Tuesday, February 21, 2012

At the Top: Portland (Portland City Grill)

Over the weekend, some friends and I headed down to Portland, Oregon and while there we took the opportunity to indulge in one of my hobbies: Enjoying a view of the city over a drink. In every city I visit, I try and make it a point to get to a point where I can look over the city and get a feel for the place and in Portland, that spot is the Portland City Grill. It's located on the 30th floor, right downtown at the edge of the Pearl District and Old Chinatown and give some great views of the city, bridges, and Mt. Hood. 

We made it there for the late night happy hour, but I was shocked to see how popular this place is. It makes sense, in retrospect, because of it's proximity to the night life in the Pearl District but I was expecting a bit of an older, half-forgotten place full of guys in suits. Instead, it was packed with folks in their mid-20s to early 40s and there was impossible competition for the tables along the window. This is a place to come early for happy hour (4-7pm and 9pm-close) if you want a table. Overall, the food on the happy hour menu was pretty good, but our happy hour drink wasn't really worth the price. Then again, you're here mostly for the view.

We arrived late, which meant that the late night happy hour was our only option, but if we had arrived earlier another great way to enjoy this view is with their lunch menu. The lunch menu is reasonably priced ($10-15/plate, with some $7.50 salads) and will get you into the actual dining room which should be a better bet for securing a window seat. On a clear day, the view of Mt. Hood must be amazing from this vantage point.

It's up there.

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