The hills above Milwaukie bear many secrets, including a turn-of-the-century estate called Amadeus Manor with sloping roofs, heavy wood doors, and stunning views of the Willamette River and Portland skyline. This hidden gem—a three-story stone manor built in 1921—emerges from the bowed limbs of enormous trees and shrubbery, welcoming people inside for a romantic dinner of continental cuisine.
Its menu is culled from European classics, with a focus on the owner's home country, Austria. For the schnitzel Amadeus, the chefs trim pork tenderloin by hand, and for the steak au poivre Madagascar, they paint a grilled new york strip steak in a peppercorn cognac demi glace and pair it with mango chutney. Dinners sweetly conclude with a rotating menu of desserts made in house and a cup of house coffee served with luscious clotted cream.
Guests linger over the meals at tables set with fresh flowers while nearby, a fire roars in a stone hearth. Dusk is particularly enchanting when the setting sun illuminates iron-framed windows and the manor's glittering chandeliers twinkle in the soft pink light.
Barkeeps dispense 21 rotating drafts and pour out more than 500 microbrews and imported beers at Birra Pub, which derives its name from the Italian word for beer. Soups, salads, and hot and cold sandwiches concocted from local ingredients complement each hop- or malt-heavy libation. Amid a colorful interior of neon beer signs, arcade games, and a flat-screen television, the Pub hosts regular beer tastings where customers can win unique prizes, such as cryogenic freezing chambers that keep beers chilled for up to 100 years. In addition to brews in the eatery, visitors can bring home sudsy treats in bottles, cases, or kegs in a variety of brands and sizes.
The chefs at Lucky Bistro cull fresh ingredients to form an extensive menu of Chinese meat, seafood, and vegetarian favorites, including 38 varieties of dim sum. Diners sink into cushy booths or circle around group tables as tabletop hot pots simmer meat and noodles in curries and other flavorful broths. They also sauté fried rice with chicken and salted fish, heat savory porridges to just-right temperatures, and gussy up tofu and eggplant with sampan and other regional spices.
Load up a pizza with all of your favorite topping at Portland's Backspace. Vegans can also enjoy the food at Backspace since they offer a number of animal product-free items. Backspace also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle. Gather the whole family for a trip to Backspace — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here. With its spacious interior, Backspace is a great choice for big groups and celebrations. For comfortable outdoor service, Backspace sets up a seasonal patio. Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Backspace's free wifi hotspot. Backspace frequently features a DJ or live music. Musical groups perform live at Backspace, so tables can perk up with some tunes. Backspace draws a crowd with performances from live DJs.
During the pizzeria's weekend rush, waiting in line is the name of the game (so avoid Friday and Saturday nights if you're looking for something quick). The pizzeria also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Backspace to your next party or event.
Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the pizzeria.
The food here is super budget-friendly, too, with most items costing less than $15. All major credit cards are accepted. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Backspace, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
For the best pick-me-up in town, grab a cup of java at Muddy's Coffeehouse. The menu also includes a number of vegan items. Muddy's Coffeehouse patrons can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here. Swing by after work for happy hour, featuring a wide range of discounted drinks and appetizers. There's no need to winnow the guest list for a night out at Muddy's Coffeehouse — the coffee shop has tons of space for big parties. For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Muddy's Coffeehouse's patio. Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Muddy's Coffeehouse's free wifi. Music lovers can enjoy live performances at Muddy's Coffeehouse as well.
You may be better off finding a table during the week, as weekends at the coffee shop tend to be packed. For the tastes of Muddy's Coffeehouse from the comfort of your next party, the coffee shop also offers catering services.
Parking spaces are available curbside near the coffee shop.
There's no need to bust your budget at Muddy's Coffeehouse, with affordable prices that almost always stay under $15. Head on over to Muddy's Coffeehouse first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Muddy's Coffeehouse is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
A lovely cafe, Gather Food and Drink will charm visitors to their core. Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — Gather Food and Drink offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond. Perfect for after-work outings, Gather Food and Drink's happy hour is hard to beat. Got the whole gang with you? Gather Food and Drink is a great pick for large parties. Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Gather Food and Drink's free wifi.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
For diners who choose to drive to the restaurant, parking is readily available — the nearby lot offers optional valet, and street parking is also accessible.
Your tab at Gather Food and Drink will usually run to about $30 per guest.