Although they're listed as a starter, NEPO 42's barnyard fries could be a meal on their own. Covered with a pile of pulled pork, bacon, cheese sauce, sour cream, and avocado, these house-cut fries represent what the restaurant is all about: hearty American pub fare going above and beyond. Similar over-the-top creations are available in the entrees section, including an all-American burger customized with a fried egg, and mac 'n' cheese brimming with bacon, onions, and fried chicken. While filling up and following a Blazers game on the TVs, guests can also accentuate their NEPO 42 experience with 14 different drafts?available in to-go growlers to keep people from trying to sneak garbage bags full of beer out under their shirts.
Stocked with fresh-baked bread, artisan cheeses, and wines from around the world, Blackbird Wine Shop initiates patrons to haute fare with customized tastings, wine-and-cheese pairing lessons, and cellars of bottles available for purchase. To preview the nose, bouquet, and sense of humor of wines, patrons can sample five self-selected vintages during evening tastings before committing to taking one home. For a more in-depth experience, groups of up to 10 can learn the most pleasing pairings of cheeses with eight regional wines, complementing each vintage’s flavor with three cheeses, olives, bread, almonds, and fruit.
Concordia Ale House dutifully fulfills the social role of any ale house, pubbery, or brew hall by keeping the drinks flowing amid an environment of pinball, video golfing, video poker, keno, and a commitment to making top-notch bar food. An appetite can ponder its cravings while enjoying the hoppy delights of draft beers such as Old Rasputin's Imperial Stout and Pike's Double IPA or bottled fare like a Belgian-imported Val-Dieu Grand Cru ($10) before succumbing to Concordia's hunger-inducing, savory-fared supper menu.
The tables at this French-bistro-inspired eatery are perfect for couples—they’re mostly two-tops, crowned with fresh flowers and candles. The food is a perfect first date conversation-starter, too. Try the cocoa-marbled foie gras torchon, served with kumquat marmalade and pistachio cocoa nib butter, and debate whether it’s more sweet or savory.
The chefs at Branch make everything from scratch?including butchering their own steak, curing their own bacon, and smoking their own poultry?to put their distinctive stamp on traditional dishes. Classic comfort foods take on inventive transformations to result in such unusual plates as Maine lobster dumplings and macaroni 'n' cheese gratin with Oregon black-truffle oil. On their side of the establishment, the bartenders take the same artisanal approach by infusing their bourbon with fresh local fruit and concocting their own whiskey liqueurs. The full bar features an extensive whiskey list with more than 150 whiskeys from around the world available in single glasses or tasting flights.