Where to Brunch in Portland: Toast

Portland’s Woodstockers are a lucky bunch. They have a neighborhood brunch (and now—three nights a week—dinner) spot that’s cozy enough to inflame the collective envy of citizens living in the neighboring 94 hoods. But more importantly, Toast’s tiny kitchen manages to consistently put out uniquely mean seasonal breakfast dishes. If you like breakfast sandwiches, ask for the Bad Ass (two more...

Where to Get a Tasty Burger in Portland: The American Local

The menu at Jenny Nickolaus and Chris Whaley’s 50-seat dinner spot leans hard on organic, locally sourced vegetables. But they knew, with the word American written right there in their restaurant’s name, that they were going to need a really good cheeseburger. Lucky for you, they did it—a double burger, in fact. Sandwiched between an An Xuyen Bakery butter roll are two three-ounce patties, lettuce, more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Bluehour

Bluehour’s happy hour menu has depth. If you want a cheese board with housemade granola, just order one. Same with the cheeseburger, Caesar salad or handcut fries. The menu even has the so-called a pizzetta (a margherita pie brushed with a fresh, tangy sauce that’s actually closer in size to a real pizza than its diminutive title suggests). In other words, it’s got something for everyone. But, more...

Sweet and Savory Crêpes, Wine and Craft Beer

Now Open in Portland: Silver Moon Crêperie

Now Open in Portland: Silver Moon Crêperie

For seven years, Chris and Theresa Therrien owned and operated the Silver Moon Crêperie in their adopted hometown of Dover, N.H. But in 2013, they decided to shutter it—not because it wasn’t successful (it was), but because of the snow: feet upon feet of snow during long East Coast winters. All they had to do next was to find a place to unshutter it. After exploring the sunnier climes of Austin, more...

Where to Brunch in Portland: Roost

Despite its hard surfaces (lots of concrete, wood and clean lines), Roost’s brightly lit dining room is comforting and welcoming. It feels like it’s always the golden hour inside its doors. What’s even more inviting are the kitchen’s brunch dishes, which take ordinary breakfast concepts and trump them by putting a personal twist on each plate. Take the French toast, for instance: It comes with more...

Where to Get a Tasty Burger in Portland: The Triple Lindy

Before Cap Meyers opened The Triple Lindy, he started thinking about what makes a great cheeseburger truly great. (He used to co-own Pause, which still serves a burger that’s one of this city’s most pleasurable.) But in a town where burgers can so often rule, how do get yours to stand out? Easy. You copy the classics and make them better. The Lindy Burger is Meyers’ take on the roadside diner more...

Where to Happy Hour in Portland: Radar Restaurant

Jonathan Berube and Lily Tollefsen know their seafood. If you’ve heard their story, then you know that they ran Tollefsen’s father’s lobster joint back in Long Island and named their restaurant Radar in his honor—it’s his nickname. So when you ask them for oysters, you know they’re going to be good. The couple opts for tidal oysters, which are soft and creamy, and garnish them with more...

Ramen, Rice Bowls and Housemade Twinkies

Now Open in Portland: Boke Bowl West

Now Open in Portland: Boke Bowl West

Brannon Riceci and Patrick Fleming’s second noodle shop is in many ways just like their original east side shop. In fact, the food menu (ramen, rice bowls, steamed buns and homemade Twinkies) is identical. But, this new 60-seater is, in a lot of ways, different too. Its digs are modern (it’s located on the ground floor of The Addy directly on the streetcar line); its bar is a full one (capped off by two more...

Migas, Rice Plates, Homemade Biscuits and Potato Waffles

Where to Brunch in Portland: Kerns Kitchen

Where to Brunch in Portland: Kerns Kitchen

If you’re looking for a scone and a cup of joe, you can still ask for them at Kerns Kitchen (which was formerly Bakery Bar). But unlike Bakery Bar, Kerns Kitchen has lunch, dinner and happy hour menus, as well as extended breakfast and brunch menus featuring items like migas (corn chips mixed with eggs and topped with a tangy tomatillo salsa and fresh pico de gallo) and baked, buttery homemade biscuits that are more...

Portland's newest downtown hotel lounge

Now Open in Portland: Jackknife

Now Open in Portland: Jackknife

From Jake Carey (Dig A Pony) and John Janulis (Sweet Hereafter, The Bye and Bye) comes a 130-seat lounge located just off the lobby of downtown’s Sentinel Hotel. The space, with its comfy chairs, sofas, banquettes, dual-sided fireplace, 40-stool bar, and photo booth room, is simultaneously contemporary and old-fashioned (think Northwestern mod meets art deco). But, it’s the drinks and eats for which Carey more...