Summer is patio season, and if you’re in
the no-porch-at-home camp like I am, you’re in total outdoor
seating-hunting mode about now. That’s where Northwest Public House (2327 NW Kearney St., northwestpublichouse.com)—in
the literal Northwest Portland house formerly occupied by Laurelwood
Public House—comes in handy. In addition to two levels of breezy,
wide-open indoor seating, it has a total of three outdoor seating areas:
A large front porch with both outdoor bar and table seating, plus two
intimate upstairs patios that you might just have to cut a bitch to
enjoy. You may just wind up staring at the eight flat-screen TVs
upstairs (a huge contrast to the stripped-down main dining area). Beers
and food items are generally a buck or two more than they probably
should be—the gluten-free crowd won’t mind, as NWPH is way
GF-friendly—but then the build-a-burger options are pretty thrilling.
And those $8 apple fritters? Oh my lord. NWPH is all about the great
outdoors, but what’s inside isn’t half bad, either.