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Eat Your Way Around These 10 Neighborhoods in Portland


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Thinking of moving to Portland – or anywhere for that matter? Head over to Zillow.com and start planning now. Find a home that’s within biking distance of your favorite eatery.

1. Division/Clinton

Spend the day roaming the neighborhood streets with stops for coffee and baked goods at Roman Candle, a cozy dinner at The Woodsman Tavern, the famed Thai chicken wings at Pok Pok, or swing by Ava Gene’s for perfect pastas and delicious vegetable dishes. Recover from it all with a drink at the Whiskey Soda Lounge.

2. Alberta

Natural Selection serves outstanding food that happens to be vegetarian, but if you’re feeling carnivorous stop by James Beard Award Winning chef Naomi Pomeroy’s Beast. Either option will be best followed by a serving of ice cream from Salt & Straw and a drink from The Bye and Bye.

3. Fremont/Beaumont Village

Pick up a dozen (or two) of the fresh-baked doughnuts at Pip’s Original, spend some time bottle browsing at Blackbird Wine Shop, pick up some coffee at Ristretto Roasters, and then grab dinner and drinks at smallwares.

4. Hawthorne

Have your own breakfast club at Slappycakes, get a sandwich lunch at Lardo, and then head to Apizza Scholls, which helped Portland step up its pizza game, for dinner.

5. Northwest/Nob Hill

Go old school at Paley’s Place, part of the first-wave of Portland’s culinary revolution, or new school at Bamboo, the world’s first certified-sustainable sushi restaurant. Save room for dessert at Papa Haydn, a Portland classic.

6. Downtown

Stop by James Beard Award-Winning chef Gabriel Rucker’s outpost Little Bird Bistro or head to the Alder Street food cart pod, which fills a whole block with incredible take-out food from the likes of Nong’s Khao Man Gai and the Whole Bowl. Save room for dessert from Saint Cupcake and artisanal goodies from Quin.

Downtown Portland – St. Cupcake from judesays on Vimeo.

7. Boise-Eliot

Line up early for Tasty and Sons, which has one of the best brunches in Portland. Head to Ned Ludd for the finest wood-fired foods around or take a detour to Spain via Toro Bravo’s tasty tapas, which are sure to remind you of your time in Salamanca.

8. Montavilla

Head out east to Tanuki for outside-the-bento-box Japanese-inspired eats and drinks in a fun—if rule-filled — environment. If you’re in the mood for western cuisine on the eastside, the Country Cat is the spot for all-American downhome dining.

9. Central Eastside

Olympic Provisions is the first USDA approved salumeria, so stock up on cured meats and tasty sides before heading to Distillery Row to sample some of Portland’s finest craft distilled liquors, then sobering up at The Stumptown Annex for coffee tasting.

10. The Pearl District

Head out for a brewery tour with stops at the Rogue Brewery, Bridgeport Brewery, and be sure to get a glass of Black Butte Porter at Deschutes Brewery. Fortify yourself with a sandwich and a chocolate-covered macaroon from Pearl Bakery or go upscale at either the Peruvian spot Andina or high-end pizza at Oven and Shaker.

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The Reel Deal

Everything You Need To Know About “Mr. Runner Up” Inspiration Robert Evans

Watch the two-part finale of Documentary Now! this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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In its upcoming two-part finale, Documentary Now! spoofs the crown jewel of docs: The Kid Stays In The Picture. It’s the autobiographical documentary about Robert Evans, the unlikely Hollywood mogul whose mix of self-aggrandizing bravado, classic good looks and extremely circumstantial good luck took him from being a salesman to an actor to the head of Paramount Pictures.

If you’ve never seen the film, it’s totally worth it. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, with a staggeringly-high approval rating. Watch it before, or watch it after — doesn’t matter. You’ll appreciate it whenever.

In the meantime, here’s a bit of background that will come in handy…

Robert Loves Robert

Robert Evans desk

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Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was written, produced, directed and narrated by Robert Evans. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

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Paramount Pictures

Evans produced some of Hollywood’s true classics: Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story…the list goes on. Totally legit and amazing movies.

He’s Also Kind Of A Joke

Wag The Dog
New Line Cinema

Evans has been parodied in TV shows and movies like Entourage and Wag The Dog. He is the quintessential “producer” you already have in your head.

So Wrong He’s Right

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20th Century Film Corp

Robert Evans is a notorious narcissist whose love of self is so blind and sincere that it’s actually adorable.

There’s Something Missing

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Entire sections of Robert Evans’ life are left out of the documentary. Maybe it’s because of timing. Maybe it’s because real life isn’t a tidy narrative. Who knows.

He Blew It

Spider coke

Evans had a pretty spectacular fall from grace. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the early 80’s, and was connected to a contract killing during the production of The Cotton Club. Oops.

Losing Is For Losers

Everett Collection
Everett Collection

In the Robert Evans mythology, all tragedies are just triumphs in disguise, and every story has a happy ending…for Robert Evans.

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With these simple facts in hand you are now prepared to thoroughly enjoy the two-part finale of Documentary Now! starting this Wednesday at 10/9c on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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