Carmella’s: Mellow Mella

Bar Reviews
Despite its generic brick, hardwood and neutral-green décor, Carmella’s (1320 SE Water Ave., 232-1633, reveals unexpected comforts. And unexpected strangeness. Bedford will    More
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Easy Company: Three’s a Crowd

Bar Reviews
“Are you guys with Nike?” Nope. “Oh, OK, because there’s a group of like 40 Nike people coming in soon.” It’s 8:30 on a Wednesday night, and when the corporate retreat arrives, there   More
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Bar Review: River Pig Saloon

River Berkshire Pig

Bar Reviews
If Restoration Hardware opened a Western-themed bar, it would look a lot like River Pig Saloon (529 NW 13th Ave., 971-266-8897, Billed in its press materials as a gritty throwba   More
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Piglet: Little Piggy Went to Pub

Bar Reviews
Over the speakers, the newly uncoupled Chris Martin sings a song about how we never change. But inside Piglet (17730 Pilkington Road, Lake Oswego, 635-7427,, everything is quite    More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Spin Laundry Lounge: Quick Slosh

Bar Reviews
Most proper college towns have at least one musty, old basement dive that swapped its pool tables for a handful of rickety Maytags that “fell off the back of a truck.” Portland deserves someth   More
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 PETE COTTELL

A Dispatch From the Pale Continent

Food Reviews & Stories
Dearest Anne, I hope this letter finds you well. Things are well here, especially as the sun has finally shown its bright face in this Pale Continent, a considerable improvement from the drearine   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Luchador: Breaking Kayfabe

Bar Reviews
There’s an obvious metaphor that applies to Trebol’s rebranding as Luchador (4835 N Albina Ave., 517-9347, Here, an unspectacular Mexican restaurant dons a mask and transforms    More
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Soma Kombucha Speakeasy: Basement Booch

Bar Reviews
Certain things about Soma Kombucha Speakeasy (7319 N John Ave., are very much like a speakeasy. Starting with the fact that it’s hidden under an insurance office and you ga   More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 LYLA ROWEN

Huckleberry Pub: Grandma’s Watching Her Stories

Bar Reviews
The little upstairs bar at Huckleberry Pub (2327 NW Kearney St., 228-5553, has the feeling of a mountain refuge. Not just because we visited this wood-toned space in a converte   More
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Daddy Mojo’s: Detroit, What?

Bar Reviews
Daddy Mojo’s (1501 NE Fremont St., 282-0956) is the closest Portland will ever get to a Detroit bar. At least, this is what an enthusiastic Motor City friend tells me while touting the sports    More
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE


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