The Greek fare included comforting fare like braised lamb shanks, fried calamari, and saganaki, an ouzo-drenched cheese that was served in flaming glory. The menu was straightforward: burgers, fries, BLTs, Reubens, milkshakes from the soda fountain, and strong cups of coffee. Lauro closed in 2012 after its lease expired, and now is the Roman-themed Ava Gene's. And there were headlines about whether Hurley deserved fire bureau disability checks. In November, Old Town's Alexis Restaurant dished up its last souvlaki after 36 years in the dining game. When this large New Orleans-inspired restaurant opened on North Killingsworth Street in 2005, its ambitions ran high. The space became a coffee shop, and now is Daruma, a sushi spot. A post shared by Ted Zahn (@neonhunting) on Feb 10, 2017 at 8:00pm PST. Welcome to Downtown Portland — a historic seacoast town with a funky vibe, working waterfront, loads of galleries, hundreds of one-of-a-kind shops, and award-winning restaurants serving everything from classic lobster rolls to exotic nouvelle cuisine. Even restaurants with unbelievable staying power eventually run out of gas. The old-school menu focused on bargain cuts of steak and baked potatoes, and the kitchen didn’t try to latch onto culinary fads. Vegetarian and vegan restaurants aren’t hard to find these days, but when this veggie-focused kitchen (they served a little seafood, too) opened in 2003, no one had heard of quinoa, and it was OK to not like kale. The small but focused menu featured upscale bar fare, but food was hardly the point. Earlier this year, we asked readers which closed restaurant they missed the most, and the response was incredible. Under chef Teodoro KuMay, the kitchen produced an array of meat and seafood dishes. All locations closed abruptly in 2012. This massive Chinese restaurant on Southeast 82nd Avenue featured a banquet hall that was big enough to accommodate more than 500 people, and numerous weddings, anniversary celebrations and other large-scale functions of the city's Asian community were held here during its 17-year run. Another favorite: mussels steamed in a garlicky wine broth. The attitude was (almost) worth putting up with, particularly if cassoulet was on the menu – the hearty white-bean stew got its oomph from duck leg confit, pork shoulder and spicy sausage, all topped with browned bread crumbs. It was so good it was named The Oregonian's 2002 Restaurant of the Year. When you visit Thiele Square shopping center today, the red brick building that houses a World Market and Levi's store offers few hints to its historic site of a much-loved Portland restaurant. Some diners didn't like the lack of authenticity – "There's not much roux at Roux," one famously complained – and after a brisk first year of business, Blythe quit. Otto’s Sausage Kitchen started out as a meat market in Woodstock in 1922, then moved into its current location in 1936. The last burgers were flipped last year, making room for Reo's Ribs. In 1995, New York attorney Darryl Joannides and his wife, Sarah, opened this Sellwood Italian restaurant, which got terrific reviews and drew big crowds. The old brick building was home to one of the city's best after-work bars, and the kitchen in recent years produced impressive American fare, like giant prawns with bacon and avocado, a remarkable veggie burger, and chocolate soufflé. National acclaim followed when Gourmet named it one of the 50 best restaurants in the country. Just imagine! For 18 years, David and Barbara Barber served a combination of roadhouse classics, southern dishes, and matzo ball soup that would make any Jewish mom smile. The lounge – called the “Almanac Room” – became popular in the 1990s with grunge rockers, who came here for inexpensive, stiff drinks and a liberal smoking policy. It was a fish house at first, but once he moved into the current cabin-like location in the 1940s, he introduced chicken and dumplings to the menu, creating a draw that continues to this day. Chef Billy Schumaker was inspired by the creativity of Mexico City's dining scene, and wanted to do more sophisticated fare than the rustic Oaxacan menu served at Nueve. It closed in early 2014, and the space remains empty. Longtime owners Jeanne and Bob Durkheimer retired in 2008, and the business was taken over by their daughter Kim until her unexpected death in 2014 forced the restaurant’s closure. D.F. Wandering the Old Port district in Portland, Maine, you may feel as though you’ve stepped onto a movie set. After Zefiro, Israel created Grüner, Siu founded Castagna, and Carey opened several restaurants, most notably Bluehour. This was a place to go when you were dressed up and ready to be seen. May 12, 2016 - Explore Across The Pond Bed and Breakf's board "Salisbury Restaurants" on Pinterest. But in the case of this cozy Spanish tapas den, which opened in 1995, there really was a Fernando – owner Fernando Moreno. But it was more notable for the meaty menus created by chef Chris Carriker. was an upscale Mexican restaurant from the creators of the Northeast's popular Taqueria Nueve. After 15 years, it closed in late 2013, making way for Bellino Trattoria Siciliano. Nestled between downtown and “Pill Hill,” the restaurant attracted nurses and doctors from nearby OHSU, and the goldfish pond became a popular place for children’s birthday parties. It closed in 2014. Delicious!! For 41 years, comfort food reigned at this popular Alameda neighborhood restaurant. Opened in the 1940s but tricked out like the 1970s, Sayler’s started out as an East County chicken shack, at a time when the neighborhood was still largely berry fields. Feel free to share omissions and recollections in the comments section. But that never materialized and Hooters moved in. If you were driving on I-5 across Hayden Island, there was no way you could miss the massive “Eat Now at Waddle’s” sign, which featured an adorable baby duck wearing a bib. This ambitious restaurant from chef Daniel Mondok, which opened in 2007, was too good to be true. You can read all about them in More tasty memories: 84 closed Portland restaurants we wish were still around. So we dug back into our photo and story archives to learn more about places like Hilaire's Encore, the Kitchen Kettle, Jolly Joan, and more. The signature dish was Crab Juniper, which featured a mound of Dungeness crab, a piece of sole, doused in port-cream sauce and served piping hot. Others elevated our tastes and expectations. This landmark Northwest 23rd Avenue coffee shop was open 24 hours a day, making it a haven for 1980s punk rockers and club kids, who would flock here after bars closed for pre-dawn scrambled eggs. For more than half a century, this palatial restaurant in the basement of the Benson Hotel was where the city’s elite went for hearty meat and potatoes and seafood dishes, paired with one of the deepest wine cellars in the city. This large, old-school Italian restaurant and tavern has been in Portland since the 1980s. After 20 years, it closed in 2014, and the space now is a marijuana dispensary. The menu featured regal dishes, and the kitchen boasted one of the first tandoor ovens in the city. It’s since changed many hands, but ever since 1980, it’s been a proper diner serving up chicken-fried steaks and club sandwiches until the wee morning hours (2:30 a.m.). If you couldn’t decide on one, you could order a sampling of noodles, chosen by the chef and served with great ritual to the entire table. At first, this was just a coffee and cookie company, but evolved into a lunch and dinner spot, featuring approachable fare like halibut tacos and duck quesadillas. Opened in 1949, this old South Portland Italian spot — the oldest pizzeria in Portland — serves its antipasti, pies, and pastas in a cafe setting with views of the Aerial Tram. For 36 years, dining at Old Town’s Alexis Restaurant felt like a party in a boisterous Athens tavern. This iconic Portland burger joint opened in 1926, and its Hollywood location (there eventually were four outposts) had a cavernous dining room along with a drive-in that could accommodate more than 80 cars at a time (seen here in 1958). The restaurant was known for inventive salads, Szechwan noodles, and Black Angus chocolate cookies. Since the 1930s, this was a spot where ladies lunched on iceberg lettuce salads and chicken a la king. The building is scheduled to be demolished to make way for new development. Sports is usually on the TVs, and the lived-in space looks its 80-something years, which only adds to the charm of a bar named after a 19th century amusement park. The menu doesn’t rest on typical Chinese-American laurels, though. This Old Town jazz club was one of the gems of Portland’s music scene from its opening in 1972 until 2003. This elegant Northwest 21st Avenue restaurant specialized in updated Mediterranean fare with a few Asian touches, like pomegranate-glazed baby back ribs and wild boar ravioli. In a world that loves labels, this kitchen was impossible to classify. He took foie off the menu briefly, only to defiantly bring it back. But heavy debt sunk the restaurant's fortunes. The building is scheduled be torn down to make way for a new county courthouse. When we asked readers which closed Portland restaurants they missed the most earlier this year, a surprising number nominated The Carnival, a family-owned burger and shakes place that ran from 1950 to 2000. When Esther Williams-wannabes weren't in the water, a dance floor was placed over the pool. The menu was a mix of familiar pasta dishes and hearty fare like osso bucco and veal saltimbocca. (Continued) Like the owners' blended last name, there was preciousness at play – they actually hired a "writer in residence" – but the food was remarkable. Great post #christmas #brunch It’s all Go Lean and water after this #trishiseatingagain #foodie #bacon #breakfast, A post shared by Trish Carey (@trishcarey) on Dec 26, 2019 at 12:42pm PST, 1325 Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060, 17 Old-School Restaurants Every Portlander Must Try, Sign up for the It closed in March, making way for the just-opened Headwaters Restaurant. Don’t miss their Spanish coffee, made tableside with panache (and fire) by seasoned bartenders. He wanted to break the mold, ditching combo plates dripping with sour cream and melted cheese for the food he grew up eating in Texas. Some were quirky reflections of who we are. Piluso's was a 1950s Italian restaurant at Southwest 30th Avenue and Barbur Boulevard, where meals were punctuated with a glamorous nightly water show featuring synchronized swimmers. In 1970, Vida Lee Mick opened this popular restaurant that became a Northwest Portland institution. Opened in 1879, the distinction of “Portland’s oldest restaurant” belongs to Huber’s Cafe. And the atmosphere – sea foam-green walls, majestic curtains, crystal chandeliers – was like an elegant grandma. OK, this ridiculously extravagant waterfront restaurant may have been the biggest dining belly-flop in recent years, opening and closing in a matter of months in 2008. Portland Cement in Charlotte on YP.com. After a decade, the Joannideses sold the business to new owners, who opened a short-lived second location in Beaverton. But when the company was founded by Bill McCormick and Doug Schmick in 1972, this was a Portland restaurant through and through. Joe Esparza didn't want to open up just another Mexican restaurant. The burger was regarded as one of the city's best, and Israel received a James Beard nomination for his work here. On non-show nights, you could linger over a cone of great French fries and rustic country dishes like cassoulet, bouillabaisse and sautéed sweetbreads. Perhaps the flames were a bad omen: The Pearl reincarnation closed earlier this year after being damaged in a fire. By 1998, Northwest Hoyt Street in the Pearl District was cementing its place as a dining hot-spot, and after a rough opening, this homey Italian restaurant became of its most-dependable players. Here’s another restaurant that readers said they were still clamoring for when we asked which dining spots they wished were still around. His background in wine hospitality and distribution made his evening tastings an event, when he would showcase unusual varietals from around the globe, which you could pair with happy hour quesadillas made with blue cheese, walnuts and fruit. The restaurant gained notoriety in the first episode of TV’s “Portlandia,” where it was the setting for the “Is this chicken local?” sketch. Portland's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews. The menu was a throwback, too, with dishes like Chicken Oscar that you could imagine Don Draper digging into with a second or third martini. It ran until 2003, when Russell Street BBQ took over the space. In 1978, Mike and Rose-Marie Barbeau-Quinn opened this quirky downtown restaurant and wine bar, which became a hit with the symphony crowd, drawn by the blaring opera on the sound system and the dependable roasted game hen and the smoked pork chop. The kitchen would later be taken over by Philippe Boulot, who infused the menu with French technique, and won a 2001 Beard award for his work here. When it moved to Southwest Broadway that year, Bruce Holmbeck and Jeff Capps salvaged many of the signs and bric-a-brac that made Mary's feel funky. “The Great Fire of Portland” in 1866 damaged much of the building. In the last decade, Brasserie was open in fits and starts before closing for good in 2015. This popular lunch spot, which was open almost 25 years, took great pride in serving high-quality seafood and meat, particularly wild salmon and scallops, which were grilled to perfection and served over rice with crisp steamed veggies. This upscale Indian restaurant was on an often overlooked stretch of Southwest 21st Avenue, just west of Providence Park. Towards the end of its run, Caribbean flavors played a more prominent role on the menu. John’s Meatmarket, The Beef and Brew, Captain’s Corner, Ryan’s and The Rusty Mill are some others that come to mind for great “old Portland’ flavor. Zefiro's burger was considered the best in town. Price Fixe: Beast. But when the Pearl District dining scene took off, they moved it to Portland in 1998. At its peak in the mid-'90s, under then-wunderkind chef Mark Gould, the kitchen served towering constructions of food – this was the era of architectural cuisine – with hints of Asia running throughout. This old-school steakhouse that’s been given a contemporary makeover that keeps the mid-century charm, also serves onion rings that were purportedly the best James Beard ever had. When Caprial Pence opened this Westmoreland spot in 1992, expectations ran high. The Northwest Kearney space is now Café Nell. Southwest Portland's Hillsdale neighborhood has never had the concentration of ambitious restaurants that you find in other parts of town, but this wine-focused Italian kitchen ranked among the city's best during its seven-year run. From the elegant Italian spot Alba Osteria & Enoteca to the legendary Zefiro, which redrew Portland's dining map, here are 97 historic dining spots we wish were still around. The D.F. Nite Hawk was built in 1931 as a place to bring in cars for an oil change and chow down on diner food while waiting. The wine list offered Italian vintages not found elsewhere, and the vibe was spiffy without being stuffy, making it popular with regulars. When this Thai restaurant from Bo and Steve Kline first opened in 1995, it served appetizers, salads and fancy desserts that hadn’t been served in Portland before. Owners Craig and Susan Bashel (who would later found the Pastini Pastaria chain) hoped to create a temple of pasta, and every day there were 20 noodle options, along with fried calamari, veal saltimbocca and grilled panini. Beast is the Price-Fixe restaurant you want to visit for portions that are not pinky … For five years, young chef and restaurateur William Henry ran this cozy Buckman neighborhood café, where the quiet and relaxed dining room was dominated by the 1886 Russian painting “Maritza.” Henry’s cooking melded French and American technique, and his cassoulet was so rich it made diners swoon. Sisters Claire and Shawna Archibald originally opened this creative Mexican restaurant in McMinnville in 1994. And Carey worked the dining with grace, giving each table just the right amount of attention and love. The restaurant struggled under changing chefs before closing in 2009 at the height of the financial crisis. Acclaim for Wildwood quickly followed: In 1995, the restaurant was named The Oregonian’s Restaurant of the Year; and in 1998, Schreiber won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Pacific Northwest. But it served as a proving ground for a lot of up-and-coming chefs, including Paul DeCarli (seen here in 2004), and Marco Shaw, who cooked here before opening Fife. The original Original Pancake House was born in 1953, and the family-owned business that resembles a cozy cottage has since spread its glorious, batter-built gospel worldwide. Restaurants are special places. This longtime Chinatown restaurant was never much to look at, but in the 1980s and ‘90s, this was the place to go for some of the city’s best dim sum. Lucy's closed in 2011 after a 13-year run. Eric and Connie Laslow opened this offshoot of their smaller Northeast Broadway bistro in 2000, serving a menu of Northwest fare like pumpkin custard crab cakes, grilled salmon with roasted mussels, and hibiscus-rubbed duck breast. Whether sitting inside at the tall wooden booths or outside at picnic tables, diners will find the usual pub food like burgers and pot pies, plus weekend brunch, and “Portland’s largest selection of Irish Whiskey.”, A post shared by The Leaky Roof (@leakyroofpdx) on May 31, 2019 at 4:09pm PDT. Exceptional $$$ $ • Winery • West Linn. When this venerable downtown restaurant closed in September, it ended a 45-year run. Restaurants in Old Orchard Bch; Old Orchard Bch, Portland Restaurants - Menus, Reviews, Photos for Restaurants, Pubs, Lounges, and Bars in Old Orchard Bch, Portland Zomato is the best way to discover great places to eat in your city. This Gulf Coast-themed restaurant opened in 1995 in a one-time factory, setting the stage for other trendy spots that would open up nearby on Northwest Hoyt Street. Laslow's closed in 2004, as the owners focused their attention on a Cuban restaurant in Northeast that would also close soon-after. Since 1922 and still run by the same family. ❄️, A post shared by RingSide Steakhouse (@ringsidesteak) on Jan 14, 2020 at 4:01pm PST. When we asked readers which Portland restaurant they missed the most, an overwhelming number called for this venerable Northwest Portland spot, which for 58 years was home to giant German pancakes, molded fruit salad, and Princess Charlotte pudding. But diners who ventured in could feast on the seven-course menu, crafted out of luxurious ingredients like black truffles, lobster, foie gras and quail. But which incarnation of The Crab Bowl? In the 2000s, the restaurant moved to a posher space further up 23rd, but the magic was gone. But controversy was always on the menu. Here's a restaurant that pioneered the northern edge of the Pearl District a few years ahead of its time. Take a trip back in time with our classic diner stools and countertops. At the same time, the cocktails from the bar became some of the city’s best, spawning a popular happy hour scene. The space is now a strip club. Here’s another Hollywood District landmark that gave up the ghost in the last few years. Now owned by McCormick and Schmick’s, Jake’s has been boiling up crayfish pulled straight from Oregon waters in a court bouillon of wine and herbs in the old-fashioned German style since 1892. Part of the magic was how Segura worked the dining, hopping from table to table building enthusiasm for whatever dish was arriving next. After a change in ownership forced it to briefly close and reopen, it never fully recovered, closing for good in 2009. Tasty memories: 97 long-gone Portland restaurants we wish were still around. By the end of the 1990s, though, locations began closing as sales dropped off, and when Warren was killed in a 1999 plane crash, the Mouse’s fate was all but cast. Perhaps the proper label for the cuisine was “dishes the chef really likes.”. And early next year, the German restaurant Der Rheinlander will end its 53-year run of schnitzels, bratwurst and singing waiters. Dominating the dining room were prints from Andy Warhol's wildlife series. It's currently home to the Swedish breakfast and brunch place Broder Nord. Downtown's stately Heathman Hotel was home to this landmark restaurant, which ran from the 1980s to earlier this year. Demes’ dishes were elaborate, architectural, and often unforgettable. Meals became less reliable after several chef changes, but the bar remained a vital part of the city's jazz scene, with live music most nights, including a standing gig by the late Leroy Vinnegar, the grandfather of the walking bass. This beautiful Old Town restaurant, which opened in 2005, became a winter wonderland at Christmastime. On this map, find some of Portland’s longest-running diners, cafes, steakhouses, watering holes, and other historic drinking and dining establishments worth checking out, including Huber’s Cafe, Portland’s oldest. Old Port Slice Bar and Ice Bar Serving delicious New York style pizza by the slice or by the pie in the heart of Portland’s Old Port. The late restaurateur Peter Hochman created this Alberta Arts District temple to surf & turf in 2005, where then up-and-coming chef Eric Bechard celebrated not just oysters, but rustic fare like fried veal sweetbreads with glazed shallots, chestnuts and a raisin sauce. – to love it again. Schmick died earlier this year. Kitsch ruled the day at this Portland offshoot of the famous San Francisco burger joint, which operated in a number of downtown locations, most notably on the corner Southwest Park Avenue and Taylor Street, where it ran from the 1970s until 1996 (where the Fox Tower is now). It closed after service on New Year’s Eve last year, and the little house it was in was recently torn down to make way for new development. One of the oldest was downtown's The Mural Room/Jazz Quarry, a place that featured jazz back in the 1950s and '60s (along with strippers at one point). Before the Pearl District turned swanky in the late '90s, it was mostly home to warehouses. It's here that the deli became known for corned beef sandwiches, Reubens, kosher pickles, cinnamon rolls, cheesecake and multi-layered cakes. Chef-owner Kurt Spak specialized in Piedmontese cuisine, including house-made pasta, like agnolotti stuffed with veal, pork and rabbit. After being closed for almost 30 years, there was an attempt to reopen it in 2012 that lasted only eight months. When Broadway musicals or the ballet were on stage, the dining room's pace could be faster than a caffeinated tap dancer. Diners couldn’t get enough of the oven-roasted mussels with saffron and tomato. Campbell Lane Winery. The Lucier space sits empty, waiting for someone – anyone! The space is currently the fried chicken-focused The Waiting Room. Or the reincarnation in the original location, which was opened by Victor Mosso (seen here with his son Daniel) in 2000, and closed a few years ago? Find the best restaurants in Portland on 207area.com. Crowds would begin lining up early for burgers and fries, grilled sandwiches, homemade pie and legendary cheesecake, and the clientele included a mix of neighborhood residents and noteworthy regulars, like several Portland Trail Blazers and the late Oregon Symphony conductor James DePreist. The space reopened in 2004 as Meriwether's Restaurant. The menu boasted American classics like Maryland crab cakes, pork with applesauce, and lamb with mint jelly. (continued). Explore our Arts District, Historic Old Port, fine dining, parks and distinctive neighborhoods. The space now is an outpost of Lovejoy Bakers. Weekend brunches focused on skillet scrambles featuring things like homemade veal sausage. Before the soon-to-close Macy’s was remodeled in 2006 to make way for the Nines Hotel, its top floor was home to the Georgian Room, a stately restaurant on the 10th floor of the Meier & Frank department store. With vintage booths and a cash register dating back to the 1920s, this felt like a restaurant caught in a happy time loop. Legin closed in 2012 to make way for Portland Community College's expanding southeast campus. Besaw’s started as a beer parlor and gambling hall in 1903, financed in part by brewing magnate Henry Weinhard. See menus, reviews, ratings and delivery info for the best dining and most popular restaurants in Union County. After several remodels, it became known for its elaborately carved wooden booths, and a lounge that welcomed smokers. Union County, NC Restaurant Guide. The menu was filled with soul food staples like fried catfish and chicken, red beans and rice, sweet yams and cornbread muffins. The vibe was like a hug, and the weekend brunch was one of the best in the city, with unforgettable coffee cake. Carts rattled around the dining room, delivering places of hom bao, sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves, barbecued ribs and chicken feet. It was replaced by the Carrousel Restaurant, which was later demolished. In 2006, it moved to a larger space further north, and would close in 2009 (though the offshoot pizza place Lovely's Fifty-Fifty is still going strong). Juicy, pink slices of prime rib are the historic restaurant’s calling card, but modern touches like kale salad and poke have crept onto the menu, too. Back in the 1920s, Tad Johnson opened one of the Historic Columbia River Highway’s first roadhouses at the east end of the Sandy River Bridge. Local musicians like guitarist Dan Balmer and singer Nancy King had regular gigs here, and luminaries of the national jazz scene, like Dexter Gordon and Art Blakey, performed here. After he died in 1952, Margaret Thiele Petti and her second husband August Petti (seen here in the restaurant’s garden in 1986) kept the legacy going, serving a legion of regulars. Appropriately dark and divey, Holman’s has slung drinks since 1933, and it’s still going strong, even amid the competition on SE 28th Avenue’s restaurant row, thanks to irresistibles like the DIY bloody mary bar, fried-mac-and-cheese bites, and the “generously smeared” peanut butter bacon burger. Popular dishes included Turkey Guiso a la Tex-Mex and Texas-Style Chili Colorado. But Couvron struggled in the post-9/11 economic slump. The attention to detail earned her a James Beard nomination. It closed in 1996, and became the now-closed Rose & Raindrop pub. A post shared by Rebecca Hicks-She/Her (@rebecca_hicks_72) on Jan 11, 2020 at 11:18am PST. https://www.yelp.com/biz/caro-amico-italian-cafe-portland, A post shared by Caro Amico Italian Cafe (@caroamicoitalian) on Sep 24, 2018 at 12:32pm PDT. The 21-year-old Indian restaurant Bombay Cricket Club poured its last mango margarita in August. A 2009 electrical fire in a space next to the restaurant forced Sel Gris to close for good. The dining room had a sexy vibe that inspired diners to dress up – something of a feat in flannel-loving Portland. 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