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Despite what the name may suggest, Burnside Brewing Co. isn't just about the beer. Yes, they've got plenty of it, with over 25 to choose from, including house beers, seasonal favorites, and permanent tap fixtures. But it isn't just about the booze here, as this spot also challenges typical notions about bar food by offering, alongside the expected burgers and fries, dishes like gnocchi, smoked salmon carpaccio, hanger steak, and a take on the Thai Massaman curry.
With a motto like "Bringing Fat Back," Lardo promises some of Portland's most indulgently carnivorous sandwiches. The term "lardo" actually refers to a specific cut of fatback pork salami that's typically cured with rosemary and other herbs. In the spirit of artisanal salami-curing, this narrow red sandwich joint is all about repurposing traditional meat cuts and charcuterie in more contemporary iterations, as evidenced by the double burger topped with pork pastrami or the spicy meatball banh mi. Even the fries here are loaded with crispy fat and Parmesan. And because no plate of fatback is complete without a beer, Lardo has a rotating selection of craft beers on tap.
Irving Street Kitchen's got a classic space with wood-accented bar and serves up a killer Bloody Mary.
RingSide is one of Portland’s most classic steakhouses, serving some of the best cuts of steak, chops, and chicken entrees in town. While the fries are predictably good, it’s the spicy cheese Jojo’s with Parmesan and herbs during happy hour that steal the show. This spot also boasts a serious stash of wine, featuring more than 700 labels.
With casual dining and a skiball-intensive beer ball downstairs -- plus swinging hammock chairs everywhere and swinging benches at its courtyard tables -- EastBurn is a neighborhood mainstay. There’s also full dinner service outside, making this bar close to being a restaurant.