Food articles

Soccer Meets Spaghetti: The Passions of Piazza Italia

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

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

Happy Meals

In Portland, that hallowed social tradition known as happy hour is as much—if not more—about enticing deals on delicious food as it is about cheap drinks. Among the many bars and restaurants in the Pearl District that offer up highly popular happy hour bargains (we’re also fond of Andina, Bluehour, Brix, Oba!, Oven and Shaker,

Heart & Soul

Camaraderie among employees and guests, a stellar bar program, and artful Southern-accented American fare come together seamlessly at an urbane neighborhood gem. Step inside Irving Street Kitchen (701 NW 13th Ave, 503-343-9440, on any given night, and you’re going to see people having a good time—couples cooing in the cloistered booths, larger parties chattering

Photo courtesy of River Pig Saloon

Porky Pleasures: A Look Inside River Pig Saloon

It’s hard not to smile as you stroll into the convivial River Pig Saloon (529 N.W. 13th Ave., 971-266-8897). Patrons always appear to be enjoying themselves, whether gathered around the long bar watching college football on one of the large-screen TVs, or seated at a table on the wood-plank deck out front, overlooking bustling historic Northwest

What’s on Tap at Fat Head’s Brewery

The Pearl recently had the opportunity to catch up with Tom Cook, vice president of Fat Head’s Brewery (131 NW 13th Ave, 503-820-7721), which opened a beautiful new brewpub in Portland’s Pearl District this year shortly before 10 Barrel Brewing also joined the local beer scene with its brewpub a few blocks away. We asked Tom a few

A Taste of the Mediterranean: Zataar Fine Lebanese Cuisine

It’s hard to say which your eyes are drawn to first upon entering Zataar (1037 NW Flanders St, 503-477-8237), the inviting and authentic Lebanese restaurant at the corner of Flanders and 11th: the dessert case filled with artfully rendered cakes and pastries, or the tables laden with platters of robustly flavorful baba ghanouj, tabouli, beef

Jamison Restaurant Celebrating Three Years in the Pearl

This March marks the third anniversary of Jamison ( 900 NW 11th Ave, 503-972-3330), and the stylish Pearl District restaurant is celebrating with a number of physical and thematic changes and improvements undertaken over the past year. The restaurant, situated right at the edge of Jamison Park, recently reconfigured, so that their doors now open onto NW 11th Avenue.