Fancy a bite into the tantalizing wood-fired oven baked pizzas? Then head to this modern pizza joint on Everett Street in Pearl District. The decor and the ambience may reflect the upscale quality and trendiness of modern American restaurants, but its menu is deeply rooted to the Italian street food and traditional cooking methods, which the award winning chef Cathy Whims has mastered over the years. The menu features the archetypal Pizza Margherita and other regular varieties like Mushroom and Salami Pizzas which are infused with original ingredients and flavors. The Fennel Sausage Pizza, served on thin crust bread and topped with Italian sauces is also worth trying. As for the drinks, you can go for the regular selection of wines like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to complement your choices, or rely on the expert bartender Ryan Magarian's well-crafted cocktails. Call ahead or visit their website for reservations and more information.
The popularity of this sushi bar will surely tempt you to have at least one meal here. Sinju Restaurant is quite well known among locals and tourists. The 17th Century Japanese decor in the Tatami rooms do succeed in providing the perfect first impression. Seat yourself at the Sushi bar to avail of some special Japanese delights carefully crafted by executive Chef Mitsuya Sato. Try the Nabeyake Udon or the Chicken Breast Tempura and you won't be disappointed. The rich and smooth texture of the sushi offered here will surely be the reason for your next visit.
Do not expect an upscale feel when visiting this cafe for the first time. While the interior is reminiscent of an old-time lunch counter, that is where the similarity ends. You will find fresh hot or cold meals here for very little cash outlay. The sandwiches are scrumptious. Best of all, it is quick to pick up what you want and head out the door. Eating in is always a possibility, and the dining area provides a light, bright space for gathering with co-workers.
250 Northwest 13th Avenue At Everett Street Portland, OR 97209
Portlanders have long awaited this restaurant since the owner closed Zefiro's. Portland's most elite are again hob-nobbing with each other amidst elegant and trendy surroundings. From the high ceilings to the opulent, mirror-bedecked restrooms, nothing has been overlooked. Wine is available from nearly any region or stick with your usual cocktail from the full bar. Poultry and seafood dominate the expansive menu, but you can also find plenty of pasta and beef. Be sure to leave room for an impressive dessert; like its predecessor, the sorbets are unforgettable.
This Pearl District restaurant has earned a stellar reputation. The quaint atmosphere speaks of warm Italian family dinners, with a sprinkling of elegant, upscale whimsy. Start with your beverage of choice from the full bar or order a bottle of classic wine. Try to narrow down your choice from the smattering of appetizers. The menu is also replete with fresh, hearty pastas. Plenty of meat and vegetarians dishes are also available. Round out your meal with a specialty dessert.
Pizza Schmizza is the latest from these guys and is bound to please. With lots of techno/disco-type lighting and service with smiles, this place is all about fun. Oh, the pizza is not bad either. Try such mouth-watering varieties as the chinook with pacific salmon. Or you can throw caution to the wind and indulge in the gator pizza, complete with alligator and other toppings. If you prefer, you can still get pepperoni and all of the old standards.
The shrimp is undeniably the best thing about this quaint Chinatown restaurant. Whether you prefer it spicy or tame, at Republic Cafe it is prepared in every imaginable way, and you can indulge in it for just a small price. If you are not a shrimp lover, there are a variety of other Szechuan and Asian dishes on the extensive menu. Try a Chinese beer with your meal, or eat in the lounge. The restaurant is decorated with traditional Chinese flair and an abundance of bamboo. Private parties are welcomed in the banquet room.
Whether you are new to jazz or a longtime fan, the atmosphere here, with its handful of tables and small stage, is probably the best you will find in town. It is not unusual to catch big-name players, who normally fill larger venues, slumming through a few sets as they make their way through town. The tasty salads, hummus and other Greek favorites you find will feed your appetite well. Live music plays five nights a week and there is occasional local comedy. Full bar service is available. No wonder it is known as one of best places to hear jazz.
With service that makes you feel like one of the family, this restaurant takes you home to France. The charming bistro in the Pearl District serves up plenty of Parisian atmosphere, from the small dining room filled with chatter and laughter, to the plates filled with French home cooking. The menu comprises of the basics - start with onion soup and finish with chocolate mousse. The venue is known for its loyal patrons and hands-on ownership. The staff here can converse in French, Spanish and English, helping the diner have a pleasant time. For reservations and more information, visit the website.
This Pearl District gem is comprised of three dining rooms and a bar. The decor is stylishly elegant, but the bar does not exude the same class. Touted for the fabulous menu, fine service, intimate ambiance and good location, it is an out and out winner! It would be worth your while to stop in for dinner and find out what all the hubbub is about. Nowhere else can you find smoky, roasted-pepper tamales, or a Tostones with Beef Carnitas containing braised beef, plantains and avocado. Check out the website for more details.
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