Seeing as Montavilla is approximately 1/10th of a mile long, there are very few neighborhoods in Portland with so much packed into so few blocks--you'll find everything from killer happy hours and two-for-one movie nights, to Butter London nail polish and baba ghanoush in a matter of minutes. And from June through October, you can even get your farm fresh produce fix at the Montavilla Farmers Market, Sundays from 10am to 2pm. What more do you need? Besides fried Brussels sprouts. Oh wait, they've got those too. Quick, call your real estate agent, it's time to relocate.
Delicious neighborhood Lebanese restaurant with dreamy baba ghanoush and what might be my favorite veggie mezza platter in town. Be sure to check out their international foods market next door, where you can stock up on rose water, pomegranate molasses, feta and sumac.
Super fun old school pizzeria on the west end of Montavilla, with everything from regular pies (mmm, Miss Piggy) to subs, calzones, and stuffed pizzas. Customize your crust in four different thicknesses, or opt for gluten free. You'll also find their pizza just down the way at the Academy Theater, by the slice.
Occupying one of Portland’s most family-friendly little hoods, this Montavilla movie house knows its audience—for the price of a Dixie cup of popcorn at a traditional movie theater, you can buy babysitting services (only for the length of your movie, sorry) most days of the week, just call in advance. And where else can you get pizza, hot dogs, Miyamoto sushi and 10 microbrews PLUS kombucha on tap in one place?? Mark your calendars for Double Feature Mondays (two movies for $6) and Two For One Tuesdays.
For a slice of Montavilla pie and a slice of Montavilla life, pull up a chair and stay a while at this super homey, no frills neighborhood hangout, where the Stumptown’s always hot, the food’s always from scratch, the wi-fi’s always free, and the opinions are always abundant and lively.
This sexy little Montavilla lounge is all about the classic cocktails, and during the twice daily happy hour (5-7pm, 11pm-close), you can sip them with a dollar discount and a $5 pizzetta. Try the Sans Nickers or Dirty Tabor Reservoir.
This popular Montavilla restaurant is always buzzing, especially during happy hour (daily 3-6pm)--try the smoked whitefish spread and ginger sake mussels for just $6 each, and the cocktail du jour for $5. They also have an adjoining bar called Over & Out, with a full bar and food menu, plus pinball machines and pool tables.
If you can imagine your dream birthday or wedding cake, this Montavilla bakery can make it happen, from classic ribbons and flowers to dragons to Dr. Who's TARDIS. And if all you need is a quick cake fix, drop in for a Lime on the Coconut fairy cake (aka cupcake).
Dining at this dark, loud, funky Montavilla izakaya is always an experience, especially if your date is on the fence about Japanese porn (often playing on the televisions behind the bar). Opt for the tasting menu--you pick a price, and random dishes start streaming out of the kitchen, until they see the whites of your eyes.
My favorite boutique in Portland, this perfect little shop is overseen by the lovely Anna Fickle, who has an impeccable eye for the most stylish beauty, decor and fashion finds. Don't plan on leaving empty handed, especially if you have a thing for Butter London nail polish.
Great neighborhood spot for a Wooden Nickel cocktail and hangout with friends. Fried Brussels sprouts are a good compromise between healthy and not really healthy, and the trout with charred poblano vinaigrette is quite tasty. Double daily happy hours--4-6pm and 10pm to close.
Join the regulars at this sweet little sushi bar in the middle of Montavilla for super fresh sushi and a fun neighborhood vibe. Try the monkey brains, because it's both fun to say and eat, and the Red Dragon roll.