The following restaurants, bars, coffee shops and stores are the not-to-be-missed spots in Portland's getting cooler-by-the-minute Inner Southeast Industrial District.
Stocking party favors and decorations for every conceivable holiday, Lippman Co. also offers a bridal boutique with items for reception table decorations and bachelorette parties. Get creative with the next work party by looking into Lippman's party rentals including a craps and blackjack table and roulette wheel.
Sheridan remains a grocery stronghold for the Industrial District, and with reason. More than just fresh produce, they offer a diverse meat case, deli and bulk selection. Have them make you a sandwich while you shop.
Montage, the cornerstone for Southern food in Portland, remains a popular, affordable, fast yet fancy favorite. Montage can easily accomodate large groups, but if you're flying solo, and don't want to wait, head next door to Le Merde. There you can sip cocktails at the bar and still order off the Montage menu.
If Powell's City of Books sold everything under the sun, instead of books, they would be City Liquidators. Best to go when you're feeling curious with a free afternoon. If can you think of it, it will be there. Faux Mohawk wig? Talking Dennis Miller doll? Hotel armoires? They got it.
Mitch, the owner of Mr French's, appears to be THE barista for folks working in the Industrial District. Unless you know he's there, you probably won't find him. But now you do, so go.
Bunk is expanding the breadth of their service to drinks & bands without sacrificing quality. But beware, a lot of folks are aware of this & the place can get quite busy, meaning a sometimes long wait for sandwiches.
Since 2009, a surge of good publicity has been brewing around this Portland-based company that is slowly growing in size. The same attention to detail and quality craftsmanship that earns Water Avenue Coffee top coffee nods has been paid to this coffee shop, with rigorously trained baristas working atop a 100-year-old reclaimed fir bar.
The sidewalk along Water Avenue is vacant because everyone and their foodie cousin are inside Boke, wrapping their chopsticks around tendrils of tasty ramen. Order before you seat yourself, or you'll be waiting for a while.
The industrial neighborhood is quickly becoming known as a foodie hot spot, one of those reasons is Olympic Provisions. Sate your hunger with a meaty sandwich and leave with some packaged salami to keep the jealous coworkers at bay.
Soak up the sunshine on Hair of the Dog's patio with great views of downtown Portland. Taste pale ales and pilsners such as the Ruth and Greg, named after their muses. A perfect answer to the day drinking question, as they close unexpectedly early.