Until public-transit officials make our dream of commuting to work by rollycoaster a reality, we'll have to settle for the adrenaline rush of traditional pick-me-ups. Percolate perkiness with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of freshly ground coffee and organic lunch and dinner cuisine at Backspace in Old Town, off the MAX green and yellow lines. Your Groupon cannot be applied toward cover charges for Backspace's live shows.
Backspace is Portland's nexus of music, art, community, and food. To ensure your eyes are open wide enough to read the entire menu of organic fare, order a Stumptown Coffee libation right away. A single ($1.75) or double ($2.25) espresso packs a sufficiently perky punch. Chase it with a buildable quesadilla, which pairs Jack cheese with your choice of fillings such as black beans, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, or peppers ($6), or a ready-built vegan hummus plate ($6.50). All salads––including the broccoli goddess ($5 for small/$6.50 for large) and the kalamata-olive-dotted Caesar ($4.50 for small/$6 for large)––are vegan. For a hand-held helping of fresh greenery, order a turkey avocado wrap, which is stuffed with soy turkey, red peppers, onions, and tomatoes ($7). An all-local beer selection is available for coffee-averse non-insomniacs.
Backspace provides reasons beyond stellar culinary offerings for Portland crowds to converge. Local music and art scenes both thrive in the Old Town space, and a back game room helps strengthen friendships founded on virtual competition. Due to its effortless versatility, Backspace attracts large crowds of cross demographics; gamers, artists, and bickering film critics are all loyal supporters of the spot. Use this Groupon for healthy sustenance and crowd-sourced camaraderie at Backspace.
- Backspace defies an easy definition. It might be the type of place that slashes were invented for, like this: Backspace is a videogame center/internet café/art gallery/ coffee bar. You can go to Backspace to play videogames. Or look at art. Or check your email, or sober up after going out drinking. Or, as Eric and Kris Robison, the brothers who opened the place are hoping, you can go and do all of those things. A more conventional place like this wouldn't be a place, but places--a separate coffee house, art gallery, game center. But Backspace is anything but conventional. – Erik Henriksen, Portland Mercury
Old Town - Chinatown
115 NW 5th Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97209Get Directions