Caprese salad at Produce Row Café. Beer and whiskey are optional accompaniments.
Back in 2003, the restaurant Clarklewis went out on a limb when it opened among the warehouses and loading docks in Portland’s central east side industrial district. But since then other eateries have set up shop in this area near the Morrison Bridge, many of them putting a gourmet spin on pub food. Here are some hot spots. Area code is 503.
- Bunk Bar The owners of Bunk Sandwiches won so much acclaim for their luscious pork-belly Cubano sandwich and their fries smothered in cheese and gravy that they launched this sleek sit-down offshoot. 894-9708, bunkbar.com.
- Hair of the Dog Plates of braised rabbit and artisan cheeses accompany strong, ﬂavorful beers in the recently opened tasting room of one of Portland’s established microbreweries. 232-6585, hairofthedog.com.
- Olympic Provisions Under the blinking meat marquee in Oregon’s only USDA-approved charcuterie, chefs prepare plates of house-cured meats and seasonally shifting dishes. 954-3663, olympicprovisions.com.
- Produce Row Café A remodel transformed this decades-old favorite into a swanky joint with changing delicacies, such as bacon-wrapped meat loaf, and standout beer and whiskey pairings. 232-8355, producerowcafe.com.
Photography by Don Frank
This article was first published in May 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.