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Portland's Pearl District: Weekender

One of Portland's most walkable neighborhoods mixes swanky galleries with friendly eateries.

The Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group smokes at Jimmy Mak's in Portland, Ore.
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The Mel Brown B-3 Organ Group smokes at Jimmy Mak's in Portland, Ore.

the arts
Fertile Ground Festival Jan. 20–30. Fringe dance, comedy, readings, music, film, and theater. First Thursday Swing through dozens of opening receptions to chat with artists and gallery owners at this monthly event. Jimmy Mak’s A classic big-city jazz bar with dim lights, cozy tables, and a rotation of top-notch local and national acts. 221 NW 10th Ave., 295-6542,

to do
Penzeys Spices Hundreds of seasonings deliver instant inspiration for home cooks. 120 NW 10th Ave., 227-6777, Powell’s City of Books The largest indie bookstore in the world features rare volumes, an art gallery, and a corner café. 1005 W. Burnside St., 228-4651,

Irving Street Kitchen A rustic-elegant eatery serving modern, Southern-inflected comfort food, including gumbo and fried chicken. 701 NW 13th Ave., 343-9440, Little Big Burger Countering the trend of $22 burgers, this new spot dishes up inexpensive fast food made with first-class ingredients. 122 NW 10th Ave., 274-9008, Lovejoy Bakers This industrial-style café churning out fresh baked goods introduced a dinner menu last summer. 939 NW 10th Ave., 208-3113, Metrovino A sleek space offering inventive American food and 80-plus wines by the glass. Go at happy hour (4 p.m.–6 p.m. weekdays) for a $5 red, white, or bubbly. 1139 NW 11th Ave., 517-7778, Piazza Italia Practice your Italian with the fluent staff to order classic pastas and creamy gelato. 1129 NW Johnson St., 478-0619,

Ace Hotel Tastefully sparse rooms with Pendleton wool blankets and murals by local artists. Some bathrooms are shared. 1022 SW Stark St., 228-2277, Hotel Lucia Cool and contemporary, with a lobby gallery of local artists’ photography, sculpture, and paintings. 400 SW Broadway, 225-1717, Marriott Courtyard Portland City Center One of the newer hotels in town, featuring corner rooms with excellent city views. 550 SW Oak St., 505-5000,

Photography by Robbie McClaran

This article was first published in January 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.