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Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
This grande dame of Portland cuisine has been wowing critics from around the country since long before our city was the darling of the national food press. And despite the surging thicket of new and ambitious Portland restaurants, the Heathman’s French-cum-Northwest flavors remain elite. A sal   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Ethan Smith

Restaurant Guide 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
THE RESTAURANT HAS SINCE CLOSED AND REOPENED UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP. The name isn’t French or Italian, but a reference to the corrugated aluminum siding cladding the anonymous Eliot neighborhood storefront. Behind this glinting exterior is a plush lounge serving an ambitious collection of small p   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Ethan Smith

Magnus Johannesson

An Alberta booster looks into the future of Last Thursday and says it’s car-free.


Q & A
Magnus Johannesson is a lanky, 51-year-old art lover, rumored anarchist and confirmed Swede with deep roots in Portland’s Alberta Arts neighborhood real estate scene. He says he can see the futu ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 Ethan Smith

Grown Men Shouldn’t Say “Arrr!”

An off-season kvetch: everybody punch a pirate.


Special Section Stories
You love pirates? Screw you. On June 3, the United Nations voted to allow foreign navies to pursue pirates off the Somali coastline, where 26 ships have been attacked in the past year. Since the mid-& ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 Ethan Smith

Drink 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Holding down a grim corner of North Lombard Street, this cavernous establishment is home to an irregular mix of regulars. Rumpled tipplers hunker in booths while apple-cheeked University of Portland students slurp $1.50 Jell-O shots. It’s an arrangement of mutual tolerance made possible only w   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 Ethan Smith

Drink 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
With a color scheme evoking Crockett and Tubbs' sport coat collection and a patronage evoking American Apparel clerks, the Florida Room is one part Miami Beach and one part Portland, with a splash of V8. Repent Saturday night’s sins at Church of the Bloody Mary on Sundays, which serves up eigh   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 Ethan Smith

Drink 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
If it had an Alberta address, the Wishing Well would long ago have been co-opted by Portland’s cool kids. But stashed away in St. Johns, this lo-fi shithole (we mean that as a term of endearment) is preserved as a pristine example of where old drunks go to die. A weird vaulted ceiling hovers p   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 Ethan Smith

Drink 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Nearly too slick for its own good, Slow Bar manages to walk a razor’s edge. This sleek shotgun shack of a bar somehow balances a thrashy punk jukebox with a menu featuring ceviche. And it works. Decide for yourself if you’re brave enough for raw fish with your wells, but Slow Bar’s   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 Ethan Smith

Kvetch Fest

27 things we hate about the city we love.


Featured Stories
Portland is booming. Out-of-staters swarm here for their own slice of our progressive, probably vegan pie. And the national media dotes on our city like all 550,000 of us have a stash of comp ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 Ethan Smith

No Joke

Portland is funny, whether you know it or not.


Featured Stories
More than 50 stand-up comedians are descending on Portland for the first ever Bridgetown Comedy Festival, which will take place at the Mount Tabor Legacy and neighboring upper-Hawthorne Boulevard bars ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 Ethan Smith
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