Oregon law mandates any business serving alcohol must also serve food. So with a high concentration of some of the most excitingly diverse restaurants in the country, you’ve got the makings for a killer happy hour scene. Here, Portland’s top spots to score delicious deals without breaking the bank.
A Portland institution, Nostrana is Chef Cathy Whims’ homage to the comforts of rustic Italian cooking. Pair the $5 Campari and soda with the Insalata Nostrana, a Caesar-like salad starring radicchio and rosemary croutons, and one of her wood-fired pizzas or homemade pastas (The capellini tossed with Marcella Hazan’s legendary buttery tomato sauce is simple yet sublime, and only $9).
Where else can you build a full meal (a really solid one to boot) out of snacks and drinks all priced under $8? Start with a glass of punch and nibble on crispy pork lumpia before tucking into a hearty meatloaf sandwich with some local Pinot Noir. End the evening on a sweet note with assorted petit fours and ice cream.