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May 13, 2008 04:41 PM

Casual Dining Food in the Pearl District

I've perused back a year and through all the recommendations in the Pearl, but the scenes aren't quite what I'm looking for. Can anyone recommend any "non-hipster" places in the Pearl?

I'm more than a bit shy and will be travelling alone - and "recycled soda bottles" comprise my wardrobe year-round.

Any help you can provide would be great.


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  1. Casual would be the brand spanking new Deschutes Brewery.
    Or you could cross Burnside, less than a minute walk from the Pearl (don't get so hung up on boundaries), and go to Kenny & Zuke's, a Jewish deli.

    1. It's a shame that the clientele at Bluehour don't jive with my scene (or the OP's scene, it seems), because the food there is great.

      Suggestions: Life of Riley, any of the breweries (Bridgeport, Rogue and now Deschutes), Blitz, but Leonardo makes the best suggestion by going to Kenny & Zukes.

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      1. re: SauceSupreme

        Thanks so much! I've got K&Z's on the list already - and will add Deschutes, etc.


      2. If you like Mexican, there's a Cha! Cha! Cha! on Glisan (about 12th). A few tables inside and out. Nothing fancy, but it's pretty good. I know one of their burritos is a little unusual with beef, raisins, and olives, but the rest is pretty standard. Still a good place for people watching.

        1. Daily Cafe in the Pearl is fairly casual and has pretty decent food:

          1. Well I'm back from my trip - and due to illness while there I never got further than eating at K & Zs and, yup, Clyde Commons.

            Special thanks to the folks at Clyde Commons: One late afternoon I went in looking for a drink and some down time. I was craving something citrusy and told the bar tender. He set me up not with a citrus-based drink - but with the most extraordinary fresh-squeezed orange juice I've ever had in my life. It was just what I needed - and the perfect intro to the very lovely glass of champagne I followed it with.

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            1. re: ejmatl

              I have always had great service from the bartenders at Clyde Common. Though it seems to be a hipster place, the people are very helpful and down-to-earth.