Big Trouble

329 NW Couch Street, Portland OR 97209
503.229.7468
http://bigtroublepdx.com/

Big Trouble is a Chinese-American dive bar that pays homage to, among other things, Kurt Russell, Portland's Chinatown, bad tattoos, and 90's house parties - a weekend hang out Old Town’s been looking for. Masked in dragons, Chinese umbrellas and classic Asian knick-knacks our bar boasts a light hearted approach to the current nightlife in the neighborhood not to mention an epic Jack Burton shrine. Our menu offers tasty food reminiscent of your favorite Chinese take-out accompanied by delicious drinks that don’t break the bank.  In a district full of clubs, Big Trouble is a riot, whether you are starting your night with us, ending with us or sticking around for a dance party, Big Trouble’s mission is to leave a lasting impression and wanting more. 

Block and Tackle

3113 SE Division Street, Portland OR 97202
(503) 236-0205
http://blockandtacklepdx.com

Block and Tackle is a casual Portland Oregon Seafood restaurant.

Headed by Chef Trent Pierce, a third generation seafood chef, the restaurant is his vision of casual local seafood. The menu features a combination of classics, like Shrimp Louie and Clam Chowder with homemade Oyster Crackers, as well as Trent’s own seafood creations. Fresh oysters, seafood charcuterie and amazing cocktails make Block and Tackle a must for Portland diners.

Coopers Hall

404 SE 6th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97214
(503) 719-7000
http://coopershall.com

The wine team of AlexEli Vineyards, and Joel Gunderson, of Restaurant St. Jack, are following up their wholesale debut with a retail venture, Coopers Hall Winery and Tap Room. Situated in Portland’s Central Eastside, Coopers Hall is both an urban winery and a taproom pouring up to 44 taps of wine, beer, cider and more. The taproom also holds a full service kitchen serving rotisserie cooked meats and savory sides. The spacious environment invites guests to get closer to all aspects of the wine making experience from grape to bottle. We believe that we have found a perfect location for a serious wine production while also offering a wine service experience unmatched in Oregon or elsewhere. 

Foster Burger

5339 SE Foster Road, Portland OR 97206
(503) 775-2077
http://fosterburger.com/

Foster Burger is a rock n' roll burger bar in the Foster Powell neighborhood. Comfortable and casual, Foster Burger embodies the vibe of the city with an emphasis on a no-frills burger done right. Our dining room is covered in local concert posters blending the family friendly space with 90s nostalgia. Join us for a lamb Kiwi Burger or dare to finish "The Burner." 

Frice Pastry

4082 North Williams Street, Portland OR 97227
(971) 266-8348
http://fricepastry.com/

It can be said that Frice Pastry has been in the works for years as that’s how long owner and pastry chef Alissa Frice has been working on her craft. Frice Pastry is the perfect combination of traditional French techniques blended with influences from around the world. Set alongside Lardo’s third brick and mortar location in North Portland, and sharing a comfortable space with Philippe’s Bread, Frice Pastry boasts pastry cases filled with breakfast pastries both sweet and savory as well as beautifully composed desserts. Not straying far from her roots, Frice Pastry also provides delectable desserts for local restaurants and private events.

Grassa

1205 SW Washington St, Portland OR 97205
(503) 241-1133
http://grassapdx.com/

Despite the epic eagle motif on the wall, the stoner-rock on the turntable and general industrial feel of the place, you cannot get a tattoo at Grassa. You can, however, get meticulously crafted bowls of fresh pasta on the fly, paired with traditional and seasonal salads, delicious appetizers and tasty cocktails. The brainchild of Lardo kingpin Rick Gencarelli, Grassa pushes the concept of artisan comfort food slung in a no-frills fashion. But don’t get us wrong; the sounds of throttled guitars and pummeled drums may echo through the place, but Grassa has nothing but love for you. When enjoying Rick’s family meatballs coupled with a refreshing Coca-Cola & red wine cooler, taking in the newly born pasta packaged and available for your take home enjoyment, try to not notice the heart on their sleeve.

Grüner

527 SW 12th Avenue, Portland OR 97205
(503) 241-7163
http://grunerpdx.com/

Grüner is a place to hide away, celebrate, eat, linger, converse and convene. The intimate dining room and bar feature food and spirits inspired by the bounty of mountain fields, lakes and forests. After all, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Switzerland all meet in the abundant Alps.

Expect Chef Christopher Israel to deliver a vibrant mix of traditional and modern cuisine reflecting the distinctive cultures and gastronomic pleasures of this diverse region. Menu staples include delectable mushrooms, artisan cheeses, cured meats, and freshwater fish. Schnitzel, goulash, roasts and savory dumplings mingle with aromatic herbs and intensely flavored seeds.

KASK

1215 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205
(503) 241-7163
http://grunerpdx.com/kask

Adjacent to Grüner in downtown Portland, KASK is a modern saloon dedicated to artisanal foodstuffs and exceptional beverages. KASK’s menu reflects the same creativity and dedication to quality ingredients that characterize Grüner, and its American inflection offers a pleasing counterpoint to Grüner’s alpine-inspired cuisine.

Christopher Israel, the James Beard Award–nominated chef and co-owner of Grüner, opened KASK in the late summer of 2011, in cooperation with ChefStable.

The bar program features a wide range of cocktails, from the classics to house specialties, focusing on balance, technique, and handmade ingredients. A nightly punch shares the bar menu with fellow throwbacks such as shrubs, swizzles and bucks.

The saloon’s interior design, inspired by craftsmen such as Wharton Esherick and George Nakashima, marries the rugged with the sleek. Cork floors, walnut plank seating, and vintage chalkboard walls pay homage to the rough-hewn and the reclaimed.

From its provenance to its provisions, Kask reflects a belief in the bounty of our country and a commitment to the time-honored traditions of good food and good company.

Lardo

1205 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205, 1212 SE Hawthorne St, Portland OR 97214 and 4090 N. Williams St, Portland OR 97227
(503) 241-2490, (503) 234-7786 and (503) 841-5373
http://lardopdx.com/

Starting life as a food cart in SE Portland, rarely has a spot been so aptly named. Rocking an ancient charcuterie moniker that truly serves as a harbinger of things to come, Lardo is a sandwich shop that worships at the alter of  bovine & swine. Using old-world techniques, contemporary flourishes and a gonzo approach, Lardo proudly celebrates its excesses. Pushing a menu that features pork drenched double burgers, a giant meatball Banh Mi, and hand-cut french fries (again) smothered in pork, Lardo also has beer. Lots of beer, actually. Rotating taps of knee-buckling craft brew greatness, backed-up with a refreshing mix of premium cocktails. Operating on both sides of the river at SE Hawthorne and SW Washington, as well as up North on Williams Lardo serves as a mecca for those seeking a uniquely smash-mouth deli experience.  

Miller’s Guild

612 Stewart Street, Seattle WA 98101
(206) 443-3663​
http://millersguild.com

​​Opened in December 2013, and located in the historic Hotel Max, Miller’s Guild is built around a nine-foot-long, custom-made wood-fired grill. The menu features 75-day dry-aged beef, nose-to-tail butchery, and rustic baked goods. Carrying on the theme, Miller’s Guild also features crafted cocktails made with spirits house-finished in oak casks, suspended above the bar.

The Vance Hotel, now Hotel Max, was built in 1926 by the Vance Lumber Company to house craftsmen and workers coming from all over the world to work in the forests and mills of Washington. The history of the building inspired a focus on wood-fired cooking.

Miller’s Guild has a warm, ruggedly handsome look that incorporates architectural artifacts of the previous tenants with a design inspired by the history of the space and the intentions of its chef. Most of the furnishings and features were built for the restaurant by local carpenters, metalworkers, masons and upholsterers. This reliance on local craftsmen is not accidental; it is a reflection of the restaurant’s philosophy that extends well beyond the menu.

Oven and Shaker

1134 NW Everett Street, Portland OR 97209
(503) 241-1600
http://ovenandshaker.com/

A partnership between three of Portland’s most accomplished industry veterans, Oven and Shaker is a modern urban saloon in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District that ties together the hearty Italian Street food and wood burning oven pizza making talent of three-time James Beard Award Nominated Chef Cathy Whims with the ingredient-driven classic cocktails of veteran Northwest bartender Ryan Magarian.

Oven and Shaker is the foundation for a fun night out - delicious fresh food, ingredient-driven classic cocktails, and a natural ease of service and style. Thin-crust pizzas, blistered by the wood fire, anchor the menu alongside shareable salads and small plates. The cocktail menu reflects Ryan’s passion for all things liquid and delicious, with an emphasis on classic cocktail twists made with whimsical and often unexpected flavor combinations. The bar is rounded out with a selection of local and Italian wines; regional wines are served by the glass directly from barrels. The bar also highlights local beers on tap and a selection of handcrafted nonalcoholic cocktails.

Ox

2225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland OR 97212
(503) 284-3366
http://oxpdx.com/

Ox Restaurant finds inspiration in the wood-fired grilling tradition of Argentina, and with it, the culinary heritage of Spain, France and Italy. The name Ox pays homage to the work animal that pulls the plough, tilling the soil and replenishing the land’s ability to produce its fruits, vegetables, and grains. Showcasing prime local meats and fish, Ox also features seasonal produce in distinctive preparations. Ox harnesses the culinary talent of Portland chefs Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton in a friendly and comfortable neighborhood restaurant with an energetic vibe and creative menu designed to appeal to the palate of the Pacific Northwest.

Philippe’s Bread

4082 North Williams Street, Portland OR 97227
(971) 266-8348
http://philippesbread.com/

From his start in Lyon, France, to his recent debut in Portland, Oregon, Philippe’s Bread isn’t new to the ChefStable family.  Over a decade ago baker, Philippe Garcia’s French bakery provided bread for Kurt Huffman’s restaurants in Lyon, France.  Through the wonders of the internet, Kurt and Philippe reconnected ten years later, and began planning the bakery in partnership with Frice Pastry. Focusing on quality and flavor, Philippe uses natural starter levain for all his recipes which creates his unique and flavorful bread and pastries. Stop by the shop for some delicious bread, savory pastries, and look for Philippe’s Bread featured in local Portland restaurants. 

Racion

1205 SW Washington St, Portland OR 97205
(971) 276-8008
http://racionpdx.com/

The Spanish ración, or ‘ration’ in English, is the term for a portion of food, similar to a large tapa. Traditionally, one would combine a few tapas and a couple raciones  together to create a meal that includes many different flavors and textures to experience and enjoy. Ración offers a five course tasting menu and an a la carte raciones menu. Both menus are available at any time in every area of the restaurant.

Roe

3113 SE Division St, Portland OR 97202
(503) 232-1566
http://roepdx.rest

Discreetly hidden in the back of the boisterous seafood restaurant Block and Tackle, lays Roe — an intimate and modern seafood restaurant brought to you by lauded Chef Trent Pierce. Resurrecting the cooking style that he introduced at the beloved FIN, Pierce focuses on fresh seafood that he carefully sources and personally forages from the Oregon coast.

The cuisine highlights the versatility of seafood through the creation of nuanced flavor profiles, creative use of ingredients, innovative technique and presentation. An open kitchen located directly in the dining room invites guests to witness this creative process firsthand. Dishes are accompanied by a rotating, carefully curated, beverage selection that is chosen specifically to complement the dishes on that week’s menu. The beverage selection has a wide range of options with particular emphasis on wine, sake, sherry, cider, beer and spirits.

St Jack

1610 NW 23rd Avenue, Portland OR 97210
(503) 360-1281
http://stjackpdx.com/

The product of a lifetime of study and passion, St. Jack is an ode to the bouchons, or esteemed cafes of Lyon, France, and to Chef Aaron Barnett's take on the humble excellence of rustic French cuisine. Situated on a comfortable neighborhood corner in Southeast Portland, St. Jack features both a traditional pâtisserie and restaurant in an unassuming 19th century home.

The zinc-topped bar features specialty cocktails, French beers and Belgian ales. True to authentic bouchons, regional wines are served directly from barrels in Pôts Lyonnais, traditional 46cL bottles imported from Lyon.

Whey Bar

2225 NE Martin Luther King Blvd, Portland OR 97212
(503) 284-3366
http://oxpdx.com

The Whey Bar offers a warm and welcoming environment for all. Whether you are meeting up with a party, waiting with a special someone, or just stopping in to enjoy some small snacks on the ever changing menu, the friendly and knowledgeable staff will provide you with gracious, informed hospitality. At the Whey Bar you can lose yourself in conversation while enjoying a craft cocktail, a glass of wine, or one of the select bottled beers. Whey Bar brings seasonal changes to its cocktail menu, using the freshest and best ingredients as they come available, while keeping the staple drinks that patrons have grown to love. No matter what the Oregon weather brings, sitting outside on a beautiful day with the outdoor seating, or cozying up inside on a rainy day, the Whey Bar is here to meet all of your needs. Come find out why it is becoming one of the best bars in Portland.