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Sky Club: Send in the Clowns


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Sky Club (50 SW 3rd Ave., 223-1375, skyclubpdx.com) is a stage in a corner. A trapeze and silken strands are suspended from the corner’s beams, while hoops and glowing tethered balls whiz around   More
 
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 MITCH LILLIE

Cathedral Park Kitchen: Ginned-Up Cafe


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In a no-frills space designed as a lunchroom for office workers at the old Columbia Sportswear factory in St. Johns, an odd surprise: some of the best cocktails in Portland. Cathedral Park Kitchen   More
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Base Camp Brewing: Social Climbers


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Base Camp Brewing is basically REI in bar form: a cavernous, urban ski lodge decked out with tables made with rocks and timber from Klamath Falls, bungee cords, carabiners, camping lanterns and a huge upturned canoe on the ceiling.   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Hidden Bay Cafe: And the Tide Was Way Out


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In the summer months, I understand Hayden Island bars are occasionally hoppin’ with jet skiers and yachtsmen. This time of year, it’s Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island. Island Cafe is closed until A   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MITCH LILLIE

Whey Bar: Wheyting Room


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Waiting is an intrinsic part of Portland life. Drive past either Salt & Straw location, at practically any time of day, in any sort of weather, and there will be a line stretching around the   More
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Windows: He Shoots


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Two words: pork parfait. If the phrase alone isn’t tickling your gag reflex, you’re not thinking about it hard enough. Imagine one of those fast-food, “just throw a bunch of shit into a si   More
 
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

The Wurst: Sausage Party


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The high-def version of Big Buck Hunter looks nothing like the primitive arcade cabinet I remember from the rural America of my younger years. The deer flash vivid terror in their big brown eyes   More
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Applebee’s: Jell-O There


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A bartender at the Lloyd Center Applebee’s (1439 NE Halsey St, 284-8040, applebees.com) has apparently gone rogue. A mysterious bartender—everyone involved denies knowledge—is crafting seemi   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 MITCH LILLIE

Deli Bar: Bagels and Booze


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It’s difficult to find a barometer by which to measure Kenny & Zuke’s new deli-bar hybrid, Deli Bar (3901 N Williams Ave., 287-0782). It’s certainly the only deli bar I’ve ever been to.    More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Alberta Substation: Player Substitution


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First thing’s first: No, Alberta Substation (2703 NE Alberta St., 284-4491, albertasubstation.com) is not a sandwich shop. Housed in the 80-year-old brown stucco building previously occupied by    More
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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