The chefs at Newport Seafood Grill are big fans of Widmer Hefeweizen, the signature beer of Portland-based Widmer Brothers Brewing. But they don't just pour it on each other after every successful dinner service. Instead, they use it as the base for a signature beer batter with which they cover Alaskan cod, Alaskan halibut, prawns, or a deluxe platter of all three (plus oysters) before frying it in 100% trans-fat free oil.
Beyond fish and chips, Newport Seafood Grill also serves up Baja-style fish tacos, seafood Cobb salad and prawn linguini, and steaks. Complementing all of these is a full bar that whips up its own from-scratch margarita mix and lemonade that tenders serve alongside beer and American wine.
Padded black booths surround grills beneath gleaming hoods, which reflect the glow of sunset-orange walls as they sweep away rising warm air and spice-steeped aromas. On Palace Korean Bar & Grill's tabletop skillets, chefs sizzle menu items such as pearlescent curlicues of kimchi and cuts of seafood as well as bulgogi, spicy slices of brisket also known as Korean barbecue. During the all-you-can-eat special, silverware jangles endlessly like a knight looking for his car keys as diners tuck into bottomless helpings of marinated beef short ribs, tender marble brisket, spicy pork belly, and jumbo shrimp.
Papa John's has been popping out perfectly personalized pies 'round the clock for more than 25 years—fleshing out its lineup of specialty pizzas with a munificent menu featuring an array of classic and complex versions. Traditionalists of Italian fare can indulge in the spicy italian with pepperoni, sausage, and invisible Da Vinci-shaped meat (a $16.99 value for a large), and more progressive pie enthusiasts may select the hawaiian barbecue-chicken pizza––a vacation-inducing amalgamation of grilled chicken, barbecue sauce, hickory-smoked bacon, onions, and pineapple (a $16.99 value). Choose to indulge a creative culinary streak by designing a large Create Your Own pizza, selecting up to five toppings from an arsenal of dough accessories, including ham, banana peppers, and artichoke hearts (up to a $20.94 value). Like a bangin’ club or especially bangin’ fireplace store, Papa John's stays open late, making it an opportune eatery for impromptu pajama jams and uncontrollable sleep-feasting.
Great American Casino brings a little bit of Vegas to the Northwest, gathering hooting and hollering patrons around table games such as baccarat, Texas Hold 'Em, blackjack, and other styles of poker, such as Progressive Fortune Pai Gow. Most tables have a betting limit up to $300, and aside from the top-shelf thrill of walking away with the pot, regular players can earn rewards redeemable toward electronics, meals, hotel stays, and Great American merchandise.
Like the best Vegas casinos, Great American brings more to the table than just gambling. There's live entertainment most nights, including local bands and musicians from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. There are full-service dining rooms where the menus also bear an Asian influence, with dishes such as pad thai and Kalbi ribs. The menus are slightly different at each of the four locations, but generally encompass an international spread that might include pizza, pub-style fish 'n' chips, and creme brulee, much like the meatloaf served in the United Nation's cafe.
For 42 years, the Schooner Pub and Galley has served up hearty plates of deep-fried Alaskan cod, cheeseburgers, and seafood platters. Servers and a friendly bar staff also deliver piping hot pizzas to guests who can pair their pies with one 16 beers and ciders, such as Blue Moon and Angry Orchard. On NFL Sundays, the bar buzzes with the excitement of the gridiron thanks to NFL ticket, which ensures patrons catch the play-by-play action of their favorite teams. Between feasting and football, patrons get competitive on three 8-foot diamond pool tables.