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The best picks of the Portland scene, selected by a local who's weeded through the offerings (we know, tough work).
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4231-4237 SW Corbett Ave, Portland, OR 97239, USA
Peruvian-inspired Paiche was named the best restaurant in Portland by Willamette Week, 2017. Paiche has delighting diners in its warm, wood accented digs on Corbett Ave and now has the recognition it so deserves. Lima born, Chef Jose Luis de...
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1012 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
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We are creatures of habit. Shackled to our past transgressions without apology. Silk is where we tend to end up when we're not quite done for the evening and still a bit hungry or thirsty. Depending on the hour, we'll cozy up in the uncluttered...
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2225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212, USA
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What was I thinking, accepting an invitation to dine with carnivore friends at Ox? OK, I'm more a vegetarian with a perchance for bacon and anything that swims. All my dining pals would judge the meat portions. Verdict? This Argentinean/PDX fusion...
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1243 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201, USA
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Having the best Thai joint in Portland so close to home is a blessing and a curse. Thai Chili Jam always serves fresh, authentic meals with comfortable surroundings that make me feel at home, even when I "eat in." Start with the fresh salad rolls;...
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2530 NE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97220, USA
Portland makes no apologies for the rain or the alcohol. More breweries and distilleries per square inch than anywhere, period. It leaves locals and visitors with an abundance of choice when it comes to having a drink. Duff’s Garage is a great...
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1438 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
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Empty glasses join cleaned plates at this NE Portland brunch bar. I'm always happy to wait in the rain to find a seat in the enclosed, heated patio dining space. They peel off all the plastic and open things up when the weather gets nice, but it's...
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807 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
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Mingo has been a stalwart in Italian cuisine here in Portland for decades. Small, intimate, homey, it's like my grandmother's kitchen growing up. But grandma didn't have the level of sophistication the chefs at Mingo bring to the table every...
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704 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97210, USA
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Dick's culinary journey in PDX is an exacting evolution. After his venture with the successful Laughing Planet, he took his passion for healthy, locally sourced food into the Kitchen to deliver an instant classic. Hip, innovative, fresh. It's all...
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3303 SW Bond Ave, Portland, OR 97239, USA
The tram gives Portland visitors stunning views of the city, river, and mountains beyond. Grab the streetcar from downtown out to the waterfront. You're delivered to the lower terminal for the three-minute ride carrying you 3,300 feet at 20 MPH to...
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1733 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
Alberta Street was fondly referred to as "the knife and gun club" back in the day. Now it's all about Last Thursday street parties, cool watering holes, and eateries like Aviary. The kitchen is willing to go way out on limb when exploring the...
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1314 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
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While I've never been to Peru, I do find it convenient having a restaurant importing the flavors of that country so seamlessly into the competitive PDX culinary market. Andina has withstood the test of time with its sustainable menu and creative...
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1411, 909 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
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The Laughing Planet is one of those quintessential PDX drop-ins if you want to make your visit to rainsville relevant. The LP is the creation of Dick Satnick, current culinary visionary at Dick's Kitchen. He grew the biz into seven outlets in the...
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50 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204, USA
Living here in Portland reduces my need for a hotel room even under the most altered states. My bed is always a train ride on MAX away. But there are occasions when friends or relatives reach the overflow level at the Upland Ranch (our digs) and...
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835 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA
This tucked away bistro, hardly one of PDX's best kept secrets, is a no-frills, saddle-up-to-the-bar-to-order kind of place. Mains range from traditional Pho to the inventive Luc Lac stir fry. Cocktails with names like Summer in Saigon, Pretty...
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929 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227, USA
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A trip to Widmer Brothers Brewing Company is a pilgrimage for many, but you don't have to be a card-carrying beer geek to enjoy this romp through suds and stainless. The guides who explain the intricacies of creating German-inspired beers know the...
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1801 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232, USA
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This east-side eatery is a breakfast/brunch haunt for me, and it's always busy on the weekends. No problem cleaning plates on Sunday morning after a full complement of Saturday night rambling. The waffles are always top heavy with fresh fruit. The...
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603 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205, USA
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For a variety of coffee and tasty pastries and sandwiches served with smile, not attitude, head to Public Domain in downtown Portland. From super slow roasted to drip and espresso, there is something for everyone. There are happy hours and...
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2035 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
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I was on a cruise in Italy when I heard about this place. I'd mentioned that I was heading to Portland, and a fellow cruiser, a native of the town, had told me that if they had one recommendation it would be the ice cream at Salt and Straw. What...
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410 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
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I'm a big fan of happy hours. This was my first time visiting Bastas Trattoria, and I will be a repeat customer when I'm back in Portland. Food and wine were all very tasty. Don't let the outside of the building fool you. Go inside.
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701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA
When my partner and I visit a city, we love to study the public transportation. We lived in Asia for a few years, and we learned the value of understanding the subways, buses, and the trains. We loved the light rail in Portland! I highly recommend...
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61 SE Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97214, USA
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Hair of the Dog was the most fun (and perhaps the most risky) stop on our Portland bicycle brewery tour. The beers are delicious, unique, and each named after the brewers—which makes it especially fun to get a flight and compare them. I liked...
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341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
The title really said it all. We just popped into this art-house theater because we'd seen the advert for "Sleepwalk with Me" on its sign. We knew it must be a hip joint because a) it's in Portland's Pearl District, and b) there were lots of young...
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1038 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
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OK, we didn't exactly go far for dinner. We were staying in the Ace Hotel, just two doors down, but we were jet-lagged and hungry. We had seen many people hunched over enormous sandwiches through the window of this traditional-style deli at...
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934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Every year, tens of thousands of locals and visitors interrupt their hibernation for a mid-winter trip to the movies. Over 100 movies, not to be exact. It's the first week in February and the days don't seem to be getting any longer, just wetter....
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900 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, USA
This is a beautiful bike shop in the Hawthorne neighborhood catering to the conventional —and the not-so-standard—two-wheel transport. I was astounded at some of the new "looks" in cycling. It's eye candy even to the most disinterested shopper....
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240 N Broadway #129, Portland, OR 97227, USA
When traveling, I love to spend Saturday morning at the farmers market. There's no better way to meet the locals and get to know the town culture. What produce do they love? What coffee do they sip? What's the overall mood? One of the best...
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128 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA
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Stumptown is a mainstay in Portland and a must on your list. The latte was one of the best I’ve ever had and the raspberry hazelnut scone was perfect. As I typically do in a new town, I struck up a conversation with the person next to me. There’s...
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400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
This is where everyone stops to smell the roses in the Rose City. Celebrating its centennial in 2017, the International Rose Test Garden is the nation’s oldest continually operating rose test garden (where varieties are evaluated for...
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525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204, USA
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One of the best happy hour menus is at Urban Farmer. Sit in the lobby area of the restaurant on the 9th floor of The Nines Hotel while noshing on these delectable snacks. Prices are reasonable and the food is delicious!
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22 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA
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Best doughnuts ever! Really. The cultish doughnut shop in the city of Portland is a must-eat. It's really gained some fame over the past few years since appearing on TV, so expect a 25-50 minute wait. And make sure to bring others so that you can...
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107 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214, USA
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Olympic Provisions food focuses on clean, bold flavors of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Home to Oregon's first salumeria, established in 2009 they're known for their meat. But I adore the small plates of pickled eggs and radish salads just as...
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611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Portland is not lacking for parks and gardens—I've heard the Chinese garden in the Pearl district is a stunner—but I highly recommend the Japanese Gardens in Washington Park. Portland's a relaxed place anyway, but the Japanese gardens, said to be...
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1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
An iconic name in Portland retail—as well as among readers who have never been to the city—Powell’s has multiple locations on both sides of the Willamette. The downtown store remains the one best suited for visitors to explore,...
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1339 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
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One of my favorite ways to sample a city is to taste its micro-brews. So when I'm in Portland, my number-one stop is the Rogue Distillery and Public House. The beer is so spectacular I lugged home several pints. With so many to choose from, I...
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Latourell Falls, Oregon 97019, USA
Near the acclaimed Multnomah Falls, Latorell Falls is an easy walk in a less crowded area that still leads you to a massive waterfall.
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Portland, OR 97231, USA
There's nothing like a day on the river here in the Northwest. For PDXers, we have two easy-access choices for getting out on the water. The Willamette runs through the center of town and is a more urban river experience. For my money, a trip out...
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701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
We all love a free tour and this introduction to Portland was a perfect one. What’s the tour, you ask? Well, it’s the Secrets of Portlandia tour of course! The walk covers all of the weird facts, sites, and signs that make Portland the crazy fun...
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N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR, USA
Mississippi Ave, a family-friendly avenue of restaurants and boutiques by day, isn't the kind of street most travel guides will send you to visit at night. You won't find a live theater, dance club, or movie house. What you will find is a busy...
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NW Reeder Rd, Portland, OR 97231, USA
Perched on a not-so-lonely nude beach on the northern end of Sauvie Island is an enigma. Well above waterline lies a 30-foot orb that piques the imagination and challenges explanation. The "spaceship" origin is not interstellar but certainly...
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Warrior Rock Lighthouse, St Helens, OR 97051, USA
Minutes from downtown Portland, there's a hike on the northern tip of Sauvie Island that takes you through bird-sanctuary beauty and wilderness isolation. The walk out to explore Oregon's smallest lighthouse can be a comfortable sunny stroll...
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3971 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97212, USA
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Box Social is about as close as you'll ever get to a classic speakeasy—small, nondescript, curtains drawn, and upon arrival you'll wonder if you need a secret password to enter. Deemed Portland's premiere drinking parlor, the Box is all about...
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3715 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202, USA
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I believe we have ourselves a trend here in PDX with the notion of gourmet Mexican cuisine. While that may sound a bit oxymoronic, there has been room for years in the Mexican food scene to step up the game. Enter Xico (pronounced chico), with a...
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3113 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202, USA
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Pescatarians Unite! The fish mongers at B&T have created a casual seafood scene built on NW fresh. Catches are sustainable and expertly prepared in the former Wafu izakaya site. The big board is graced with the day's specials while the menu favors...
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7540 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217, USA
Just up from the N. Lombard Transit Center on the Max Yellow Line is a cozy coffee corner that's worth hopping off the train for. Cup Coffee is in an old Portland house serving great beverages and food in comfortable surroundings. Come for the...
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4057 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97227, USA
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An izakaya is a Japanese bar or tavern serving traditional small plates, but not sushi or sashimi. Miho lives up to this tradition with a broad selection of food groups and flavors to satisfy any palate. The menu is seasonal and delicious—two...
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2712 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
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The little sister to the Blue Olive Restaurant over in NW, this neighborhood haunt is just right for the Alberta Street vibe. Small, accessible, and serving up cheap, healthy Mediterranean food is a surefire hit in NoPo. From feta and olives to...
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McKenzie Hwy, Blue River, OR 97413, USA
A trip up to the Dee Wright is a required trek for all my guests who visit Oregon. If you want to experience the power and beauty of the planet, the Old McKenzie Highway delivers an eyeful. Starting in Ponderosa Pine forests and climbing to 5,300...
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3229 NW Pittock Dr, Portland, OR 97210, USA
The mansion and grounds around this Portland icon are impeccably kept and constantly visited. It was even featured recently on CBS's Amazing Race. The views are stunning and if you're into hiking, there is access to the Wildwood Trail which...
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524 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
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There is an abundance of good Mexican food in Portland, much of it coming out of food carts scattered across the city. It's simple, cheap, and a bit one-dimensional. The next level separates the black from the refried, and Verde stands above those...
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900 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
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Sharing its name with the public square that sits outside, Jamison is a new classic in Pearl district dining. Designed to bring the outdoors in when the weather is right, the restaurant has huge windows that open to intimate outside tables. Tucked...
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2828 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232, USA
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Finding great beer is rarely about the destination and more about the journey. There are no shortage of trails to take you on beer expeditions in Portland, with Migration taking its place among the best. Locally sourced, owned, operated and...
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133 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA
Portland by bike is Portland done right. Pedal Bike Tours has the gear, guides, and itineraries to give you a two-wheeled taste of this platinum-rated cycling city. PBT prides itself in offering a nicely maintained, easy-to-ride bike that's...
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3520 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227, USA
There was a time in the not-too-distant past when folks would wander down to their neighborhood brewery and come home with a pail or two of fresh beer. Today's growler industry was born from these humble beginnings. The Tin Bucket takes the...
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4024 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97227, USA
Portland's original tiki bar lives on. This NoPo classic lights up the night with gaudy neon on the outside and kitschy karaoke on the in. Dive bar would be elevating the Alibi. The decor hasn't changed since the fifties, and neither has some of...
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250 NE Tomahawk Island Dr #22, Portland, OR 97217, USA
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Whether by land or water, cleating off at the Island Cafe is a tropical treat. Located on Tomahawk Island in NoPo, this floating dine and drink spot serves up some great food and good times right on the river. While the Columbia River is a...
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2926 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
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The Alberta district up in NoPo is no stranger to great food and drink. The Branch offers both without making you go out on a limb. The Doors would have tweaked their song lyrics ("show me the way to the Branch Whiskey bar") had they been privy to...
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7316 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203, USA
We were out at Kruger Farms on Sauvie Island for a summer evening concert when we came across the Captured by Porches beer bus. Parked amid the farm-fresh veggies, burger stands, and roasted corn on the cob, the beer line seemed manageable for as...
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1323 NW Irving St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
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This is a cool clothing store in the Pearl featuring gear and fashion from a variety of mainstream and boutique brands. The Lizard collections coalesce into a catalog of functional apparel with style and sustainability at the heart of their...
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1889 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201, USA
Portland's food cart scene is obscene. There are so many "pods"—small to large groups of carts at a single location—it's impossible to keep track of what's located where. That's the kind of obscenity any community would love to have out in the...
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1425 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
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For two-plus hours of tooling around NW Portland on a cycle with 15 of your newest, closest friends, it's the BrewCycle. The cycle is really a covered surrey of sorts, built out of many recycled parts, with seats for pedal pushers and a bench in...
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1405 NW Johnson St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
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The premier outdoor outfitter in the northwest had modest beginnings as a climbing gear cooperative in Seattle back 1938. Portland's REI outpost in the Pearl district is located in one of the sustainably repurposed warehouses now filled with...
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836 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210, USA
Northwest 23rd offers an array of fine dining and casual fare for the PDX food scene. Bamboo Sushi is a transplant from the Eastside and is a bustling sushi bar destined to grow more outlets. The fish and philosophy drive the menu at Bamboo, and...
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Portland, OR, USA
You're either on the bus or off the bus and in the case of BREWVANA, climb aboard. This beer tour includes some of Portland's best breweries like Hopworks and Coalition. The route usually has four stops with lunch, snacks, and chachkas included....
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517 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
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It's patio party season here in PDX, and this little bar and bistro in NW is a perfect spot for an enjoyable evening. You'd never know there was a secret wonderland out behind this storefront. The bar itself is quite pleasant and acts as more than...
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955 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227, USA
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The traditional gasthaus in Germany is an inn or pub with a bar, restaurant, party space, and rooms for rent. The Widmer Brothers Gasthaus Pub lives up to all but the last feature and stays true to the love of beer and food. Widmer beers are a...
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2335 NW Thurman St, Portland, OR 97210, USA
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Finding fine French bakery goods beyond the borders of France would seem unlikely in this NW corner of the United States. St. Honoré has transformed a little shop in NW Portland into a cultural escapade you'd normally have to get on a plane to...
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215 SE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97214, USA
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I love love love Biwa. I came here twice, that’s how much I loved it. Not even a five minute walk from the Jupiter Hotel, this place has one of the best happy hours I’ve ever had. Not on their website, their happy hour consists of pork, chicken...
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The Hoyt Arboretum is 200 acres of local, national, and international trees. The park has a network of trails that are thematically named by the species you'll find along the way. From the holly to the white pine, the redwood to the oak, the...
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609 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
For a fun (and manly) experience in Portland, save your haircut for your trip and get it cut—and throw in an old-style shave—at Y Chrome and total man cave just for the guys. Play a game of pool, have a beer, or check out ESPN while you wait for...
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1752 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, USA
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If you are looking for locally-sourced Pacific Northwest cuisine in a beautiful room, then look no further than Castagna. Order off the menu or try the 10-course tasting menu for a sampling of all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Everything...
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2713 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232, USA
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This bistro/bar combo in the Beaumont neighborhood is tearing up the notion of Asian cuisine and using it to light a fire on the Portland food scene. This self-described "inauthentic Asian cuisine" hangout combines local, fresh ingredients with...
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1303 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212, USA
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This NoPo bistro is in a neighborly little strip of shops on Fremont that's easily missed if you're not paying attention. And when you do find Acadia, you'll stop wondering if getting good creole cooking outside Louisiana is truly possible. Acadia...
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Eagle Creek, OR, USA
L. Frank Baum could not have dreamed up a more magical adventure than Eagle Creek. The narrow trail follows a gentle incline along the titular creek, taking hikers along a narrow cliff edge, through forest and to the picturesque Punch Bowl Falls....
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726 SE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97214, USA
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As the name implies, Trifecta is about picking winners. In the Portland culinary race, Trifecta is an odds-on favorite to delight. Part bakery, part tavern, part restaurant, the co-mingling strikes a beautiful balance. Stepping into the expanse is...
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3315 Southeast 19th Avenue B, Portland, OR 97202, USA
Stone Barn Brandyworks is a craft distiller with an ever-expanding set of big, delicious flavors filling every small bottle. They use regional ingredients to produce a variety of fruit brandies, grappa, and brandy-based liqueurs. When the harvest...
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1438 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210, USA
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Ducking into the Matador in the alphabet district is a great way to tour the Mexican culture through its tequila and mezcal heritage. Touting over 100 tequilas in a variety of vintages, you're likely to become a bit overwhelmed by the depth and...
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1022 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
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The Ace Hotel has all the trappings of a done-up PDX scene. From the khaki/retro colors to the foam block furnishings, the Ace screams hip to almost deafening decibels, in a cool kind of way. In real estate it's all about location, and the Ace is...
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825 N Cook St, Portland, OR 97227, USA
Celestial is the vibe at Ecliptic. And with a sky's-the-limit attitude, NoPo's busy brewhouse delivers on a number of innovative fronts. There's nothing special about the tilt-up concrete warehouse where Ecliptic does its magic. It's all about...
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5008 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215, USA
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Actually, the lobby of the Sapphire Hotel is as far as you'll get when you visit these days. And for all intents and purposes, it's far enough. The Sapphire maintains the edge its enjoyed since its inception in the early 1900s. Then a gathering...
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2337 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214, USA
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This Burnside bistro is an intimate eatery has a wonderful variety of menu options to delight any diner's experience. Scott Snyder has developed a rhythm in his wood-fired kitchen with focus and a respect for the profile of authentic Middle...
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2529 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
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There is no shortage of good Italian food in Portland. Crossing the line into "great" territory tends to involve innovation and localization, sometimes to the detriment of the cuisine. Chef Enzo Lanzadoro is a Southern Italy native who has...
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422 NW 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
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When I think of dining out, I find there are two kinds of restaurants. There are the ones that serve food you can easily make yourself, depending on your skill level. And there are the ones it's hard to imagine how the chef created such...
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1818 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 97210, USA
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Ataula IS all about tapas. Really beautifully curated, prepared and presented. Unlike the way traditional Basque pintxos, aptly named because of the toothpick spear found holding everything together, the chefs at Ataula use wood serving trays to...
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1021 NE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97232, USA
Rising from the ashes of the 60’s Red Lion Hotel is the east side’s new entry into the Portland hip hotel scene—the Eastlund. Cut from the same pedigree as the downtown Modera Hotel, the Eastlund is a welcomed revision in the...
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1021 NE Grand Ave #600, Portland, OR 97232, USA
The ambience of the rooftop Altabira City Tavern has been hiding in plain sight for decades. Once, the former dive bar - Windows Skyroom & Terrace - squandered the splendid view property for years. Along came the folks from Hotel Modera and the...
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1510 SW Harbor Way, Portland, OR 97201, USA
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The game is being upped at Three Degrees inside the Riverplace Hotel on the south waterfront. With Kimpton taking on the management, everything about the environment is tasked with delivering a world class stay, including the restaurant. Three...