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.
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.
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.
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.