Pitxi, pronounced "pea-chee," is as green as the food on its tables, having just opened this past April. The sapling hotspot serves up a petite, specialized variety of robust regional flavors, with each dish prepared with locally sourced and organic ingredients. Turn the closing-day ritual of counting sheep on its head by starting your meal off with some lamb pillows ($9), and then freshen your mouth's crimson hues by adding a bowl of cold beet soup ($9) to your belly. Meat-centered main dishes, such as quail ($18) served with asparagus, potatoes, and quail egg and beer-marinated pork ($18) with broccoli and quinoa, satisfy acute carnivorous palates, while the earthy flavors of Pitxi's mushroom patty ($18) with fresh noodles, stinging nettles, and Oregon truffles happify even the hardest-to-please herbivores. For dessert, treat sweet chompers to a slice of fresh strawberry cheesecake ($7) or a more savory serving of saffron ice cream with olive-oil cookies ($7).
A small, locally owned coffee stand, Cafe Morado's baristas whip up a variety of unique beverages alongside classic cups of piping-hot, fresh-brewed joe. At the window of the bright purple structure, order up breakfast sandwiches piled with eggs, cheese, and sausage; specialty lattes; or their signature secret mocha.
Do things a little different at The Foggy Notion. Drink some beers. Listen to some music. Play some pinball. Wait, was that skeeball? It is all acceptable and encouraged at the Foggy Notion. The North Portland lounge is a little ‘off the beaten path,’ but sometimes getting lost is a good thing. They have food at The Foggy Notion and a jukebox--that is, if there isn’t a band playing. The people there are nice, so you’ll be amongst good company. Might as well find a seat and get comfortable. Attention, tattoo fans: if it’s a Tuesday and you're inked up, they’ll even give you a free drink. The Foggy Notion is that place you don’t remember, but you never forget.
For rookie puffers, the hookah is a glass water pipe originally from India that is popular for smoking syrup-soaked tobacco. Filtering the smoke through cool water results in a smooth, mellow experience that is on par with the Sultan Hookah Lounge's relaxed atmosphere. While sipping the house Turkish coffee with friends, enjoy more than 100 different flavors of tobacco, including double apple, orange crush, mango, strawberry daiquiri, vanilla, honeydew melon, lemon, mint, rose, apricot, and cappuccino. Tobaccos can be mixed to create custom candy-flavored goodness, such as orange crush daiquiri, vanilla cappuccino, or immortality-bestowing ambrosial nectar. Sultan's also offers outdoor seating for mixing the flavors of hookah with the scent of the open air.
At The Baowry, guests stop by a simple bungalow-style building for modern Asian cuisine and contemporary-takes on classic cocktails. Specialties include noodles with sauteed prawns and garlic chili sauce, bao stuffed with duck confit or shiitake mushrooms, and Peking-style duck with homemade hoisin. Chefs source miso, beef, and pork from in-state farms, and make a large proportion of items?including sauces and pickles?in-house. But the farm-fresh fare isn't the only thing contributing to the restaurant's homey, comforting feel. Rustic picnic tables in the walled-in backyard lend a block-party feel to meals as diners sip craft cocktails made from soju, bourbon, and digestifs and gossip about their favorite mailman.
Before Memphis spare ribs or Kansas City rib tips are seared and glazed with barbecue sauce, Seven Rivers BBQ's pitmasters slow-smoke each rack for four hours. That's on the shorter end of the spectrum at Seven Rivers, where brisket cooks for 10 hours and Carolina pulled pork for 12. Once the cuts are ready, cooks pile them into lunchtime sandwiches, assemble them into feasts for up to six diners, or sell them by the pound in catered platters. Sides such as cajun macaroni salad accompany mains, as do libations such as three varieties of Johnnie Walker scotch whiskey. And while the business is a vendor for the Portland Trail Blazers, it also has its own dining room that serves as an homage to sports with billiards tables, buck-hunting arcade games, and rounds of tackle karaoke.