OR is a nice size town that is small enough it doesn't feel like a huge
city but big enough to offer anything that a large metropolis
could. Here are a few out of the way places to try (and by the
way, they are all vegetarian friendly):.
Where to Eat
The Queen of Sheba
This warm and friendly colors of the walls match the spirit of the
food at this great Ethiopian restaurant. Dishes are spicy and
often served on one large plate for the entire table. Make sure
to order their specialty, the cracker lentil stew.
The Tiger Bar
This ultra-hip bar is actually a great restaurant in disguise. The
menu features great neo-Asian food for good prices. Start
the meal with an order of crystal salads rolls and finish with a
curry, bento, or Asian pasta. Go early to avoid the smoky
bar that the Tiger Bar changes into after 9pm.
Paradox Palace Cafe
Hang with the cool kids at this young urban hangout. The new
American Cuisine that the cafe serves isn't all that different from
the old American cuisine, except it's probably healthier. Try
the biscuits n' gravy with almond gravy or the tofurkey
sandwich. Low prices and great coffee abound.
There's nothing in the world like good old Southern food and the
Delta put the soul in soul food. Barbeque chicken, succotash,
country fried steak, it's all good (and inexpensive.)
Sweetwater's Jam House
If you can't go to the Caribbean, go to Sweetwater's for a taste of
the warm sunny life. This tropical restaurant features Caribbean
barbeque that Hemmingway would have loved. Try the ribs,
jerked chicken, or rasta sampler.
- Taqueria Chavez
There's not more authentic Mexican food outside of Mexico anywhere
than at this tiny taco house. Try the tacos al pastor for a
taste of what real Mexican food tastes like.
Where to Drink
Let's face it, Portlanders like to
drink. Here are some good places to be embrace the local culture:
The Pub at the End of the Universe
A cool little bar that looks like a dive from the outside but on the
inside is a shag carpeted multi-level room that looks exactly like
your best friends basement in the 70's. Lots of room, beer,
pool, and darts.
Beulah Land Coffee & Ale House
A fun bar with an eclectic atmosphere that has live music on the
weekends (with no covers ever) and trivia on Tuesday nights.
A neat coffee shop located in a haunted house. Get every sort of
coffee drink invent and cool vintage horror posters. Open every
night until midnight.
The Lucky Labrador Brew Pub
This cool pub is what brew pubs are supposed to be like.
Large, unpretentious, and filled with good beers
What to Do
This part will be coming
The Great Outdoors
Brew 'n Views