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Arturo Bandini from Denver, CO is reading Beautiful Ruins March 20, 2012 - 8:54am

Hey folks, while I am kind of new to the discussions here, I was hoping to get some information from any Portland residents about their fair city.

I will be there for the first week of April and want to be sure I make the most of my trip. I'd love to get together for happy hour or whatever if anyone can. Meeting new friends is always a plus on vacations.

Also, if anybody has ideas for must-see things in Portland, please let me know. Obviously I'll be hitting Powell's and the downtown area. What are some cool bars/restaurants? Cafes or unique places?

 

Any and all input is much appreciated.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break March 20, 2012 - 8:57am

Voodoo Donuts

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Arturo Bandini from Denver, CO is reading Beautiful Ruins March 20, 2012 - 9:03am

Yeah, I'm looking forward to Voodoo for sure. Saw them on a Food Network show a few months ago.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones March 20, 2012 - 9:32pm

voodoo donuts are insanely dense, and maybe a little too sweet (if there is such a thing for donuts)

i dont know if there are 'must-sees' in portland. but i would go:

to the art museum

powell's on burnside is (i think) the biggest indie bookstore in the world. that's worth a look, if you like books. even cooler, though, is the rare book room upstairs

this is a food town, but again, im not sure there's any super world class places. some places i would suggest, though:

YOLO (you only live once)

dang's thai kitchen

the grilled cheese grill (which has been on the food network)

fat city cafe (only open until 3pm) great breakfast, cool atmosphere

zeppo

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Jeremy Robert J... from Portland, OR is reading an unreasonable number of books. March 21, 2012 - 2:15pm

Ground Kontrol is a vintage arcade that turns into a bar after 5pm. So if you like beer and Tron, there you go.

Pok Pok and Le Pigeon and Podnah's Pit have some really great grub (and are also typical tourist stops due to Food Network coverage).

The Bagdad is a cool/cheap restored theater where you can get pizza and beer (though it's McMenamin's stuff, so not Portland's finest).

If you dig fresh air, Forest Park is right off of downtown and pretty great, although muddy this time of year.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones March 21, 2012 - 3:26pm

oh, i forgot about pok pok. yeah, get the boar collar.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 21, 2012 - 3:26pm

I agree with all of the above, can't go wrong there. I suppose it also depends on your tastes and interests and how mobile you will be. The mountains are an hour away in one direction (Timberline Lodge: From The film The Shining) and the Oregon Coast in the other.

However, if you are in the center, there are endless places to eat and get kerplotzed. If you like micro-beer, there are more breweries per capita than any where else in the world--and maybe even flat out. There are also a number of distilleries.

There are more strip joints per capita than any other American city, so look for those.

Saucebox

Alibi: Original 50's Cocktail Bar with Karaoke, right off the light rail.

Doug Fir: Has good music in the basement--check the calendar. It is also close to Le Pigeon, which as JRJ said, kicks ass. Beast is another, but it is spendy and you would need Reservs. 

OMSI :Lego Artist Exhibit

Departure: Nice views, architectural design.

Mississippi Ave.:Shops, Bars, Studios close to downtown: Mississippi Studios has great live shows, check their calendar. The Rebuilding Center has all kinds of recycled shit. Interesting. There is a great vinyl store called Mississippi Records with tons of rare shit.

Alberta Street is another Long walkable street full of bars, shops and restaurants.

Also Hawthorne street--Upper 25 blocks.

I will add more shit as memories reintroduce themselves to my decrepit gray matter.

Do you know your precise dates yet?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arturo Bandini from Denver, CO is reading Beautiful Ruins March 22, 2012 - 8:49am

This is what I was hoping for. Thanks for all the great tips!

Chester - I will be there 4/2 - 4/8.

If anyone wants to drain a few pints one of those dates, just PM me. First round is on me.

Also, I plan on staying at the Crystal. Seemed like kind of a cool place and a good location. Am I way off on this?

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Nikki Guerlain from Portlandia is reading Necronomicon Book Three March 22, 2012 - 9:44am

Crystal hotel off burnside awesome location. Make sure to hit Dante's up the ways a bit on burnside. They have all kinda of twisted shows and fire dancers etc.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 22, 2012 - 2:00pm

That is so funny. I just drove past there this morning and thought, that would be a convenient place to stay. You will be right in the thick of it. So you like beer. Okay, I will add that to the 'interests' category. Do you have any favorite kinds of beer? I mean style-wise?

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Arturo Bandini from Denver, CO is reading Beautiful Ruins March 23, 2012 - 7:50am

Chester - I am not a picky beer drinker. Not too sweet, not too bitter. Other than that, I'm good to go.

 

Nikki - thanks for the tip about Dante's. Sounds like my kinda place.