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Possibly the most fun to be had in Concordia
The Kennedy school is a NE Portland mainstay for residents and a must visit location for visitors. Renovated by the McMenamin brothers in 1997, this former elementary school is sure to bring back some memories. Catch a movie in the old gymnasium, grab a bite to eat in the Courtyard Restaurant, Read More
The ¿Por Qué No? on N. Mississippi caught fire a little over a month ago, and since then owner Bryan and crew have been working hard to rebuild to get ready for the return of legions of fans. They are completing final touches and kitchen prep today and plan to re-open tomorrow, Tuesday, November 17th.
Though, they are advising to call ahead if you plan to stop by for some tasty grub, just in case they have any major setbacks today. Otherwise, they are ready for you.
As a show of thanks to their loyal customers, they will be offering Taco Tuesday/Mid-day menu prices for the first week they are open. Their carnitas tacos are some of the best around, so this is a great deal. Seriously, go there for the carnitas.
So come celebrate the re-opening of ¿Por Qué No? Taqueria and congratulate Bryan on both the birth of his new daughter and the re-birth of this sustainable North Portland establishment.
¿Por Qué No? Taqueria
3524 N. Mississippi Ave
(images used from porquenotacos.com) Read More
We just can’t get enough of The Goodfoot around here. The two-story building is, at once, a dance hall, a pool hall, and a neighborhood bar…several very different venues under one roof! Either floor comprises a full night in itself, but people frequently venture up and down the stairs, and you should, too.
Upstairs is the wide-open, brightly lit bar and art gallery. I love the huge, comfy booths – perfect for you and your five closest friends to gather over some pints. There’s a full bar and always something organic on tap. The food menu presents a selection of above-average pub grub – a decent burger, good fries, plenty of fried food – along with salads, sandwiches, and wraps. The art is, well, trippy, and is displayed alongside numerous concert posters. Worth mentioning are the well-maintained pool tables and the pinball – fun!
Happy Hour (5 pm to 9 pm daily) gets you $2 PBR, $3.50 organic drafts, free pool, free jukebox, and more.
Downstairs is the dimly lit dance hall, where a modest cover usually gets you in. Musical acts on most nights tend to favor the jam band/bluegrass end of the spectrum, which is fine, but you know what’s even better? DJ Aquaman’s Soul Stew, happening most Fridays (check the schedule). Bring your friends, get your groove on. My experience? Always good times, zero creepiness, everyone’s loose, and you feel like you’re dancing in your friends’ parents basement…in a good way.
The Goodfoot Pub & Lounge
2845 SE Stark St, 97214
Open 5 pm to 2:30 am daily Read More
Did you hear that Saucebox will be serving their notoriously inexpensive Happy Hour menu until 2 am on Halloween night? Say what you will about Saucebox (too trendy and sleek, too close to Mary’s strip club). You have to admit the Happy Hour food menu, comprised mainly of pan-Asian small plates with smatterings of classic pub grub (e.g. the burger), has some amazing deals: $1 edamame, $2 peanut noodles, $2-3 spring rolls. You’ll find lots of options with nothing over $5. I can recommend the tapioca dumplings – crammed with chicken-cilantro goodness. Trick or treat.
Happy Hour drink prices are decent, too, though no rival to the food deals. $3-5 gets you a pint of microbrew, a glass of wine, or a specialty cocktail from their very extensive menu. I regard Saucebox as THE place to go after work for fancy mojitos and people watching downtown. It’s uber-chic, always packed, and always bumpin’. With this Happy Hour deal, I can’t think of a better place to start out (or round out) Halloween night.
Location: 214 SW Broadway Read More
Sometime’s I get caught up in all the new restaurant openings and buzz distraction that I feel the need to pay a visit to an old friend. Andina has moved way beyond hype and garnered enough experience to call itself a classic on the Portland scene.
The inspiration behind this Peruvian restaurant was to bring the owners love and culture of their native Peru to their new found home in Oregon. Food, friends, and family are important here and it shows. With a percentage of the waitstaff there for as long as I’ve been darkening their doorway, you can know that the food is not the only thing taken well care of.
However, do yourself a favor, skip the entrées and experience Andina tapas style. The tapas, or entradas, are where these chefs really shine. Bring a date or a group of friends, plop yourselves down on the bar side and get ready for a wonderul gastronomic experience.
Tapas standouts include:
Tortilla De Patata y Alioli De Aji Amarillo – A spanish-style potato fritatta with an Amarillo aioli that will satisfy any soul-food cravings.
Anticucho De Pulpo – Delicious grilled octopus with rocoto and a caper chimichurri, resting on a bed of mashed potatoes.
De Pescado “5 Elementos” – A cebiche (traditional Peruvian dish) of fresh, raw, fish “cooked” in key lime juice with cilantro, onions, hot peppers, and salt. The fish selections vary daily, so ask what the catch of the day is when you order.
Jamón Serrano – A simple plate of Serrano ham, aged 12 months. Mmm, ham…
Pimiento Piquillo Relleno – Similar to the yucca favorite, only featuring a piquillo pepper stuffed with cheese, quinoa, and Serrano ham.
The cocktails shaken at Andina are also stellar. Treat yourself to the Sacsayhuaman (sounds like sexy woman), one of the best drinks I’ve had. Made with habañero infused vodka and mixed with a passion fruit purée and cane sugar, served in a sugar rimmed glass and topped with a cilantro leaf garnish. Sweet and spicy! $9
Runner-up is the Margarita Del Sol. This libation consists of 1800 Silver Tequila, lime juice, sugar, and shaken with a splash of tart hibiscus nectar. The kicker is that it’s topped off with a juicy “espuma de mango”, otherwise known as mango nectar foam. $9
If you have room for dessert, try their Canutos de Quinoa y Maracuya. These are crisp quinoa studded cannolis stuffed with passionfruit mousse, and served with mango-lemongrass sorbet and caramel. $7.50
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the bread basket that is served before meals. Their bread is served with 3 chili dipping sauces: a purée of passionfruit, habañero peanut, and a green jalapeño sauce. All bringing either a little heat or a little sweet to your palette. I could literally eat just this for dinner.
With the rain and the cool moving in, there’s no better place to transport yourself than Andina. Cozy up to the fireplace and enjoy a flavorful tapas dinner with friends or that special someone. Most nights feature live music as well!
Tapas plates are served in small, medium, and large sizes. With prices at $8.50, $16, and $29, respectively. Bring a group, head to the bar, and pass and share.
Happy hour is from 4-6 everyday for those more budget conscience. Or simply order drinks and enjoy the wonderful, and free, bread basket with chili sauces. This foodie definitely approves.
1314 NW Glisan St
(503)228-9535 Read More
A charming, English-style pub, the Muddy Rudder is a favorite hang-out in Sellwood, and for good reason: a cozy, old fashioned ambiance, friendly service, and an amazing selection of local microbrews and well-regarded imported beers. It’s the kind of comfortable, neighborhood hang-out where you can snuggle up to an amazing IPA you’ve never heard of before by the fireplace. Be sure to check the chalkboard for what’s currently on tap – it changes frequently. Also worth a glance is the live music schedule for a good range of folky/Irish melodies. The music seems to perfectly compliment Muddy Rudder’s dimly-lit, woodsy atmosphere.
All this makes for quite a draw, but Muddy Rudder’s surprisingly easy to miss, even though it’s located at the corner of SE 7th and Tacoma, just before the Sellwood Bridge. Happy Hour gets you $3 pints 3pm – 6pm, Tuesday – Sunday.
Location: 8105 SE 7th Ave Read More
Join writers Lijia Zhang and Richard Read on Wednesday, October 7th for Think and Drink, an engaging public conversation on writing as social action in contemporary Beijing.
A former missile factory worker from Nanjing, Zhang taught herself English and helped organize in the Tiananmen Square uprising. Now a writer and freelance journalist based in Beijing, Zhang has authored a number of articles as well as the book Socialism Is Great!, an acclaimed coming-of-age memoir of her teens. She is one of Wordstock’s visiting writers.
Richard Read is a Pulitzer-Prize winning Oregonian journalist. He has reported extensively on issues affecting the Pacific Rim and opened the first foreign correspondence bureau for a Northwest paper in Tokyo in 1989.
Think and Drink is a happy hour series hosted twice monthly by Oregon Humanities. Admission is free and all are welcome. This session is hosted in partnership with Wordstock.
Location: Rontoms, 600 E Burnside
Time: Wednesday, October 7th at 6:30 pm Read More
Here’s a new and welcome addition to the Alberta Arts District: The Hilt, where excellent Mediterranean food and cocktails can be had at reasonable prices. This place is clearly managed by pros who’ve taken the time and and effort to create an inviting (and refreshingly non-gimicky) ambiance, design an appealing menu, and hire friendly, skillful bartenders. I love the extra-large patio and the Happy Hour specials (half-off starters, $1 off drinks).
The menu features a good selection of Greek appetizers, pizza, and mouth-watering $6 to $9 entrees (try the Wild Mushroom Fettuccini). Vegetarian options are many and include a Roasted Zucchini Garbanzo Burger, yum! The outlook for vegan dining looks promising. Cocktails are tasteful, generous, and rely heavily on bitters to pack a punch. Try the Hilt Manhattan or the Sazerac (Peychaud bitters and absinthe). On tap are some hometown favorites including the Lucky Lab Stumptown Porter and Alameda Horseshoe Hefeweizen.
This particular space has been something of a revolving door over the last few years, having housed the now-closed cajun restaurant Lagniappe (and a few other places I already forgot), so I’m hoping The Hilt’s here to stay on Alberta.
Stop by after work and grab a picnic table. Cheers!
Location: 1934 NE Alberta St, 97211 Read More
The Bye and Bye became an instant Portland hit when it opened around two years ago, and for good reason. Everything from the thoughtful, wide-open layout and decor to the drink selection, the service, and the mostly-tasty all-vegan menu seems to be just enough to hit the spot but not too much to be contrived. It gets slammed on the weekends, service can be slow (but friendly, once they get to you), and you might have to assert yourself to get a table. But it’s all totally worth it. Here’s why:
1. You have a wide array of boozy libations to choose from. Consider trying their signature drink, the Bye and Bye cocktail. It’s strong, pink, and good.
2. Beer galore. Something for everybody. Hoppy IPAs. Luscious, dark stouts. $2 PBR tallboys. When in doubt, I order up a huge mason jar of microbrew ($6 during Happy Hour – that’s a lot of beer, people!) and make my way to one of the two patios for chatting and people-watching.
2. Vegan pub grub. Yeah, it tastes fine and, no, they don’t make a big deal about it. We enjoyed the Weeping Tiger and the BBQ “Chicken” (grilled tofu) sandwich. Pretty good for fake meat. I’m not sure why people rave about the Meatball sandwich (I was decidedly underwhelmed) but try it for yourself and make up your own mind.
3. The jukebox!
4. Happy Hour (4 to 7 pm daily) offers some tempting discounts like $2-7 food menu, $3 well drinks, $2-3 pints and, of course, the $6 mason jar.
Location: 1011 NE Alberta St, 97211 Read More