5 Dollar Deals in Portland

For a buck, you could get a double cheeseburger from the chain drive-thru. Or, you could head to these local restaurants and watering holes to score daily $1 deals on everything from PBR to artisan ice cream. Here are five places where you can put that dollar to good use. (including the Sapphire Hotel, where PBR tallboys are just a buck during happy hour)

Updated: November 24, 2009

The Buck Stops Here


250 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

You can spend a decent wad of cash dining at this grand dame. Or, you can visit during happy hour and enjoy the chic scene plus plates like fried chick peas, picholine olives and marcona almonds for a buck.

The Gilt Club

306 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209

Chips and cocktail nuts are cheap and boring bar fare. At this luxe cocktail laboratory and lounge these standard options go gourmet at happy hour: plates of fried chickpeas dusted with paprika and housemade potato chips served with chive creme fraiche go for just a buck each. Got a dollar to spare? Spring for the $2 two-hour egg, cooked sous vide and served in its shell.

Two Tarts Bakery Inc.

2309 NW Kearney, Portland, OR 97210

Though this Northwest bakery is known for its bite-sized artisan cookies (which are, conveniently priced under a dollar), its housemade, custard-style ice cream deserves just as much buzz. Served in a tiny little cup, the $1 scoops range in flavor from mint to cherry vanilla. If you can find a few quarters in your change purse, order an ice cream sandwich. It's just 75 cents more.

Pazzo Ristorante

621 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205

Everyday after 2pm, this downtown bakery drops the price of its cookies to $1. Hungry office workers can skip the vending machine and instead spend their buck on a ricotta bar with cream cheese frosting or a peanut butter cookie. Other options include chocolate chip, cranberry raisin oatmeal and dark chocolate cookies studded with white chocolate chips.

Sapphire Hotel

5008 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

This sexy Eastside hangout sells hipsters PBR Tallboys for a buck at its daily afternoon happy hour; on Sunday through Thursday nights, the offer pops up again from 10pm to 12am. That should leave a few bucks to spare for food specials of blackened chicken tenders and meze platters that hover in the $3 to $5 range.