6802 NE Broadway, 503-719-6192, thegrassshackpdx.com. 11 am-8 pm Monday-Thursday, 11 am-9 pm Friday-Saturday, 11 am-6 pm Sunday.
What the Grass Shack lacks in curb appeal is made up tenfold in hospitality and pleasant quirkiness. Founded by a trio of sisters from Hawaii, this unassuming storefront is protected by the kind of white iron bars you'd find on a bodega in Compton. Inside, it feels more like the snack counter at a municipal pool than a dispensary, right down to the cooler full of Hawaiian Sun fruit punch and the paper french-fry containers my budtender, Tessa, used to weigh out my selection. Her excitement over too much of the menu, which was color-coded by variety and inserted into the sleeve of an actual restaurant menu, was offset by her willingness to sell us as many half-grams as we wanted—a practice most bigger dispensaries find to be a nuisance. A wide selection of cartridges from Green Dragon and Select Strains are likely to attract the new-school cannabis consumer, but strains like Game Changer and Strawberry Cough seemed to be the biggest draw for the old-school smokers from the 'hood who steadily trickled through during our visit. Throw in a great banh mi from the Vietnamese bakery at the end of the plaza, and you've got a solid.
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