At Trio Club, guests revel in an atmosphere of exciting urban nightlife, danceable electronic music, and fine international fare. In the kitchen, chefs employ their well-honed culinary skills and basic knowledge of nuclear physics to fuse European, Asian, and American flavors, creating dishes such as Chinese sausage with fried rice and halibut fish 'n' chips. Guests pair these cosmopolitan feasts with craft cocktails made from top-shelf liquors and fruit-infused spirits or with beers sourced from Oregon-based brewers. On the dance floor, neon lights illuminate parties set to the soundtrack of hip-hop, reggaet?n, and electronic beats from a live DJ, who also spins country tracks on Thursday nights, as well as karaoke renditions of pop hits.
It is as he gently stirs his roasted tomato sauce that Chef Chris Thompson is struck by a sudden memory?the image of his great-grandmother Julia Iorio stirring her own sauce with a wooden spoon, the smell of roasting chicken, the chatter of his family. He smiles before turning his attention back to his sauce, spooning it generously over handmade fresine pasta and fresh meatballs. It is not uncommon for Chris to think of his great-grandmother while cooking?after all, his adventurous culinary spirit and many of his recipes came from her. Chris puts a contemporary spin on her time-honored Italian dishes, folding organic produce, local meats, and sustainable seafood into pasta, lasagna, and specialties. In doing so, he?s earned accolades from an abundance of critics, including Kat Audick from Vanguard, who described her meal as ?one of the best I?ve had in Portland.?
Chris?s guests await their dishes in the warm dining room, sipping on local wines and gluten-free Harvester Brewing beers. Colorful paintings speckle the deep-red walls, and moonlight filters in through soft curtains. Throughout the year, the restaurant hosts cooking classes, where Chris teaches students how to whip up Italian dishes for their friends and family or the collection of miniature cat figurines that has replaced their friends and family.
From buttermilk fried chicken to herb-crusted prime rib, the chefs at Stanford's find a way to add pleasant surprises to just abut every dish they make. The barbecue chicken pizza, for one, boasts a unique buttermilk garlic sauce and each of the wood fire-grilled steaks sails to tables with parmesan potato wedges and a choice of six savory sauces. But little details like these aren't the only surprises on the menu. There's also a selection of sushi rolls, such as the tempura prawn rolls, and walnut-crusted brie with seasonal housemade preserves. The signature cocktails also have their share of surprises: the lavender cosmo comes with an aromatic lavender-sugar rim and the basil gimlet's balanced mix of basil and sour lime trips across the tongue in an unexpected show of herb-fruit harmony.
The bamboo steamers sit conspicuously behind the glass counter, spirals of steam escaping their closed lids as guests peer at the expansive menu and consider their options. There are three types of dumplings and four kinds of bao filled with the likes of barbecue pork, Szechuan chicken, coconut custard, and adzuki bean paste. In addition, the menu offers pad thai noodles and banh mi sandwiches. Guests sip loose-leaf teas to complement the meals, soaking in the sun from the large windows or out on the sidewalk patio.
Find all of your favorite American classics at Portland Spirit, a casual restaurant. There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit. A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and Portland Spirit has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal. The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at Portland Spirit won't cost you a sitter. At Portland Spirit, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Portland Spirit offers catering.
Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Portland Spirit. The menu at Portland Spirit includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
Stir-fried veggies and ginger-infused entrees are staples at Chopsticks Express, a tasty Chinese spot serving Portland's Kerns neighborhood. None of the fare at Chopsticks Express is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here. Complement you meal with a beer or wine from Chopsticks Express delightful drink menu. Plan your next big gathering at Chopsticks Express — patrons will appreciate the spacious interior, and there's even a private room for special occasions. Make sure to check out Chopsticks Express' happy hour for a great way to decompress from the workday. Getting online is easy with Chopsticks Express free and convenient wifi. Sit outside when the weather is fine — Chopsticks Express has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day. A dance floor is on hand for folks ready to boogie the night away. The noise at the restaurant can be positively thunderous, so save intimate conversations for another night.
During the restaurant'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). No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Chopsticks Express is ultra casual. Through their catering service, Chopsticks Express can also set out a delicious spread for your next party. Or, take your grub to-go.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Tabs at Chopsticks Express almost never exceed $15, so it's a great low-cost option for any time.