Negroni Week is coming June 1st through 7th

Come into Oso for Negroni week and help raise money for local charity Bradley Angle. All negroni profits for the week will go directly to help domestic violence survivors. Drinking and helping people, that's what I call a good week. 

About Bradley Angle: 

Who We Are
Bradley Angle’s mission is to serve all people affected by domestic violence. We place any person experiencing or at risk for domestic violence at the center of our services and provide support for safety, education, empowerment, healing, and hope.

What we do
In 1975, Bradley Angle became the first domestic violence shelter on the West Coast (and only the fourth in the United States). Over the years, our services have expanded to include a 24- hour crisis line, transitional housing, support groups, community-based advocacy, culturally specific programming for African and African-American survivors, an economic empowerment program called Making Cent$, and support for LGBTQ survivors.

Bradley Angle has a long history of providing local leadership to address unmet community needs and services for domestic violence survivors and their families. 

November Newsletter - a little late, but lots of good stuff...

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We are thankful for you! Let's eat all the good things
Oso Market + Bar  news, events & exclusives

late november newsletter
 thanksgiving wines! 10% off 11/25 & 11/26, see list below

november 27th
, closed for thanksgiving

november 28th, opening at 4pm for ultimate drinking

december 6th & 7th, 11am - 3pm adventure brunch to Canada

december 9th, Tarot night is back! full moon reading 6pm - 8pm

december 20th, put together your oso holiday pack - details coming soon

thank you Thrillst for the Brunch mention!

oso market "holiday packs" available now!

give the gift that keeps on giving!
Sign your loved one up for our Wine or Beer Club



RED! Crowley Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, OR '12 ($23)
Made in true Burgundian tradition by Cameron-alum, Tyson Crowley, this Pinot Noir is as joyful, complex and friendly as folks who produce it.  From Pommard clones farmed organically using no irrigation, Crowley wines are a pure reflection of their Oregon environment.

ROSÉ! Montrose Cotes de Thongue-Languedoc, FR '13 ($14)
15km from the Medditeranean coast, Montrose derives its name from its geographic location on a volcano (Mont) and from the pink (Rose) - flowered almond trees surrounding the vineyard.  The wine is crisp, peach-y and effortlessly lulls one into a summer state of mind, even if its pouring down rain.

WHITE! Tintero Arneis, IT '11 ($14)
From the storied Tintero estate in N. Italy, this Arneis is a perfect Thanksgiving white, blending expressive floral and citrus notes over a richer backdrop of melon and spice flavors.  

SPARKLING! German Gilabert Brut Nature Reserva NV, ESP ($17)
The German Gilabert Cava stands out from the pack because of the finer techniques used in the growing and production of the wine.  While all cavas use the método Tradicional, Gilabert grows organically and  incorporates the brut nature method which relies soley on natural sugars from the base wine to induce seconday fermentation. 

SHERRY! Bodegas Grant Amontillado 'La Garrocha' Sherry, ESP ($15)
The Amonitillado La Garrocha has spent nine years aging through the Solera system. The microclimate of the bodega produces a distinct flor that gives this sherry its warming floral, sweet nut and caramel flavors.
Wines are 10% off November 25th & 26th
additional discounts for 6 or more bottles


BEER!  Alameda Black Bear XX Stout, OR 6.8% ($4.50)

Smooth, rich and creamy. Rye malt blends with roast and chocolate malts to create a new and delicious stout profile, balanced with soft and velvety hops.

CIDER! Tieton Apricot Cider, WA 6.9% ($8)
Out of Tieton, WA, this cider seamlessly blends crisp, sweet apple flavors against the more savory and dark apricot infusion.  A fantastic pairing for every course of your classic, Thanksgiving meal!

Monthly personalized delivery for your specific tastes or regions you want to explore.
$45 gets you started

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Adventure Brunch to Canada
Dec 6 & 7 11am - 3pm
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Full Moon Tarot night
12/9  6pm - 8pm 
$15 gets a reading and glass of something delicious!

Our semi-private large dining table is perfect for group meetings and hosted business lunches!  Email us at for a reservation, drop-off information or a delivery schedule and check out the lunch menu here!

Tues - Thurs: 11am - 10pm  Fri & Sat: 11am - 11pm
Sun: 11am - 9pm
Serving Lunch & Dinner daily  Weekend brunch 11am - 3pm
Happy hours: Tues - Sat 4 - 6pm

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Brunch Spot via Thrillist!

"The 5 best new brunch spots in Portland"

Oso Market + Bar

Industrial District
Brunch is Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm, with rustic options like chorizo-stuffed dates, kabocha squash pancakes, and Bloody Marys. But on the first weekend of every month expect something a little different: an "Adventure Brunch" with a themed menu that could focus on foods from places like Japan, Peru, or Spain.


Northeast Portland
This Southern breakfast and lunch spot offers New Orleans-style beignets, biscuits & gravy, and fried chicken. Also, thanks to a nice array of morning cocktails, you can start your day off like they apparently do in Louisiana. Then immediately move to Louisiana

Cafe Castagna

Southeast Portland
Last month, Chef Wesley Johnson launched his new Eastern Mediterranean, Sunday-only brunch menu for. The eggs Benedict has lamb ham, there are cardamom donuts, and you can add bacon to the grilled halloumi cheese and bread.


Northeast Portland
Brunch is the newest addition to this Asian-fusion spot. For starters there’s a kimchi Bloody Mary, the bao is made with breakfast sausage, and they do an unusual take on congee, with Chinese sausage, savory granola, and egg.

Saint Honore Bakery

Southeast Portland
This boulangerie recently started serving brunch on weekends from 9am to 2pm, and possibly not coincidentally we recently started eating a ton of savory quiche and brioche Croque sandwiches while swilling mimosas and cider-based cocktails.

thanks willamette week! we are in good company

Willamette Week

Wine, Dine: Restaurant Guide 2014

Old grapes go well with everything.

Oso Market and Bar

726 SE Grand Ave., 232-6400,

Former House Spirits distiller Colin Howard takes his bottle bar on a discriminating tour of the unfamiliar: wine regions often unexplored, obscure marks from known labels, and deals on wine undervalued in obscurity. Pull a flight for $15, choose from more than 25 wines by the glass, or get a sherry cocktail.

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October *Birthday month* Newsletter

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Let's party

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october newsletter
October 4th, Wine & Tango class @ Viscount Studio
3:30pm - 6:30pm  You do the Tango, we teach you about Wine

October 4th & 5th, adventure brunch to Hawaii
11am - 3pm Saturday & Sunday

October 8th, Tarot night is back! full moon reading 5pm - 7pm

October 23rd, Its our Birthday! Lets party

October 30th, Blind tasting fund raiser...more to come

THANK YOU OREGONIAN!  Oso Market + Bar placed in Portland's TOP 10 Wine Bar's in the City.  Check out our new wine menu here!

$15 gets you a reading and a glass of something delicious!


Ransom Grenache 2011, Rogue Valley, OR

Ransom, started by Tad Seestedt in 1997 on modest funds and truckloads of will, is a winery (and distillery) with character, vision and guts.  Grapes and vineyard sites for each wine are chosen with a surgical approach to detail to ensure a finished product that clearly mirrors classic varietal character and expresses the terroir of the Oregon landscape.  Great wines are always made in the vineyard, and Seestedt's commitment to quality and sustainability from his growers is abundantly evident here in his 2011 Grenache.  Lean and pepper-y with restrained, crisp fruit, this wine is perfect match for the Fall season.


Monthly personalized delivery for your specific tastes or regions you want to explore.
$45 gets you started

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Twitter @osomarketbar
for updates, new menu items and tastings.


MOA Breakfast Beer (Pilsner) 5.5% - NZ $6

Unique and refreshing European-style beer brewed with a blend of premium wheat malt and a variety of floral hops out of New Zealand.  Rich texture up front with a citrus-y spark in the finish.  By far, the best first-sip-eyebrow-raiser in the group here!



Our list of business lunch clients, for either delivery or large-table reservation, is growing!  Email us at for drop-off information or a delivery schedule and check out the lunch menu here!

Tues - Thurs: 11am - 10pm  Fri & Sat: 11am - 11pm
Sun: 11am - 9pm
Serving Lunch & Dinner daily  Weekend brunch 11am - 3pm
Happy hours: Tues - Sat 4 - 6pm


Its Party time.
birthdays rule.
10/23 its on.



Adventure Brunching to
October 4th & 5th only
11am - 3pm

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Join us for a night of TANGO & WINE at Viscount Studio in SE Portland Oct 4th 3:30-6:30pm!  Learn the alluring steps of this Argentine classic and taste some of the regions best wines.  $55/ person

New wine list!

We've added an extensive wine by the bottle and 1/2 bottle list to enhance your dining experience. And because wine is great and you should drink more

Why we don't carry San Pellegrino anymore

As a business, it makes sense to stay away from political and religious "hot-button" issues. But, a business is made up of folks who have feelings and beliefs, I am definitely one of those folks.

When we made our inventory list, San Pellegrino was an easy choice. Its delicious, light, Italian, good branding - all of the things you want in a product. We ordered a few cases, it sold well. We ordered more. We soon found out San Pellegrino was owned by Nestle. I don't have any problem with large companies, many are useful and necessary. But I knew Nestlé's business practices were extremely far off from my beliefs in how to conduct business. We stopped carrying San Pellegrino and am more resolute in my small boycott after reading this article:

Nestle CEO: Water Is Not A Human Right, Should Be Privatized

More Nestle prodcuts


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Tarot Night
Saturday June 14th 5pm - 7pm
find out what secrets the universe has in store for you!
$10 gets you a reading and glass of cava or beer

Father's Day is June 15th, since we love your dad, we're giving him 10% off all market items and happy hour drink prices all weekend!
Already have plans? Pick up a mixed 6 pack of imported and domestic beers, add a market item and get 10% off the "Dad Pack"

BBQ fundraiser for
Pixie Project
June 21st, 1pm - 5pm
$15 tasting, wines graciously donated from Teutonic, Ransom, Chehalem & Crowley wineries. Sausages graciously donated by Olympic Provisions

Visit us every Thursday 5pm - 7pm for delicious tastings!

Oso for Oso Fundraiser

Washington Wine Tasting  & Silent Auction

We've gathered some of our favorite WA wines to raise money in support of the victims of the recent disaster in Oso, Washington. We will be pouring wines from:
Charles Smith/ K Vintners
Andrew Will Winery
 Syncline Wine Cellars
Buty Winery
 COR Cellars
$15 Tasting Fee


Silent Auction items supplied by well-known Portland businesses and folks willing to donate themselves for the cause:
Lille Boutique
Bishops Barbershop
Loop Jewelry
Doug Fir Lounge
Broder Nord
Teal Flamingo
Produce Row
Land's End at Cannon Beach
Free month in Oso's Wine Club
Kevin's Handy Man Help
Various bottles and cases of wine...


See you Thursday! get psyched and help out the Washingtonians. All proceeds donated to

Food oasis no longer

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New restaurants bring market oases to Portland's food deserts

Ps and Qs Market, one of nearly 10 new restaurant-market hybrids in Portland. “The two businesses work really well together,” Ps and Qs co-owner Emily Anderson says. “People come in for food, then peruse the store and inevitably buy something. Or they come in for groceries and see a special on the board and stay for dinner.”

By Michael Russell | The Oregonian
on March 28, 2014 at 11:02 AM, updated March 28, 2014 at 2:51 PM


Gary Lowe, the man behind the meat smoker at Crown Q Market & Deli, recalls an earlier Northeast Portland, a time when his grandmother, Josephine "Outlaw Josie" Bell, "carried a little Derringer and a razor blade” while running "the only food cart in the roughest part of town.”

But last year, when Lowe decided to turn his own cart, Crown Q, into a brick-and-mortar restaurant, he had different memories in mind: Learning to cook while helping out at the Tropicana, a once-hopping North Williams Avenue barbecue joint, and the sense of togetherness and community he felt there.

At his new restaurant, he devoted half the dining room to a little market, where customers can pick up Northwest beer and wine, farm-fresh eggs and meat from Stroupe Family Farm in Aurora while Lowe smokes ribs, brisket and turkey legs out front.

By opening with a market, Lowe tapped into the latest trend in Portland’s food scene. In the past year-plus, nearly 10 Portland restaurants, including Crown Q, Old Salt Marketplace and Oso Market and Bar have opened with small markets where everything from everyday staples to boutique goods are available to-go.

Market-restaurant hybrids -- pharmacies with soda fountains, Mexican tiendas with back-of-house taquerias, convenience stores with heat-lamped pizza -- aren’t new. But today’s restaurant owners are flipping the script, with restaurants that pave the way for (and sometimes financially support) the market.

Along the way, these restaurateurs may have stumbled on a salve for the persistent problem of so-called “food deserts,” areas under-served by stores with fresh produce and healthful food.

Food Oasis

After a combined 30 years in restaurant work, Emily Anderson and Paul Davis seemed perfectly positioned to open a restaurant of their own.

But while looking around their Woodlawn neighborhood, Anderson, a former server and front-of-house manager (Por Que No?, Lovely’s Fifty Fifty), and Davis, a cook and kitchen manager (Kenny & Zuke’s, Dove Vivi), realized there was a more pressing need.

“Technically we're in a food desert, or we used to be,” says Anderson, whose house is about a mile from the nearest grocery store. “We were just tired of having to drive. We wanted to have a little neighborhood grocery store we could walk to.”

The couple found a space, a former soul food restaurant that had sat empty for several years, and transformed it into Ps and Qs Market, a cozy grocery store selling fresh produce and a small kitchen where Davis prepares tasty soups, salads and sandwiches.

“The two businesses work really well together,” Anderson says. “People come in for food, then peruse the store and inevitably buy something. Or they come in for groceries and see a special on the board and stay for dinner.”

Asafetida and au jus

Not every restaurant-market hybrid has community-building on the brain. Some spots just want to give their customers easier access to unusual or hard-to-find ingredients.

Shut Up and Eat, the Southeast Portland sandwich shop known for its cheesesteak, recently expanded with a market and deli next door. The move was deigned to increase the restaurant’s prep space, but co-owner John Fimmano said he also wanted to offer Portland a taste of his Philadelphia-area childhood.

“When we were growing up, we used to go down to the store and get 10 pounds of roast beef, a quart of au jus, some rolls and Provolone and go home and make our own sandwiches and watch some football,” Fimmano says. “We wanted to create that option here.”

On Southeast Division Street, chef Troy MacLarty’s second Bollywood Theater location has a small market on the side selling hard-to-find ingredients such as puffed rice, ghee (clarified butter) and asafetida (a strong-smelling herbal resin prized in Indian cooking).

“The original idea for the market has come from our customers,” MacLarty emailed from his wedding weekend in Mexico. “They’ve asked us many times (whether) they could buy small amounts of certain ingredients because they didn't want to drive out to the suburbs to purchase them.”

Not far away, shoppers can find Thai ingredients at Tarad Thai Market and carefully sourced Italian products at Luce, an Italian restaurant in a space resembling a general goods store

Cutting down waste

For Ps and Qs, the market provides an added bonus: Davis can plan his menus around what’s available in the store, cutting down on the food waste typically found at larger grocery stores. And though the market barely breaks even, the profits from the restaurant help Anderson and Davis employ 14 people.

Bull markets

Newish PDX restaurants with their own markets

Bollywood Theater: 3010 S.E. Division St., 503-477-6699

Crown Q Market and Deli445 N.E. Killingsworth St., 503-281-0373

Luce: 2140 E. Burnside St., 503-236-7195

Old Salt Marketplace: 5027 N.E. 42nd Ave., 971-255-0167

Oso Market & Bar: 726 SE Grand Ave., 503-232-6400

Ps and Qs Market: 1301 N.E. Dekum St.; 503-894-8979;

Shut Up And Eat: 3848 S.E. Gladstone St., 503-719-6449

Tarad Thai Market: 601 S.E. Morrison St., 503-234-4102 

“We're sustainable because of the deli,” Anderson says.


“Emily is a born entrepreneur,” Davis says. “She's had a ton of multi-faceted business ideas: a coffee shop with a record store, a flower shop with a bar. When we met, she had this idea to do a general store. I said, “If you had a market, I could do this and this with the food. The idea just grew and grew.”
Turns out, Anderson had been plotting the market for while. She recalls talking the idea over with Old Salt Marketplace co-owner Ben Meyer years ago. And before opening, she took a job at the Woodsman Market, a small food boutique attached to the Woodsman Tavern restaurant, to learn the trade.

Over at Crown Q, Lowe says he plans to add fresh fruit and vegetables to the market in May. He hopes customers will embrace his store as a smaller-scale alternative to big grocery stores such as Safeway and Trader Joe’s, the latter of which recently reverse plans to build a location a few blocks from Crown Q.

But mostly, Lowe wants to offer people a reason to swing by and hang out.

“This was a predominantly black area,” Lowe says. “Now that everyone's here -- the whole melting pot -- we're trying to make this a clean, community place where you can sit back with a glass of wine, a beer and listen to some Bob Marley or jazz music.

“We really don’t know what we’re doing, but it seems to be working.”

-- Michael Russell

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Oso Market + Bar

February 17, 2014 by Sara

Sometimes, the name of the game is simplicity. In this food-obsessed city, I think sometimes the restaurants are over-thought, dishes over-embellished and menus over-complicated. Not the case at the new eastside eatery Oso Market + Bar. It’s a lovely spot serving lunch or dinner that feels like a small bar or lunch counter, and it’s simple in the best way possible.

I had lunch at Oso last week, and the above picture curried chickpea sandwich was pretty great — simple, warm, made with great house-made ingredients like pickled fennel. They served it with a side house salad that was just simple. Simply dressed, simple greens, and exactly what I needed for a nice workday lunch. The menu does have lots of meaty options too, and the charcuterie looked mighty delicious. It’s certainly not just for veggies.

Stop into Oso Market for a meal, and browse their selection of oils, wine and other local products. Maybe I’ll see you there for a simple workday lunch!

Oso Market + Bar is located at 726 SE Grand Ave., just next door to Dig a Pony. They’re open from lunch until late every day.

Canada - you know what's happenin! Central Eastside movin on up!

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Portland’s edgy Central Eastside neighbourhood becomes a restaurant hub

by Carolyn Ali on Mar 5, 2014 at 12:14 pm

When Colin Howard chose to open his first restaurant last fall in Portland’s Central Eastside industrial district, he knew he was taking a risk. Located across the Willamette River from downtown Portland, this edgy area just off the I-5 is better known as a place to buy linoleum than to linger over a glass of wine. But the neighbourhood is changing, and Howard and his wife, Holly, hope the momentum will benefit Oso Market + Bar, their stylish tapas spot and bottle shop located on the major artery of SE Grand Avenue. “People are always going through here,” Howard tells the Georgia Straight over a plate of anchovy-draped Peruvian potatoes as traffic outside swirls towards the Morrison Bridge. “But now they are starting to stop.”

While other Portland neighbourhoods across the river, such as Southeast Division, are well established as culinary hubs, the Central Eastside is just starting to make a name for itself. But since a new extension of the Portland Streetcar line opened in September 2012, linking downtown to the Central Eastside, and big-name Portland chefs such as Ken Forkish have set up shop, there are more reasons than ever for visitors to cross the water—and not just for the food.

“It’s still early days for this neighbourhood, but it’s definitely up-and-coming,” says Julia Parsley, who cofounded Wildfang, a clothing store that’s located a few blocks south of Oso Market. Parsley opened Wildfang, which specializes in tomboy-inspired clothing for women, last August. She chose the area as an affordable base from which to build her mostly online business. But now that she has a storefront, “customers have come like pilgrims.”

“This is one of those neighbourhoods that didn’t have an identity,” she says of the Central Eastside, explaining that it’s a thoroughfare rather than a residential area. But around 2002, people working in creative industries started moving their studios into vacant warehouses. Over the past five years, a number of cafés have sprung up to cater to them, as well as fashionable eateries such as Bunk Bar, famous for its hearty sandwiches.

A block down from Wildfang, Coava Coffee Roasters opened in 2010. It shares a light-filled space with Bamboo Revolution, a company that manufactures high-quality bamboo flooring. In Coava’s corner, customers lounging at tables made from antique drill presses seem more interested in browsing their iPads than the showroom. But the cooperative space gives the coffee shop a cool, industrial-chic vibe, and the wafting scent of roasted beans softens any hard edges.

Nearby, on the corner of Grand and Taylor, the shiny “lighting and house parts” store Rejuvenation occupies two floors of the terra-cotta coloured, early-1900s Neustadter Building. The gleaming store is a pleasure to browse, with its modern reproductions of Victorian and early-20th-century fixtures as well as lust-worthy kitchenware like oversized cherry-wood rolling pins. Kitty-corner to Rejuvenation, the Grand Marketplace is like catnip for those addicted to one-of-a-kind items. The 18,000-square-foot space that formerly housed Arvey Paper & Supplies opened last September, bringing together 25 vendors selling items as diverse as antique meat grinders, salvaged claw-foot tubs, and plant stands made from polished Oregon juniper stumps.

Away from the storefronts on the neighbourhood’s main drag, a person might never guess that some of the stark, industrial-looking warehouses contain offices, high-end shops, and restaurants. Just east of the river lies the hulking Olympic Mills Commerce Center on SE Washington Street. Built in the 1920s as a cereal mill with an eight-storey concrete grain elevator, the sunny-yellow building occupies a full city block. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was renovated in 2005 and now houses over 80 businesses, including design firms and talent and literary agencies.

At street level, converted warehouses like the Water Avenue Commerce Center and Eastbank Commerce Center bustle at noon with hungry office workers. For those exploring the area, there are plenty of tempting options to choose from. Chefs tend the wood-fired oven in the open kitchen at the elegant clarklewis, which specializes in Italian-inspired farm-to-table fare. Diners at communal tables slurp bowls of ramen elbow to elbow in the cheery orange Boke Bowl. At Olympic Provisions, the atmosphere is smart casual as companions share plates of artisan salami and as many glasses of sherry as the workday requires.

In the evening, the area also attracts diners. With all manner of Champagne and sparkling wines, the jewel-box-sized Ambonnay bar is a lovely place to sip a glass of bubbly under a crystal chandelier. Produce Row Café offers a folksier atmosphere with its covered, heated courtyard. And since this is Portland, there’s always craft beer nearby: the Hair of the Dog Brewing Company operates a welcoming tasting room and restaurant in the shadow of the Morrison Bridge on SE Yamhill Street.

Further east, Sasha Davies runs Cyril’s restaurant at Clay Pigeon Winery on SE Oak Street. She and her winemaker partner Michael Claypool set up the urban winery in 2008 and added the restaurant in late 2012. “The neighbourhood reminded us of the industrial areas in Brooklyn,” she said, noting that it’s one of the few left in the city zoned for manufacturing. “It’s a neighbourhood where people make stuff.” While Davies has seen many creative businesses pop up, she doesn’t think the area will turn residential—however, it is becoming more of a dining destination.

A few blocks to the southwest, Trifecta Tavern + Bakery is one of the hottest culinary draws. Artisan baker Ken Forkish opened the place in late 2013, turning a 5,000-square-foot auto upholstery shop into an upscale restaurant. On the night I visit, every seat at the marble bar is taken and every red booth is packed with people tucking into Brussels sprouts roasted in a ragingly hot oven, oysters baked with fennel and hollandaise sauce, and Forkish’s famous bread. His kale salad alone—with pumpkin seeds, avocado, a harissa vinaigrette, and shaved Grana Padano cheese—is reason enough to cross the bridge. And while the Southeast Division neighbourhood keeps tempting diners with new restaurants, places like Trifecta are putting the Central Eastside on the culinary map.

If you stop there once, you’ll likely be back.

Access: The Central Eastside is bounded by Powell Boulevard, the Willamette River, SE 12th Street, and Interstate 84. To get there from downtown by Portland Streetcar, take the blue Central Loop Line towards OMSI and get off at SE Grand and Belmont or Taylor; the trip takes about 25 minutes. You can also reach the area by car or by cycling across the Steel Bridge and along the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade to the Morrison Bridge area.

Portland Dining Month takes place in March this year instead of June. Over 100 of the city’s restaurants—including the Central Eastside’s Oso Market, Olympic Provisions, and clarklewis—are offering $29 three-course set menus. The writer toured as a guest of Travel Portland and Amtrak Cascades, which runs daily eight-and-a-half-hour direct trips between Vancouver, B.C. and Portland. (Here's a glimpse of the scenery.)

You can follow Carolyn Ali on Twitter @carolynali