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Mar 8, 2008 01:40 PM

Looking for Best Beer & Food Joints in PacNW

Will be traveling through Portland and Seattle for 2wks. Love great food. Love good beer. Love when they are put together at the same table. Not looking for some basic "beer" bar, but nice restaurants, tavern, brasseries, etc that have good food and good beer.

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  1. In Seattle, Brouwers Cafe has one of the best beer tap selection I've ever seen. Good Belgian food too. In Portland, The Green Dragon and The Horse Brass are two awesome beer bars.

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    1. re: porky pine

      Hold on - the Horse Brass is an amazing British-style pub, with a beautiful selection of beers BUT the food is forgettable and nearly non-existent -- like a real English pub. Not sure about the Green Dragon, although I've heard pretty good things...

      1. re: AlbertaHound

        Has anybody tried the food at Concordia Ale House in Portland? It seems to have a really good selection of beers, but I haven't eaten there. And if it's not good I'd like someone else to have to suffer through a bad meal :^)

    2. In Seattle..
      Brouwers - a must
      Collins Pub - a second
      Hoverville (no food but great taps)
      Georgetown Liquor (blue coller at its best)
      Elysian (but not Elysian Fields)
      Jolly Roger Tap room (great fries)
      Gordon Bierch (if you are craving a lager)
      The Taproom (just for selection, but not a place I go often)
      Pike Street Brewery (the new muesam bar is worth a visit)


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      1. re: phinious

        Curious why you recommend the other Elysian locations but not Elysian Fields (Sodo)? I've had much better food at the latter, and the beer's obviously the same.

        1. re: terrier

          The beer is the same, the food is fine, I just find the Fields location to be too cold and sterile for me to recommend to an out-of-towner as a prime example of a Pac NW neigborhood pub. Believe me, I live two blocks from the Square, and I wish this was not the case. I don't go there more often because I don't feel that it is a place that embodies a culture of locals, or regulars.

          For a more honest experience of local atmosphere, it is far better to make a trip to the Capital Hill or Tangletown locations.

          1. re: phinious

            In re: Capitol Hill preferential.
            I always found the beer to be, well, beer, and the F&C to be definitely not all that, but good enough, but somehow the experience of the place - the clientele, the light, the space, the furniture, did I mention the clientele - always made me feel well entertained and definitely hip. That's not easy for an old guy. If the rumor's true, that the F&C, warts and all, is gone, then I believe I am too. Anybody want to suggest another dish there?

        2. re: phinious

          I'm heading up to Pike Place for a visit and to try a bowl or 2 at World Class Chili. Any place with-in walking distance?

          1. re: PDXChilihead

            The Pike Place Brewery is in the lower level of the Market (I think, get lost arund that place). I believe there is a street entrance off of 1st. Maybe someone else knows exactly. I went there a couple of years ago with friends and remember it as not bad, good bar food and selection of beers. I am not a huge beer person but thought I would let you know as you are right there! Have fun!

            1. re: PDXChilihead

              PDX, please report back - Apparently, World Class Chili is challenging for some folks and I look forward to the reflections of a fellow "chilihead."

            2. re: phinious

              Jolly Roger (even better onion rings)

            3. I'm digging Georgetown Liquor Co, and I'm not usually very excited about vegetarian pub food. They have a good beer selection, and both times I've eaten there it's been very good. I liked the enchiladas and a sandwich with roasted red peppers, goat cheese and olive tapanade. The split pea and fake ham soup was surprisingly good -- and didn't taste fake at all. They also have free old school video games!

              1. In Portland, if you go to the bar at Higgins, I believe you will have found what you are looking for.

                1. 74th Street Ale House for food and a good beer selection
                  Pub at Piper's Creek for awesome beer selection and excellent burgers
                  Collins Pub for great beer selection and (usually) excellent food
                  Duck Island (Goose Island?) on Aurora is supposed to have an excellent beer selection and you can order from Beths next door and they bring your food to the bar (if you should feel like a 12 egg omelet!)

                  Silver City in Silverdale (Olympic Penninsula) for great beer and food (looks like a chain restaurant, though).

                  In Olympia - Cicada for excellent food and some good beers on tap. Also the Eastside Tavern for beers (Olympia) and Speedway BBQ for excellent BBQ and beers (plus a new cider!) - in Lacey.

                  Check at Rays and McCormick & Schmicks (1st Ave) for brewer's dinners while you're here.