Thursday Night: Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon (Photo: Thinkstock)
From its diverse food carts to its wild collection of strip clubs that would overwhelm much larger cities, Portland, Oregon, knows how to keep things funky and fresh.
This is a city where an indie rock scene isn’t just a memory from decades past, where happy hour can start right after lunch, where you can order deep-fried everything at a food-cart pod with its own beer garden, and where pole dancing is about artfully tattooed gals and cheap beer more than wannabe porn stars and bottle service.
Having a great time here is easy and wallet-friendly, so why not start Thursday night early?
The meat sign at Olympic Provisions (Photo: Robyn Lee/Flickr)
Olympic Provisions is our go-to for excellent cured meats, from chorizo to bacon to mortadella, that are sold in fancy food shops all over the country. While in Portland, you will want to visit the mother ship. At Olympic Provisions’ Northwest Portland restaurant (the sister of the original Southeast salumeria location), the 3 to 5 p.m. happy-hour deals include a $7 chef’s choice of three charcuterie items and a $5 pork frankfurter that might make it hard for you to enjoy any and all future hot dogs. The $2 oysters, $4 seasonal draft beers, and $5 aperitifs, like Perruchi Vermouth with soda, also make this an easy place to linger.
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Another delicious happy-hour option is Tasty n Sons, an all-over-the-map restaurant that alternates 2:30 to 5 p.m. specials like $5 polenta with sausage ragu and $6 fried cauliflower and olives with harissa cream. The $1 Old German beer and $7 cocktails like the Tasty Mary, a kicked-up bloody Mary with sriracha and house pickles, are easy ways to get your Thursday buzz going.
Devils Point (Photo: Jim Ottewill/Flickr)