Portland’s restaurant heritage

Long before Portland became Foodgasm Central, home of artisan food worship and countless breathless articles written by the national media, there was the 1970s. Mustaches, feathered hair, smoking, orange decor, and wood paneling ruled the day.

In honor of Memorial Day, here’s a salute to the groundbreakers who gave their all to help set the stage for the modern day Portland dining experience.

10/25/13 update: This has proven to be one of the most popular posts ever on Lost Oregon! I encourage you to read the comments – a bit jumbled – but some great memories there! Here’s one example (from Ross Pullen – he’s a goldmine for local food history):

Asparro’s on SE Grand was a fixture for years. I believe it had a Greek style menu, but I may be mistaken on that. (Union Avenue Social Club was the name given after he sold it)

HOLMAN’S at SE 28 TH and Burnside is still open and operating last I checked.

The “German restaurant on 82 ND and Burnside that Jim Darke mentioned was actually a Swiss place called THE MATTERHORN and operated until early 2000s when it was sold and they built a Walgreen’s.

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Enjoy your order of the Man Platter, sir.

Disco dancing and backgammon?!  Slabtown still rocks.

The Kon-Tiki was around much later than I had thought.

Digger O’Dell’s on SE Grand offered an oyster bar, freshly baked cornbread and accepted Carte Blanche credit cards.

L’Auberge on Burnside had its menu “delivered verbally by your waiter or waitress.” As opposed to being verbally abused.

Victoria’s Nephew [now Mother’s Bistro] was, according to them, the only place in town to offer a cappuccino [1979]. That guy in the middle – totally jotting down mental notes for his Yelp review.

They also offered sidewalk seating “whenever weather permits.”

Some things never change.

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  1. Thanks for bringing back some great early food memories! I helped open Digger O’Dells and was a backwaiter/busser/host for a few years in college. I remember eating at Auberge right out of highschool-thought it pretty cool. Do you remember Couch Street Fish House? Second restaurant job after Sweet Tibbie Dunbar’s!Ah, the late 70s were great as Portland celebrated all things Horst Mager(remember when he used to guest chef on Chan 6/KOIN with Lois DeVore?) and Julia Child & James Beard used to dine at L’Omlette?Also Brasserie Montmarte when they first opened? Vat & Tonsure-Hamburger Mary’s in the old Fox Block? Henry Theilie’s on 23rd…and of course the original Roses when Mama Rose used to bake those cakes/pastries? I miss the Old Quality Pie-the BEST chocolate cream pie…ever!!Rimsky-KorsaCoffee House & Papa Haydns always dukeing it out for the best ambiance…and you need to go by the Alibi on Interstate! Rediscovered it down from my moms place on Alberta when I was home for a milestone birthday…a true slice of Americana Tiki Heaven!!Still exotic, still kitschy, still wonderfully intact!Thanks for a great trip down memory lane…Cheers,Tim

    1. I moved to Portland in ’78 and worked at the River Queen for 2 years later worked at Horst’s Tivoli Garden & The Couch Street Fish House, in ’81 I worked saute at Digger Odell’s and was part of the second class at Horst’s culinary school…ahh, the memories

      1. Digger’s was a blast from pre-opening cleaning with Mr. Burns and me scrubbing the tile threshholds of the kitchen and restrooms to the constant party scene in the bar! Great food and atmosphere. I’d usually work the lunch shift at Silver Garden (the observation domeliner) then walk up the street to Digger’s to backwait-wasn’t 21 yet to serve booze!

      2. I also worked at Tivoli Garden as a waiter in 1980 and 1981. I was the only Asian waiter at that time. Do I know you and do you know what happen to Tivoli Garden and Horst now?

      3. I had Belinda’s Restaurant at that time in Sellwood , getting ready to move downtown where Kell’s is now . I had a long talk with Horst Mager in his office at Tivoli . he was adamant that the commercial rents were killing business and tivoli had an 8 % lease…right off the top . He stayed open for a time and sold the restaurant ( w/th the high lease ) and cut his losses . It was a beautiful place ! Horst later put his energy into the Gustav’s concept ( after being a Portland restaurant pioneer since 1959 ) .
        His daughter runs the company now and horst retired to Palm Springs is the info i have heard .

      4. I miss ya Basner, we (gary & mary) lost ya after the Indian restaurant with the gorgeous owner.

      5. I also worked on the river queen..and the Royce family Ran it
        I also work at digger O’Dell’s for a short time..

    2. I worked at Sweet Tibbie and the Orange Grove at Lippmans. …started at the Double EE drive Inn on Division …remember Obies buffets…those huge roasts they carved. My husban Brian delivered pies from Quality Pies all over town. …very fond memories of Old Country Kitchen on Stark ……..Waddels after a Buckaroo hockey game. The Crab broiler tiny joint on Barbur. You would wait in line outside in the rain to get in. ..they moved and it all went down hill. Mazzis was a booming place on Macadam. Beef and brew…..so many great places. ..what was the bar near Portland State. …..something Turtle?

      1. The Cheerful Tortoise…my friend’s mother was one of the owners….my friend and I used to go after school (Lincoln H.S.) back in ’79, but we were to young to drink!

      2. Sweet Tibbies was a great place. I used to go there a lot, I wish it was still in business.

      3. Frank, who owned Mazzi’s, now has Touche’ at NW 15th & Glisan. -With all due respect for Frank, and the philosophies that he shared with Zareh; Zareh, the original owner of Touche’, will be forever missed for the person that he was.

      4. I worked at Rians eating establishment for 8 years through college and beyond !!
        I remember every Restaurant and bar you mentioned and more!!
        As you know ,if you work nights in a popular restaurant/bar, you all collectively meet up after work.
        Jakes the hindquarter, the meat market , Bills gold coin, ahh, memories:)
        We were transferred in 1983 to Toledo, Ohio, ( culture shock, then South Bend , and Little Rock, now Louisville, Ky.
        I am looking for a dear friend, John Hyatt, who managed Sweet Tibbie Dunbars until it closed, also briefly hosted at Rians,and Ruebens in Sylvan !!
        Does anyone know where he is ??
        I am coming back in July 2015, my best friend since college, Marit Meadows, Kelly, Brown, is going to go trolling with me :)
        Former name Karen Miller , love to hear from you all !!
        And I have perfected Rians Chicken Kiev and L’Omelets creme Brulee!!!

    3. My father printed the menus for many of the restaurants shown and many that you mentioned. I’ve lived in portland my whole life and restaurants are central to my memories. John’s Meatmarket, The Beef and Brew, Captain’s Corner, Ryan’s and The Rusty Mill are some others that come to mind for great “old Portland’ flavor.

      1. Hi Julie, I worked at a couple Ryan’s restaurants 1973 – 1977. John Ryan was a visionary with the lunch menu vs counter cafe that was standard pre-1972. I loved Ryan’s Breadbasket in Standard Plaza, The Fish and Ale House in Raleigh Hills, Sandwich Express in Morgan’s Alley and his signature restaurant also in Morgan’s Alley. Great memories of a wonderful time for dining in Portland. I think I might still have a menu somewhere!

      1. Couch Street Fish House! I worked there for the Mother’s Day weekend in 1977 with Chef Gene and GM/Maitre ‘D Zeppo-very professional both.. I was being considered to be the Executive Chef for Horst Mager’s new Lake Oswego Mediterranean restaurant, The Odyssey.Of course, he had The Rhinelander, L’Omelette,and later Tivoli Garden too. These were days before Gustav’s Bierstube.It did not work out at The Odyssey and by August ’77, I had opened Belinda’s in Sellwood…….. best thing I ever did!
        My wife and I loved going to Sweet Tibbie Dunbar’s. Wish it was still there,along with Digger O’Dells. They all have their time.

      2. I fondly remember The Carnival. It was a favorite lunch treat spot. I always wondered why they put the valuable old circus posters where they would fade in the sun, but I enjoyed looking at them anyway. Alas, it is a parking lot now.

      3. My mom used to take us up to the Carnival cafe in the late 50’s. Now an OHSU parking lot. The lilac park is still there. What was the name of the restaurant that overlooked the skating rink in Lloyd Center?

      4. Yes, on the way up to the dental college above Dunaway park. I still remember the giant grill and the smell of burning hamburger, it was a lot of fun.

      5. Ross Pullen I was the Executive Chef at Couch St. in 1984-85. The food scene was very vibrant then. I opened my own restaurant in Yamhill County wine country in 1987, Augustine’s Restaurant.

    4. Well this is on top on 4/24/14 so I’ll post here. I’m googling through Dining-In Portland from 1979, trying to figure out what’s left, and stumbled into this thread looking for L’Auberge. So many places gone, but surprisingly so many still here. I grew up in SW Washington, so am more familiar with what’s missing north of the border – The Holland, Bart’s, The Ark, Mary McCranks, The Totem – there’s so little left… In Portland the original Farrell’s of course, the spot where Thiele’s used to be…but Portland has done much better at replacing their MIA restaurants than up north in Tweakerland.

    1. Guess you didn’t plan to include our ‘hangouts’ in high school like The Speck, Yaws and Tik Tok, but what about ‘Fast Eddies’, ‘Jolly Jones’, and best of all was the ‘Kitchen Kettle’ that had the best lebanease,greek food before that kind of food was ‘cool’.

      1. Thanks for mentioning The Kitchen Kettle as that was our restaurant. I still have the origingal recipes and wonder if I served them again, would people remember.

      2. My future wife and I had steaks at the Kitchen Kettle on the 4th of July, 1966. That did it! We got married and have never been sorry (well, most of the time.)

      3. My father printed the menus for The Kitchen Kettle and it holds great memories for me.

      4. To: Roberta Sabin of Kitchen Kettle
        I would like to have some of recipes
        If you don’t mind the grape rolls are great
        Jacob Serrano

      5. Roberta Sabin, I loved the Kitchen Kettle – my mom worked there for several years. Just a lovely place.

      6. My mom was a waitress at the Kitchen Kettle and as kids my sisters and I would go with her sometimes during the day and sample some of the food. Would you believe some of the cooks were Chinese?? They could turn out the best grape leaf rolls and bulgur I have ever had.

  2. I have a stack of old Portland restaurant guide books on the shelf. I love this theme for the weekend.

  3. A few more: Hilaire’s (where I had my one solo dinner with my grandfather), Uncle Chen’s (longest menu, best Chinese ever), Lipman’s tearoom (where ladies always wore white gloves to lunch), Piccolo Mondo and Capt. Billy Bang’s in John’s Landing, Pasta Cucina in Yamhill Marketplace, Briggs & Crampton’s table for two, Wooden Spoons and Metro Café on Clinton…sigh. Then there are Harriet Fasenfest’s cafés: Bertie Lou and Harriet’s Eat Now Café.

    Thanks for reminding me!

    1. Piccolo Mondo’s! Wow, but a flashback to cocktails after turning 21! What about Earthquake Ethel’s for the earthquake, disco dancing and your first official adult beverage?Lipman’s Tea Room AND Meier & Frank’s Coffe Shop with my grandmother when I was 4/5…she always wore gloves with the hat and purse! And those elevator operator’s and their castanets clicking to alert other operators of which cars to use. It seemed pretty exotic to a little kid to ride the old Rose City busses downtown, step onto the bustling sidewalks, get a drink from the Benson bubblers and then walk into M&F’s from the 5th and Morrison entrance and look across at the huge store and see all the old deco lighting and signage that hadn’t changed since the 30s…man oh man but I ,iss that great old Department Store.Lost forever…

      1. I loved the Meier and Frank Coffee Shop and the Lipman’s Tea Room. I used to go there with my mom and grandma. We always dressed up to go downtown;always wore white gloves. I still have my mom’s Lipman’s credit card.

      2. What a wonderful list of remembrance’s…Lipmann and Wolfe’s had the best shake of the downtown lunch counters, even though it was officially a mezzanine. Jolly Jone’s serpentine counter was a joy for a squirmy kid who just got a couple of quarters from his mom (Violet) and bounced out of her candy store on Broadway and Alder. Barney Keep broadcasting from the Imperial Hotel in the window, WOW! The lunch counters at Fred Meyers and JJ Newbury had some of the best grilled cheese sandwich’s ever! I was the bar man at the Chocolate Moose for years, working for Tony on 2nd & Ankeny up until Ted and John bought it and opened Bebatis. Sadly both Ted and Tony have passed. I grew up with Steve Yaw and blasted my 327 El Camino from Yaws to the Speck, to downtown [the ‘GUT’] and back again…Tootsie rolls anyone? The Tik Tok was a cops hangout and Scotties across the street never did it for me. So here’s my list of what I miss from the hayday: the Mallory dining room, the Georgian Room (M & F’s), the buffet at Lido/Monte Carlo’s, the Benson businessman’s lunch, all of the restaurants in the original Morgan’s Alley, and the ‘OLD’ Pal’s Shanty on Sandy Boulevard, Hilaire’s! Porto Fino in Sellwood. I have to apologize though…the Carnival (I live close by) never really did have a very good patty…great condiments though…sorry.

        Post Script (PS to you youngins): my mom moved out east and opened a Van Dynns candy store anchored with Roses!

      3. What a great list! I only take execution with the Monte Carlo/Lido. Too boring for me. No idea why. The others seemed either institutionally “cool” like the Georgian Room or actually pretty good like the others.
        But what do I know?

      4. I don’t remember seeing any Roses or Van Duyns east of Gresham. But one thing that did transplant well is The Original Pancake House. There are several in the Chicago area complete with the iconic pancake flipper-man. Lots of immigrant restaurants around here copy OHP, offering Dutch apple and German pancakes. Several years ago the Chicago Tribune did an article on the lost German restaurants, commenting that OHP was one of the few places where you could still get the traditional pancakes.

      5. That little strip mall in NE Portland where Rose’s was. I vaguely remember the Van Duyns but never went in. But that Roses….I took my little girls in there specifically to let them pig out on one of the pieces of tall chocolate cake. It was messy but in the end there was nothing left.

      6. Yes, no weekend was complete until all-night dancing at Earthquake Es. There was another great spot across Beaverton where the servers did a disco bit every hour or something like that. Can’t remember what it was called…Chevy’s? Worked in luggage for a few years at Meier&Frank (they had an elevator attendant operating clear into the 80s in the back or the store I think), and waited tables along with serving/cooking the oyster bar at Rusty Pelican along the Willamette as well. Slabtown, Up the Down Staircase….great night venues How bout Vat and Tonsure?

      7. Chevy’s opened in 1985. I was the GM there some years after selling Belinda’s. We did an amazing business, especially on Fri-Sat. The owner hired some lawyers and got out of the franchise agreement ( not the Mexican food chain ) with the people in Miss. They were successful and re-opened as Be Bop USA. He let me go after 6 months and I had promoted to all the folks I knew in PDX, and hired a kid and paid him 30 % less salary. I used to teach the dance routines to the servers and bartenders. FYI….we were the largest dispenser of Budweiser in the NW! More than the Kingdome.I think the $1.00 buffet drew a lot of people.

      8. Love your comments–I had the same childhood! Wonder if you remember the ‘holes’ in the sidewalks for the freight to go from the trucks on the street to the basement of M&F…that both fascinated and frightened me !

      1. My husband Tom worked for your dad at the Wooden Spoons circa 1977-78. What a great guy! He learned so much from him. I remember cream of zucchini soup was a fave. Great memories!

      2. I was a good friend of Tim’s. He had The Wooden Spoons ( which I first heard about in Boise in the early 70’S ) and I had Belinda’s. We used to visit and have a coffee, it was just like I like, homey, comfortable and friendly with great food. Please tell him hello from Ross.

      3. I haven’t read all comments stretching back years so perhaps these have been mentioned: Milton & Oscars, The Treasure Chest, Elephant & Castle (for fish and chips), The Montavilla Bakery for middle east specialties before they were popular. Then there was Saleen’s delicatessan for Scandinavian imports – herring, flatbread and even clogs! And what about the onion rings at The Ringside?

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      4. I was neighbors with your dad / mom back in the 60’s 70’s. Tim and Jane?

        We lived in an apartment in Milwaukie. Could you be his daughter? I live in Lake Tahoe but come to Portland.

      5. Hi! I’ve often wondered how Tim is doing. My name is Bob Johnson and I worked for Tim at Wooden Spoons in 1984. It was one of my most fondly remembered jobs. Please pass on my regards. :)

      6. Hey there Bob! Tim and I used to trade stories and gossip about the biz and have a cup of coffee for a few moments at the ” Spoons “. We were both chefs at small Eastside places, Mine was Belinda’s and a little fancier but Tim put out some damn fine food. We were both big guys with big dreams.I have fond memories of those days.

      7. I lived next door to Tim and Jane in Milwaukie. Was there the day his 2nd daughter was born. I had a telescope. The night before we were looking at Mars. It was particularly bright. They almost named her Mars, because it was so memorable to Jane.

        Michael Monroe

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  4. once upon a time there was a elegant resturant that had a piano bar huge chandelier and formal waiters of which i was one .We has a french menu, made everything from scratch, food was superb and the guests dressed in their finest.Larry Hiliare was the owener who also ran the “Hiliares coffee shop” on the Encores side street.Upstairs in the resturant was a room called the Judges chamber, that held private parties limited to 12.Mr Hiliares offices were downstairs, in a beautiful room full of copper item from cooking visits overseas.He wore always a bow tie and later after his passing his daughter held on for a while and later sold it.They were also known for their speical cheesecake made with cream, butter and cottage cheese amoung other items.Beef strogonoff with a grain rice,bulger wheat was a standout item.A time long a ago but what a grand place it was to work at, and the tips were great and the customers were the cream of Portland, but then a unsnob reality was in place. People came to relax and enjoy, the food and music and the special bar drinks. Sad to have seen it gone,as we need places that stand out and are that Special place to take that special someone.
    Thank you for letting me ramble on.

    1. Usually my reading comprehension is pretty good, but it’s failing me here;
      do you recall the name of the place? Was it “Encores”? “Hiliare’s”?

    2. My memories of Hilaire’s are less of the dining, although I did dine there on occasion, but on the debacle of refusing service to—I believe—Hazel Scott because she was black. In those days, the black people stayed mostly on their side of town, true, but when an artist of Ms Scott’s stature came to town, that really caused a stir. I believe she sued.
      But that wasn’t Mr. Hilaire’s only faux-pas in those days. Colonel Harlan Sanders offered him a franchise for the entire area and Hilaire brushed him off.

    3. I was fired from the Encore by Mr. Hilaire himself. My transgression? Well, Mr. Hilaire said I was putting to much salad dressing on the salad, there by hiding the delicate taste of the lettuce. I simply replied that the lettuce which had been bleached to remove the wilted brown edges (a common 1970s restaurant practice) could not possibly have any ” delicate” taste left.

      1. I heard that somebody was fired – either a bar tender or a waiter – from The Encore because they dusted off the bottles above the bar … it ruined the look… True?? or an urban legend??

    4. Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Ralph. I am Larry Hilaire’s granddaughter. Larry’s son, Kerry, was my dad. Hilaire’s Encore and Hilaire’s Coffee Shop were well known for a reason. The Encore had delicious food and was a classy place to go. The coffee shop was a popular meeting place. If the “round table” could only talk, what stories it could tell! I often wonder what happened to the chandelier when they tore the place down.

      It was fun to read this thread. I didn’t know about Colonel Sanders offering him a franchise or that they denied service to the black woman. That was a bit before my time, I guess. Grandpa strove for excellence and beauty the best he could. He was a strong man with definite ideas and was bound to rub some people the wrong way. However, it was his strength and vision that made his business such a success!

      I don’t know if you kept in touch with Karen. She died in 2003. Her daughter, Nesha, is somewhere in Arizona, I believe, and Karen’s son, Ian, lives in California.

      Portland has sure changed since the old days and I can hardly even remember the Hilaire’s store front as I drive down Washington St. as they have torn down the old building. Thank you for your lovely tribute and for refreshing my memory!

      1. Tamara,
        I delivered your grandfather for years at Encore & Hilaires & Meatmarket…but, recently I had the opportunity to visit with his sister Martha in Hillsboro. We had the bakery ‘Pierre’s French’ and Ham, still alive and going well, is my mothers cousin.Always a pleasure to visit the old familiar sites with their memories. In my day made the reular rounds from Scotties, to Yaws, to Speck.

      2. I loved Hilaire’s Coffee Shop and went there a lot with my grandmother who had a crush on Larry Hilaire. She called him “that Brute”… I guess that was a good thing back in the late 40’s and 50’s. When I was working downtown in the 70’s I went there almost every day for lunch with my friend Kent Morris. Aggie was the head hostess as I remember and Vi was one of the waitresses. I believe her name was Marlene – she was my very favorite waitress. When Kent and I walked in for lunch we always got her station and she would automatically order either fish and chips or a hamburger for us when the fish wasn’t as good as she thought it should be. I also spent many evenings having cocktails in the Encore Restaurant. Fantastic memories.
        By the way, the large chandelier in Hilaire’s Coffee Shop was made by a lighting company in Portland called Baker Barkon Lighting Co. My father polished the brass and put it together and helped hang it. I too wonder what happened to it…

      3. I just moved back to Portland and found this blog. I used to work at Hilaire’s Coffee Shop for a while in the 70s. Aggie was the hostess. I usually worked upstairs on the terrace running back and forth up and down the stairs all through my shift! I remember Vi also. She is probably the most incredible waitress I have ever met! I was looking for the restaurant location to see if I would recognize it and couldn’t remember exactly where it was but if the building has been torn down, that could explain it.

      4. I used to have lunch at the coffee shop occasionally when I studied at the Museum Art School under Louis Bunce, whose mural decorates the Portland Airport. At least it did the last time I was there.
        Nice food and atmosphere. I sure miss the good old days in Portland.

    5. My father did the printer for Mr Hillare and THANK YOU for that lovely memory, I had forgot the bow tie.

      1. Julie! You have mentioned that your father did the printing of menus for so many places in those
        days. Did any of those materials get saved or are packed away? I have some ideas, if that is the
        case. Let me know. RP

  5. I’ve been searching for photos of the old Kon Tiki from the (then) Lloyd Center Sheratan Hotel. Most of the tiki statues ended up at the old Jasmine Tree, then to Thatch Tiki BAr.

    Got any more??

  6. When I was a callow youth at the beginning of WWII I worked at the 24 hour Jolly Joan on Broadway. Busy place and lots of fun. I remember Hilaire’s too, infamous for denying service to, I believe, Hazel Scott. But then they turned down Colonel Sanders offer to handle their Portland Kentucky Fried Chicken business. Larry said,”Why should I give that guy a nickel for every chicken I sell?”
    Portland was a great place to grow up in the late ’30s and early ’40s. I worked at the Town Tavern too. Later, Chef Highet left there and opened The Original Pancake House out on Barbur Blvd. I worked as busby for half a day at The Hoyt Hotel, but walked out because the cook wouldn’t feed me my lunch. The war was on and a kid could go to work anyplace at any time because all the real men were out getting killed and maimed.
    That beautiful library was my home away from home and of course, the Circle and the Rex were homes away from home as well.
    Gee, I’m going to have to go back to Portland and revisit some of the good old spots. Trouble is, I think they’re all gone…

    1. In the late 50’s I went to beauty school above the Jolly joan restaraunt, we went there everyday for lunch or coffee.

      1. What was the name of the beauty school you went to above Jolly Joans? I went to one called Pacific School of Beauty on Park in that same area in 1963-64.

  7. My memories of Hilaire’s are less nostalgic. I remember when a famous piano artist—I believe Hazel Scott—came to town he refused to serve her in his restaurant. That was bad, but of course in that particular era, many businesses did not want black trade.
    Worse (for Hilaire) was when Colonel Harlan Sanders offered him the Kentucky Fried Franchise for the area, he turned the Colonel down. “Why would I pay you a nickel for every chicken I sell?”
    Of course The Speck saw things differently and left Hilaire’s in the dust.

    1. Heartbreaking at best especially that today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2014 here in PDX (I visited his home and temple this time last year in Atlanta), but if you want a shocker try this out: My parents truly enjoyed the “Prime Rib” off 50th and Sandy Boulevard…it was originally the (honest to GOD!) the “COON CHICKEN INN”!

      1. Yeah. You’re so correct. But now it’s back and the present ownership is getting the last laugh. Who in the thirties would have guessed?
        Nice joint and jazz and rock in the bar side.

      2. You can access “Coon Chicken inn” online (they were in three cities). If you do not already know, the entrance was through the gap toothed mouth of a Black railroad porter billboard. FYI, we lived not too far from there on 57th and NE Broadway and the later “Prime Rib” was a destination for good food and special events. Possibly the best restaurant on the East side at the time.

  8. Proud to say I was thrown out of the Top of the Cosmo. Was there with a small gang of public school teachers and quadriplegics who had hooked up at happy hour somewhere else and decided to go dancing at the TOC. Some couple of tight a$$e$ complained to management that their romantic evening was being ruined by the presence of quads in power chairs dancing with frisky school teachers (mostly on their laps). They asked us to leave in order to spare the tender sensitivities of their complaining customers who didn’t want to share their evening with crips. One of the quads got the mic and made a crip power speech. Then we were hustled out the back door. Ah, the good old days!

    Thanks for reminding me of Hillaire’s. I would never have gone in if I’d known about Hazel Scott. I didn’t know and did go in, and several times saw Herb Caen on his official stool at the bar.

    What was the steak place in the train cars on the river side of Macadam? I had two friends who waited tables there. I remember Peter’s Habit, Frankensteins and several other music clubs on Second and Front that are long gone now.

    Huber’s is still Huber’s, though, thankfully!

    1. Oh, yeah, and what about the Chocolate Moose, and the tiny prime rib place on the other side of the freeway up toward Pill Hill?

      1. I remember the Chocolate Moose but not exactly where it was. Near downtown. The walls and ceiling were painted black or maybe dark brown and there were flocks of artificial white doves suspended from the ceiling. This was the first place I’d ever heard jazz and didn’t know what to call it, so I referred to it as “moose music”. They’d bring out a plate of sliced fresh French bread and sharp cheddar cheese to eat with your wine or beer, and it was so good that I always wonder why that isn’t done elsewhere.

    2. Victoria’s Station on Macadam & of course a little farther south and just over the Sellwood Bridge was The Rafters. Miss them both!

  9. The ‘steak place’ in train cars on Macadam, was Victoria Station. I remember Nagel’s Big Apple on 82nd and Sandy, Reuben’s (off Skyline at Sylvan), Scottys at the intersection of Burnside,12th and Sandy, The Hobbit, and Jazz deOpus. Ahhh good times.

    1. Ah, Jazz de Opus. Best service in town. Also the first time I ever had razor clams. I weep when I drive past that intersection now.

      1. What intersection? I forget its exact location but I courted my wife there. We have been married almost 35 years.

      2. Jazz De Opus & Opus too ….31 nw couch my first restaurant job….started as a basil picker for the seasonal pesto making and just stayed moving my way up dishwasher pantry cook jazz cook ect then moved to Key Largo as kitchen manager

      3. I was made the assistant manager at The Jazz De Opus when the owner, Sam Pishue sold to Charlie Quinn of Charley’s Fish House;s in Seattle/Bellvue. Charilie pulled out the fire pit, The GM left and I became that person. Guests were lamenting the loss of the live Jazz format (10 years past) nearly every night. I brought the Jazz back to the Opus with some carefully placed phone calls and a few press releases. The format survived for 6 or 8 years afterward. The “Jazz” had the biggest plates of fresh made pasta in town with the messiest mesquite broiler on the planet (that thing was a beast). .Mesquite broiled steaks, chops and the freshest seafood in HUGE portions with that pasta. HEAVEN. The basement received a semi truck load of New Mexico mesquite every year. Hiring some street folks (endless supply), we’d unload that truck in a cloud of toxic coal dust in an afternoon, and then feed the guys. We had the greatest collection of autographs in our foyer from folks that came to town. Quite the array. Entertainers, politicians: you name it. I wish I had been there in the early days before Sam took out the wall and created the” Opus Too.” The original “Jazz” was a small tavern that hosted some pretty big names in Jazz (too many to mention here). Their autographed publicity glossies lined the entryway to the bar, behind those giant, heavy custom made doors. Sam owned that building and had some rather remarkable custom work done throughout. Charlie (I think it’s Charlie) Franklin did the stained glass work. He is the same person that has done the stained glass work for Jake’s Famous Crawfish and throughout the McCormick and Schmick’s franchise. Another story entirely……

      4. I worked at the original Jazz de Opus in the mid to late 70s. It was a fabulous place and very intimate jazz concerts. One of my most cherished memories. Being a waitress there was a fabulous job.

      1. Me Too. 8 worked at Scotty’s in the early 1960’s going through high school. The 49’er – burger (19 cents), fries 11 cents, shake 19 cents. Lots of stories. Bruno Brinati ran it. The gang included Vern, Sarge, Connie, the mole, the professor … It was a drive-in but also had a kind of lunch room or grille. many memories

      1. I believe Victoria Station was started by some Berkeley students or some such. Yes, it was a chain, but evidently it’s long gone now. Dead Victoria Station carcasses still clutter the countryside, at least in the west. One in Roseville CA is now called The Station and i’m not sure it’s open.
        We used to dine at the one on Macadam and also in San Francisco.

    2. Victoria’s Station was a National chain as I recall. I remember Nagel’s Big Apple in Parkrose (circa 1958). Owner was O B Nagel and his brother, who worked there was named Faber. The specialized in Rabbit , it was a real hopping place. The Dugout on Burniside was the first time I ever had Pizza. Owners were Al Maida and Rick Schulman. I also remember Jazz Banjoist Monte Ballou playing in restaurants all over Portland.

  10. This is pretty low-brow, but when I was a kid we used to peddle Journals for a nickel and often used our profits at Ethel’s Cafe on Burnside. It was a dump I guess, where they broke open loaves of bread and placed them on the counter. We’d get a bowl of beans and all the bread we could eat, then go home for dinner, and then later, we’d go back to Burnside, get reborn and saved after which we were fed coffee and stale donuts. Seems to me we still had room for a candy bar or two as well. Being cheapskates we never paid to ride the streetcars. We just hopped on the platform at the rear door and never once got caught. Ahh…those carefree halcyon days and nights in Old Portland. A great place to grow up.
    We entered the Paramount through the glass doors up in back and when the usherette disappeared for a minute, we’d shoot up into the balcony. Bad to the bone.

  11. I worked at the top of the cosmo while in high school 1969 and 1970. What a fun place to have worked especially on News Years Eve what a blast. I miss that and the Dug Out Lounge both were wonderful places to be. Wish they were still there.

  12. I worked at the Hoyt Hotel until they closed and have a couple of pieces of memorbelia that I would like to sell. Any suggestions as to someone who would be interested??

  13. Whaat ever happened to Berg’s Chalet in NW. Food was wonderful. The Old Towne Crier, The Fireside, Hilaire’s. The Chcolate Lounge at Meier & Frank and the tea rooms at both Lipmans & Meier Franks. Yaws(Grant)Scotty’s(Benson Boys);Tik Tok for overflow on Saturday nights. Kon Tiki, Trader Vic;s,The Owl Drugstore for nickle lemon Cokes. Coffee Flake ice cream at M&F, plus summer and winter girl. Does anyone else remember the other restaurant on the lower level of M&F? The best deli in town was at M&F. I used to buy some wonderful imported cheeses there.
    The Basket Grocery. The Virginia Cafe. The Original Coney Island on SW Washington between 10-12th.
    Portland had lots of great places in those days.
    Chin’s Kitchen used to deliver even up to NE 16&Skidmore.
    Jone’s Donuts on NE. Union Avenue.

    1. The Chocolate Lounge was on the mezzanine at Lipman Wolf… I don’t remember the name of the restaurant on the lower level at M&F… The restaurant on the 10th floor was the best along with the dinning room “The Georgian Room”. I do remember the deli and agree that it was fantastic. Do you remember the Farmer’s Market downtown where Yamhill Marketplace was built? There was the Honolulu Market also. The Star Bakery made some of the most delicious rye bread with caraway seeds. The Long Horn Meat Market across the street from Pioneer Courthouse was wonderful as well. Perkin’s Pub in the basement of Lipman Wolf was a fun place. What became of the bull statue that stood outside the Pub? It was the bull that was on top of the Perkin’s Hotel a couple of blocks down the street from Lipman Wolf… Who remembers “Senora Tillies” at the end of Morgan’s Alley?? It is now (and has been for years) Hunan Restaurant.

      1. Obviously the Georgian Room would have been too rich for a poor kid’s blood, so I guess I never made it to the tenth floor. But somewhere up there I used to listen to records and look down on the traffic far below. I could see into the future. I could see cars coming from several directions and knew what they were going to face before they did. I lovingly remember the Yamhill Market. We’d buy peanut butter in Chinese takeout cartons from barrels; stuff like that. And they were accused — some of them — of selling “slunk” veal during the war. Skipping the restaurants for a moment, how about the Circle Theater, the Captiol with its second rate stage shows and the Rex before it became the Round Up. I bet to this day they never did get the smell out of the men’s room. I worked for short periods at Yaw’s, the Tik-Tok, The Towne Tavern when Chef Hyatt ran the kitchen. (This was before he opened the Original Pancake House. I worked at Manning’s on Broadway and The Broiler…hey, I was a job-hopping kid, and in wartime every place in town desperately needed warm bodies to buss tables. I worked at Jolly Joan. The owner used to let us go party at his spread and ride his horse. Union Station, that was a happening place 24/7. See, you shouldn’t have got me started. And who remembers the buttermilk, all you could drink for a nickel?

    2. I worked at the little snack bar on the upper level basement at the downtown Meier & Frank. We served hot dogs, milkshakes, sodas and coffee. The snack bar was a special project of Mr. Meier’s, and he would stroll by frequently to check it out and make sure everything was as it should be. When I was there we only had soft ice cream, but I do remember as a child having a Summer Girl there, which was made with hard ice cream.

      I also worked in the 10th floor coffee shop at the downtown store as a waitress and cook, and I learned how to make Summer and Winter Girls, Black and White Sundaes and all the other delicious treats they were known for. A lot of very interesting characters ate there regularly.

      The “fancy” restaurant on the 10th floor was the Georgian Room, and we girls all hoped to be promoted to working there someday, but we all left for various opportunities of employment elsewhere.

      I don’t remember that the sit-down restaurant on the upper level basement of the downtown Meier & Frank had an actual name. We just called it the basement coffee shop. But I could be mistaken about the name as it was so long ago.

      Writing this post made me smile about how M & F tried to disguise and class up their basement floors by calling them the “upper level” and “lower level.”

      1. What memories about M&F!I still see my grandmother wearing her hat and gloves and taking me by the hand we would descend the 6th and Alder back stairs to the Upper Level where we’d walk to the deli and she’d order pastrami, cheese and always a few extra exotics to take home. Then we’d take the escalator don to the Lower Level where she’d look through bins of shoes for that special pair! those two floors, coupled with the chicken-wire glass doored elevators with operators and the vacuum tubes from the huge cash registers were pure magic and fantasy to a three years old!! We’d top off the whole day with a root beer float at the lunch counter on the 10th floor…man oh man what awesome memories of the end of an era in Downtown Portland(1963).

      2. I have such fond memories of enjoying Summer Girls with my sister and grandmother at both Lipman’s and Meier & Frank so many years ago! Is there any way you could share the recipe? I have been searching for such a long time! Thank you for the memories and any help!

        Small scoop of vanilla ice cream smeared in the bottom of a footed milkshake glass
        A couple of big splashes of orange syrup
        A couple of big splashes of Grenadine syrup
        Another small scoop of vanilla
        Fill with soda water and stir up a bit with an iced tea spoon
        Slab of strawberry ice cream balanced on the rim of the glass
        Slab of orange sherbet balanced on top of the vanilla

        Small scoop of chocolate ice cream smeared in the bottom of a footed milkshake glass
        About four big splashes of chocolate syrup
        A small scoop of vanilla ice cream
        Fill with soda water and stir up a bit
        Slab of chocolate ice cream balanced on the rim of the glass
        Slab of vanilla balanced on top of the chocolate

        The Winter Girl was just a basic chocolate soda with the addition of the slabs, but the Summer Girl was M & F’s original recipe and I don’t think available elsewhere, although I do seem to recall that eventually Lipman’s Chocolate Lounge offered them as well. They were delish, and as much fun to make as they were to enjoy. Even more fun to get them to the customer without dumping the scoops!

        Speaking of which, I was at the Oregon City Antique Fair last weekend and saw one of the shovels used to make the slabs. I didn’t buy it, but I probably should have just for old time’s sake.

        I am going to share the recipes with Albertina’s Kitchen, the restaurant at Albertina Kerr on N. E. 22nd & Glisan in The Old Kerr Nursery historic building. They frequently serve heritage dishes.

  14. Hey, what was that burger joint on Sandy Blvd. where a model train would deliver your lunch at the counter? Johnny

  15. In high school i worked at the bohemian for george o’niel. Kerry Hilaire and i would ride together on the bus to work. Kerry was a hard worker, a class act and a natural playing piano jazz. I worked in the bakery (the best), at the ione plaza, the downtowm and uptown. George was a character who loved his help. Say, what was the name of the first 19 cent burger joint on 52nd and foster? There is a Subway there now.

      1. I found an old (30s,40s?)matchbook from The Bohemian, the address listed is 910 SW Washington St. I’m guess 30s or 40s because the place looks very arts deco…

      2. The Bohemian Buffet was located at 323 1/2 Washington St in Portland in 1913-15 and at 384 Washington St from 1921-33+ . It was probably at one or another address 1916-20 but I don’t have directories for those years. Memorabilia in the form of aluminum merchant tokens exist with the 323 1/2 address shown. The owner of this place was Isaac Neuberger.

      3. I worked at the Bohemian in the late 40’s at that time the owner was Mr. O’neil and a partner probably the former owners wife, they opened a second restaurant up in the avenues that is now a Botique lunch and Deli, I know because I was there 2 years ago on a nostaglia trip, and the manager was kind enough to let me roam inside the kitchen.

        Franklin R.

    1. Just surfing and saw your post on the Bohemian Restaurant. Was in Portland last year and visited the Old New in the uptown section,

  16. Good memories of Top of the Cosmo, Bush Garden, Trader Vics, Jazz de Opus and Hillvilla on Terwilliger. Had our prom at the River Queen.

    1. Thanks for the Jazz de Opus reference! Couldn’t recall the name but loved going there for backgammon and White Russians!!lol…pre Lubowski days. Had a Sigma Tau Omega frat dinner/installation @ River Queen-back when the grain mill was still working and the pigeons would cover the Broadway Bridge.

  17. this is mike my father told me that he owned a cafe in the 1960’s it’s name was haney’s cafe on or about i-205 and division if anyone remembers it or knows a site with picks of it i would be most greatful …….again thanks mike

    1. Chalet l’Abbe was owned by my grandparents, Ernest & Jewell Aebi. Ernest was a Chef from Switzerland who worked at the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC before moving out west to start his own business. In Portland, he leased and ran several restaurants including L’Abbe in the Roosevelt Hotel, and did catering for private functions as well as running the OLCC cafeteria in Milwaukie. My Dad, Fred, and his brothers Ernie and Ken, were raised in the Chalet which was the family home until they left for college at which point it became Chalet L’Abbe the fine dining restaurant. My cousins and I were toddlers running around the Chalet before service while my Mom, Uncle, Grandma and Aunt all prepped mise-en-place……it is now called Amadeus Manor

      1. Chateau l’ Abbe was a fine old world place that Portland should be proud to remember. If my memory serves me, many from the Aebi family enjoyed dining at Belinda’s often, which I find was a privilege.

      2. Hi Ross,

        Thanks for your kind words about Chalet l’Abbe….I often meet people who had dinner there for Prom or Graduation, or even their wedding reception, and they have warm memories of the place.

        I will ask my dad and his brothers if they remember Belinda’s…..

      3. I remember back in the 70s my mother telling me Fred Aebi’s family owned Chalet l’Abbe. She worked with Fred as officer manager.

      4. Hi Vicki….Fred was my father. Your mother may have worked with my Dad in downtown during the 70’s in the First Interstate (now Wells Fargo) or Georgia-Pacific (now the Standard Insurance) Building?

      5. Yes. In what was the Georgia-Pacific Building. She (Verna Taylor) worked for Gearin Landis & Aebi from the mid- late-60s until she retired in approx. 1981. She was office manager/secretary. I worked there too for a short time as a file clerk in 1973 and then as a temp in about 1978 until I found a permanent spot with another firm. I see you used the past tense when talking about your dad–is he deceased?

      6. I remember the Chalet L’Abbe-was only there once with my familly in the late 50’s ? My oldest brother (then about 16 or 17) wanted to take the whole family out to eat as he had his 1st “big paycheck” and wanted to pay back Dad for all the times he took us out for dinner. Unfortunatly,my brother did not have enough money to pay for all 8 of us,so super dad ended up paying for the majority of the bill. My brother was mortified but our father just winked at him and said he’d be more than happy to “get the tip.”

  18. Somewhere in Portland, near a very old Montgomery Ward building (a warehouse?) there was a restaurant that cooked some of their food in a open fireplace. Planked salmon was one of those meals.

    Does anyone else remember this place, and what the name was?

      1. Does anyone have their biscuit recipe? They called them “angel biscuits,” if I remember correctly, and they were so soft, light and delicious.

      2. I have a bunch of recipes I got from the Woodstove, as Michael Vidor, the founder, was my father-in-law.
        I believe the recipe for the biscuits, the salad dressing, and many others are included.

    1. Several vestiges…Le Auberge, 2601 Vaughn, to name two…John Miller was the BBQ and grill master there when not down at Cousins.

  19. I’m remembering the old Little King Sandwich shop downtown maybe on 3rd or 4th? near the old Greyhound depot. And another restaurant called Flemings, down by the old Blue Mouse theater. I used to come up from Roseburg as a 13-15 y/o to see a doctor and as a kid, being perpetually low on funds, figured both of these places gave pretty good value and good food..and I could find them easily. One waitress remembered me and often ‘forgot’ where she left my ticket when she figured my financial. The Little King prevailed on Sandy for 10 years after the downtown location closed, and I probably would not be impressed today, but they were the BEST sandwich at the time.

  20. I remember a restaurant that was in a couple of railroad cars; a passenger and bar car, in the close-in southeast industrial district. It was probably on the river side of Water Ave. I lived in Portland in the late sixties and again in the eighties, so it existed in one or both of those eras. It was a small, well designed place, perfect for a martini or manhattan on a rainy night. Can anyone help me with any details? Thanks!

    1. Seems to me that was the Victoria Station, a chain started by some college guys from Berkeley. Evidently the chain is defunct but you still see the Victoria Station setups here and there. We have one here near Sacramento. The restaurant has undergone many changes of décor and ownership and nothing has been successful.
      We dined at Victoria Station in Portland around 1990 I believe.
      Sam’s Hofbrau is another landmark. I understand the Portland Sam’s is gone as are most of the others. We still have the original in Sacramento (under different ownership), and recently a customer there told me there is a Sam’s Hofbrau in LA but said our local spot is better. Great place for a sandwich and glass of beer.

    2. You are recalling the “Silver Garden’ .It’s a vacant lot now with a chain link fence around it.
      They referred some big lumber buyers to my restaurant from Vegas…S.G. were full up on
      a Thursday night. I took the table under protest from my Head Waiter,”I’ve got a hunch, Bob”.
      We were pretty booked up also. They came, ate veal and shrimp and bought a bottle of
      1947 Ch. Lafite Rothschild ($350.00)…finished that and asked for another! Only I had to
      suggest a 1955 Ch. La Tour ($300.00). I had a great wine list, but short on really old multiples of First Growths. The year..I think it was 1979 or 1980. I kept the ticket; it’s somewhere in my things. Ross Pullen Owner/Chef Belinda’s Restaurant 8324 SE 17 TH in Sellwoood.
      Those were the days!

      1. Ross, it was at Belindas in Sellwood that I first ate sweetbreads. Yum. I worked with John Gregory and went there with he and his wife Margie. I think they were friends of yours.

      2. After a few minutes I’ve recalled why Belinda’s rings a bell to me. – After being part of the original opening kitchen crew at Key Largo (with “chef” Annie, a fantastic woman) it was a few months in, when Tom Nash hired chef Fernando Divina who later – if I’m not mistaken – went to work at Belinda’s. At Key Largo, Fernando gave me my first contact with classic French inasmuch as it applied to the existing menus. Sauces, reductions, all that. was a good teacher and fun guy.

      3. Fernando did not work for me at Belinda’s in Sellwood. He was ,however, the exective chef at Salty Pickeral’s on the river by the Sellwood bridge…one of the Jerry Kingen restaurant empire that included the Red Robin chain and many others. Fernando just closed his restaurant ,The Terrace in Lake Oswego, some months back. You can contact him on Linkedin.
        He has written a definitive Native American cookbook that is a great read.

      4. Yes, the Silver Garden. So beautiful. I did a photo shoot there so have lots of photos of the inside.One of my most popular prints from that was called ‘the last train to Portland’. Richard Avedon even liked it and asked where the train car was.

      5. Ross, I just loved going to Belinda’s. My favorite restaurant. I loved the escargot, sweetbreads, the apricot glazed duckling, and you would always save the end pieces of the bread for us. Thank you so much for the most amazing dining experience. I moved away but it was always a very special memory.

      6. How very nice of you to bring back the good old memories of those days at Belinda’s in Sellwood. I am glad Belinda’s was your favorite.. I remember saving the ends of Helen Bernhard Bakery bread too. Just old fashioned hospitality and good service to one’s customers in action. There is a humorous story about how I developed the Roast Duckling with Apricots dish. Plus i think I was the very first in Portland to offer veal sweetbreads on a permanent menu. I can remember many who said they would never eat a gland like that yet they were won over. The solution ( which is often forgotten by today’s chefs ) is to prepare the food simply with just a few fresh ingredients. I was doing the farm to table in 1978 !

  21. What a trip down Memory Lane! One of the first places I went to downtown was Barney Bagel & Suzy Creamcheese, at the Galeria…
    I’ve been trying to remember the names to a couple places: 1) sit-down restaurant at Lloyd Center, probably late 1960s–I seem to recall high-back red booths. I was thinking part of the name may have had something to do with Hippopautamus. 2) SW Broadway and Taylor, where Columbia Sportswear is now, used to have several restaurants under one roof in the 1980s (deli, Greek, pizza, etc.). Ring any bells? Thanks!

    1. At Lloyd Center it was Mr. C’s Hippopotamus, and there was Manning’s Cafeteria (with a sit-down area next to the skating rink), The Aladdin (above the rink), the Pancake Corner, Goldbergs, and Woolworth’s and Newberry’s counters.

      1. I cooked at Mr. C’s in the ’60s. He was a tough taskmaster, but I enjoyed working there and I liked to go to Manning’s occasionally for a bite and a “hottle” of coffee. The Pancake House as well. Everything changes. The Portland of my callow youth is gone. The big market downtown with peanut butter in barrels, “slunk veal” from WWII, the giant old streetcars and trying to bicycle around over wet tracks and streets. The Journal used to offer premiums for taking subscriptions. I got to ride in an “giant” DC3 and another time we went to Timberline for a day of skiing. They offered free classes for future cartoonists as well. Can you believe Swan Island was once our in-town airport?

      2. I went to an estate sale several years ago, and it was a house owned by one of the previous owners of Manning’s, I got a cool depression green glass silverware holder, and a bunch of long iced tea spoons with Manning’s engraved on them, and a bitchin’ cool chrome blender.

      3. I lived near Division, and on Fridays I’d walk to Millie and Howard’s garage for James Beard Brownies, roasted chicken, and other gourmet take out food they sold from Friday noon until end of Saturday out of their garage window, if the food lasted that long. It was brilliant. Millie later turned it into a small restaurant, and finally an East Indian restaurant i’m sure someone knows the name of. Ross?

      4. Oh my gosh, so happy to have found this thread !!!
        I worked at Rians eating establishment in the mid 70’s, in Morgans alley !!
        I remember almost every restaurant mentioned, does anyone remember “Bills Gold Coin”, on burnside ??
        My room mate and best friends Father was Bud Meadows, we used to go there after work and have the caezar salad, awesome :)
        I was friend’s with Horst mager, Don Berchtold who once owned Johns meat Market, of course, remember Roses, I can’t believe they closed !!
        Trader Vics was my favorite, loved henry Fords on Barber Blvd, Jakes, Kon tiki was my first date with my husband :)
        We left Portland in 1981, transferred to, Little Rock for 8 years, now in Louisville, Ky, 2 more years and heading to a warm climate.
        But, so miss Portland, and all the great people, still best friends with Marit ( Meadows), but would love to hear more about the good old days :)
        Top of the Cosmo, anyone remember the Pantry ??
        And the hippopotomas in Lloyd center, I worked at Nordstroms there, loved their french fries with vinegar :)
        Hello to everyone, thank you so much for sharing your memories,
        Karen L. Kane Miller Druckenmiller ( really :)
        Have to hang on to Kane, 30 years of being called “Drunkenmiller “, argggh :)

      5. I was always at Rian’s in Morgan’s Alley and actually dated several of the gals that worked there, namely Genevieve Beuker. Bill’s Gold Coin was a hoot and Bud meadow’s could (and did) drink just about anyone under the table. And Henry Ford’s with the required wait in the lounge with its flecked red wall paper made for wonderful anticipation of the upcoming family style feast. Dined there many times. One of my favorite restaurants in Louisville is Jack Fry’s out on Bardstown Road…..

    2. RE: (2)I believe you’re thinking of “The Metro” on Broadway. Kind of like the Galleria food court. And then a tiny bit later, or in conjunction with, the old Yamhill Marketplace. I used to “study” there”!

      1. The location of “The Metro” is now Columbia Sportswear location on SW Broadway; it was cavernous in the day.

    3. #2) yes, Called Metro on Broadway. est c.1984 it contained one of Portlands first coffee bars “Ears to You” They were the first to serve Starbucks Coffee in Portland. Peter used to drive up to Seattle once a week for beans.
      >Then there was “SAVIOS” the italian place. Calzones, Pasta, Pizza by the Slice
      >FRENCH ROSE was the creperie
      >DOWNTOWN DELI were the Greeks that also served sandwiches etc
      >There was a wine bar in the back corner
      >and finally the GELATO bar as you come in the door.

      you walked downwards into a Pink and Grey wonderland. Ordered, got a number and took a seat.

  22. the train car on the East side wasn’t Victoria Station that was on Macadam. It was a silver dome car called Silver arrow or Silver something. Lloyd center had the Hungry Hippopotamus, and a really great restaurant called The Aladdin above the Ice rink. My mom would take me there for lunch when she shopped M+F’s Friday Surprise sales. If we went to the downtown store it was The Georgian room for Portland’s best French Onion soup. No memory’s of Portland would be complete without The Pantry on Broadway, Bart’s Wharf on the Columbia, The Anchorage in Sellwood with its all you can eat Friday night seafood buffet, later called Salty s.
    My eighth grade graduation dinner was at the Top of the Cosmo, it was the first time my dad let me have frogs legs. Wilf’s at the train station was always a great place and of course the Barbary Coast restaurant at the Hoyt Hotel, does anyone remember Gracie Hansen and the men’s bathroom tours so people could see the huge seashell urinals?
    another great place is Tad’s Chicken & Dumpling out on the Sandy river, its still a great place.

    1. Way to go, rrochat! You identified the rail car restaurant/bar in the close-in southeast industrial area. Almost. It was Silver (something). In the 70s (I think), I loved having a manhattan in the domed bar car on a rainy night, looking toward downtown. Another place with a good view was the Agate Bar at the Top of the Cosmo. In the no-alcohol age (for me), I was a soda-jerk in Lipman Wolfe’s Chocolate Lounge for a couple of high school summers in the late 50s. Made Tiger Tigers, Idiot’s Delights, Hot Fudge Sundaes, served lots of apple pie ala mode. And downtown in that era, I remember Jolly Joan’s, Pig and Pancake, Hilaire’s, and Orange Julius in the downtown farmers’ market. All good memories, all. Thanks!

    2. There used to be a diner in an old train car west of Powell near the Fred Meyer headquarters and warehouse. It’s probably gone now.

      1. Just a bit of info further -a train or dome car by Fred Meyer is not in my memory; however the
        Victoria Station was on Macadam adjacent to the rail lines and the river. My friend Don Wudtke’s
        firm, Wudtke Watson Davis of San Francisco were the design/arch. firm for all 60 locations
        around the globe. There was a restaurant in two Stainless Steel Dome cars in the SE warehouse
        district (2 blocks from todays Produce Row Cafe called “Silver Garden” .It closed in the mid to
        late eighties and is now a storage yard.

      2. I remember an older friend telling me that the Jolly Roger had a diner car on 39th and Powell. They later moved to the building that was next to the Astro station on the N.E. corner of 39th & Powell. Then when the new construction started, they moved to S.E. 12th between Hawthorne and Belmont, and they were still there when I drove by a few days ago.


  23. I forgot to add Henry Ford’s out off Barbur blvd with its flocked wall paper. L’Auberge was first on Burnside then relocated to Vaughn, they had the very best poached lemon cheesecake.

    1. I wish Henry Ford’s was still there too. The family had a valuable piece of property and sold it for development of some type. The son has a sandwich place in Old Town on NW 5 th or 6 th-Ford’s also, I believe. L’ Auberege burned down (across from The Ringside)…and was
      moved to where Meriwether’s @ 2610 NW Vaughan is today. (Between it was 2601 Vaughan Restaurant-great brunch.).

      1. You’re right Ross, best little French bistro of the time…the twin sisters (now owners of Papa Hydyns) waitressed there!

      2. And the fire (loved that restaurant) was, if I recall correctly, stupidly caused by a jealous bf of a rental tenant…
        As for Papas you’re freaking me out. They’ve been around since like 1978. When was this fire? The timeline seems off to me…

      3. Ross, wasn’t Cafe des Amis in the space after L’Auberge moved and then burned down? How about Le Cuisinier in the Crystal Ballroom block. And the place in the Uptown shopping center that is now a real estate office?

      4. Abe,

        L’Auberge moved to 2601 Vaughan where Merriweather’s is now. Cafe Des Amis was owned by Dennis ( don’t recall his last name ) of L’Auberge. He later moved it to NW 19 TH (?) where L’ Escargot was located, where Jackie had been the chef.Le Cusinier was located at W. Burnside and SW 13 TH, a stone’s throw from Jake’s Crawfish.This is all pretty crazy…… the memories.The small elite restaurants of today in PDX seem so foreign to me. The chefs use 12 ingredients when 3 would be great. Oh well, an old man’s opinions and $6. bucks will get you a cup of coffee at “Smallbucks”!

  24. i’m on a roll now, does anyone remember the HUGE menu at Henry Thelle’s? And nearby the wonderful Uptown Broiler? You could eat at either place then go to the Uptown Baskin Robbins for a scoop? Goldberg’s, and of course the Pancake Corner both at Loyd center. The Canlis at the top of the HIlton Hotel? I can’t believe no one has mentioned the Carousel restaurant at the foot of Pill Hill. I like that some people liked Jazz D’Opus (with all its low down seating) but I always loved going to the later addition Opus Too for incredible steak.There was a really tiny and wonderful restaurant off of McLaughlin blvd out past Milwaukie in the basement of a house, call Four Season’s. it really was the forerunner of fresh local gourmet menus in the Portland area.
    I have felt we lack places that are enjoyable to go to, everything now is mostly corporate and trendy not necessarily good; sort of “oh this week we all have to make our food tall, or oh we have to put peppers in everything” unfortunately as consumers we are looking for everyone to do the same thing as well.

    1. Okay, am native. Carasoul, Bergs Chalet, Boheimn, Jolly Jones, Chocolate Lounge, M&F Tea Room, separate site for men only. Gene and Joe’s, now tebo’s-went in Nov. Burgers still great. Hi lairs, The Fireside. The Old Towne Crier. Matterhorn owned by Walt Elmer and another man. After the Elmers died the original rest.closed. Anybody remember coffee flake ice cream at MeierFrank? Summer Girl and WinterGirl. Salt stick, Little Boy blue at Boheimn. Birthday cakes came from there. Custard snails fromAlberta Bakery. Henry Thiele, german pancake. Roses whentjeyactuallyhad good food. Daves Deli? Yaws of course. mandarian is gone along with Hing family. Chins solfofPagaoda building.
      Coon Chicken Inn, date place for my folks. TikTok,Scottys. Church’s zfried chicken. The Skyline Drive In, stopped for ice cream cones coming home from hillsboro. We always met somebody mither knew while inline at Republic. Mother worked at Meieranf Frank 1924-1942. Jolly Jones? Sylvia’s-first pizza ever had came from there. Shakers did free small for birthdays43years ago. Farrell’s Ice Cream free birthday sundae.

  25. I am very excited to be able to read this thread. My Grandfather was the great and late Larry Hilaire, I am the Son of Larry’s Daughter Karen (Hilaire) Nickolas. One of the things that saddened me very much was that my Grandfather (Papa) as I knew him was involved in declining to serve a black person. He in fact had a sign in the window that they only served white industry which thankfully changed in time. It’s a sad and unfortunate fact of the times. I would how ever like to speak of is his impact in the restaurant industry not only in the Portland area but on the National level. Larry to date I believe is the only President of the National Restaurant Assoc to hail from the great state of Oregon. There is a great headline from the Oregonian that read “President Hilaire to meet President Eisenhower”.
    No matter what level of stature he had he always was mindful of his local arena and was respected for that and away from the restaurants he was an award winning green thumb rosarian and president of the portland rose society in 1954. One of the things mentioned above was a meeting that was held between my Papa and the Col Sanders, there was intact a meeting of powerhouses per say as at that time my Papa was a force to be reckoned with as Col Sanders sought him out. Col Sanders approached my Papa to indeed have a stake in the Fried Chicken Biz. The meeting happened at my Papa and Nana’s home in SE PDX where my Papa argued that “People eat fried chicken on sunday” well we all know what came of KFC and the Col. lol

    I would love to hear from more people about Larry.

    1. great memories. My memory is that your grandpa said: “Why should I pay Sanders a quarter for every chicken I sell?” But he did all right without Colonel Sanders anyway. :D

    2. What a great story! My grandmother, Lorraine ‘Rainie’ Callicrate, used to take me to downtown Portland on the old Rose City Transit busses in the early 60s. She raved about Hilaire’s and used to always brag to her lady friends when she had the good fortune to ‘dine’ at your granfather’s restaurant!! I never had that opportunity but always heard my folks and their friends go on and on about the great food! Hope more Portlanders get to share thier positive stories about your grandfather and his legacy!!Tim Callicrate

    3. I’m really getting old, so I make more boo-boos than I used to. Actually, I got it wrong about 25 cents for a chicken. The line went: “Why should I pay that guy a nickel for every chicken I sell? The part about him saying people mostly ate chicken dinners on Sunday sounds right on.

    4. Hello Ian, I was born a year after your Uncle Kerry. Know knew your Mom and your grandparents. I’ve been in that house on Crystal Springs. Many memories of eating in Hilaire’s and attending the annual Wild Game Dinners that had a huge array of meats. Starting with Rocky Mountain Oysters. And always a lot of liquor was available. Those are sweet and bitter sweet recollections you posted. My parents, and your grandparents, were raised with some terribly narrow prejudices. Say hello to your Mom. Tell her I’m still in regular touch with Bill Griffith. …

      1. John thank you for your response, my Mom unfortunately passed away in 2003 after a five year battle with breast cancer and if you knew my Mom Karen she did not only in style but she fought it with my Papa’s bull headed determination.

        I am so appreciative of all these responses.

    5. Ìn all fairness to your Papa, he was probably right in that most people probably thought of chicken as a dine-out Sunday dinner.
      In those days things were decidedly different on racial issues. While Portland didn’t officially have segregation, it was there. Black people mostly stayed in their part of town. They had hotels like The Dunbar, which were for black trade. In town, nearly the only black people you saw were working. Some restaurants did have signs, White Only, not always because the owners were prejudiced, but because too many white people objected to dining alongside black people. Mostly this was ignorance born of not knowing or understanding. I paid good money to see Steppin Fetchit on the stage. Mantan Moreland would have been welcome in our house any day of the week. Our national hero was Joe Louis and Louie Armstrong…what can I say? Yet nobody wanted black neighbors.
      Being blessed (!?) by being poor, we lived in an ethnically mixed neighborhood. Our next door neighbor was a black couple. As a six-year old I used to visit Mrs. Ellison (I think that was her name) and she gave me pencils and things and told me stories. Under her bed she had her grandfather’s civil war uniform. Yes, he fought in the war. I’m not sure which side he fought on, but he was a soldier in the war between the states.
      Later I delivered Journals and most of my customers on my route were black, so overall, I was always used to intermingling with black people and never had cause to wonder about race distinctions. Once my mother told me that she was on the bus. A black man got on and sat by a white woman who immediately gave him a dirty look and moved.
      When the war started, things changed. Black people could learn to build ships as well as the next guy and soon our buses were full of black people coming and going to the shipyards.
      And after all, we all got along.
      Keep your good memories of Portland and everyone. It was a great place to grow up. Sadly, my Portland no longer exists except in my memory banks.

      1. what ever do you mean that Portland wasn’t officially segregated? Oregon was the only state to join the Union with a clause in its constitution that forbid Black or other “colored people” from even staying overnight. The closed accomdation laws were not overturned until 1953 and mixed race marriages were against the law until 1951. Real estate was “redlined” and in some neighborhoods, still is, and recent inspections have proved that, unfortunately, such discrimination still exists.

      2. I knew Portland had problems with race, but I didn’t realize it was that bad.Thanks for the update. As a kid we often accept the status quo. I just took it for granted that black people shined shoes, carried luggage at the Portland Hotel. When visitors stayed at the Dunbar Hotel I took it for granted it because they liked to be with their own kind. We were poor enough to live right on the edge of what was mostly a black neighborhood as I remember it. I delivered Journals and most of my subscribers were black. I loved Step’nfetcit and Mantan Moreland. I used to play with black kids and never really thought about it. Like many, I didn’t wake up and start thinking about the inequities until the sixties. I had no idea that black headliners in Vegas had to stay in black hotels on the other side of town. That was a real eye-opener.
        Thanks again for your notice. Carl

      3. I remember playing golf at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, about 1952-55, and blacks were not allowed to play there. I remember being in the “Pro Shop” once when a couple of black men came in carrying golf clubs. They were told they couldn’t play because “too many of the golfers would object. Hayden Newton was the Pro there – a nice guy despite the foregoing.

      4. Cmalbrecht, you seem to go back the farthest on this thread. I am looking for some firsthand memories from the 1930’s to 40’s for a project I’m researching. Especially after school work, berry picking in the summer and which streetcar lines were still running. Also were the new Irish immigrants concentrated in a particular neighborhood at this time? If you would be willing to help me I can be contacted at
        kppetersen@gmail.com. thanks.

    6. I was a small child in the 1960’s, and my father, Eugene Bosworth, a pastel artist, showed his paintings in (at least) The Encore. I remember going along as the folks would transport the paintings, or change them, and were friendly with Mr. Hilaire.
      Dad also displayed at Obie’s and Perry Boy’s Smorgy, both out on the Eastside.

  26. Enjoyed this so much. Retired now….Steve Yaw took advantage of everyone including his employees….Many people are still suffering from his actions….He should have gone to prison, instead, he went to Washington to sell boats….He should have stayed there…

  27. There was a little diner on the corner of SW 9th and Stark, it was called Irv’s. They made the best cheeseburgers ever. It was right next door to my father’s print shop and I spent many afternoons sipping their wonderful chocolate malts and doing my homework.

    1. Julie – are you related to the Caputo’s that owned the Shell gas station at 12th and Hawthorne. What a great bunch guys – Jimmie Caputo and his sons. Went there as a kid while my dad had his oil changed. Later I bought gas there. I delivered the Journal Newspaper to them.

  28. Speaking of pizza, does anyone remember the name of one of the first pizza parlors to hit Portland in the early 1960s – it was located on SE Woodstock around SE 60th? in what later became a Shakey’s.

    1. You might be thinking of Hokies Pizza. Best combination Pizza I ever had. And speaking restaurants that no one has mentioned – remember Ferrels Ice Cream Parlor? Rember the Portland Zoo Ice Bowl for the large birthday parties. In grade school my friend Forrest and I would sneak off the school grounds to a little hamburger stand on about 30th and Division. Best shrimp burger in the world. Can’t remember the name of it. Also remember the Skyline Burger at NW Cornell and Skyline road. Worked at a gas station across the street and ate there constantly. Gas station is gone now. And remember the drug store soda fountains. Our neighborhood Rexall drug store was Headly’s on 22nd & Hawthorne. Eddie was behind the counter. Great egg salad sandwhich.

    2. Some great pizza places in PDX back in the day. Old Town Pizza and The Pizza Quarry (anex of The Jazz Quarry) were a couple of my favorites.

  29. Back in the mid 60’s, I worked as a busboy at the Top Of The Cosmo. Yes, these were the days when the ‘head’ chef would smoke in the kitchen, and occasionally drop cigarette ashes in (and on) the meal, but what the heck, who knew? It was ‘Easter Eve’, and the ladies that came in were all decked out in their formal attire, and were looking very sharp. As I served the coffee, with CREAM, after the meal, the last item to be placed on the table was the CREAM. The CREAM container slid across the tray, hit the edge, flipped up and over, and right down the cleavage of the dress of a very well dressed, happyy diner. Well, you guessed correctly. That was my last night as a busboy – but it was fun while it lasted.

    1. Geof, That happened to me while bussing at Trader Vic,s, I was serving coffee and the last cup slid over and spilled all over this guy who was wearing a white suit and dinner jacket, how embarrassing. Of course the manager offered to have it dry cleaned and actually I got to keep my job.

    1. Not sure what it became shortly thereafter ( searching the address in Portland yrly. business directory should reveal ) , but the building was torn down and it’s a Walgreens now .

  30. That’s unfortunately correct. It is a Walgrens. I remember running into one of the owners back in the late ’90s. He was working at an AM-PM on 181st and Halsey. He said the restraunt/bar business was killing him.
    I remember my wife an I would go there on open mike Sundays and listen to some really good jazz. We ran into ‘Sweet Baby James” , and mel Brown at a community function a year or so ago. It was great talking about the Hobbit. There was even a suggestion of a Hobbit Reunion.

  31. Does anyone remember the name of a great hamburger joint on NE Broadway between Lloyd Center and the Memorial Coliseum. In about the late ’60’s /early ’70’s? It had a very distinctive sign with olives for eyeballs.

  32. Does anyone remember The Shadows (about 22nd just off Burnside), Club Elmo (or Elmo’s Club) in Parkrose on about Sandy and 85th, Holman’s on 28th and Burnside ? Asparro’s on Grand Avenue These would have all been in the 1955-65 era

    1. Asparro’s,…? that was The Union Ave.Social Club, right? curious that it WAS on Grand, yes….(..or Mr. Asparro later added that title onto the name of his place, maybe?) I was a busboy at Asparro’s UASC for a few months in, like 1973 or so.

      1. (Cannot find how to edit these),….anyway, I recall now it was owned by Lee Hamblin and there was some huge monstrous espresso machine, fishnet clad waitresses, and yeah, the smell of big money was thiiiick in the air.

      2. These are responses to many of your comments. This web page does not separate them clearly:
        **Asparro’s on SE Grand was a fixture for years. I believe it had a Greek style menu, but I may be mistaken on that.(Union Avenue Social Club was the name given after he sold it)** HOLMAN’S at SE 28 TH and Burnside is still open and operating last I checked. The “German restaurant on 82 ND and Burnside that Jim Darke mentioned was actually a Swiss place called **THE MATTERHORN and operated until early 2000’S when it was sold and they built a Walgreen’s.

      3. I knew John Asparro in the 1963-67 era. At that time, The restaurant was just called Asparro’s, not the Union Avenue Social Club. It was on Grand Avenue. And yes, I was in Holman’s on 28th a few times during that same era

  33. What about Aldo’s Restaurant downtown? I was a line cook there in 1980-1981 then went on to be a chef in New Orleans and am now writing my food memoir. Looking for info! It featured Northern Italian cuisine and was the last Last Call at the bar in town. I also worked at the Marketplace restaurant in Tigard in the seventies…

    Don’t forget the cool downtown gay bars: the Family Zoo and the Embers.

    1. The Embers still exists, over on the NW side of Broadway. It’s a far cry from the original which was next to the Virginia Cafe on Park Avenue.

      1. I totally agree! What a precious insight for those who attended and also went around the corner to the “Red Door’! True cabaret….great food and beverage offerings, great ambiance. Where else has anyone…and I mean anyone, anywhere, witnessed such a successful blend of straight, gay, macho, metro, Nam combat veterans, slink, etc.?

    2. I proposed to my wife in Aldo’s! We would always order, our plates would come, she would look at mine and say “can we trade,? yours looks better” and we traded – guess that’s why all is well after 33 years. My mother was a cocktail waitress at the Shadows in the 50s where she met my stepfather. My sister and I worked at The Woodstove (though she worked at many other restaurants as we.l)
      I haven’t seen The Ringside mentioned – best onion rings or The Lovejoy Tavern – great burgers; then there was the original Nicks Coney Island…

    1. Remember any of these? Amato’s Supper Club on Broadway (I was too young to go in, but there was a DJ who broadcast from a widow on the corner on Friday nights, so you could see him as you cruised by). Then there was the Wee College Inn, near Portland State. Great soup or sandwiches on a poor student’s budget. And what about the Whistling Pig in West Slope, on Canyon Blvd. They had huge roasts, hams and turkeys that they sliced to order for sandwiches. The Crab Bowl on Barbur? Red Rooster (Wilson High Hangout in the 50’s) on Barbur? Blue Heaven on Barbur, in an old car dealership building next to the (still there and still good) Caro Amico?

      1. I’m desperate to get a photo of what I remember from the 1980s it was the Crab Bowl I think. There was a neon sign of a crab and the claws would move back and forth?

      2. I’m desperate to get a photo of the Crab Bowl from the 1980s. I think they had a neon sign of a crab and the claws moved back and forth?

      3. My parents got engaged at the Whistling Pig in March 1957. They both worked at Meier and Frank. Dad sold shoes and Mom worked in the handkerchief department. I would love any information about the Whistling Pig. I have searched the internet and come up with nothing!

    2. I saw some “Coon Chicken Inn” plates and cups for sale in a antique store in San Francisco for about $500.00 each!

    3. Two books show reference to the “COON CHINKEN INN” (formerly the Prime Rib on 50th and Sandy) and they are “the House that Chicken Built” and “Sundown Towns”….hopes this helps out…the Prime Rib was my parents fav!

      1. I knew a waiter named Val, that worked at The Prime Rib on Sandy in 1975 or 76. He described it as “a pit stop for vindictive old ladies”.

  34. Some that I remember–I moved here in 1976- – were Pettygrove House in NW, The Woodstove on NW Vaughn, Indigine in SE on Division and Le Bonne Crepiere in John’s Landing. Another was Crepe Faire on NW 3rd down the block from Jazz de Opus. It was in a very 60’s Hippie looking building that was sort of a mini-mall. Also the Mediaeval Inn which was long on atmosphere with serving wenches and outrageous portions in SW on 2nd near Burnside. In it’s next life, it became a cool dancing club but the name excapes me. Also Pot Siticker and Sizzling Rice near Old Town pizza which I thought served the best pizza in Portland at the time. Wasn’t there one called the Duchess of Burnside? It was upstairs on E Burnside around 22nd and I think there is still a restaurant up there. Delevans was in the old fire station on NW Glissan, a very fancy supper club.

    1. After The Medieval Inn….wasn’t it Louie’s LaBamba? (Or was there something there BEFORE LaBamba?) I remember being first exposed to the later incarnations of The Holy Modal Rounders there: i.e. The Rounders, The Clamtones, LesClams.
      Also, at John’s Landing, are you referring to the “Crepiere” up on the 2nd floor down at the west end of the building? Marie Holman, of the Wooden Horse dwnstrs., owned it later (Marie’s Creperie) Learned my hand at making quiches and applying general creativity into the day’s special quiche.

    2. Judith, thanks for this list. Loved Pettygrove House, Crepe Faire, Pot Sticker and Delevans! I think Delevan was one of the owners of The Excelsior Cafe in Eugene??

      1. Del Pearl’s wife Stephanie was Executive Chef at the Excelsior and ran it for many years, revised it and was its heart and soul. Del was financial partner. He and Tony came to Portland and opened Delevans where I waitressed for a short time. Del was in an unfortunate situation in Columbia for a few years, so by the time I got hired he was gone and the place was less than well managed with Del gone.

    3. Loved Crepe Faire, Jazz de Opus. I worked at Chuck’s Steak House on Front, Poor Richard’s on Sandy, and Salty’s.

      1. Sure would like a Speck burger or a Yaw’s burger even a burger from Tic Toc would do, maybe a smoked oyster pizza from Chico’s or the lunch special with their great cole slaw from Waddle’s today. Miss going to Nick’s Coney Island and hearing Frank Nudo say to Wing Commander “order up”. Spot 79 also had a great little luncheon steak special and the Pink feather was a favorite for broasted chicken or even fish and chips from Robin’s with extra tartar sauce would be great.

      2. Mannings at Lloyd Center had the best burgers for a sit-down cafeteria restaurant. Something very unique…also Burger Chef by PSU–my father would bring me one when I was sick. LOL! An incentive to get well, I guess. I’ve never found any other burgers in Portland that tasted like those two places. Weird how the smallest thing can completely change the same food item.

      3. Ate my first mushroom on a pizza at Chico’s–really liked that place (with its adult and teen sections).

  35. This is a great thread. Really takes you down memory lane. I moved to Portland at the beginning of 1979 and managed a place called Eriksen’s Restaurant out on Barbur. The place was popular with specialties such as the Swedish meatballs and Swedish pancakes. I remember driving by the Crab Bowl and there was constantly a line out front. If we could only go back in time, even if it were for just a day. It would be cool to see some of these places again.

    1. The first night in Portland, late 1976. Having come from Chef’s job in Boise and we were looking for an apt., we stayed at the motel next to Eriksen’s. The food was wonderful. It was the first time to have Swedish Pot[ato Sausage.

    2. I remember Eriksen’s Restaurant — Worked there right along side of you Mike. It was a great place. Not sure why you fired me tho

    3. I was just looking that place up and saw this thread. Wow. I worked there for a short time back in ’91-’92, just before joining the military. The food was soooo good.

    1. I loved Mazzi’s. When I had a day off from my restaurant in Sellwood, Belinda’s, we would drive over the bridge to Macadam Av. and have some old fashioned Italian. Their bread was home made too. The cheesecake recipe? I’m sure if you begged the family at their original place in Eugene, you might be successful.mazzis.com

      1. What was Millie and Howard’s take out garage on Se Division, the sold James Beard Brownies. Later Millie turned it into an East Insian Restaurant.

      2. Old school Northwest Italian food….the only place that still comes to mind is Pasquale’s out in Newberg. So many of them gone, the vast plates of pasta and cheap chianti replaced by gourmet versions. Cara d’Amico type places. Are there any left in Portland?

  36. Anyone remember “Ireland’s” or the Creamery. There was a cafeteria near S.W. 4th owned by two brothers….some great comfort food.

    1. My mother worked at Irelands during high school and continued to eat there after graduating from business college and then took me there as a child in the early 60s

  37. I’m wondering if anyone here could comment on how far back Dairy Queen had been serving Portland? I know DQ’s Milwaukie (11094 SE Main St., closed circa 2000) and Oregon City (613 J. Q. Adams St., still exists) units date back to about 1950 and were initially both run by relatives of the same Segrin family.

    But what I want help on is: when did the first few DQs show up in the greater Portland area, and which locations?

    Some elder statesmen DQ stores:
    5934 SE Duke St.
    17405 SE Division St.
    5605 SE Division St.
    1610 SE Tolman St.

    1. I was just at the one in Oregon City this week. There was also one in Milwaukie for many years, but now it is a Teriyaki place. There just aren’t enough DQ’s around!

      1. Ah, yes, I know that Beaverton DQ all too well. I worked in Hillsboro for many years and that DQ was frequently on my route home.

  38. Does anyone remember machesemo mouse? I have been looking for the “boss sauce” recipe for years, with no luck. Just thought I would ask here also.

    1. Dennis5150. Good news, Dennis. There are some people from the old Macheesmo Mouse organization working on bringing it back at the present time.. First location (if it is all finalayzed)
      will be in Beaverton. I cannot devulge any more details, but you may be able to buy the famous “Boss Sauce” once again.
      Ross Pullen

      1. Ross,

        Machismo Mouse!!! YES. Downtown, I have been working on replicating their Boss Sauce, have come close. My standard dish was the brown rice and black beans with cheese melted over it, just the right amount by the way, and Boss Sauce, a dark tangy amazing compliment to the rice and beans. I loved everything about MM, their decor, they were ahead of their time with healthy Southwestern or South of the Border food. And YES I think they will thrive if revived.

      2. Over a year has passed since Ross Pullen’s post and finally I read a few days ago that Macheesmo Mouse is opening again soon. Watch the news! : )

      1. Did you say you had the Boss Sauce Recipe? If so, yes, I’ve been trying to replicate it.

      2. Tom, I would love the Boss sauce recipe. Are could you send it to my email, s1conk@gorge.net? That would be wonderful. My beans and rice just haven’t been the same without it.

      3. Tom, I too would love to have the Boss sauce recipe. I would greatly appreciate you sending it to me – midline@comcast.net. That would be wonderful. My quesadillas will be that much better for it!!

  39. Victoria’s Nephew was not the first place that served espresso drinks in town. There had been coffee houses in the 1950s in long gone parts of downtown, and I remember Old Town Pizza selling cappuccinos in the early 70s, followed by the Coffee Ritz in the Galleria.

    1. VN had the most fabulous cling peach and turkey sandwich. I have tried to replicate it at home but it is just not the same.

  40. I am looking for information and photos and menus for some real old timers…..Piluso’s Theater Restaurant and the Rome Cafe. Piluso’s was located 8845 SW 30th in Portland and Rome Cafe was in a building on what is now Terry Shrunk Plaza in front of City Hall.

    1. I’m looking for information on Piluso’s Theater Restaurant as well. My mother went there on a date once in about 1958 or 1959. She stated they ate dinner, danced and then the dance floor pulled away and they watch water ballet. I couldn’t believe it! How wonderful.

  41. anyone remember the name of the restaurant in Sylvan Hills next to Big Red’s location, now John Scott Realty occupies the space

    1. It was Bob’s Donuts. When Lloyd Center remodeled–I think in the 1980’s–Bob’s went out of business. Their donuts were so delicious. They tasted like they had lemon in them, but the Bob’s staff swore they did not. I was sorry when they quit, but my waistline wasn’t!

    2. There were two restaurants there, both owned by the same company: Reuben’s, which was fancy and had a full bar, and Coco’s, which was more on the order of a Denny’s or Carrow’s. Reuben’s had these cool ctapestry-upholstered chairs with very high backs. One felt like royalty. They also had what I think was an original Toulouse-Lautrec poster.

    3. I believe it was called “Ryan’s”. There were rumors that all sorts of crazy things that happened there. Urban legends, perhaps?

      Sent from my iPad

      1. I worked for Coco’s in Salem,Oregon.Federal Way,Olympia,Redmond,Bellvue and Lake Forest Park all in Washington.I think the only two left are in Bellvue and Redmond,Wa.

  42. I worked at the silver garden restaurant 880-82, it was at s.e. 2nd and ash. It operated from 79 to 83 or 84. it was an excellent first restaurant job.
    followed that up with a stint at Belinda’s, fine times! Hey Ross!

    1. Dean! How cool to connect. You know, I loved the Silver Garden. Every time I’m in that neighborhood(a colleague of mine has an office close by)and I drive by the empty lot where it was……I wish it were still there. It would probably be a big hit if it came back!
      Read some of the old days on my blog ;yolksonus.com Ross

    2. I was one of the owners of the Silver Garden at the corner of SE 2nd and Ash. In 1979 The Oregonian named it the “Best Restaurant” in Oregon and gave it the top rating for wine list and view. The art deco interior worked well with the overall appearance of the dome-liner. Unfortunately the managing partner fumbled the ball and it began sliding downhill until it was leased to people who re-opened as The Warsaw Express. When the stuff finally hit the fan, although I wasn’t involved in managing the restaurant or its business, I was left holding the bag when one partner declared bankruptcy and the other left town and disappeared. Sad. It was a fun initial couple of years.

      1. Norm.
        I loved those two stainless steel cars. Once a friend and I decided to buy a Continental Mk II over lunch. (Still have the car and the friend). Took a wife to be many evenings to the lounge car. And my train fan buddies and I still lament it’s passing as recently as just last week.

      2. These are treasures and there should be a night of stories about stuffing our faces in Portland past. We ate well, we relished the experiences and food was not then for shock value, but it had its own attitude.

      3. My dad worked at the Silver Garden for a time. He would bring me down there sometimes to visit everyone. I was 13 I think. His name (and mine,) is Sam Hayden. Do you remember him?

      4. I replied o a post that I did a fashion photo shoot inside the Silver Garden in 1980ish. Will have to post those somewhere.

  43. Does anyone remember the name of a donut shop in Lloyd Center in the early 1960’s? I think it was next to Morrow’s Nut House. Sort of a cafeteria style donut shop. I’m not sure if they served anything else; I think maybe they were only serving donuts.

    1. My mom worked in an insurance company on the floor above Morrow’s. I was at Lloyd Center alot, but don’t remember a doughnut shop next to Morrow’s. I do remember the wonderful Mannings next to the skating rink that served cafeteria style and had the most wonderful banana cream cake. There was, also, Goldberg’s, a deli-cafeteria- style restaurant at the opposite end of the Morrow’s”wing”. I had my first and best reuben sandwich there.

      Sent from my iPad

    2. OMG. I remember those donuts – complete heaven.Yes, only donuts and coffee. Mom and I always stopped there after she shopped at Zukor’s right around the corner.

  44. I may have missed someone mentioning this place because the thread is so magnificent but….does anyone remember The Hoyt Hotel (down by the train station). It had Roman columns…and there was a 3D-like metal picture on the wall that lit up. When I was little, I always had to check out the bathrooms – the Hoyt’s was cool ;-)

    Off that topic: if anyone has (or knows how to find) an old menu from Barney Bagel & Suzy Creamcheese, let me know!!

  45. Taking this a slightly different direction, Euphoria and the Earth Taverns. Seafood Mama, The Odds, Bill Rancher… What was the underground bar/dance place in downtown early 80’s. Perhaps around Morrison and Park?

    1. I believe you are referring to The Last Hurrah. My sister in law worked there, (and her soon to be husband). My now wife and I would close up Zoe’s Tavern in Multnomah and make it down for the music and a few drinks. One memorable evening as they were trying to close, a good friend of ours who was way passed floor o’clock struggled up onto the stage, snatched up the microphone and delivered a flawless if a bit bit boozy version of The Story of Dolomite. I’m sorry if your not familiar with it. Far too shocking for this site. Anyway, instead of throwing him out they let him rant on for twenty minutes or so with the crowd roaring and he got a standing ovation!

      1. I left Portland a month after St Helens erupted and have been back only once since.
        All these eateries sure bring back some wonderful memories.
        Dave mentioned the Last Hurrah. I was the soundman for the Burnside Bombers and we played there many times. And also at Saks Front Ave on Yamhill and the river!
        Damn I miss the PNW
        Bill Price

      2. Hey Bill, ya know ya don’t need no passport to come home to Portland! (at least not yet). I bet we passed each other a dozen times on the streets. I don,t remember whether or not I mentioned this but I also worked at Sweet Tibbie Dunbars for a while. That was a great time and I miss all the characters I worked with. Nobody can hold a candle to retaraunt people for crazy! Bills right, The Last H. was great and so was Saks. Anybody play pool and eat cashews at Frankenstiens?

    2. underground clubs,dance places ect…lets see if I can remember…clockwork joes what is now a parking lot, 13th precinct, the long goodbye, lus labamba, metropolis that is now dantes…underage the blue kangaroo …I know there are more….I can name off more of the party houses of the 80’s…lets see euphoria ,the earth, in NW pdx…café oasis this is now the lampoc, nw service center, the cellar…….satyracon, the blue gallery, …im sure if I thought I could name more

  46. I worked at Delavan’s at 14th and Glisan. Great food. Strange little closet the staff went in and out of.
    When it was built, it was jaw dropping cool. Great atmosphere. Customers were served fantastic baguettes, the wait staff tossed into a 500º oven to serve hot. It is something else now, same upstairs/downstairs dining-bar configuration I believe.

    1. Macheesmo Mouse is coming back. A former executive will be getting funding together in the next few months for a great location on the west side. There will be Boss Sauce and much more. New and old customers will be very happy with the improved version! Check Facebook and Twitter for updates this summer!

    1. Kevin, yes that was Piknik deli, my father, Ali, owned it and I worked there as a child. I miss the fantastic sandwiches and salads my dad made. The pepperoni cream cheese sandwich is still a specialty in our house as is the mad turk sandwich.

  47. How about The Shadows? I never made it there, but heard raves about it. It was a small, very small, one story dark brown building at the intersection of 6th ave. where you get onto 405 heading north. A block from the running track by the big athletic club. I believe a couple ran it.

    1. I seem to remember The Shadows as a cocktail lounge on about 20th just off Sandy Blvd in the 1965-68 era

  48. I had a blast from the past Saturday night. The banana cream cake from the Bohemian Bakery at Kienows was my all time favorite treat. When Kienows went away, so did the Bohemian Bakery.
    I went to Ja Civas on SE Hawthorne @47th for their ” after hours” cafe. Apparently its only on Saturdays any more. Which is a shame. Everyone at my table loved their deserts. But myself the most..they had the Bohemian Bakery Banana Cream Cake and its as good as I remember. Were there any other treats from Bohemian Bakery anyone misses? I will check and see if they are on the desert menu ..or you can check for yourself!
    My daughters loved the strawberry cream loaf.. I should check and see…

    1. The store that took over Kienows on 33rd and Broadway (QVS?) still has that Bohemian Banana Cream Cake, or something close to it.

    2. I would love to purchase a Bohemian menu. My grandfather was Isaac Neuberger, who
      originally owned the Bohemian. Thank you.

      1. I would love to see the menu if you find a copy. My 80-year-old grandmother used to bring me downtown on the bus when I was probably six or seven. We would see a movie at the Blue Mouse and then eat at the Bohemian. I remember loving the “salt sticks” (is that what they were called?), with caraway seeds and kosher salt on the outside–served warm with butter. More than fifty years later I can still taste them! Miss those days.

    1. I remember Bill’s Gold Coin. It was a Chinese restaurant on the West side of Portland, I believe. I seem to recall it in the 1965-68 era

    2. I believe the Gold Coin was located on West Burnside just east of 21st Ave., on the south side of the street, it later became a Red Robin, and is currently a mexican restaurant.

      1. Brother you don’t know the half of it! In the day this was quite the hang out for denizens of the “Hill”, fight promoters, wrestlers and boxers (my Dad included), and yes high end prostitutes! Jerry Kingen ruined it with his attempt at “franchisism” with the Red Robin, something Andy Weiderhorn is currently attempting with “Fog Burger” in Cali. The Gold Coin has a special car coral where one could have valet service wash and detail your ride. I’d hop between there and the Peterson’s place until I was ready for cab! absolutely great “speak”!

  49. I remember Sweet Tibbies from my HS prom. I also remember Valentino’s. My girlfriend and I spent our babysitting money at the “cool” restaurant in 1975. How about The Copper Kettle. Another cool restaurant we went to back in the day :)

    1. Valentino’s! Wow. My wife and I were scraping by when we first got married.Whenever we got a little extra to treat ourselves we went to Valentino’s. Bring on the memories!!!

  50. Does anybody remember a tattoo
    shop which had 2 pool tables in the back 2 or 3 doors down from the hotel on the corner, don’t remember the name of the hotel?
    owners name was Maxie? it was in the 50’s?

  51. I’m wondering if anyone remembers a restaurant in the Portland area called The Hillville or some such? I believe it was a restaurant in the 60’s and perhaps earlier.There is some talk in the family that this was a favorite of wrestler, Gorgeous George. Any information would be helpful.

      1. There still is a Nighthawk, at Interstate and Rosa Parks.. been around forever. Is this the one you are thinking of? its not a barbeque place but things change..

  52. What about Pieri’s delicatessen that used to be on 39th & Powell next to Meek’s Powell Pharmacy? Amazing old school deli that served incredible pizzas? They always had salamis and such hanging from the ceiling. I vaguely remember the building….torn down for a mini mall. Also Mama Maria’s on about 20th and Powell, just north of Powell. They moved. Never the same…Best crispy crust, diamond cut pizza ever.

    1. The little unique spot on Division that you mention was Millie’s East Indian restaurant named INDIGINE. She was a true pioneer, even more so than my place in Sellwood, Belinda’s.
      It was tiny, served truly adventuresome menus for the time,and she would not compromise. Kind of like the temperature of today’s small neighborhood ventures we all enjoy. Only open on the weekends,as I remember. Amazing food for the 70’S and in on the ground floor the growth of the food scene in Portland.

    2. My husband and I went to Pieri’s all the time. They had the best gnocchi and tortellinis in their freezer section–incredible. I was never able to figure out what was on the pizza that made it so delicious–something in the base mixture. Cheese?? and ??? Amazing.

      1. Don’t know of the shop you speak to but Sam Spangler’s Pizza en Regalia 70’s and 80’s Saturday market cart then subsequent brick and mortar 9th Ave put NY style pizza on the Ptown map. Where is Sam and his pie today?

    3. pieri’s deli how I miss that place.pizza,sandwich’s.you could buy there pizza sauce,cheese’s.was just trying to remember what cheeses was in there pizza cheese.miss mama maria’s too.

      1. Mama Maria’s was a great old school find and a quintessential “red & white” Italian eatery. What I remember the most was the Sicilian (flat) pizza that was cut on the bias (trapezoid) for bite size pieces…and damn delicious as well!

  53. My dad bought the old Mannings Cafeteria on tenth and Morrison across from Lipmans, named it Barry Alan’s Cafeteria and then the Copper Vine for a short while after remodeling from a fire. Coffee was 20 cents a cup and when he increased it to 25 cents, boy did people complain! When my dad bought it in the early 70s he didn’t know Lipman’s Dept. store across the street would soon be closing and when it did it really hurt his business. Barney Bagle and Suzy Cream Cheese was one of the new type places in the Galleria . . . Also, those were the years of the transit mall being constructed downtown and that really hurt businesses beyond Sixth Avenue, too. He always worked hard to put out quality products and said that the health inspector told him his was the only restaurant in town that didn’t have cockroaches! Our dear dad died unexpectedly a few months ago, he was a wonderful man who worked at Lindy’s in NYC and Scandia in LA, among other places.

    1. As a boy I had frequent trips to Portland to see doctors. When I was old enough to take the Greyhound alone..around age 11, i recall, I traveled solo. Mannings was my touch bases spot, not just for the food, but the waitress and the cook took note of a young boy traveling alone and just wanted to make sure I was ok. In subsequent visits, they often ‘piled it on’ when I ordered lunch, knowing my 4 hour bus trip home would be better on a full stomach. Your folks, perhaps?

      1. Hi Joe, about the Mannings Cafeteria it depends on what years you went there … I think our Dad bought it around 1970, and it closed around 1977. It was a pretty grand restaurant for a cafeteria! That’s how they were back then, I guess. So much elegant décor for inexpensive (but good) food!

        Cheers, Susan Brown

    1. I bought a set of cocktail glasses (8) which are black and gold at Rhode’s dept. store at the age of 21. The year was 1969 and still have them today…..a little warn but still in tack and wish I had a dollar for every drink made in them.

  54. Just got a shiver down my back! I DO remember that neon sign from The Crab Bowl out on Barbur…I could see it “blinking” at night from my bedroom window as a kid…of course, it also depended on what time of year it was…the leaves on the trees ya know! I grew up on SW Hume St…and what I remember most was all the noise from the construction of the Baldock (spelling?), I-5 freeway south, Salem freeway…call it what you want, but it seemed that the noise went on forever!

    How about the Humdinger…best burgers in town…on Barbur, near the Three Star, up from the Original Pancake House…

    Looks like I have to return to this site one of these days when I have the time and really take a look-see…I was actually looking for a date when the Sheraton (at the Lloyd Center) changed into the Red Lion Lloyd Center, which is now the DoubleTree…The Sheraton was built to coinside with the opening of both, the Lloyd Center and the coliseum, but it later changed to the Red Lion and then into the DoubleTree in 1995…I just can’t remember the year. Anyone got any guesses?

    Like I said…I’m gonna have to come back…got a lot of memories to share and catch up on…GREAT SITE! Thanks!

  55. Something that went unmentioned through this whole thread, and whose ad/promo is the very first one at the top of this page, is The Wooden Horse. Admittedly, not one of the vintage spots in old downtown or Portland proper, but my time cooking at “the Horse” was pretty special to me. What great people to work with! Billy Bang’s down the hall a nice after-work spot.
    Walter owned the Pancake Corner at Lloyd’s, and Marie had the Horse as well as Marie’s Creperie at John’s Landing. Valentino’s was yet another of the Holmans’ places.

    1. Wow….what a blast from the past!! I lived in the PDX area most of my life; worked as a bartender at Slabtown and The Wooden Horse Eating Establishment. Have lived over in Central Oregon for a few years now; didn’t realize so many of my past faves were gone. Walt Holman (Walter’s son) was with Portland City Grill as a manager; I believe he is now an area manager for the chain that bought them out.

  56. The very first Oregon restaurant I experienced was Dan and Louie’s Oyster Bar. Still around, it has lived through so many changes in Portland and culture in general. At 9 in 1959, my mother brought my brother and me out to Oregon to visit Aunt Lois. She and her husband Jay Swender owned Swender’s Blueprint Company across the street from Dan and Louie’s. The first thing I remember landing at the airport having come from Fort Morgan, Colorado, (80 miles northeast of Denver) was that I could smell the ocean from Portland. The first place Aunt Lois took us was to Dan and Louie’s where I could get oysters. In Ft. Morgan, all fish on the menu was breaded shrimp. When in 1980, I moved to Portland, I went to Dan and Louie’s and asked the oldest waitress I could find if she knew of Lois Swender. “Oh, yes.” “She had lunch here every day.” That’s what I love about a good place to eat. You go back, you get to know the staff, you make friends and you love, love, love your food.

  57. Does anyone remember Abernethy’s (now Higgins) and Ainsworth’s? How about Bogart’s Joint? I’d love to hear any stories around those restaurants. My father, Jim Bailey, was one of the original owners of those restaurants and he recently passed away. I am seeking out memories you might have.

    1. One of Ainsworth’s Executive Chefs was Peter Monsantofils about 1979-80.. Today Peter is managing partner of Management Recruiters of Portland. He was a chef who worked at my restaurant, Belinda’s in Sellwood, for a time when we were experimenting with serving Sunday brunch.

      1. Monsantofils is one of those very talented Pacific Islanders! He was chef at the Town Club just prior to Fernando Divina’s partnership there with James Beard Devotee Richard Nelson. Among Divina’s first gigs in P-Town, he passed the baton to Phil Meehan of L’Omelette where Divina, Billy Hahn, Marcel Lahsene, Susan Sumida Boulot, Rene Von Broekhuizen, and Dan Brophy all got their chops while David Adelsheim quaffed grand vins with the likes of the great Gary “Pic” Anderson at your service. Not to mention the magical Billy Oskay !

    2. I remember going to Bogart’s in the Galleria when I was in high school in the late 1980s. It was the first restaurant I went to with just friends, no parents. I think that a sandwich was about $3.00 or so and I can still remember the sourdough bread. Good memories. Sorry that your father passed away, but his old restaurant (don’t know if he owned the Galleria location) brings back a lot of fond memories for me.

  58. Hey – Fernadno Divina was the guy that was the chef owner for Fiddleheads, the Oregonian’s Restaurant of the Year 1997 and Gourmet’s Top Tables 1998. He was the Culinary Captain for the Pacific NW Culinary Team after he was on a whirlwind tour of some fo the first hot food competitions around the globe and stateside when cameras were present but not nationally aired. You remember Elka Gilmore from LA and San Francisco, or Roland Henin – Thomas Keller’s mentor? Divina beat both of them at hot food competitions in Oregon, Washington, California, and South Carolina – guy can cook. His cookbook was featured at the National Book Festival and was Gourmand’s Best Cooking History Book in the World Honorable Mention, the James Beard Foundation KitchenAid Award for Excellence winner and the IACP had his book in the running with Schwarz’s seminal Jewish treatise for Best Cook Book of the Year. Not bad for a P-Town boy! He says he only at Ross Pullen’s deviled bones while sipping hand-crafted libations from Bob Parson’s Father’s Place and Belindas in SOBY – South of Bybee. Eat well. Remember those that helped set the standard for P-town to thrive.

  59. No-one has mentioned the Turquoise Room or known better as just the “T Room”. Had the great after hours crowd. Well let’s not mention all!

      1. In the last 50s my grandmother used to take me to the Bohemian for lunch and then to the Blue Mouse for a movie. I remember salt sticks (with caraway seed) at the Bohemian. Loved them!

  60. Does anyone remember a seafood restaurant on Sandy Blvd….kind on out near the airport I think. I was quite popular years ago….gone now and I can’t remember the name of it. I’m surprised that nobody mentioned the best Rose’s on 23rd. Their strawberry whipped cream rolled cake was to die for.

  61. No, the one I still trying to remember was a seafood restaurant on Sandy Blvd….not too far from 82nd Ave. It might have been on Burnside but I really think it was on Sandy.

  62. Chucks Steakhouse on Front Ave for drinks jazz and backgammon! A bunch of the Trailblazers Hollins, Lucas, and other players were regulars there.
    I have a question. Paul Delay and I use to go to a little place on Killingsworth for chilli. The absolute best! I can’t remember the name of the place.. Can anyone help?

  63. Did anyone mention Yaws or the TikTok? Or Sylvia’s on NE Sandy Blvd.? Loved the dinner theater. My husband and I were friends with Sylvia. For a brief time in the early ’70’s she had an upscale restaurant downtown near Dan & Louie’s. We went there for our engagement dinner and Sylvia surprised us by taking care of the bill.

    What a lovely trip down memory lane.

    1. Fernando,

      So fun to relive “the good ol’ days” with your remembrances shared here with us .You mentioned great people that touched my life at Belinda’s too. David Adelsheim-he left L’Omlette to realize his future wine empire and worked a day or two as a fill in waiter at Belinda’s in ’78; Marcel Lahsene and i worked mother’s Day at Couch Street Fish House in ’77 when Gene was the chef: Richard Nelson,noted Oregon foodie and writer was once a month diner at belinda’s; and Susie Sumida,a young pastry chef of 19, came to work at belinda’s after a stint at Horst Mager’s empire. Thanks for the memories.
      Some may want to attend FoodWorx on Feb.4.http://foodworxconference.com/>

      1. Went to new Yaw’s also when it first opened. It was good but very slow. Does anyone remember what was up at Sylvan before Big Red’s?

    2. My brother leased the southeast corner of Sylvia’s for years and when his lease ended she expanded it into her cabaret theater. “Good” family ‘red-n-white’, excellent service, great representative of the neighborhood! I grew up with Steve Yaw….kinda difficult to appreciate his particular skill set, if you catch my meaning.

    1. Darlene,
      Also the french (?) salad dressing? It was to die for. Their garlic rolls were amazing too. My family went there for takeout once a month. The Fish & Chips were just incredible. It was never the same when moved down toward Tigard.

  64. does anyone remember an italian restaurant around mall 205 that had pizza that the topping were covered with slices of cheese & cut in squares instead of slices? i think the name started with V…… it was awesome pizza! in 1980’s

    1. Yes-it was Vittorio’s and I worked there for a couple of years. We covered all the toppings on the pizza with cheese and did indeed cut the pizza in squares. They had really good lasagna, mostacelli, and garlic cheese bread too. Also served biscotti for dessert. I think it was a Greek restaurant called “The Kitchen Kettle” before it became Vittorios. It’s now a mexican place called Acapulco.

  65. I did not see mention of the Blue Heaven Restaurant on Barbur Blvd. My father would bring home a steak in one cardboard container, and spaghetti in the other cardboard container. That sauce was unique: meaty, dark, not sweet, not full of veggies, but delicious! We would have this “midnight snack” that he picked up on his way home from working at McKales Service Station. Recipe for the spaghetti sauce?? I can’t find anything like it…
    Also: does anyone remember VeeMak Sub Shop? I think they were near Little King near the Library. I remember the best pastrami sandwich I have ever had. The owners were two guys with strong New York accents?!

    1. I think one of the owner’s first names was “Yul”. I loved the tuna subs. I would stop in the morning after work and chat for a while, eat half of my sub and take the other half home. I seldom got home before I had eaten the second half of my sub. It was the best breakfast ever!!!!!

  66. So many interesting memories, very fun. Now can anyone answer this? Was there ever a Restaurant named Bob’s in Portland that was related to Bob’s Big Boy Hamburger (Home of the Big Boy) from California? Would have been sometime between 1975 and 1985.

  67. Anyone know the name of a Caribbean restaurant in SE Portland in the 90s? They offered jerk chicken, goat stew, and I think they had alligator for an appetizer. Their walls were lined with bottles of seemingly every possible variety of hot sauce.

    1. I remember the Organ Grinder well. I was a kid then, but I remember that it felt very vertical inside – like an atrium, with a lot of balconies with seating and tables on several floors, but always a view to the main floor (kind of like the Galleria in the 1980s). I remember playing whack-a-mole and it was a big deal when they’d show a silent movie and the organist would play.

      1. Ahh, the Organ Grinder was quite a treat in its day! Jonas Nordwall was just a pup then playing to silent movies on that organ. He built it as well, and today plays organ for First United Meth. Church on Jefferson. After the Organ Grinder closed (too bad their pizza got so messed up at the end) it’s ‘cousin’ twin remained in Vancouver WA, but I can’t remember the name.

  68. Does anyone know the name of the restaurant that previously occupied (1970’s) the space where Tom’s restaurant and bar is – corner of SE 39th & Division?

    1. Don’t remember an earlier restaurant, but do remember when that space was a wonderful bakery in the 50s-60s–Bliss Bakery?

  69. Reading the entry for Belinda’s in the 1979 Dining – In Portland guidebook: “Chardonnay currently being in such short supply….” The good old days. I have some nice tenderloins which I’ll make Genoa’s Filletta alla Cacciatore with. Some things don’t go out of style. Ever.

    1. What a treat to see these comments after 35 years! Yes, Chardonnays were hard to get. More than that ( I found out later ) was when they were released, the distributors would allot me only a certain amount. I’d want a case and they would offer 4 bottles. Later, I found out that was because I was the ” new kid on the block”. The established places got whatever they wanted….Ringside, The Benson, Hilton Hotel, Salishan etc. Consequently I said, ” Don’t tell me, just ship them. Half bottles too. I ended up with one of the largest American Chardonnay lists in the USA,,over 58 separate vintages. It turned out to be a good move on my part especially for the wine lovers who liked good food too.

  70. Reading all these comments really take me back several decades. I have fond memories of being on leave from the Navy and staying in the Cornelius Hotel and cutting across the street for an evening at the Portland Club. The place would really rock!!!!!! Also, I had the pleasure of many wonderful dinners at Chalet L’ Abbe.It was my first introduction to good French wine. Does any one remember Harris Wine Cellars. Are there any KWT’s out there? Another fond place to visit was the Elephant Delicatessen. I purchased my first Sauterne there. It was three bottles of 1964 Chateau d’ Yquem for $16.00 a bottle. That was in 1967…….Where have all the years gone.

  71. I am wanting to know the address of a mexican food restaurant called Mexico City late ’70’s and early ’80’s in southeast Portland-Milwaukie area

    1. The only two Mexican restaurant’s that come to mind in the area you mentioned were the (third) Original Taco House on McGloughlin Boulevard (now gone and good riddance), and the original vestige of what is now the La Carreta (the cart) just southeast of 99E and Holgate. FYI, yet another forgettable venue….

    2. So Don, the memory plays tricks on us. When i came to Portland in ’77 and was opening Belinda’s in Sellwood, some friends took us to ” the best Mexican restaurant in Portland “. It was out on SE 82 nd almost to Johnson Creek Rd. Coming from California, and San Antonio, I was not very impressed. I don’t remember the name. I know that we did not get to experience authentic Mexican food for many years, until the Mexican family places started opening in the late 80’S in Hillsboro, Woodburn, and other outlying towns. We are very lucky now to have many choices all over the area.

      1. Are you thinking of “Tortilla Flats”? I remember our High School Spanish class going there for lunch to experience “authentic” Mexican food. I didn’t think it was all that great either, but it was the first time I ever had shredded beef tacos. It did have a great reputation back in the 70’s.

      2. I just couldn’t pull that name out of my brain for the life of me. ” Authentic “…..yeah! What a bunch of hooey. We waited many years ( and had meals at many a Mex-Wanna-Be Place ) until finally some folks came north and brought their food with them to Hillsboro, Woodburn and eventually to Portland. I remember ( is it still there? ) we had great meals at a little place that specialized in seafood from the Pacific side of Mexico.Was it La Michoacan? it was in a strip mall with Albertson’s, east of downtown. Not sure of the name.

    1. Norm, the Slovich family were friends of mine, with both brother’s now passed. Their original eatery was not uptown, which was considered anything west of 18th. The original Gerry’s Gable’s was at the base of Broadway Drive just off SW 5th to the south of Portland State. After many years in that location, Tony and Gerry moved to house in Sellwood on SE 13th and Lambert and continued with their famous “Epicurean Feast”. The place closed as Gerry’s health deteriorated.

      1. A pioneer in Portland dining scene. Gerry’s Gables definitely deserves remembering for those who came after or did not have the pleasure of a meal there.

  72. What fun “strolling” down memory lane… Hate to say that I remember the majority of the restaurants. Dates me, huh?

    Hoping someone can help me. I’ve been searching for years for Chef Chen’s Chiang Sia Chicken recipe because we moved away from Portland. It’s one of our benchmark dishes to this day. Unbelievably, we haven’t found any dish on the entire West Coast that tastes comparable, even in SF Chinatown!

    Would love any help finding that recipe for personal consumption ONLY, of course.

  73. I got married in the Riverwood Inn in Southeast. I don’t think I have ever been back – is it still open? I waited tables and bussed at Victoria Station, the Rusty Pelican, and was one of the opening waiters at Aldo’s downtown. Loved the River Queen and the model ships in HillVilla. I remember 2001 A Space Odyssey being played on the organ at the Organ Grinder. Had my share of several Portland Zoos at Farrell’s and gained a pound a visit at Roses. As a teen I had lunch with my grandfather at the Semaphore at SE. 20th and Holgate. A true working man’s cafe. I earned enough with my summer jobs to go out to dinner once a week with a girl I met in college – Ringside, Piccolo Mondo, every one of Horst Mager’s restaurants including the Little Blarney Castle up on Sandy, I believe, L’Auberge, Pendy’s on Barbur (huge salads) and the Crab Bowl. I am soooo hungry now!

  74. ROSE CITY FLYER, anyone? I lived in Portland 1980-82, and going out to Rose City Flyer is all over my journals. Can’t find any reference online. Does anyone know where it was and when it closed?

  75. Yen Ching on SW Morrison had the best Chinese food ever. I still miss the black pineapple pork and Singapore noodles.

    1. Yen Ching……ah, the memories. When I moved to Portland to open Belinda’s in ’77 I read a review by Matt Kramer ( now an internationally famous wine journalist ) and he loved Yen Ching. Belinda and I went there practically every Sun. for many years. I estimate that we ate there 400 plus times! The chef was Awa, from North Vietnam and had a Chinese mother and Viet father. He was a master of the wok. They had a complete Korean menu ( not in English ) for the many Koreans who booked the banquet room for many family etc. get together s There i had was my first taste of kim chee. When our dear friend jack Hemingway ( father was Ernest ) cme to town we took him there. he remarked it was one of the best Szechuan-type menus he had tried the whole USA. He traveled constantly so we were impressed. The owners were from Hong Kong, the lease was up for renewal at a very high price, Awa bought it and moved to NW Broadway and Glisan, next to the passport place. He and his wife ran it for a few years, then one day it was empty. I believe they moved to Hawaii to be with his grown children. It is still empty…..has been 7 or 8 years now

    2. I was first a bus boy then a line server at Perry Boy’s Smorgy. I cannot attest to it being at chain restaurant but Mr. Perry was a strong financial supporter of Warner-pacific. Worked my ass off for minimum wage I all I remember.

  76. of all the restaurants mentioned, no one has mentioned what was probably one of the greatest around and that was NENDELS on canyon blvd. it was owned by Bob Harrington who ran the kitchen and his wife at the time, NORMA, that ran the front.
    the bar was ran out of the kitchen, and there wasn’t anything on the menu that wasn’t outstanding. They also had one of the early sunday brunches.

  77. I may have missed them, but I haven’t noticed anything about The Timber Topper, Poor Richards, Jim Dandys, Vans Hand Out (Flying Saucer Burgers) or some of the other 50’s-60’s places. At least Jim Dandys is still out in Parkrose. And wasn’t there a place in the S.E. Area called the Coachman, or something along that line, kind of a colonial American setting?

    1. Yes, Phil. The old time places…..amazing that any still are in business. I was not in PDX for them, but when i came in ’77 to open Belinda’s in Sellwood, some friends took us to Ye Olde Town Crier on SE Holgate. I miss it’s old fashioned American charm. The place is empty I believe, wish someone would opena customer friendly place there……a little less cool and hipsterish.

      1. Ross,
        Thanks for that “whiff of smoke in the elevator shafts of my memory”, as Jean Shepherd would say. We were newly weds in 64 and purchased a booklet with discounts at restaurants around town. I remembered Jerry’s Gables, The Timber Topper and Poor Richards, but had forgotten the name of Ye Olde Town Crier.


  78. no one has mentioned bacchus a small wine bar resturant right across from key largo in the early 80s there was 2 tables inside maybe 4 tables only service was on the weekends and did special meals good food too I was friends of a cook there

    1. Actually a reply to Robert Volz re: Jazz de Opus and Opus 2. Sam Pishue was the owner and come to Belinda’s for his birthday dinner every year. I think it was in January. We would save the ends of french bread and steam it for him. He would always come with his lovely girlfriend. I think Sam lives in Palm Springs now.

    2. Yes, Bacchus, and same era: Veritable Quandary. I think it was mostly a dessert place..? The place whose name I can’t recall was upstairs in Old Town, 2nd & Couch? First time I had espresso milkshake. Amazing. Bouncing off walls for a couple hours after one of those.

  79. I attempted due diligence in reading this entire thread, but don’t know if I saw these mentioned: Yankee Pot Roast, The Hickory Stick, Pigeon-Toed Orange Peel, (of course) Poncho’s, (man I loved that place) and a new addition, Leo’s Non-Smoking Cafe.

    What a fantastic discussion!

    1. I remember what I think is Poncho’s down in the Morgan’s Alley downtown? Is that the place? It had tostadas 12 in. in diameter and lettuce piled 3 inches high. On top of that, the best salsa I’ve ever had. Was it the Imperial Hotel restaurant that was next to US Bank downtown? It maybe is still there. Best strawberry pie, fresh every season.

      1. I had a neighbor that made the chips there and he used to bring some home and give some when they were still warm.

      2. Morgan’s Alley had one of the Ryan’s Bread Baskets sandwich shops. It was wonderful. And there was Huenan’s Chinese restaurant, they had the best twice cooked pork and sauted green beans, long before this style of food was available elsewhere in Portland.

      1. Do you think those were the same as the one in Morgan’s Alley? I was at the one in Hillsdale and it didn’t seem the same. Of course, much time had passed and things change as fast as owners.

  80. Excellent post. Anything on Tiny’s Cafe down in Kenton? I have an old keychain bottle opener from there. My Grandmother and Uncle worked there in the 60’s and early 70’s. Corner of Denver and Kilpatrick. Phone number was WE2987. 8131 N. Denver

  81. I have not read all the post, but did anyone mention Jerry’s Gables on Broadway up by 6th ave.? Great steaks. I miss the old Beef & Brew restaurants and the Stuart Anderson steak houses. Of course the high school hang outs, Tic-Tok, Yaws, & specks. What about the HI Hat on Barbur Blvd. Great Chinese food especially the peking Duck. NW Ptld used to have a couple of my old favorites too, like Henry Thiele’s, Roses, and another Chinese restaurant called the Bamboo. I also loved Chelet L’abbe in Milwaukie. Sombody mentioned Nendel’s on Canyon. They too were great. Rico’s Pizza parlor on BHH was one of my favorites too. It is still a pizza house but nothing like the good ole days. I used to work at The Original Pancake House. Still make pancakes their way, yum.. Another place on Barbur was Henry Fords. Always a good bet. I took my prom date to what today is “The Chart House on Terwilliger. Can’t remember the name of it back then. All bring back good memories.

    1. You’re talking about the ‘Hill Villa’ as it was called back in the days that NO date was complete without “parking” on (then) isolated Terwilliger and looking over the city.

  82. A group of us went to The Carnival every month for about 25 years until it closed. It had the best hamburgers in town and you could put everything on them yourself. My daughter loved the giraffe high chairs when she was small. I still miss it!

  83. Friends and I used to eat at a sandwich shop downtown called something like “Vee-Mac’s” in the late 70’s. It was where I first introduced to hot meatball sandwiches…..so much better than the chain sandwich shops. I think they had two locations. Also, remember Mom bringing home bages and lox from Three Lions Bakery.

  84. One of my earliest memories of dinning in Portland was Bart’s “Wharf?” on West Burnside.

    Also in the 7o’s when I had my deli in Lake Oswego, Pike’s Vintage Shop, my main haunt was The Hindquarter Restaurant

    1. To those of you that follow this interesting collection of Portland’s food bits and pieces, if you never visited Pike’s Vintage Shop in Lake Oswego, it is your loss. Tucked away on a quiet business street, almost hidden, once anyone went there they would surely pass on the word to others. Not for just the great selection of wines from all over, but delicious sandwiches and homemade soups as well.

      1. I grew up in Portland. When my mother went to work for Ralph Nollgren in the late 50’s as hostess @ “Nollgren’s All you can eat for .99 cents” on 82nd just north of division I would on Sunday be the kid scooping ice cream for the 1000 plus guests. Obie Snow bought the place and mom became the manager for several years and I worked there til HS graduation (1966).
        Places I miss include Denny Mays Prime Rib, The Speck, Yaws, Nicks Coney Island, Robins drive inn on 82nd just south of division, Couch Street Fish House, Jazz de’ Opis and Opis Too, Pals Shanty, Roakes, Mai Wai, Longhorn bar and dance club and a ton more. Moved to Reno several years ago and miss some of the days gone by.

      2. Good read, Roake’s has become an institution that is recognized for having the best hot dogs in Portland. Today’s customers are second, third and fourth generation from those very first customers from the late 1930’s. It is amazing the number of families that have made Roake’s a family tradition.


      3. Have you ever seen the Roake’s recipe for hot dogs anywhere? I found one on the web and it had beef tamales crumbled in it, mustard, and several other things. I was a little iffy about the tamales. They are pretty far from us. I know you need a “snap” hot dog. But the topping I’ve never been able to figure out. Anyone have any luck making it?

      4. Back in the 70s Lewis Brothers made dogs for Roakes. We also bought from Lewis for Pike’s Vintage Shop. They always sold me dogs they said are Roakes but “No” and to this day Roakes contracts out to get their secret dogs made.

      5. You’d think some cook could analyze the secret sauce. We got some hot dogs similar to the foot long snap dogs at a butcher shop on SW Locust in Tigard. I think that’s where it was. They were good but you really needed the sauce. : )

      6. I thought Roake’s coney sauce WAS coney sauce until I visited Michigan. The real thing is a runny meat chili. What I consider a chili dog topping. Roake’s is unique and better. If I were to make it from scratch I’d make runny grits and season them up with salt and pepper.

        Sent from my iPhone


      7. Jeff…..I remember Augustine’s. It was originally opened by Rod Augustine, I believe, who is in the financial/insurance biz in Beaverton at the present time. My few days at Couch Street, before I was to be the Exec. Chef at The Odyssey in Lake Oswego, were good ones. I liked the open kitchen layout. especially the built-in bain marie, which Mager did at L’Omelette on SW Alder where I did a stint too as Exec. Chef/GM.. I loved the class and old school style of the place. I stole their best waiter Roger ( not sure of his last name ) in ’82 when I opened Belinda’s on 2 ND in downtown, where Kell’s is now. I was a customer many times at Couch Street, but I believe I was not there in 84-85. By that time I was busy as GM at Be Bop USA in Beaverton. It’s interesting to remember. i have been approached to write a book about top restaurants that have closed in Portland. We will see where that goes.If it is so the research will be a gas.

  85. Anybody happen to know the name of or history regarding the Real Estate office at the corner of Portland Blvd and Interstate Avenue?

  86. Back in the mid-60’s there was a restaurant under the West end of the Burnside Bridge, was destroyed by a bomb, probably a Portland underworld hit, I heard. Anybody have information on it?

  87. Have loved this conversation. My mil designed and opened/managed the little bar at Ericksen’s on SW Barbur. It was very small. : ) My sil worked at Nendel’s and many other establishments…all good food. There was a deli in Tigard in the late 70’s…Old Oak Tree…something like that? They had sandwiches made from a special bread cut 1 inch thick, filled with 2-3 inches of meat and lettuce/tomato/mayo. They were spectacular because of the bread. It was called Russian Samovar? the owner told us. Sold in grocery stores for awhile cut like regular bread size. I have searched and searched for a recipe and have never found one. He went out of business after awhile. His name was Bob. So interesting what we all remember so many years later.

  88. I have spent my life in SW Portland. We had a bakery in Hillsdale on Capitol Hwy that was called Sab Ikeda, then Hillsdale Pastry Shop. Could have had one other name?? They served a White German Chocolate Cake that my brother was crazy about. Ever since they closed I’ve kept my eyes open for a recipe. Also, in the summer, they made fresh strawberry and peach pie. Oh my gosh. Incredible. It had a whipped cream layer, a very delicate white cake layer, a sliced fruit layer and had glazed fruit on top with more whipped cream. I wish I could find a recipe for those pies as well. If you know of this bakery, please let me know. : ) Thank you.

  89. There was a sandwich shop that sold grinders @ 63 & Foster.I started eating there in the mid 50s. Later in the early 70s one of the workers bought it and I would take my wife there. I cannot remember the name but their grinders were to die for. Any ideas what the name was? It was about a block from Macs Raidator.

  90. I met my ex wife at the old Ireland’s restaurant on 6th & Washington in 1959. We got marr4ied in 1960, pretty good marriage until she ran off with the busboy in 1972. She had to wear a green uniform with shamrocks on it. Their hot crab sandwich was out of this world. My Dad took me to the Home Run Café on Hawthorne for a piece of pie back in the 40’s They served great pies.

  91. I absolutely love this posting as my boyfriend and I grew up in old Lake Oswego in the sixties and seventies. We now live in Tualatin farm country. We remember these places. What about Sambo’s on State street, the first place I ate here as a kid. Does anyone remember Don Elton’s? They had the best broasted chicken sandwich, and I have tried for years to find the recipe. Also, why were our KFC restaurants called “the Speck?”

    1. KFC was originally franchised, with the secret breading shipped out to the restaurants from Kentucky in small barrels. The Speck had the Portland franchise. My memories are of The Totem in Hazel Dell. The chicken was available for takeout but we always had it as a sit-down dinner, on china plates. Everything on the plate other than the chicken was local, but it was the chicken that everyone came for. If you word search this thread you’ll learn a lot more about The Speck.

      I visited the Colonel’s original restaurant in southern Kentucky a few years ago. One of the old breading barrels was on display. The ingredient label listed MSG…which must have been why it tasted so good…

      1. As a kid in the 50’s we would go to the “Speck” drive-in on 43rd and Foster/Powell, the Speck burger was the best and a real treat was to have a chocolate shake with fries to go with it. Remember going on a double date there at 16 while driving the folks White Elephant (60 mercury 4 door and butt ugly) had trouble getting the tank squarely parked in the drive up and feeling like a bozo. Married the young lady a few years later as it turned out.

      2. I used to go to Speck when I lived on 52nd and Insley. Gravy and french fries was our standard order. It seemed that it was located where Powell changed to a V and went straight and Foster angled to the right if you were heading away from town. (Am geographically challenged so…???my info may be suspect : )

    2. my grandma worked there making the coleslaw.it was the speck using kfc recipes.if I remember right a mr. hanks owned it and when he sold it it turned into a kfc,

  92. The sauce was easy but it made me eat 15 or 20 burgers at a time…………..WOW!

    Whiz Burger’s(secret) Sauce

    Best Foods/Hellman’s mayomaise
    Dill pickle juice
    French’s yellow mustard

    It only contained these three ingredients.
    To make put a measure of mayo in a bowl. Add mustard to color. add a small amount of dill
    pickle juice. adjust mustard and dill pickle juice to taste. That is how they did it then
    and the only way I know. That’s it.

  93. I just ran across this site while looking for info on John’s Meat Market…one of my husband’s and my favorite restaurants back in the day. We grew up in McMinnville so came into the big city occiasionally and then moved here in 1968. I have to say we have eaten at the majority of restaurants listed and miss many of them. Great memories. Thanks to all who have contributed. Not sure if anyone mentioned Stanich’s on Fremont. It was the best before they remodeled and was just hole in the wall.

  94. I was a waiter/seafood grille server at ‘Rusty Pelican’ (lost relic on the Willamette), and later a sommelier at the London Grille at the Benson. Though the Pelican has been LONG gone, I still can’t believe that the London G. has left…… Westin took it over and closed it down. Not necessary.

    1. I worked at the Benson under Chef Bauser. You may remember me. I was probably a night line cook at the time when you became sommelier. Where you the one that trained Mike McKnight?
      What a sad day for the Historic Landmark when they closed the Grill. It had been the London Grill since the 20’s. By the way it is West Coast Hotels that own and operate the Benson Hotel since the mid 80’s. Westin was the managing company when Coast purchased the property.
      I worked there off and on for over 25 years and was the Exec Chef 2006-2008.

      Scott Kushner

  95. Any info on the Three Star on Barbour Blvd > … original owners were Vic and Ockey Harris B – then Nate Zusman, of downtowns’ notorious nightclub The Desert Room. Was the 3 Star a club or a chinese resturant – or both or not ? Some confusion on my part. I know that PDX TV personality Stu Martin booked acts at the 3Star sometimes, and that PDX singer Don Lewis recorded a live album there. I’m researching Nate Zusman for a writing project and would appreciate any thoughts, memories, pix or input. Thanx!

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