ and topped with pickled onions & "kaleslaw". Also: elk burgers!
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29) Dar Salam
2921 NE Alberta; 503.206.6148
From a gent who left Iraq in 2007 because of, like, war and stuff, Dar Salam offers the region's indigenous cuisine in a cushioned & curtained oasis of a room that features a museum's worth of non-war-torn Iraq photos.
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30) Smallwares
4605 NE Fremont; 971.229.0995
The baby of Johanna Ware (who once held it down at Momofuku), Smallwares delivers tradition-defying twists on far Eastern grub ranging from raw seafood to fully loaded dinners.
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31) Tasty n Alder
580 SW 12th; 503.621.9251
Legendary NoPo brunch/ cocktail spot Tasty n Sons has gone west -- as many pioneers are wont to do -- and set up camp downtown in a rustic-yet-fancy space that twists their brunch classics, then ups the ante with a dinner service that includes house-made charcuterie, lamb chops, fish stew, and a huge variety of steaks. Sucks that your wagon can only hold 200lbs.
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32) Portland Penny Diner
410 SW Broadway; 503.228.7222
Iron Chef winner Vitaly Paley's spot offers upscale diner food (behold the foie gras poutine) and soda-jerk inspired cocktails from breakfast to late-night.
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33) Raven & Rose
524 NW 14th; 503.894.9321
To make up for its false promise of being owned by Olivia from The Cosby Show and Betty White, Raven & Rose creates high-caliber Euro comfort food (wood-fired mussels & flatbread) in the Ladd Carriage House.
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34) Imperial
524 NW 14th; 503.894.9321
Imperial offers fire-grilled steaks and some of Portland's best cocktails. 'Nuff said.
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35) Tasting East/ TE Bar
909 SW Park; 503.243.5991
Turning the lower level of downtown's Paramount Hotel into a pan-Asian wonderland of repurposed bleacher-seat booths and Japanese railway wood, Tasting East and TE Bar are two distinct venues plating everything from Tokyo street food to Hong Kong faves while providing contrasting dining experiences billed as "night and day", which they hope is enough to get you to Cruise on in.
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36) Roman Candle Bakery
3377 SE Division; 971.302.6605
The dude behind the Stumptown empire was already on fire after Ava Gene's took off, but that didn't stop him from opening up this crazy-good bakery which's making desserts, breads, sandwiches, and a white pizza that's so addictive, you might as well toss out all your pants and exclusively wear sweats.
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37) Block + Tackle
3113 SE Division St; 503.236.0205
A culinary water park from a chef who has spent so much time working with fish that he practically has an honorary degree at one of their… waitforit!... schools.
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38) Sen Yai
3384 SE Division St; 503.236.3573
Offering more Thai street-style than the team that almost pulled an upset in that one Step Up movie, the dude behind Pok Pok continues his Division St domination with this old-school noodle house where -- if noodles aren’t your thing -- there’s also softball-sized pork buns.
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39) Sok Sab Bai
2625 SE 21st Ave; 971.255.0292
Bringing a rare taste of Cambodian cuisine to PDX, this cart-turned-restaurant in a Clinton St colonial serves up authentic pork belly buns, fish sauce-marinated steaks, and amok trey, which's Cambodia's national dish, and not what the dude from Phish ran after too much acid.
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40) Multnomah Whiskey Library
1124 SW Alder St; 503.764.9374
Once they bring a seriously next-level craft cocktail made with traditional techniques/ preparations to your table in an elegant wheeled cart, you’ll stop wondering why the wait at this old-school drinkery, with an "overwhelming" catalogue of spirits that's over 1500-strong, is even longer than the ones at a Seven of Nine kissing booth at Comicon.
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41) Grassa
1205 SW Washington St; 503.241.1133
Continuing a fine tradition of naming his restaurants after what people will call you if you eat there too often, the dude behind Lardo has swung open the doors to Grassa, which is serving up handmade pastas and craft cocktails of the Italian variety, and means "tubby" or "fat" in Italian.
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42) Brunch Box
620 SW 9th Ave; 503.287.4377
Like a morbidly obese Optimus Prime, this spot’s transformed from food cart to actual restaurant, and despite its name, has larger ambitions: it’s an all-day breakfast joint that also specializes in ridiculous bovine fistwiches served up between insanely dense grilled cheeses.
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43) Racion
1205 SW Washington St; 971.276.8008
Like a combination of Mr. Wizard's kitchen and a factory run by Willy Wonka's flesh-hungry brother, Racion makes complex tapas in an open, all-electric kitchen where you can watch chefs as they reduce, compress, and do other mad-scientisty things to foods before reassembling them into edible art.
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44) Verde Cocina Perla
524 NW 14th; 503.894.9321
What started out as a humble farm stand feeding kale-worshipping Sur La Table disciples at local markets is now a Pearl District standalone, but it still focuses on turning hyper-local, farm-fresh veggies & meats into authentic Mexican wonders.
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45) The Parish
231 NW 11th; 503.281.1222
In the beginning, there was EaT: An Oyster Bar, and it was good. The people flocked to enjoy its embrace of rich shellfish and po' boys alike. And its founders said, "Let us not be limited to the East Mississippi promised land, but spread this word to the Pearl, bringing high-class Cajun fare across the waters of the Willamette." And lo, there appeared The Parish.
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46) Oven & Shaker
1134 NW Everett; 503.241.1600
This collaboration between Nostrana's three-time Beard-nominated chef/owner and the worldly bartender who helped launch Aviation Gin is a massive pizzeria/saloon that combines the former's brick oven skillz with the latter's vision of what a bar should be.
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47) Bamboo Sushi
836 NW 23rd; 971.229.1925
There are plenty of fish in the sea, except when there aren't and you're not allowed to eat some of them. That's the continuing credo of Bamboo Sushi's new location on NW Trendy-third, which keeps you from getting run down by a Kilo TT at the original SE 28th spot and keeps you full of ocean-fresh, Marine Stewardship Council-certified sushi and nigiri.
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1. Lardo 1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

Lardo is a cool low-key pork-centered sandwich shop, with a charming outdoor patio, a offers bunch of draft beer options as well. The star on the menu is the LPB Sandwich, which comes with lamb/pork/beef sausage, labneh, zaatar, cucumbers, fennel slaw, and pickled peppers. Whatever you order though, the fries here are an absolute must. The Lardo Fries, thin and crispy, topped with Parmesan and fried herbs, are a showstopper.

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2. Gigantic Brewing Company 5224 SE 26th Ave, Portland, OR 97202 (Se Portland)

This tap room and champagne lounge serves, you guessed it, draft beer and champagne! Growler fills are available for all Gigantic Beers currently on tap, and all Portland Timbers matches are shown on the TV. Don't even THINK about asking to watch any sport but soccer, though.

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3. Levant 2448 E Burnside St, Portland, OR (Portland)

This restaurant specializes in creating modern twists on Middle Eastern cuisine, and the open kitchen and fireplace-style grills give chef & owner Scott Snyder freedom to get as creative as possible. Between the selection of house cocktails, draft and bottled beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, there's something for pretty much everyone here.

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4. Bar Dobre 3962 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214 (Hawthorne Dist)

Bar Dobre's menu of bar food features a Polish twist, so each item is slightly tinged with ethnic flair and flavor. There's also house-made kielbasa, pierogies and golumpki, and the bar also features a fine selection of beer, wine and specialty cocktails.

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5. White Owl Social Club 1305 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Hawthorne Dist)

A bar, restaurant, and music venue all rolled into one, White Owl Social Club is typically brimming with west-side hipsters, young suburbanites, and... pups! That's right, this Buckman spot is dog-friendly, boasting a Wednesday Yappy Hour, when dog owners are treated to drink specials, their furry friends are treated to, well, treats, and there's even a show-and-tell that brings pooches in from shelters for playtime and possible adoption. No matter when you stop in, you'll find excellent craft cocktails and plenty of scrumptious bites like jalapeño poppers, brussels sprouts, and burgers in both vegan and bacon-cheddar varieties.

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6. Cibo 3539 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

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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7. Roe 3113 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 (Se Portland)

Roe is so secretly tucked behind another restaurant, you might get the urge to nervously whisper a ridiculous password. Once you enter (sans keyword) you're treated to a comfy seafood joint where the chefs, in a unique open kitchen set-up, prepare your meal right before your amazed eyes.

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8. Shut Up And Eat PDX 3848 SE Gladstone St, Portland, OR 97206 (Se Portland)

Between the massive Italian hoagies and decadent hand-held breakfast sandwiches, Shut Up and Eat, doesn't have to tell you twice. And after you eat their signature Broad St. Bomber, you might get Full and Sleepy.

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9. The Woodsman Tavern 4537 SE Division, Portland, OR 97201 (Se Portland)

The Woodsman Tavern is a gastropub delivering upmarket takes on American favorites like fried chicken, broiled cod, and New York strip steak, all the while slinging craft beer, vintage bourbon, win, and a handful of house specialty cocktails. The burgers here are unforgettable and some of the best in Portland -- the two stacked patties come straight from Lanet Family Farms and meet raw onions, pickles, and lettuce on a toasted bun.

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10. Boke Bowl's Brick and Mortar 1028 SE Water, Portland , OR 97214 (Se Portland)

Boke Bowl's Brick and Mortar, now taking in residence on Portland's Industrial East Side neighborhood, have turned ramen into an art and an actual meal you'd crave outside of your finals' week dungeon. In addition to the regular menu, Thursday nights are Korean Fried Chicken night, in case you thought you were gonna take that run later.

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11. 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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12. Tanuki 8029 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215 (Se Portland)

Tanuki prides itself on being niche, catering to lovers of drinking foods from Japan, Korea and Okinawa. Drinking foods, for the uninitiated, are foods that are meant to be eaten along with alcoholic beverages, and with the huge selection of craft Sake, Japanese whiskey and Shochu available, you should have no problem finding a combination that fits your particular palate. Oh, and no sushi or kids allowed. Rules are rules!

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13. PaaDee 6 SE 28th, Portland, OR 97214

PaaDee's mission is to provide Thai comfort food to the masses, specifically Portland's masses, and the menu contains some of the restaurant's founders' favorite dishes from childhood.

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14. Rum Club 720 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97206 (Buckman)

This place, as you might've guessed if you saw the name, is all about the rum. They've got nine specialty rum-centric cocktails, but if rum's not your thing there's always the nine other cocktails mixed with different liquors. The menu of pub grub features classics such as Braised Short Ribs and the Shrimp Cocktail. The casual vibe makes Rum Club a "dive cocktail bar," if such a thing exists.

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15. Hokusei 4246 SE Belmont st, Portland, OR 97215 (Belmont)

This restaurant saves you the trouble of hopping a cargo ship to Hokkaido by serving up fresh, authentic Japanese sushi right in South Portland. The full bar features a host of specialty cocktails and enough saki to make a samurai weep, and there are also a number of Japanese and locally-brewed beers available on tap.

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16. El Cubo de Cuba 3106 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214 (Hawthorne Dist)

This Hawthorne cart-turned-resto is serving up some of the most authentic Cuban food in town, including a boss Cuban sando and mojitos that will make you want to drink the afternoon away on their patio.

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17. Tarad 601 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

SE Portland's Tarad is 50% market, 50% restaurant and 100% Thai heaven. At this Morrison spot, they're cooking up Thai staples like green curry, old-style pad Thai, slow-cooked pork belly, and savory buns. They also do takeout, and, even better, are open til 3am on the weekends.

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18. Breakside Milwaukie 5821 SE International Way, Milwaukie, OR 97222

The brewery in North Portland earned enough cash from its award-winning beer to open a gigantic facility in Milwaukie that doubles as a tasting room, making this south-of-PDX suburb feel a lot like Wisconsin, minus those obnoxious Packers fans.

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19. Slowburger 2329 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232 (Ne Portland)

Slowburger, from the makers of Slow Bar, dishes out quality burgers made from locally-sourced ingredients with all the tender care that a mother might give to their child. Unlike the child, however, these burgers are made for the express purpose of being eaten, and together with the tasty selection of beers on tap they should be enough to prove that sometimes good things are worth the wait.

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20. 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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21. 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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22. Oregon Public House 700 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211 (Ne Portland)

A for-charity bar that sends all of its drink and food profits to a charity of your choice. So, eat, drink, and be philanthropic.

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23. Bollywood Theater 2039 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211 (Alberta Arts Dist)

Bollywood Theater offers Portland the chaotic, yet charming Mumbai experience with Southern-Indian eats all under one roof.

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24. 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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25. Expatriate 5424 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211 (Concordia)

Arguably one of Portland's most popular cocktail bars, the bartenders at Expatriate are professionally trained mixologists who, in addition to perfecting the classics, have a knack for creating custom or experimental drinks. And in addition to these carefully-crafted concoctions, the bar also offers a menu of refined bar bites. The Prohibition-era vibe is evident from the gold and red decor that is way more sexy than kitschy.

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26. Aviary 1733 NE Alberta, Portland, OR 97211 (Alberta Arts Dist)

On the off, off chance that the bird ISN'T the word, it's probably a good bet that this restaurant/bar is. Aviary's got a great selection of cocktails and beers for you to wet your beak, and the food menu's organic, locally sourced ingredients will leave you questioning why you've been choking down millet seed all your life. Ok, no more puns, we promise!

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27. 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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28. The Old Gold 2105 North Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97201 (Overlook)

The Old Gold in North Portland is somewhere between a neighborhood bar and a hip cocktail joint. It prides itself on having one of the largest whiskey collections in Portland, and though the stock is always changing, it's full of bourbon, rye, and whiskey from Japan, Canada, Ireland, and Scotland. Custom whiskey flights and pairings are available, as are house-made picklebacks. The bar also serves standout pub fare like smoked gouda grilled cheese, elk burgers, and caramelized onion-topped mac & cheese.

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29. Dar Salam 2921 NE Alberta, Portland, OR 97211 (Alberta Arts Dist)

From food cart to a brick and mortar establishment, Dar Salam serves traditional Iraqi cuisine as well as Middle Eastern favorites like falafel sandwiches and grilled chicken kebabs.

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30. 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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31. Tasty n Alder 580 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205 (Sw Portland)

From the same leadership / ownership of the popular Tasty n Sons, Tasty n Alder holds retains familiarity in presentation and fare. The apple brined pork chop, however, is one heck of a must-try on the dinner menu.

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32. Portland Penny Diner 410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

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.

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33. Raven & Rose 1331 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 (Downtown)

Housed within a historical landmark, Raven & Rose serves upscale comfort food and a nearly overwhelmingly large wine list. The beautiful dining room is inspired by the Irish and British countryside, as does the menu. Take dining to the next level by experiencing a bison cheeseburger paired with a craft beer you can't pronounce.

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34. 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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35. Tasting East & TE Bar 909 SW Park, Portland, 97211 (Downtown)

These two separate venues serve a fusion of East Asian cuisine, ranging from Japan to Thailand and everywhere in between. There's also an Asian and American breakfast menu, and the specialty woks used at Tasting East provide a unique flavor to every dish.

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36. Roman Candle Baking Co. 3377 SE Division, Portland, OR 97202 (Clintondivision)

This Clinton/Division bakery and cafe makes tasty pizzas that straddle the line between flatbread and focaccia-- neither too crunchy nor too fluffy, these pies have the crust to filling ratio on lock. Fresh baked bread, green salads, and pastries are also on offer inside their stylish, Euro-chic digs.

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37. Block + Tackle 3113 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 (Clintondivision)

Block + Tackle's a rustic seafood restaurant with oceanic accoutrements, serving up Pacific-wrangled fish and slinging boozy punches.

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38. Sen Yai 3384 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 (Clintondivision)

The Pok Pok empire continues to grow with this old-school noodle joint on Division St, where you can snag traditional Thai breakfast eats like porky Jok porridge and Sen Lek Naam Kai soup with poached eggs. They also serve up lunch and dinner (with cocktails) in case their 8a opening time is too aggressive.

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39. Sok Sab Bai 2625 SE 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97202 (Clintondivision)

Cambodian food may not be your standard dining option, but the folks at Sok Sab Bai in Clinton will make it a staple of your diet soon enough. They're serving up authentic Cambodian dishes, like pork belly buns, fish sauce-marinated steaks, Khmer red curry, and Cambodia's national dish of catfish and coconut milk steamed in banana leaves, the Amok Trey.

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40. 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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41. Grassa 1205 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

From the same team that brought you Lardo, Grassa's an Italian resto that dishes out house-made pastas like radiatori, chitarra, and strozzapreti with delicious Boot-inspired sauces and toppings.

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42. Brunch Box 620 SW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

BB specializes in ridiculous burgers and sandwiches, including the absolutely huge Burgermeister (two beef patties, two slices of American cheese, grilled onions, lettuce, pickles, Thousand Island dressing, and THREE pieces of bun). Good luck!

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43. Racion 1205 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205 (Sw Portland)

This popular tapas factory cooks in an open, all-electric kitchen so you can observe the chefs as they whip up your meal, while you sip on a signature craft cocktail, of course.

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44. Verde Cocina 524 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

Verde Cocina is owned and operated by a husband-and-wife team dedicated to using Portland area farms' freshest ingredients to make the tastiest Mexican food around. The restaurant, located in the fashionable Pearl District, is a testament to this goal, serving up delicious guacamole, carne asada, and they even have a tequila sampler menu.

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45. The Parish 231 NW 11th, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

The Parish's Cajun/Creole inspired menu includes farm-fresh oysters at the Raw Oyster bar, shrimp stew, Chicken and Andouille Jambalaya and much more. There's outdoor seating available, and The Parish has even been known to stick a whole hog on a spit and slow-roast that sucker. There is power in pork, for sure.

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46. Oven and Shaker 1134 NW Everette, Portland, OR 97214 (Pearl District)

This huge pizzeria has rows upon rows of seating, serving up artisanal pizzas by the ovenful every day. The menu includes an option to buy a six-pack of beer for the kitchen staff, an option that you might just take part in after tasting your custom 'za. Also, be sure to pair your pie with one of Oven and Shaker's inventive cocktails.

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47. Bamboo Sushi NW 836 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210 (Nw Portland)

This place is all about sustainable sushi, using responsibly-sourced ingredients while also supporting marine stewardship organizations such as Salmon Nation, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Blue Ocean Institute. But, as important as wildlife conservancy is, Bamboo Sushi's green initiative extends beyond sourcing and advocacy to include close monitoring of power and water use, as well as the use of biodegradable containers. This commitment has garnered Bamboo Sushi "Certified Green Restaurant" status with the Green Restaurant Association, which is pretty darn impressive in our book.