Whether it be a karaoke birthday at Chopsticks, or an art flick at the Laurelhurst that draws you to NE 28th and Burnside in Portland, Oregon, make sure to check out these other restaurants and bars while in the neighborhood.
Chopsticks Express, inner East Burnside's unparalleled dive bar, is notorious for its karaoke nights and rowdy atmosphere. Grab a seat, order a whiskey drink and enjoy the show.
Holman's is a neighborhood dive with an exceptional whisky collection. Head here if you prefer your whisky smokey--with a lot of peat. Then return the next morning for their build-your-own Bloody Mary bar on Sunday.
Amidst the ever-developing 28th Avenue lies Beulahland, describing itself as the "soul" of the avenue. And I'm not one to disagree. Order the usual whiskey beer-back and chit chat at the bar. The regulars are aplenty and get more friendly as the night grows darker.
Laurelhurst remains a Portland institution for its marriage of cult movie classics and craft beer. Sip pints of Burnside Oatmeal Pale while watching Kevin Bacon run from tremors on the big screen. Make sure to arrive earlier than you would at other theaters: the concessions/bar line can get quite long.
If you're turned off by the idea of small plates (which you shouldn't be), try the Po'Boy sandwich, go all out and dress it up "formal"--not "casual."
I head to the Spints outdoor patio around three when they open, sip a nice pint, nibble on the cheapest cheese board in the Rose City and enjoy Portland's two months of summer.
Coalition Brewing, ideal for lounging outside with a pint in one hand and your leashed dog in the other, is a suitable solution for late dinners as well. The crowd clears out by ten, leaving two hours for quiet, hungry patrons to explore the johnjames menu. Try the goat cheese grits with shrimp and bacon or a classic meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes.
At times, one will rage a little too hard at Chopsticks II karaoke. Those Heart and ODB songs were not going to sing themselves and no one says "no" to free tequila. Now you're too hungover to move, what do you do? You call Delivered Dish to bring you some Kal-Bi Pork Ribs and Saimin with a side of Macaroni Salad from Ate Oh Ate--that's what you do.