Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Kachka

Whoever designed the happy hour menu at Kachka, Bonnie and Israel Morales’ Soviet-era comfort food eat-and-drinkery, should be commended. With its four drink specials and nine small plates (all of which fall within the $1 to $9 price range), it’s small enough to give you clear choices, but large enough to earn you plenty of passport stamps before deciding to see if a trip to the much larger dinner menu is more...

PDX Patios: Unwind at Ex Novo Brewing Company

Getting behind locally owned indie businesses is our thing. But what about getting behind a locally owned indie nonprofit disguised as a business that donates its proceeds to local organizations aimed at ending poverty and international ones fighting human trafficking? That’s something we can definitely get behind, and so should you. Plus, as you can infer from its handle, Ex Novo brews its own beers. And that more...

Meet local makers Charley and Jessica Wheelock

Made in Portland: Woodblock Chocolate

Made in Portland: Woodblock Chocolate

Jessica and Charley Wheelock met cute in New York City. He was a woodworker; she was a guilder. He thought she was pretty and asked her out. Soon, they were married. When they decided to switch professional gears, they also decided they wanted to work together—so long as their next project was both creative and fun. Having lived in Portland since the mid-2000s, they became, like so many of us, more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Huckleberry Pub

On sunny weekend mornings and afternoons, NW Portlanders can be seen lounging, noshing and catching up with friends over a leisurely brunch on either of Huckleberry Pub’s first- and second-floor patios. The menu is a straightforward and simple one full of omelets, Benedicts and hashes with names that have been huckled for maximum pop cultural effect—Grandmaster Flash, Frank Sinatra, Harry S. Truman and more...

Welcome to Ex Novo, Portland’s first nonprofit microbrewery

Now Open in Portland: Ex Novo Brewing Co.

Now Open in Portland: Ex Novo Brewing Co.

Joel Gregory considers Ex Novo, his 48-seat nonprofit brewing company and brewpub, to be a mashup of what were once his competing interests: He’s an avid home brewer and had long pondered ways to give back to his community following an engineering career in the solar power industry. Now, he says, he’s able to combine both passions. After establishing a board of directors, Gregory hired on Ian Greene, who more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Tamale Boy

The only happy hour deals you’ll find at Jaime Soltero Jr.’s lively tamale joint come in the form of discounted drinks ($2 off all cocktails and draft beers). But don’t let that dissuade you from exploring his food menu, which is already ridiculously affordable with its $2.50 tacos and meal-worthy tamales that never run more than an Abe Lincoln. To see what’s new, check out the daily specials more...

PDX Patios: Unwind at The Old Gold

Since 2011, The Old Gold has anchored Overlook’s still-transitioning stretch of North Killingsworth Street. Maybe that’s because the place is unfussy and casual. Maybe it’s because it’s the only bar in town where you can press a secret button and have a bottle of champagne delivered to your table. But it’s probably because it’s the neighborhood spot to meet up after work—and more...

Made in Portland: One Condition Herbal Oils at One Creativity and Design

Emmanuel Santana says those bottles of shampoo in our shower caddies are probably doing us more harm than good. Sure they clean our hair, but they also strip it of its natural oils and nutrients, which is why our hair gets dry, brittle and prone to frizz. To battle that, we ply our heads with a variety of goos, gels and sprays. Yes, those products help us sculpt our hair, but they suffocate it too. Santana, stylist more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: La Panza Café

Using the word divorced is a plangent way to describe one of your best egg dishes, but in reality, huevos divorciados is simply another way of plating huevos rancheros, only this time using two very different sauces to cover the eggs rather than just one. Plus, the divorced eggs at La Panza are really more of a New Mexican take on an old Mexican classic: That’s why owners Andy and Jessica Razatos pour over the more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Serratto Restaurant & Bar

At a mere $8, Serratto’s marvelously juicy half-pound, ground-in-house, bacon, fried onion and barbecue happy hour cheeseburger (with fries!) is king—you can find out more succulent details here. But if you lunched late or simply aren’t hungry enough to commit, it may be a bit much for a before-supper, mid-afternoon snack. If that sounds like you, don’t worry: Serratto’s kitchen puts out more...