by Ashley Gartland - 183 Reviews - 53 List
Portland might lack a professional football team, but that doesn't mean locals can't satisfy their craving for stadium-style grub at local pubs and bars. Whether you're looking for a post-game bite after watching the Vikes play at PGE Park or looking for a bar that serves nachos and wings in a flat screen-filled lounge, here are the best places to fuel up on football season favorites.
Updated: November 10, 2009
College-age football fanatics and sport-loving condo-dwellers from the attached Civic high rise flood this chic sport lounge for post-game bites that go beyond chili cheese fries. From their posts in the flat-screen bedecked bar, they nosh on eclectic happy hour bites like caprese sliders and chipotle cheese bread plates. Don't miss the flight of wings special, where you can stick with tradition (Red Hot Wings) or try something new (Sweet Thai Chili Wings).
Consider this Portland's temple of deep-fried foods. At this Eastside hangout, families, sports fans and wing-craving couples snack on Buffalo-style wings slathered with made-from-scratch sauces, blue cheese-stuffed fried mushrooms and deep-fried Oreos. On game days football fans pack the place from noon `till night, making it easier to order a platter of Buffalo Lime Cilantro Wings to go.
This upscale tequila bar is a long walk from PGE Park but attracts a crowd of post-game twenty- and thirty-somethings just the same. What draws these frugal football fans in is the bar's twice-daily happy hour menu and cravings for Tex Mex spring rolls, Ancho-chipotle wings and South-of-the-border nachos.
Portland Viking fans flock to this New York style deli for three reasons. One: to fill up on a pregame brunch of corn beef hash and challah French toast. Two: to order a to-go Rueben sandwich to sneak into the game. Three: to celebrate a victory over plates of pastrami cheese fries and classic ice cream floats.
Bar-hopping Pearl District dwellers settle into this dual-level bar to catch NFL games and highlights on one of 21 in-house television screens. Waffle fries topped with asiago cheese, blue cheese and bacon and totchos (a.k.a. tater tot nachos) keep customers happy whether their team gained or fell in the rankings this week.
The just-out-of-college crowd fills this sleek tavern on game days to cheer on their alma mater and fuel up on substantial dishes like beer cheese soup and gorgonzola cheese fries. On Sundays, order from the all day happy hour menu when the price of every dish drops to under $5.