3766 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland, OR 97214
This Hawthorne District restaurant is more like an upscale diner. The brick building features half-window curtains, which line the storefront on the bustling boulevard. Breakfast is available all day and you can even order a beer or glass of wine to go with it. The dinner menu includes lots of meat and pasta, and the breakfast and lunch dishes are just as heavy. A casual place, it is an ideal location for a pleasant meal. Make use of the prompt service to beat the mid-day hunger pangs. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable.
After perusing the antique shops in the lovely historic neighborhood of Sellwood, make sure to stop by this spot for a meal you will not forget. Start with an order of buttery, garlicky sauteed shrimp. Grandma Jean's pasta combines pork ribs, beef and pepperoni in a red sauce and is served onsite. The searfood options are expansive to tantalize the palate. There is a wonderful and extensive selection of wines and a full bar. The knowledgeable staff will affably list the nightly specials. For larger groups, the family style menu is a good option to eat like a king at an affordable price. Gino's Restaurant & Bar is the ideal venue for a peaceful time with close ones.
The Adobe Rose Cafe serves spicy American dishes inspired by our neighbors south of the border. Reservations are not accepted, so expect to wait or do not come during peak mealtimes. You can order take-out so you do not have to fight for a table, but you will not be able to grab a cold drink from the full bar. People regularly come to indulge in the Blue Corn Enchiladas. Located in the Sellwood District, it is the perfect stop after a long day of antiquing.
Near Hawthorne Boulevard, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated year round at this tiny cantina. Painted on the walls are images of skeletons welcoming you to the festivities. Peruse the a la carte menu and order the Carnitas Torta, made with delectable oven-roasted pork and served on a bolillo roll. Gulp down a few glasses of margarita and observe the holiday. Expect the tables to fill up fast during mealtimes. The restaurant also has a catering menu.
3566 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland, OR 97214
Nestled in the busy Hawthorne neighborhood, this spot is a favorite among locals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sit by the picture window where the view of pedestrian traffic nicely complements the menu. The daily specials range from banana whole-wheat pancakes to spinach pasta with pesto, fresh vegetables and chicken. Regulars love the sour cream coffeecake. The servers are attentive as they tend to the crowds of adoring fans. Beer and wine are available.
3549 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland, OR 97214
This Chinese restaurant was the talk of the Hawthorne when it first opened its doors in 1990. The savory tastes of Asia had not yet found their way into this area of coffeehouses and boutiques. Now, the restaurant is a landmark and continues serving Chinese fare. The copious menu selections, most of which are MSG-free, range from daily specials to vegetarian lo-mein noodles. The Crispy Eggplant is sour, spicy and somehow creamy. As the servers fly by with overflowing plates, sit back and enjoy a cold domestic or import beer.
Fun, wild and woolly describes this cafe, which serves up food in the true tradition of the Lone Star State (Texas). Get here early to try the chile rellenos. This dish is so popular and delicious that they frequently run out. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, try the ostrich enchiladas or fried cactus. This restaurant is very popular, and waiting in line is necessary to get a table. While you wait, elbow your way through the crowd, order a margarita at the bar and pass the time staring at the wild decor surrounding you.
Observe expert pizza makers hand roll and throw pizza dough here. Pizzas are prepared with tons of real cheese, fresh vegetables and meats. Order a Calzone, which consists of pizza dough wrapped around generous portions of meats, vegetables, and mozzarella, Romano and provolone cheeses. Soft drinks, lemonade, apple juice, beer and wine are all available. If you do not want to brave the nightly crowd, order your pizza to go. The family restaurant proudly displays trophies of the softball and baseball teams it sponsors each year. Visit the website to find out more.
Many mornings, customers wait outside in chilly rain or mist for their tables here. Luckily, the awning area has heaters. And while breakfast here is worth the wait, it is made interesting by the offbeat clientele. Ordinary breakfast dishes are prepared in unexpected ways, pancakes with ginger or scrambled eggs and salmon. Try the Chorizo and Pepper Omelet with Brie and Tomato. There is a lunch menu, but breakfast is served all day and it is the specialty. The restaurant serves beer and wine and great Bloody Marys. To know more, visit the website.
438 Southeast Martin Luther King Boulevard Portland, OR 97214
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