Sip + Eat articles

Winter Warm-Ups

Any well-crafted drink can stir the spirit. But there are certain beverages that speak especially to our sense of warmth and well-being, melting the chill of a winter evening, or perhaps offering the truest complement to a delicious cool-season dish—we’re thinking of the blistered-crust pizzas at Oven and Shaker, or the black mussels with Old

Beer Back

BrewCycle Portland now has its own first-rate nanobrewery You could easily stroll by Portland’s smallest craft brewery without noticing it—that is, until you witness a 15-passenger covered bicycle emerge from its garage-like entrance. Siblings Chris and Andrea Lins operate BrewCycle Tours on Flanders Street, using the space as the departure point for the spirited pedal

Brix & Mortar

A modern take on a classic neighborhood hangout With a warm, handsome interior that strikes a pleasing balance between intimacy and expansiveness, Brix Tavern (1338 NW Hoyt St, 503-943-5995, brixtavern.com) sets a welcoming mood for just about any social occasion that revolves around food and drink: happy hour with a few friends, brunch on a

Soccer Meets Spaghetti: The Passions of Piazza Italia

Modeled after an old-world Italian neighborhood osteria, festive Piazza Italia (1129 NW Johnson St, 503-478-0619) looks almost a little out of place on its block of contemporary condos. In fact, it’s a terrific example of Pearl District diversity: the charmingly informal eatery draws an eclectic, all-ages mix of locals and tourists, sports fans and power brokers, and gourmands

Soul Train

Sophisticated dining, smooth jazz, and the old-world charm of Union Station keep Wilfs on the right track. It’s 4:30 on an unseasonably warm spring afternoon, and the small crowd gathered around the convivial bar at Wilfs Restaurant (800 NW 6th Ave, 503-223-0070) is typical for this time of day: a few passengers waiting for the southbound

To Your Health

Celebrating art, community, and vintage cocktails at Santé Bar The Pearl’s art scene has thrived over the years due in no small part to the culture of partnerships and collaborations between local artists and business owners. Harnessing the neighborhood’s creative strength to great effect is the North Park Blocks’ Santé Bar (411 NW Park Ave,

Grab and Go

With autumn upon us, it’s back to our busy work and school schedules, but that doesn’t mean we can’t eat well. Here are four spots that offer tasty, well-priced takeout meals. by Andrew Collins World Foods 830 NW everett St // 503-802-0755 // worldfoodsportland.com Look to this gourmet emporium with a decidedly Mediterranean spin for boldly flavored

Cider Summit PDX Returns to the Pearl!

Nearly 200 Ciders Expected along with Mead and Cider Cocktails On June 17th  and 18th, The Fields Neighborhood Park in the Pearl will be transformed into a cider lover’s paradise, with nearly 200 ciders available, and for the first time at the event a selection of meads and cider cocktails will also be served. Among

Lobster Tale

A cheeky nod to British pubs Suavely blending big-city sophistication with neighborhood friendliness, the Hairy Lobster (900 NW 11th Ave, 971-229-1166, thehairylobster.com) opened in March in a dazzling, high-ceilinged space on Jamison Square Park. The first restaurant collaboration of acclaimed chef David Root and his talented pastry-chef wife, Melissa, this stylish spot has instantly become

Alfresco!

Our Summer Guide to Outdoor Dining and Drinking in the Pearl District by Andrew Collins & Fernando Nocedal The excitement begins early in the year, typically on the first mostly sunny day when temperatures exceed 60 degrees. Suddenly, Portlanders flock to the outdoor seating areas of local restaurants. The Pearl District abounds with eateries that

Latin Pop

¡Oba!’s talented and amiable new chef ups the restaurant’s wow factor Luis Contreras learned what it takes to become a professional chef during his first kitchen job, at a country club outside San Diego. About the club’s fastidious French chef, Contreras says, “he taught me all the basics, from technique to what kind of commitment

Holy Smoke!

5 Tips for Optimal Outdoor Grilling Just in time for the long and lovely nights of summer, we spoke with members of the prepared-foods team at the Pearl District’s Whole Foods Market (1210 NW Couch St, 503-525-4343, wholefoodsmarket.com) for their thoughts behind both the science and the art informing outdoor grilling. Here’s some good news

Garden of Eating

A sophisticated, healthy approach to fast-casual salad fare How many times have you been looking for a quick bite to eat, stood in front of the packaged salads or salad bar at the grocery store, and wound up going with something less nutritious at the prepared-food counter? Garden Bar (25 NW 11th Ave, 503-858-8018; also

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