This vote restored some of my faith in readers picking some of the more interesting places in town rather than the most popular. I’m rather surprised by the outcome. Although we got a good number of votes, there was a huge spread in the number of restaurants nominated, which meant only a few had enough to stand out.
Out of 716 votes, a tie for first place!
- Tanuki Izakaya -413 Northwest 21st Ave., Portland, OR 97209 (503) 241-7667 Map
Clyde Common -1014 Southwest Stark St., Portland, OR 97205 (503) 228-3333 Map
- Spints Alehouse - 401 NE 28th Ave., Portland, OR 97232 (503) 847-2534 Map
No one else came close enough for 3rd place. Since many readers may not be familiar with these three restaurants, a bit about them below.
Tanuki: “In Okinawa there are little restaurants serving simple delicious foods to go with sake and beer. Often they are called “akachochin” after the identifying red lantern hanging outside or “izakaya”- a place where there is sake. We offer wonderful dishes from sake no sakana (food that goes with sake) to fresh delicious noodles, yoshoku (Japanese foods that created under the influence of the European traders that traveled to Japan), and Korean favorites. Please note that an izakaya is a place for adult relaxation and socializing. We do not allow children in our establishment. Tanuki is located in a historic building that is not wheelchair accessible.” Happy hour 4-6pm daily. Requires one drink purchase per person. Even during regular hours many items are very reasonably priced. See the menu for details.
Clyde Common: a “European style tavern”. Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm, late night 11pm to close. A selection of items such as French fries with harissa $3 – you want these, trust me, grilled baquette with Nutella, jam & hazelnuts $4, daily grilled cheese $6, and a 6oz. hamburger sandwich $6. The happy hour cocktails are $5, and the drink menu has $3.50 draft beers and $5 featured wines.
Spints is German-influenced food: ”Our happy hour is every day except Mondays, when we are closed. The sausage and the dirty pretzel changes every Tuesday. The happy hour cocktail rotates as well and is always 4$. Then we have a 5$ red and white wine and $2 can, $3 tap & $3 bottle. Below is this week’s food happy hour. Subtract $3 during happy hour times.
Bar menu / happy hour: $3 off from 4-6pm & 10pm to midnight. andouille, swiss chard & salsa $9, tuna melt dirty pretzel $9, daily cheese board $10, meat smorgasbord, pickles & dijon $10, hamburger & frites $9, bbq chicken & beans $9″