Since putting the finishing touches on their first dish in 1892, Cafe Zenon's chefs have sated the appetites of area diners with entrees infused with international flavors. Amidst the bustling kitchen, the culinary crew deploys ingredients such as butter-poached wild Salmon and Bitterroot Mountain Morel mushrooms to whip up eats for lunch, brunch, and dinner. Along with savory meals, Cafe Zenon's bakeshop remains awash in the sweet aromas of tiramisu, lemon chiffon cake, and Boston Cream pies filled with vanilla pastry cream and Paul Revere's secrets.
Jennifer Richardson of KEZI 9 News recently wrote an article about Bon Mi, explaining that it’s owned by a Korean and French couple, which pays tribute to the historical intermingling of French cuisine and Vietnamese cuisine, particularly French cuisine’s introduction of bread to Vietnamese dishes. Bookended by baguette halves, the restaurant’s traditional bahn mi sandwiches come stuffed with sliced grilled meats, pickled veggies, housemade aioli, and asian dressings. The menu showcases café standards such as a ham-and-gruyere sandwich on a baguette or a croissant alongside Vietnamese pho soup swimming with noodles and bits of steak.
At street level, Diablo’s Downtown Lounge hides behind the guise of a traditional bar. There, hearty burgers and beers culled from 10 tap lines arrive at tables surrounded by subtle red upholstery and a gallery’s worth of local artwork. But tucked away on the pub’s subterranean level is a shadowy nightclub where painted flames race up the walls and repeatedly disappoint revelers trying to light their cigarettes. Formerly Perry’s Nightclub, the downstairs haunt still invites dancing on a large floor infused with ‘80s, hip-hop, or contemporary house music handpicked by DJs and special guests. Each level hosts its own events throughout the week, including karaoke and bingo upstairs and Goth-themed dance nights downstairs.
The culinarians at Daniels Mexican Restaurant draw inspiration from America’s southern neighbor to create a menu loaded with authentic Mexican fare such as burritos, enchiladas, and fajitas. Amid the colorful dining room, outfitted with strands of chili-pepper lights and hand-painted murals, guests begin synchronized digestion with classics such as chicken in mole sauce, charcoal-grilled skirt steak, pico-drizzled tilapia, and Mexican beers and margaritas. On Friday and Saturday nights, open karaoke fills the vibrant dining room with the sounds of heartfelt ballads and upbeat dance numbers; it also fills patrons with a sense of pride for finally being able to remember all the lyrics to Beethoven's Symphony no. 7.
Grown under shade, the fair-trade, organic coffee locally roasted by Café Mam flavors all of Park Street Cafe's coffee drinks, from americanos to mexican mochas. Café Mam's mindful approach to its coffee matches Sherri Thieben's own approach to food. Thieben, the owner of Park Street Cafe, counts more than 80% of her ingredients as organic; fresh produce, oils, and grains lend earthy flavors to her sandwiches, salads, and all-day breakfast treats. Plates of huevos rancheros are made from tempeh or eggs, and customizable salads come with seaweed, shredded beets, or other healthy fixings. Thieben's organic feasts unfold in a cozy space surrounded by exposed brick and large windows that aptly frame a farmers' market across the street.
Pool tables and arcade games are scattered throughout the ample space at Doc's Pad Bar and Grill, where professional and college games blare from two 12-foot HD projection screens. Next door, The Green Room presents a change of atmosphere for those who wish to take in a comedy show or dance to the beats of live DJs. At either locale, patrons order from an eclectic menu of classic bar bites, including sliders, nachos, and nine types of burgers.
Red Five combines the convenience of a New York hot-dog stand with the succulence of 100% all-Oregon beef franks. Roll up for lunch at this red, umbrella-shaded food cart and feast on quarter-pound hot dogs that can be slathered in a choice of 18 condiments. For an additional $3, the Red Five lunch special includes crunchy Tim’s Cascade Style potato chips and Thomas Kemper’s craft-brewed soda, made with pure northwest honey that, unlike southwestern honey, isn't actually cactus tears.