Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen

While the concept of small plates may pique some people, Adam, Alan and Le Ho’s small plates won’t because theirs come with small prices. Their happy hour menu has a lot to offer—20 items in all—and most dishes go for about $2 a pop, or sometimes $3. The La Lot (beef wrapped in betel leaves) and a plate of two crispy chicken wings (caramelized in fish sauce) will each run you less than a cup more...

23 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in March

March was a big month for ChefStable and its many partners. First, Lardo opened its third shop on North Williams Avenue in the Boise neighborhood. Then two weeks later in the adjacent space, ChefStable helped inaugurate a combined pastry shop and bakery (that will also be responsible for leavening all of Lardo’s breadstuffs). And within days of that development, ChefStable partnered with another local to launch more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Måurice Luncheonette

First things first: Måurice does not serve brunch, so you won’t find scrambles, hashes or pancakes here. That said, Kristen D. Murray’s 33-seat luncheonette does have a menu that features dishes that are brunch-ish—but only just so. If you’re not too peckish, you can order a pot of loose-leaf tea and pair it with one of her many splendid pastries—though the most splendid of them more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: The Old Gold

If you’ve never happy houred at The Old Gold, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you order at the bar, then take your seat. Second, there are no signature cocktail discounts, but there are dollar-off deals on house wines, wells and a carefully chosen selection of craft beers on draft. And third, the only thing you’ll find on the happy hour eats menu are sandwiches, but don’t let that more...

An Eco-Conscious Laundromat-Bar-Cafe

Now Open in Portland: Spin Laundry Lounge

Now Open in Portland: Spin Laundry Lounge

Morgan Gary says her eco-conscious laundromat-bar-cafe has been six years in the making. Initially, she said she found herself thinking—while washing her own clothes as a student—that too many commercial machines waste too much water and electricity. Plus, unless you’ve got a machine in your home, doing laundry is a boring chore that can take up the better part of a day. That’s why more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Bamboo Sushi NW

To put a very fine point on it, the reason we go to Bamboo Sushi is for the sushi. And we will go—as evidenced by the small lines that continue to form before the doors open, even after two years of service. But, the experimental sushi chefs as well as the playful chefs de cuisine put out plenty that’s not raw and plenty that’s well worth the gamble when ordering—and there’s no better more...

Cheese Plates, Homemade Crackers and So Much More

Now Open in Portland: Cheese & Crack Snack Shop

Now Open in Portland: Cheese & Crack Snack Shop

In July of 2012, Oklahoma native and the kingly named William F. Steuernagel V opened a cheese and cracker snack cart. That cart may no longer be in operation, but you can still get your snack on because Steuernagel and his partner, Nathan Hall, have gone brick and mortar, opening a 22-seater with a new menu that goes beyond what may be the perfect snack pairing. In addition to Steuernagel and Hall’s cheese more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: The Woodsman Tavern

When The Woodsman opens for its nightly dinner service, the place fills up fast. Not so for its weekend brunches—at least for now. But that should change, because what the kitchen puts out is always on point and, often, trumps the classic standards by subtly employing ingredients that make each dish pop. The beignets (which change frequently) and the gooey scrapple cakes (made with wild boar) are worth the more...

Where Bike Inner Tubes Are Fashioned Into Dog Collars

Now Open in Portland: Cycle Dog

Now Open in Portland: Cycle Dog

As a longtime cycling enthusiast, Lanette Fidrych has had her share of flats. The thing was, she never knew what to do with her pile of spent inner tubes as they’re notoriously difficult to dispose of ecologically. Then, one day she began shaping that obsolescent rubber, fashioning it into dog collars. (She and her husband, Paul, are dog owners too.) Soon, her friends wanted collars, and so did their friends, more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Interurban

Interurban’s happy hour menu has a diverse bench that runs deep. Your only task whilst sipping on a draft beer or a glass of the slyly named Sword Fight (a Kentucky Mule made with Fighting Cock bourbon and Cock’n Bull ginger beer) is to figure out what exactly to order. Do you try the bone marrow (with grilled bread, salsa verde and Maldon sea salt), the rather addicting polenta croquettes (also with more...