Located just off I84 in a predominantly warehouse district the Hair of the Hound brew pub produces some eclectically named, but tasty beers. It's open for lunch and "dinner" but closes at 8:00 PM most week nights and 10:00 PM on Fri and Sat.
Favorite Dish: The beers are fresh and appear to be well made. The menu is relatively limited. I choose a turkey and smoked provolone sandwich. Upon first bite it was quite tasty however while eating some of the potato chips that came with it, I noticed the lettuce moving. The "organic" lettuce had come complete with a catapillar.
Not certain I'll be back any too soon as I didn't even get an appology, just an excuse that they only served organic lettuce. At least they comped the sandwich as I didn't eat any more.
The St. Johns Pub in the St. Johns neighborhood is operated by the Mcmenamins Group, which operates a number of pubs and bars in Portland. They take some interesting, historical property and make it place to go and enjoy an evening with friends. In this case the Pub was orginally contructed by the National Cash Register Company (NCR) back for the Worlds Fair in 1905. After the Fair, the building with its distinctive cuppola was moved by barge and then horse drawn to St. Johns were it served mostly as a religious facility.
Favorite Dish: Good solid pub grub.... my Canuck Salad was good, the beer tasty.
This is the local pub for Rogue brewing company. Rogue produces an uneven range of beers, some excellent, some not good, and a lot rather so-so. I personally find the main problem with their beers to be a lack of balance of the elements. However, overall they have a good reputation. They also make their own spirits - gin, rum, etc., which is a nice plus, at least potentially (see disucsison of service below)
The food here is good. It's pretty standard for brewpubs - burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, and the like, but good. The place itself inside is not all that comfortable, being an odd mixture of cramp yet not cozy, and if there is any moderately loud table, it becomes deafening and unpleasant. This is one major downside. Another downside is the service and the overall running of the place - it is abysmal. Our waitress was efficient but rude, unhelpful, and condescending. The beer list was utterly out of date and the waitress couldn't be bothered to tell me what they did or did not have and would only tell me if they were out of a beer when I ordered it. As for the spirits, the bartender was friendly enough but practically needed to grabbed before he actually paid attention to us even though there was only one other person at the other end of the bar. He also had no idea what to do with the previously mentioned spirits and no idea how to make cocktails. He couldn't even come up with any suggesstions or look to a cocktail book.
Favorite Dish: Pulled pork is good.
They have two restaurants and one brewery. They seem to have been missing on the food in my opionion at both places. The brewery used to just serve pizza but went upscale and lots it's vibe, atmostphere and pub appeal. We don't like it at all. The Bridgeport side kick on Hawthorne had alot more atmosphere and is pretty cool to hang out at. I just don't get the food there. They don't offer a normal pizza but have strange combinations to choose from that I find "strange". I just don't go there to eat, ever, either place. The IPA is word famous though and my husbands favorite beer in the hoppy department and possibly overall. That's why we go. The location on Hawthorne is great too, we like that area.
As we were walking around and waiting for our friend to meet up with us, it started to rain so hard that we ducked into this bar.
What a great find. The bar looks pretty small from outside, but as you enter there is a large bar, tables to the side, slot machies, dart board and of course, the card room in the back.
Favorite Dish: I stick to Stella when I have no idea what to drink. We also ordered some bar food. The best part of this were the prices, the beers were $2 each and the bar food about $4 a plate.
Above average Pub food. You will not leave this place wanting more to eat. But, you did not come here for the food, did you? The ales are among the best in Portland or anywhere else in North America.
Favorite Dish: Brutal Ruben or the Fish Tacos.
Must try on the Ales:
Morimoto Black Obi Soba
Santa's Private Reserve
Hop Heaven(fresh hop ale, seasonal only)
Lucky Lab Westside is found in a refurbished 1920's Masonic Temple. The Masons seem to be all getting old and don't need so many meeting halls anymore, but I think they would be quite pleased with the way this hall has found its second life. The building is on the east end of the little Multnomah District, which is like many other small gemlike neighborhood centers that can be found outside of Portland's center (for a good description of such a neighborhood in Seattle to the north, see jonathan_c's Fremont District The Fremont in Seattle (as can be said for Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia, West Seattle, etc) is much like several neighborhood districts in Portland, maybe not obvious to the casual tourist who comes into for a one or two day visit, but the neighborhoods are what really make these two Northwestern cities so liveable. Back to the Lucky Lab, the same beer line-up as at the Eastside brewpub can be found here, though the food is geared more towards pizza, create a more family-oriented atmosphere. In keeping with the canine-friendly philosophy of the Lucky Lab, there are lots of picnic tables out front where you can enjoy a beer with your four legged friend in the sun while Life drifts by on Capitol Highway.
Favorite Dish: Stumptown Porter (The original nickname of Portland back in the mid-19th Century because of all the treestumps left around as a result of rapid development), and Black Lab Stout are cherished favorites though Super Dog - a hopped up extra pale ale - is most popular.
One of Portland's least-known breweries, Tuck's is located in a small building next to the Old Cider Mill Restaurant and Tavern/Fryer Tuck's Chicken (The last outlet for a home-grown fried chicken fast food chain in Portland - chicken with Little John spuds on the side). The brewery is only open on Saturday afternoons when you will find brewmaster Max Tieger usually doing the honors. There is always a wide variety of beers to be sampled and local homebrewers like to congregate and talk shop.
Note that no beer is served in the brewery. You can find that next door.
Favorite Dish: There is always something different on tap here. I am partial to the Farmers Daughter which is a Belgian farmstyle beer.
This small brewpub in the Hillsdale District - about five car minutes south of downtown - is the first of the many brewpubs in the vast McMenamin's chain. It is a negihborhood house with history. The McMenamin brothers were among the forces who persuaded the State Legislature to change the laws regarding breweries and the sale of beer. Before the law was changed, breweries could only sell their products through distributers. Distributers were dependent upon Big Beer and did not want anyone else to come along (Big Beer was pretty good at persuading the distributers what they wanted ;-\). The law was changed to allow breweries to sell their beers from their breweries and the brewpub was born. Hillsdale has been at it longer than anyone else. This is where the main stable of McMenamin beers originated, but they usually also have something else brewed up on tap ready to go. The food is good pub food - meaning soups, burgers, etc..
Favorite Dish: Classic McMenamin beers are probably the Terminator Stout and Ruby Tuesday.
The RockBottom Chain might be known to some ... I've been there for the first time and I enjoyed the beer and the food - real big portions, variety of dishes from Italian to tradional American
Favorite Dish: I loooooooooved the Chicken Wings - they tasted great !!!
The Hickory Burger is really tasteful too.
and the Beer is delicous too!
They have a great variety of beer that they brew themselves from lighter malty beers to very very hoppy IPA's. The food is very very good and consistently so. There is a area inside w/ a lively friendly local bar feel with booths around and outside is a huge lovely garden space w/ overhead hops growing. It is very casual and always a great spot to relax.
Favorite Dish: They have nice fresh salads w/ alot of bold flavors. Also great sandwiches. There French onion soup ranks as high as they come. They do a great job with the food. Beers are cheaper than average at 2.25.
Well, I've always complained that Portland doesn't have enough late night establishments that fill the after 2:30 void.....The new Doug Fir has filled this void beyond my wildest expectations. I never thought the old Chinese Tea House restaurant and lounge, in who's dingy basement I used to see some of the greatest punk shows in Portland while enjoying a plate of sweet and sour pork, would undergo such a big transformation.
Part Hitler's ski chateau, part see and be seen hipster nightclub, and part late night eatery, the Doug Fir is just plain weird. (See the review of the Jupiter Hotel for more info). Fans of downtown bar Tube will definately like the uber-hip 50's log cabin meets sleek strip club decor' . The locale is in the strange drug dealers and migrant worker area of Portland's east side at the base of the Burnside Bridge. The service varies, always nice, but frequently slow.
But the real question is: how is the food? Well, my dear reader, you will not be dissapointed. The late night menu, though not very extensive, is hearty and prepared to perfection. Made with fresh, local ingredients and always cooked right. And the coffee is Stumptown dammit.
Favorite Dish: The Lumberjack Scramble. A breakfast scramble with prawns. And for only six bucks-24 hour hotcake house, you and your cover charge can bite me.
When I was in high school, I had a classmate named Ryan McTarnahan, who told me about his grandfather... it was not until 10 years later that I know how great a beer he produces!
Go into the Portland Brewing company for lunch while you are in Portland, and you can see why this Northwest town is so popular with the microbrewers!
Delicious beer and great food is what to expect here... try the fish and chips for an old world style... of have the spinach and bleu cheese salad for more of a noveau feel!
Produce Row is a very off the beaten path place but it's not far from downtown it's just a little hard to find. If you like beer you should check it out because it has the biggest selection that I've ever seen of bottled beers from all over the world.
Favorite Dish: There is not a huge food selection of food, mostly burgers and sandwiches.
The Bridgeport Brew Pub occupies an old brick warehouse on the corner of Marshall and 13th in the Pearl District. The area still has cobblestone pavements and railroad tracks, retaining the feel of a warehouse district. Inside, the pub is very spacious with several adjoining rooms and a long tap bar where the brew is served. It's particularly great for a large group: the main public room is particularly roomy with rathskeller-style, long wooden tables. And they accommodate children until 10 p.m.!
Food options are rather limited - sandwiches, pizza, soup and salad, finger food. This is a place to come for good brew and good company.