Econo Lodge Expo Center
405 NE Columbia Blvd.
Portland, OR 97211-1421
Phone: (503) 285-7777
Fax: (503) 286-8834
Bars & Cafes
The Oregon Public House has brought a change to the drinking scene in Portland. Founded by a team of benevolent people, this family-friendly pub does not aim at earning profits; whatever income they make, is donated to charitable organizations. Even the employees here, are just volunteers, who are not paid for serving you. A rotating selection of delicious beers on tap, perfectly accompany the menu of sandwiches, burgers and more, and are moderately priced. While professional bartenders may not mix your drinks, be assured that the community is benefiting by your purchase here.
Close friends, Scott Lawrence and Tony Petraglia, motivated by their love for beers and brewing, established Breakside Brewery in northeast Portland in 2010. This brew pub offers over more than ten freshly brewed libations on tap. Their most popular variety is the India Pale Ale (IPA), providing guests a choice between Safe Word Triple IPA, Trinidad Scorpion Double IPA, Autumn Gold Session IPA or the classic IPA. The food section offers a delicious array of salads, sandwiches, burgers, grilled chicken, wraps, and they even have an exclusive menu for kids. In 2013, Breakside set up an offshoot in Milwaukie; the opening was a huge celebration.
Formerly, the Kenton Hotel is now home to Kenton Station restaurant. This building dates back to 1909 and is incorporated in the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
Burrito House restaurant is not quite like going south of the border& it is more like a Mexican restaurant in Texas. The dark setting has both booths and tables. Margaritas are made with both wine and tequila and the Chimichanga is tasty. The Taco Plate is good for those who like variety. Salads are served with most entrees. You might not want to clean your plate, so you can leave room for deep-fried ice cream or a Fruity Changa. While not the cheapest Mexican food in town, you will certainly find a good variation of it.
The Ponderosa Lounge has long been the best at putting its customers at ease and still carries on its tradition. The lounge serves as a venue featuring live bands, two huge dance floors, lottery slot gaming machines and two big screen televisions. For those who would like to hone their country dancing skills - Ponderosa offers partner and dancing lessons. Throw a party here and be the toast of the town.
This hipster-packed theme bar wistfully encapsulates a mid-century fascination with the namesake tropical paradise. Though not large, the space comes with pool tables, one of the best juke-boxes in town and a very relaxed patio. Get there early on weekdays for happy hour from 4-7pm. Perhaps best known for their "Church of the Bloody Mary," a fistful of house-made Mary mixers are on special, with all the fixings, until 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Early risers on Saturday can get a genuine Voodoo Doughnut. Though the food is generally more of an afterthought compared with the serious business of drinking, the deep-fried delights are quite reasonably priced.
If it takes Rodney Muirhead, Podnah's creator, a 5a wake-up call to get the pit going, you know the meat here is gonna be good. Smoking nearly 200 pounds of meat in a Texas style barbecue every single day ensures only the juiciest, most tender cuts cooked to absolute perfection reach your plate. Another hard to resist item on the menu are the California styled pulled pork sandwiches claimed to be one of Portland's best. And if you can't wait till lunch to get a bit of the action, then Podnah even serves weekend breakfasts that includes House Smoked Trout Hash, breakfast tacos and buttermilk biscuits and gravy. So for a good ol' Texas BBQ while in Portland, head down to Podnah's Pit.
If you love beer, then you will walk out all smiles after a visit to Saraveza. Located on Killingsworth Street, the pub has a unique selection of local brews available in bottles and on taps, which are hard to find elsewhere. It prides on its award winning selections like Barley Brown’s Turmoil and He'Brew Jubelation. And that's not all, as you can munch on the varieties of pasties on offer. Try the specialty Reuben pasty and Potater pasty or you can also savor the pickled deviled eggs and charcuterie board. Call ahead to know more.
Featuring ample outdoor space with a front and back patio, not to mention open-air dining room, the ever-popular Bye and Bye has become a Portland staple. Dancing to the beat of its own drum, much like the rest of Stumptown, this vegan restaurant cum lounge and cocktail bar is located in the Northeast neighborhood. Locals swear by the weeping tiger sandwich, which will turn any carnivore into a plant-loving reformist. House cocktails are expertly mixed by crafty, tattooed bartenders and served in the hipster favorite mason jar. With uniquely Portland offerings, it's hard to pass up this popular establishment.
Fish and chips are not the only British thing Michael Shillingford brings to Portland; with the TARDIS Room, he has also imported the British obsession with Dr. Who. Situated just beside his restaurant, The Fish & Chip Shop, this is an authentic English pub that takes more than just its name from the science fiction program. The entire interior is done up with show memorabilia, the large screen is always tuned to the show, and there are quiz nights to see who the biggest fan is. Do you think you can win?
Chat over good food and music at this friendly neighborhood cafe. Breakfast options include, sandwiches, scrambled eggs, salads, grits, and pancakes, while the kids' menu boasts some interesting names. Vegetarians and vegans also have lots to choose from. Tin Shed Garden cafe can boast of the most awesome breakfast experience in the neighborhood comprising of organic ingredients and free range eggs. A spacious patio, live entertainment and pet-friendly policy makes Tin Shed even more appealing. It is also dog friendly and has a doggie menu as well. Wednesday nights are doggie nights where your pooch will get a free meal after 6p! Weekends tend to get crowded, so plan accordingly.
Portland's very own tropical paradise, Island Cafe, offers all the holiday prerequisites. From an unbeatable location on the Columbian shores to hearty meals to colorfully concocted cocktails with umbrellas, its easy to figure out why the place is so popular. While it is a good drive up from downtown Portland, this restaurant on Hayden Island, is a great place to escape from the city and enjoy a picnicking day out with family and friends. Specials on the menu include the Californian burger, cups of clam chowder and the lobster roll. So for a pleasant day out on the waterfront, head on down to the Island Cafe.