At Brix Tavern, executive chef Kevin Kennedy stamps his unique fingerprint on American comfort food favorites, including brick-oven-fired artisan pizzas, local and fresh salads, and sandwiches. Like the cuisine, speciality cocktails are made with locally sourced ingredients, such as seasonal Oregon berries mixed with fresh lime and tequila. "You call it" martinis and wine specials are available during lunch service. According to Portland Monthly, the tavern stocks more than 30 canned beers in addition to a healthy selection on tap.
Patrons can enjoy the expansive exposed brick dining area or build a nest in the elevated living room loft, complete with comfy couches and leather chairs. Brix delivers on entertainment with flat-screen TVs, live musicians Thursdays, DJ sets on weekends, pool, and retro arcade games.
DeNicola's Italian Restaurant sprung up more than 30 years ago and leverages culinary experience to piece together appetizing Neapolitan- and Little Italy–inspired platters engineered from authentic Italian recipes. Instead of using their expertise to help children cheat on quizzes about the international wheat market, DeNicola’s chefs revolutionize humdrum pastas such as linguine by inventing a Linguine by the Sea tossed with seven sautéed prawns and seasoned with garlic, romano cheese, and lemon pepper. On the dessert menu, chocolate seduction cakes lure tongues into a sultry tango with its three layers of malleable sweetness.
Owner Giorgio Kawas’s love of cooking blossomed in his mother’s kitchen in Ferrara, Italy, and was honed during extensive trainings in Italy, France, and New York. Just like one’s eye color, Giorgio’s menu changes daily, so the roster of organic and seasonal ingredients used are as fresh as possible. Inside the restaurant’s kitchen, Giorgio’s executive chef, Peter Schuh, works hard to craft handmade pastas including gnocchi and pappardelle that set the stage for northern-Italian dishes. Sampling the libations presented by an extensive wine list helps to cleanse palates more effectively than saying the cleanest words in the English language.
Hopworks takes its role as a patron of the earth very seriously. At the heart of its operation, this eco-brewpub maintains an unbending commitment to sustainable practices, utilizing everything from rain barrels to composting. Even the building it resides in—an industrial ski lodge crafted from reclaimed materials—stands as a testament to that commitment. It's also easily accessible via public transportation and bicycle, enabling customers to play a part in the brewpub's mission, too.
Hopworks produces a staggering 10,000 barrels of beer annually. The brewery's handcrafted organic beers—made from organic malts and locally sourced hops—keep the facility's 10 taps loaded throughout the year. The selection includes seasonal specialties and year-round creations, such as the popular Survival 7-Grain Stout, a dark concoction made with barley, wheat, oats, quinoa, amaranth, spelt, and Kamut.
With so much of its focus on beer, it might be easy to assume Hopworks isn't a place to bring children. But that couldn't be further from the truth. The brewpub encourages families to visit by keeping a play area stocked with toys and books to entertain the kids. Every month, Hopworks also hosts fun family events featuring craft activities, story time, and healthy snacks. Just like its use of sustainable practices, these events are all part of Hopworks's mission to engineer a safe future for younger generations.
The pie slingers at Pizanos Pizza toss, roll, and bake fresh dough into crispy disks, creating the perfect thin-crust canvas for traditional and adventurous pizza permutations. They mingle 100% mozzarella, made with whole milk directly from the mythical shores of Wisconsin, with their own tomato sauce recipe to create classic, specialty, and supreme pies. Customers can stroll in for a quick slice or have their chosen comestible delivered. The eatery also offers a slew of less Euclidean options, including salads, pasta, and sandwiches, and plays host to fundraisers and community events.
Formerly a mere pizza-by-the-slice establishment, Schmizza Pub & Grub has transformed itself into a one-stop shop for unique pizzas, toasted sandwiches, fresh salads, and cold beer. The pizza parlor sets a fun, irreverent tone that's echoed in many of its creations, such as the garlic-laden No Kiss Tonight pizza and the Foo Foo, which is decked in fancy ingredients such as marinated artichoke hearts and sun-dried top hats. Adding to its effortless jocularity, the newly reopened establishment was recently awarded the distinction of Best Bathroom in the Pearl.