19 Actually Great Date Ideas in Portland

Published On 04/22/2015 Published On 04/22/2015
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1. Huber's Cafe 411 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204 (Sw Portland)

Located in Historic Oregon Pioneer Building, Huber's -- Portland's oldest restaurant, founded in 1879 -- really takes the cake for old-school flare and modern-American cuisine. Here, guests can enjoy a traditional turkey dinner, fresh seafood, pasta, and Huber's signature Spanish Coffee, which is prepared tableside with a bit of pyrotechnics.

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2. Slappy Cakes 4246 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215 (Se Portland)

Stop at this Southeast PDX spot and try your hand at creating your very own, one-of-a-kind pancakes on a table-top griddle rimmed with Bloody Marys.

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3. Rimsky-Korsakoffeehouse 707 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Our worst-kept secret coffee shop features some of the city's most cherished late-night desserts. Be sure to order the Chocolate Raspberry Fool.

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4. Jimmy Mak's 221 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

With plenty of options for food and a quality beer list, Jimmy Mak's jazz club will make sure you are satisfied while checking out local talent and world-class touring artists.

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5. Salt & Straw At 17th & Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211 (Alberta Arts Dist)

Rocking flavors actually developed in the labs of OSU's Food Innovation Center, Salt's a cheery old-timey ice cream cart dishing out eight envelope-pushing varieties made from ingredients like beer, basil, and bacon, and named for how the timeless treat was stored back in the day: in huge barns full of Angelina Jolie, Salt and straw.

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6. Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade 511 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209 (Downtown)

Classic arcade 'n drink emporium Ground Kontrol has been remodeled/upgraded to version "3.0", which brings new comfy flooring, an LED-heavy Tron grid-esque interior.

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7. Old Town Pizza 226 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209 (Old Townchina Town)

In addition to turning out gold medal winning beers on the regular and delivering said beers all over the city by bike, this pizzeria slash brewery makes its own pizza dough, ensuring the yeast is still alive when it’s baked. What results is a delicious fluffy, almost sourdough-like, crust. Oh, and they do it all in a building that's allegedly haunted. How very Portlandia.