The North Light: A patio for 50, and some fantastic summer cocktails.

PDX Patios: Unwind at North Light

PDX Patios: Unwind at North Light

Mississippi Avenue has plenty of outdoor seating, but few offer street-side patio courtyards that can accommodate as many as 50 of you, which makes North Light one of the only spots on this commercial stem where you can simultaneously carry on a lively conversation as you watch the nightly parade of Portlanders walking up and down the summer strip. Forecast: Owners Christopher Gutierrez and Hope Beraka say you more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: C'est Si Bon!

C’est Si Bon!, John and Gabrielle Esbeck’s French-style crêperie, doesn’t really have a happy hour menu. Rather, it has a regular menu and during happy hour, everything on it’s game for dollar discounts, from the pâtes, salads and seasonal crêpes to red, white and sparkling wines produced by growers who run sustainable, biodynamic and organic operations. If you’re more...

PDX Sandwiches: Stan'wiches' Porkstrami

Stan Pratnicki may have switched gears by reworking his now-defunct Polish bar into a full-on sandwich shop, but he’s stacked his new menu with a few ringers from his old one, and chief among those is his signature Portkstrami. With its griddled Fleur De Lis rye bread, gruyère cheese and housemade sauerkraut, it looks a lot like a Reuben. But Pratnicki’s swapped out the pastrami in lieu of pork more...

Oblation Papers & Press Celebrates 25 Years as American Makers

Calling Portland’s Pearl District home, Oblation Papers & Press has devoted a quarter century to offering aninternational, curated supply of finelycrafted paper. Theartisan processes in actionat Oblation represent a full circle: repurposing unused garment fibers to create lush cotton papers, printing original designs into this soft surface by antique letterpress, flying thelatest product releases to New more...

Meet local makers Roslynn Tellvik and Sook Goh

Made in Portland: RAFT Syrups

Made in Portland: RAFT Syrups

A food scientist and a lifecoach, each with a private passion for devising interesting drinks at get-togethers and “more than one amateur cocktail competition” under her individual belt, met in Portland in 2008, tells RAFT Syrups co-founder Roslynn Tellvik. At the time, her RAFT partner, Sook Goh, was developing tea blends for Tazo, but after the two spent hours following a failed syrup recipe with a more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Genies Cafe

If a restaurant has six decades under its weathered belt, like Genies, it’s certainly not doing something wrong. But to keep that up year after year in a city like ours, you’ve got to be doing a lot of things right. And while Genies’ kitchen puts out what have become de rigueur breakfast standards, it prides itself on self-reliance, especially when it comes slow-cooking and curing techniques. Want a more...

A Portland cafe operated by parents, for parents

PDX Patios: Unwind at Poa Café

PDX Patios: Unwind at Poa Café

The back patio at Janice Grube and Greg Windell’s Poa Café is a work in progress. There are plenty of seats, but Windell’s constantly fidgeting with ways to make it more family-friendly. (He’s building a trellis, a bike corral and, for the kids, wood-slatted teepees.) But what you may not know about Poa (Swahili for cool) is that it’s operated by parents, for parents. There are indoor more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Remedy Wine Bar

When it comes to happy hour at Remedy, your options are few: discounted glasses of daily red, white and sparkling wines, a low-alcohol cocktail, and a trio of small plates. If that sounds underwhelming, think again: The wines are always winners and the food options, while few, go far on flavor. The daily snack can be whatever chef Ingrid Chen has in mind. (The day we went, she was preparing generous bowls of more...

10 Locally Owned Businesses Opened in Portland in July

Portland’s DIYers seem to have made good on giving themselves a much-deserved summer break: We only counted 10 new businesses that opened in July. Of course, all of them are eat and drinkeries, in one form or another—from a new market that serves beer and wine or a new beer and wine growler shop that serves modern pub fare to a new nonprofit microbrewery that puts out simple, casual plates to pair with more...

PDX Sandwiches: Mi Mero Mole's Torta de Albondigas

Mi Mero Mole’s torta de albondigas—that’s Spanish for meatball sandwich—is muy grande: Its bolillo (roll) is shaped like a small football that’s been split down the center and stuffed with quesillo, parmesan cheese, guacamole, pickled red onions, and four of those aforementioned meatballs (made with ground beef, ground pork and minced ham), which in turn havebeen stuffed with bits of more...