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First stop off the train in PDX

Freida Jul 11, 2007 06:25 PM

Hi all,

My husband and I are paying our first visit to Portland this weekend (first of many, we hope). We are taking Amtrak to Union Station, getting in around 3 pm. I plan to make a beeline from the station to somewhere we can sit and drink beer and eat a small yummy plate of something to tide us over until dinnertime (Park Kitchen).

Any suggestions for a good beer and a first impression of Portland, either near the station or easily reached by transit?

  1. JillO Jul 12, 2007 09:59 AM

    Wilf's is, literally, right at the train station: http://www.wilfsrestaurant.com/ Don't know about their beer list, though...call to find out.

    If you are seeking good local brew, Rogue is definitely a good choice - they brew their own and their tasting tray is lots of fun (you get to pick 4-5 brews from many, many taps), but their food sucks: http://www.rogue.com/locations-portland.html

    Also not that far away is Henry's 12th Street tavern at NW 12th and Burnside - ginormous selection of beers (some local, some not) and better food options: http://www.henrystavern.com/index.cfm

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    1. re: JillO
      Freida Jul 16, 2007 12:37 PM

      Thanks for the suggestions. We decided to try Henry's and had a great time at their happy hour. What an awesome beer list! Good crab cakes, too.

      Rogue has a brewery up here in Washington as well, but we decided to hit it for a light lunch before we left Portland. You are quite right, the food sucks. What kind of place serves tacos and just puts the tortillas on the plate cold, straight out of the bag? Strange. Also, a pint of Brutal Bitter ran me $5 - I can get it in my hometown for $3.50.

      1. re: Freida
        extramsg Jul 16, 2007 01:10 PM

        Well, it is called "brutal". Sorry you didn't have better luck.


        1. re: extramsg
          Freida Jul 16, 2007 03:56 PM

          Actually, it was fine - after 48 hours of eating we weren't after much, we just wanted to sit and drink beer in the Pearl before getting back on the train. I wasn't sure I really wanted another great gastronomical experience at that point :)

          But just let me say, Park Kitchen is lovely, and Pok Pok rocks! We will definitely need to make another Portland trip sometime soon. Love this board!

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      Leonardo Jul 11, 2007 08:49 PM

      Oba & Fratelli have good happy hours.

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      1. re: Leonardo
        extramsg Jul 12, 2007 02:27 AM

        I wouldn't bother with food at Oba and Fratelli if you're going to Park Kitchen for dinner which is easily better than both, imo. Rogue is at 13th and Flanders, I think. That might be the closest brewery. About 8 blocks?


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