A surprising find. Located next to the main train station. Very atmospheric and comfortable. You'll meet a mix of locals and tourists. I stopped-by for a beer. With its high-backed love-seat chairs it looked like you could even bring a Valentine's Day date there and they'd be happy!
Favorite Dish: Try the local draft beers.
This is a nice, excellent restaurant that has a huge, excellent selection of beers on tap, a huge variety including local and other micro/craft beers, imports of various types, and standard lagers like Pabst and Miller. It has a range of beers both easy to find and unusual to find. Although relatively ritzy, it is not too expensive and has a good children's menu, etc.
This is an attractive, good brewpub of the local McMenamin's chain. It is nice inside and out, with some outdoor seating under leafy trees and is in the nice Nob Hill area. Inside, it has attractive old-fashion pub decor and is pleasant, not loud or rowdy. McMenamin's beer is generally very good and they have a nice range. Veggie burgers and more are very good.
It's also a good place to take kids. Be mindful of local restrictions on minors after certain hours (something we discovered at a little inconvenience since we have kids), but this place is more family/kid-friendly than some other places in the area or other McMenamin's places.
This is a great brewpub in the Pearl District, north of downtown. It has great beer, cask ales, great food, and great service. The place is also neat in old industrial buildings with outdoor seating on a covered former loading dock, plus a stylish interior that is comfortable.
This is one of the popular places to come for college sports fans in the southwest part of the Portland area (and to a lesser extent the rest of Portland).
There are an extensive list of items on the menu.
Along with several large screens for the sports fan crowds that gather here, there are other games as well, including a shuffleboard, two pool tables, and a dart board.
There are few windows in the place and the interior is dark, but that makes for better viewing of the TV screens.
Some menu items are listed on the web site.
There are only a few vegetarian items on the menu for those of you that require vegetarian food, but some of the salads are a good choice.
One of the most extensive efforts that the McMenamin brothers have been involved with. It was a public grade school from 1916 (The school was actually on the outskirts of the City!) until 1980 when Suburban Flight reduced the number of children to be served and needed asbestos rehabilation cause the Portland Public Schools to close the doors. They remain closed for over a decade and the whole neighborhood decayed. Just at the point of no return, the McMenamins stepped in with the idea of creating a counterpoint to their East Multnomah masterpiece, Edgefield Manor. The resulting edifice is oriented with one eye also to the community around which it serves. Inside, there is a brewery; cigar pubs; hotel rooms - two rooms per old classroom; a theater; a large restaurant in the old cafeteria; a very nice interior outside seating area; a nice outside seating area on what was a loading dock (outside my third grade window, now restyled as the Cypress Room); the old playgrounds are divided up into a large parking lot (Never large enough for weekends, as the School is a very popular location) and gardens which are also open to locals to grow within. On opening night, the place was totally jammed and a few of us old students could be found milling about apreciating the new use that the school had found, the amazing artwork throughout. My sister and I even met up with our old second grade teacher who looked pretty old even when we were in the second grade, so many, many years ago! ;-\ The community around Kennedy has seen a real rebirth in the following years since the McMenamins opened. Businesses and families have returned, when they saw that the way reopened. A great place for visitors to Portland to experience something totally unique.
Favorite Dish: There several restaurants within the School - you can get pizza from the Theater Pub, pub food from the Cypress Room and a full service restaurant in the old Cafeteria. There is a brewery here, as well. Besides the normal McMenamins standbys - Ruby Tuesday, Terminator Stout, Hammerhead - Concordia Ale (named for the community within which Kennedy School resides) is the flagship beer here.
Mcmenamins has several must visit brewries. You can't come to the NW without visiting one of these for classic food and the freshest and widest selection of NW brews.
They also run a line of hotels that are worthy of consideration to stay at.
Favorite Dish: Golden Ale, Yeah!
This is another place, the last place, we three stopped into on our May mileage run. It was for a quick post dinner drink. We sat in the back. Had a glass each. I had an Alt Bier.
Favorite Dish: My Alt Bier. I love this stuff.
I really enjoy this place. Its the cheap dive bar type of place and just a couple regulars were the only ones in here when we were here. We were tired and hiding from the rain and decided to get a drink and give E a way to find us by staying in the same place.
Favorite Dish: We sat here and enjoyed a couple beers and the afternoon. Reviewing pics and snacking on cheap light food.
Kells incorporates several seating options. The main floor is split into two sides. The left side houses the restaurant and the right side the pub. There is additional space on the second floor for private parties and big gatherings and a cigar bar in the basement.
I love some dishes and find others 'okay'. I guess it all depends on the day, the mood and how hungry I am. For the most part Kells is wonderful. The atmosphere is great and if you are in Portland you should go there at least once.
My favorite time is during Happy Hour as you get to try some great menu items for $3.00 a plate. The serving size is perfect for us as we usually get two items and share 'family style'. We ALWAYS get the Jameson Whiskey Wings - they are fabulous and have a great Gorgonzola Cheese dipping sauce. Yummy! However they have changed them and the last two times we have gotten them - they were okay.
If you are wondering why there are folded dollars on the ceiling in the bar just hand your waitress a dollar bill and two quarters and they will show you what a little Irish Luck can do. The money is scraped off the ceiling about a week before St. Pattys and donated to the Providence Childrens Hospital.
As an FYI of great business – Kells matches the amount taken from the ceiling so for every $1.50 you donate, Kells also contributes. Now that’s great! I always place a dollar and two quarters on the edge of the table and ask the waiter/waitress "how's your luck tonight"?
Favorite Dish: I love going for 'Happy Hour' - Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm. Currently you can get any of the items below for $3.00 with the purchase of a $2.50 drink. The Jameson Wings were our favorite. Happy Hour is also available late Sunday night.
- Irish Chips: hand-cut potatoes deep fried and baked with cheese; topped with tomatoes, onions, black olives and sour cream $7.00
- Jameson Whiskey Wings: with Gorgonzola dipping sauce $7.50
Quesadilla - chef's daily selection $7.50
- Featured Sandwich: $7.00
- Traditional Caesar - $6.50
- Kells Burger with Fries: Tillamook cheese, onions, tomatoes and lettuce $6.50
- BLTC with Fries: bacon, lettuce, tomato and cheese $7.00
- Gorgonzola Spread: Baked gorgonzola with roasted onion served with fresh baked bread, crackers and fruit $8.00
- Oyster Shooters: Four fresh Pacific oysters served in shots with lemon and cocktail sauce $6.00
- Spicy Chicken Curry & Chips: Spicy red curry with sautéed chicken over crisp golden fries $7.50
According to our friend, Rock Bottom is Portland's hot spot for great food and fresh microbrews. We decided to find out for ourselve and try a few microbrews after dinner. We each enjoyed a Volksweizen (really good)!
This place was packed. We made our way to the back bar and settled in for a few. As I was looking through their memu I realized that they have quite a few locations throughout the US. Interesting, I'm not sure if they all offer the same brews, from what I've read on their official website, each location offers different brews.
They had a pretty large selection of brews and beers on tap which I am sure would please any beer drinker.
Favorite Dish: Check out their original brews:
Swan Island Lager
A refreshing, light golden brew, this lager is clean and well-balanced, with just a hint of hops and a wonderful malt glow. Great with any of our fresh, flavorful salads.
A delicious Northwest wheat beer with the added twist of ginger and coriander to give it a crisp, thirst quenching zing. Even zingier with our zesty buffalo wings.
Sunny Day IPA
Make any day in Portland a sunny day! Our IPA has a bountiful floral nose, followed by a rich toasty malt character and a pleasingly dry finish. A perfect pair with a light and flavorful pasta.
This robust beer is rich and satisfying, with chocolatey, roasted notes and a smooth finish. This beer is dark, but still very drinkable and is a smooth companion to one of our juicy burgers or steaks.
Morrison Street Stout
Our stout varies depending on the season of the year – a smooth Oatmeal Stout in the fall, a big Imperial Stout in the winter, a dry Irish Stout in the spring and a satisfying Cream Stout in the summer. Ideal with a Brewery Classic.
This Amber Ale is made from all organically grown malts and uses the finest Northwest hops. It is medium-bodied with rich caramel notes and a bright citrus hop aroma.
The Lucky Lab Brewpub began life in an old roofing supply store in the inner Eastside (Roots Brewpub is only a few blocks to the north from here). There is a large pub inside, featuring a huge grand bar from which to put your orders in from. Outside, on the north side, there is an old covered landing dock covered with picnic tables that is open for people to congregate with their canine friends. Food is pub-oriented, with sandwiches, hummus plates and bentos of various sorts. 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. An interesting name or theme can lead to interesting merchandise lines and here you have the Lucky Lab sprouting forth on all sorts of shirts, hats, etc.. One popular bulletin board invites people to send in pictures of the clothing being worn in locations around the World. Don't be surprised to see someone wearing a Lucky Lab shirt in your neck of the woods!
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
The place has a warm and friendly atmosphere. The service was great and the food fantastic. Jake's is a Portland institution having been founded over 110 years ago. It is rated on Restaurant guides in the top 10 U.S. food spots.
Favorite Dish: I had the fresh wild King Salmon on a plank. It was very nicely prepared. For appetizer I had Jake's signature Crawfish. The menu says spicy but it should read seasoned. They were worth stopping in. If you haven't tried Crawfish (Crawdads or Crayfish depending what part of the country you live in) then by all means make Jakes bay seasoned crawfish your first. I think you'll be back for more.
This is a great restaraunt & bar located right on the river. You can reach it by land or pull up to the dock with your boat. Basically just burgers and such but its the ambience you come for. Although the food is pretty dang good too! You can always expect to have plenty of bread to throw out to the water fowl that come swimming up also. You can bring your dogs in also. A very relaxed partylike atmosphere. You can also sit right on the dock with your drinks if you wish (we do) but dont try to take them onto your boat.. They can lose thier license for that. :( This is just a fun place to hang out on a hot day.
Favorite Dish: I actually really like the french fries. They are perfect in every way. They have some real good drinks also. Try the Miami Vice. Happy hour is from 4 to 6 I believe. (you may want to check that)
The 14,500 sq. foot restaurant boasts 100 beers and hard ciders on tap. Combining the nostalgia of rustic exposed brick walls and dramatic 24 foot ceilings with state-of-the-art features such as a built-in frozen drink rail to keep libations cold, and flat screen and plasma TVs visible throughout the bar, Henry‘s provides a "best of both worlds" atmosphere. Its extensive menu features dinner-house quality and presentation of Northwest and Pacific Rim cuisine, never to be confused with standard "pub grub" faire.
The exceptionally diverse menu features fresh seafood, USDA choice steaks, cutting edge pasta selections, and authentic Asian preparations. All dishes are made from scratch on the premises, including salads, sandwiches, and pizza, and are served at their peak of freshness.
Favorite Dish: I had the halibut with fresh asparagus and garlic mashed red potatoes.....to die for! The halibut was very fresh and everything was full of flavor.
Rollin had the flatiron steak....melt in your mouth good!
And the service is AWESOME!