Amalfi’s Restaurant

Amalfi’s is a decades-old Italian restaurant in the Alameda neighborhood of Northeast Portland. It is known for its excellent pizza, award-winning happy hour, and friendly atmosphere. Amalfi’s has a very nice interior, and one can tell even when it isn’t busy, that the staff is used to a high volume of hungry happy hour patrons. […]

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H50 Bar & Bistro

H50 Bar and Bistro is an eatery in the lobby of Hotel Fifty in downtown Portland. H50 is run by chef Nick Yanes, and is an excellent way of tasting the high quality menu of a downtown restaurant without astronomical prices. H50 features very friendly, engaging service and fresh modern decor. It is a great […]

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Breakside Brewery

Breakside is a brewery and restaurant in Northeast Portland that features classic pub food and beer. The brain child of two local corporate refugees, this restaurant is marked by its clever design, beautiful wood and concrete form factors, and friendly waitstaff. On our first visit, we sampled their fire roasted jalapeno poppers. This appetizer features […]

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Noho’s Hawaiian Cafe

Noho’s has a very casual atmosphere with kitschy Hawaiian decor that belies both the restaurant’s fare as well as its background. Noho Marchsei opened this restaurant in Portland in 1992, expanding with multiple locations in Portland and one in Medford. You may have seen their offerings in Fred Meyer stores, and they even plan to […]

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Pizza Fino

North Portland features some of my favorite restaurants, including Pizza Fino, which has some of the best pizza and Italian food in Portland. Pizza Fino is owned by Linda Zumoff, who also owns Bella Faccia, another great place to get a slice. Pizza Fino has two business models working at once– in the front they […]

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Casa Naranja

We paid a visit to Casa Naranja one evening amid torrential rains. Given our love of inventive, tasty tapas, it was well worth it. Casa Naranja is in a converted house on Mississippi Avenue in North Portland. I’m a big fan of tapas, or of any style of eating where I can sample lots of […]

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GoGo Burger

GoGo Burger is a former Mongolian restaurant in the Hillsboro/Beaverton area that was a very pleasant surprise. This is not the place for you if you are a vegetarian, or if you are hung up on the kind of fancy coddled specialty food you find in a lot of other Portland restaurants. This is very […]

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Lucy’s Table (Closed)

Lucy’s Table is an upscale restaurant in NW Portland on the corner of NW 21st and Lovejoy in Nob Hill. We visited this restaurant on a very rainy spring evening and came in with a soggy misconception about how our visit would go. The white tablecloths, fancy menu, hyper attentive waitstaff, and decor led us […]

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Finales Desserts Northwest

Tucked into a small corner of Nob Hill in Northwest Portland, Finales desserts is serving some decadent cakes and desserts. This small shop is owned by pastry chef Erica Bentson, and sells many of its fine products to other restaurants. We had the pleasure of sampling several of their cakes one night, and can gladly […]

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Violetta is a locally-sourced burger restaurant in Downtown Portland near Pioneer Courthouse Square in Director Park. It is an unusual glass structure that is difficult to miss. This place is very unassuming and from the outside, I would’ve thought they sold travel arrangements or some other pretension. Instead, Violetta serves some of the best hamburgers […]

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