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Jun 23, 2010 06:01 AM

What's Open and Great on 4th of July in Portland?

Hey There-

I'm in the final stages of planning for a trip to Portland over 4th of July weekend. I've got some great meals planned to sample the varied and interesting food Portland has to offer. We're staying at the Westin downtown. Planning to eat lunch for carts for the most part. We'll have dinners at Pok Pok, Paley's Place, Toro Bravo, Tanuki, maybe Biwa, My challenge looks like the 4th of July. We're planning to head to Mt. Hood that day for outdoor recreation. In the morning, we'll hit Wong's King for dim sum. We'll return to the city in the late afternoon. We're looking for a place for dinner and at this point, I've tried Toro Bravo, Pok Pok, Metrovino, Apizza Scholls, and Paley's Place. All will be closed. I understand that it may not be a big night out for restaurants. We like to eat between 5 & 6 usually. I'm concerned that many of the downtown carts will be closed as well.

Any suggestions for exceptional dining on the 4th? I don't want to eat chain food or eat in a hotel if I can avoid it. The place should serve alcohol. Otherwise, I'm open for tips.

Pok Pok
3226 SE Division St, Portland, OR

215 SE 9th Ave Ste 102, Portland, OR 97214

413 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Wong's King
38776 Proctor Blvd, Sandy, OR 97055

Paley's Place
1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Toro Bravo
120 NE Russell St Ste A, Portland, OR 97212

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    1. Also, Biwa, Clyde Common, and Higgins will be closed on the night of the 4th.

      Kenny and Zukes says they'll be open normal hours. This is great because I've been wanting to try their pastrami and many other items

      215 SE 9th Ave Ste 102, Portland, OR 97214

      Clyde Common
      , Portland, OR 97201

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      1. re: Tom from Raleigh

        Downtown carts are generally only open weekday lunch. A few are open late night Fri & Sat.

        1. re: Tom from Raleigh

          For weekend meals at food carts check out Cartopia, the food cart pod at SE Hawthorne & 12th just across the river from downtown.

          As Leonardo said above, with a few exceptions downtown carts are generally a Mon - Fri, 10 AM - 3 or 4 PM kind of thing. Outside of downtown and in the neighborhoods, however, the food carts tend to be open evenings and weekends.

          Look up pods (parking lots with anywhere from 6 - 12 or so permanent food carts) like Cartopia, Mississippi Marketplace, Area 23, etc... here on the east side. Here's a good resource listing hours and days, addresses, types of cuisine, etc. (just don't necessarily rely on the reviews, they've never given a bad one to anything) -

          1. re: JayinPortland

            IMO, Mississippi Marketplace is one of the best pods in town with the Big Egg, Sugar Cube, Garden State, and even the veggie and vegan options at Ruby Dragon and Native Bowl and the drinks (coffee and juices) at Dogfeathers plus all of the covered seating and the option of beer and the back deck of Prost. Some very solid food that just happens to be served out of carts. It runs breakfast to dinner, weekdays and weekends, and I never have trouble parking around there.

            1. re: JillO

              Plus Miss Market has Nuevo Mexico, and is easily accessible from the I5 freeway.

            2. re: JayinPortland

              Most Cartopia carts (almost all) are usually closed on Mondays... haven't heard about special opening for July 4th either....

          2. Hotel restaurants are usually a good bet for being open. Start with places like Urban Farmer (at the Nines, as is Departure, their roof bar which serves pan Asian food); and Clyde Common (which is technically in the Ace Hotel, though not really a hotel restaurant, it may not be open so check). The Heathman has a great bar menu in addition to big time dining. Nel Centro is at the Hotel Moderna and has great outdoor seating too.

            I would not necessarily suggest them, but if those don't pan out, there's Gracie's at the DeLuxe and H50 at Hotel Fifty.

            Ya know, wait a minute, before all of those, actually, I would suggest seeing if Davis Street Tavern is open. I went there Xmas eve and they even were doing their happy hour menu! I'd say there's a good chance they are open on July 4th too. One of my top 5 in town, even when all the other places are open. Start there...

            Also, fwiw, I'd suggest going to Ocean City for dimsum (if you don't have good dimsum in Raleigh, that is, otherwise, PDX is not know for great dimsum, best around is in Vancouver, B.C.) if you have to have dimsum here. I think they are doing a better job than Wong's King, and are the best in PDX right now.

            Clyde Common
            1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

            The Heathman Restaurant
            1001 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

            Wong's King Restaurant
            310 N Broadway St, Estacada, OR 97023

            Ocean City Restaurant
            3016 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266

            Davis Street Tavern
            500 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209

            Urban Farmer
            525 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR 97204

            Nel Centro
            1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

            1. I'll be there at the same time and made reservations for the 4th at Pazzo. It's not the best meal in Portland but I've had excellent pasta, saltimbocca, and other dishes there.

              1. Hands down - The Country Cat Dinnerhouse & Bar -

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                1. re: katipdx

                  We ate at Cartopia and had our minds blown. Thanks to Twitter for letting us know they'd be open