Salvador Molly's staff emulates legendary namesake Captain Salvador by pillaging culinary treasures from Ethiopia, Hawaii, Thailand, New Orleans, and Jamaica and gathering them together in an eatery that grew from humble beginnings as a hot-tamale cart. Frequent food challenges, the proceeds of which help low-income Oregon families foot heating bills, revolve around consumption of the menu's signature Great Balls of Fire fritters–spicy spheres featured on the Travel Channel's Man v. Food. Patrons who demolish all five habanero-cheese fritters with all the accompanying sauce get their picture added to the Hall of Flame and move onto the subsequent challenge of making out with a bonfire. Other far-flung entrees, such as the Hawaiian-inspired Tiki Mac with cheesy sweet potatoes, the Bayou Crunch catfish, and Molly's hot tamales, stuffed with yucatan chicken and cotija cheese, mirror the interior's exotic décor.
Photos of foreign locales crowd Salvador Molly's walls, surrounding colorful baubles that illuminate tables embellished with painted flames and vibrant cocktails. A wall dedicated to Africa flaunts a mural depicting desert terrain, stationed caddy-corner to African artifacts including a wooden mask. On Monday, diners feast upon culture by projecting two featured films directly into their mouths.
After training at the feet of Mike Lee Kanarek—founder of the HaganaH self-defense program named for the military based organization—Colin and Kaz Rhoads decided to spread the gospel of their teacher’s real-world fighting system. Adapted from Israeli military training, it strips confrontations down to their key elements and then trains students to decisively act to disarm their attackers. Instructors teach students to attack an opponent’s weak points while defending themselves, and they employ repetition to build pupils' instinctive responses and take-no-prisoner tickling skills. As certified personal trainers in their own right, Colin and Kaz also integrate elements of circuit and strength training into their workouts, blending combat sessions with TRX, kettlebells, and high-impact conditioning to produce a well-rounded warrior.
What started as a refreshment stand during a 1924 Pioneer Day celebration has since grown into Arctic Circle, an eatery that transcends typical fast-food standards by building its menu items from high-quality ingredients. Black Angus patties support burgers stacked with mushrooms or bacon, and 100% Alaskan halibut keeps the fish sandwiches filler-free. Over more than 60 years of business, Arctic Circle has handcrafted original eats, such as a fry sauce blended from tomato and lemon, and the Brown Topper, an ice-cream cone dunked in chocolate and placed atop the heads of nearby gentlepersons. The dessert menu also includes milkshakes, whose creamy contents harvest flavor from real fruit or hunks of candy.
A place where the colorful interior is rivaled only by the vibrant cuisine, Taqueria Nicos is an authentic Mexican eatery that prepares made-to-order fresh fare. Step up to the counter to try specialties such as tender carne asada and cheesy enchiladas, or breakfast burritos filled with bacon or sausage, cheese, and eggs. The chefs have also mastered a number of classic American plates, such as burgers and fries, turkey sandwiches, and chicken nuggets.
The seasoned chefs at Limo Peruvian Restaurant serve northwest Peruvian coastal cuisine with a touch of sophistication. Choices on Limo's dinner menu range from paella-style seafood mixed with cilantro paste and fish broth ($20) to a braised leg of lamb marinated in cilantro, Peruvian yellow chiles, garlic, and spices ($19). Diners can enjoy their mouth-friendly treasures indoors, or, when the weather’s right, sip a glass of wine under the ruby-red umbrellas of the eatery’s outdoor patio while scanning the heavens for clouds shaped like Herbert Hoover.
If the batteries for the batteries in your electric thermal galoshes lose their juice, a warm meal is an excellent back-up plan for heating. Today's belly-warming Groupon gets you $35 worth of Northwest–Peruvian meals and libations at del Inti Restaurant in the Alberta Arts District for $15. Put mittens on your stomach with exquisite fare that shines like sunbeams reflecting off fluorescent lightbulbs. Take your significant other for some culinary excitement on Valentine's Day, or bring along your softball coach to sway him into letting you play centerfield using an open oil drum for a glove.