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The Art of Community

The Art of Community

There are more ways than ever to tap into PNCA’s creative energy. Preteens creating costumes during a smARTworks summer youth camp, adults engaged in classes on picture book illustration or etching, acclaimed multimedia artist Wendy Red Star—who grew up on Montana’s Crow Reservation—lecturing on her work. These are just a few of the hundreds of

Eat Globally in the Pearl

Expand your culinary horizons with a memorable meal at these outstanding Asian restaurants. It’s no secret that Portland excels when it comes to cuisine of the Pacific Rim. Right in the heart of the Pearl, Sinju Sushi Bar & Grill (1022 NW Johnson St, 503-223-6535, sinjurestaurant.com) stands out for both its bright, flavorful food and its

Heads of the Class

Check out the Pearl District’s most celebrated restaurants helmed by women. By the time Jill Ramseier sent back a woefully substandard crème brûlée at an acclaimed Cleveland, Ohio bistro a couple of decades ago, the young culinary-school graduate already had both the capability and confidence to run a restaurant’s dessert program. On this fateful occasion,

Ovation Coffee and Tea

Sitting Ovation

With spring flora abloom, we know just the café to take a seat and soak up the view. On the ground floor of the sleek Encore condo tower, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking verdant Fields Park, Ovation Coffee & Tea (941 NW Overton St, 503-719-7716, ovationpdx.com) is owned by affable Moroccan-American brothers Carter and Zak Elhabbassi.

Dean of the District

Often working behind the scenes, Larry Jackson has made a positive impact on the Pearl. Whether or not you know Larry Jackson personally, if you spend time in the Pearl District—and especially if you live in a condo in the neighborhood—you’ve likely felt his influence on one of the West Coast’s most dynamic and desirable

Paragon Restaurant and Bar

Fireside Chat

An exemplar of savory gastropub fare, well-crafted cocktails, and self-assured affability, Paragon dispenses both great food and conversation. You can’t miss it, especially on a chilly winter day, and even when the soaring garage-door-style windows open to bustling Hoyt Street. The first thing everybody notices upon entering Paragon Restaurant & Bar (1309 NW Hoyt St,

Dough Nuts

Desserts for the modern pleasure seeker Sisters Joan Pacetti and Julia Schmid recalled childhood memories of baking with mom in coming up with the idea for the Cookie Dough Cafe (120 NW 13th Ave, 503-477-7985, thecookiedoughcafe.com), which solves an enduring problem you never realized you had: not enough dough in your bowl of cookie-dough ice

Rise & Shine

Get your day off to a great start with breakfast at these four diverse—and delicious—eateries. With all due respect to basic breakfast fare—pancakes, oatmeal, scrambled eggs and bacon—these ubiquitous dishes that dominate diner menus can, after a while, start to feel little, well…basic. Several notable Pearl restaurants, however, offer refreshingly novel breakfast offerings. The cozy

Home Away From Home

The Pearl’s three stylish hotels want guests and locals to stop by, hang out, and relax in their living room–inspired common spaces. For both road warriors constantly on the go and the urbanites who live in downtown neighborhoods, hotels are rapidly becoming relied upon as more than glorified dormitories, geared exclusively to sleeping and perhaps

On a Roll

A popular chainlet of Portland Vietnamese restaurants continues its rapid expansion with a cozy new outpost at 10th and Couch. The team behind Bambuza (100 NW 10th Ave, 503-477-6641, bambuza.com), which opened its new Pearl location in June 2017, takes no shortcuts when it comes to ensuring an authentic Vietnamese dining experience. “Last year, we

Von Ebert Brewing

Tap Recital

Three lauded breweries—Von Ebert (formerly Fat Head’s), Rogue, and BridgePort—have recently upped their games. “We only shut down for eight days,” says Tom Cook, referring to the time span between the closing of Fat Head’s Brewing and the opening of its already much-acclaimed successor, Von Ebert Brewing (131 NW 13th Ave, 503-820-7721, vonebertbrewing.com). “They were

Page Turners

Stocked with more than 1 million titles, Powell’s City of Books is your go-to for summer reading, from guides to the area’s best hiking and biking to engrossing novels and rich histories. Number 19 in our feature 25 Reasons to Love Summer Emerald parks, dapper dining, and shops bursting with warm-weather fashion and gear—our favorite ways

Family Style

A new neighborhood trattoria offers refined Tuscan dining among friends. Although it’s quickly earned a loyal following for its fabulous food and genial service, Nicoletta + Beppe’s (1230 NW Hoyt St, 503-208-2992, nicolettabeppes.com) is still a relatively new face to some, having opened just last July. However, this elegant yet relaxed trattoria in a narrow,

Irving Street Kitchen Outdoor Dining

Outdoor Apps

Four inviting neighborhood eateries with alfresco seating  and superb small plates Late summer afternoons, when the sun is still high above, are perfect for kicking back with a cool cocktail and nibbling on appetizers on a breezy patio. You might take advantage of the tempting happy-hour deals offered at many Pearl District eateries, but sometimes

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