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The Definitive Guide to Portlandia's Restaurants and Bars

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"Remember the '90s, when everyone was pickling their own vegetables and brewing their own beer?" Over the course of three television seasons, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, the co-creators of the frighteningly on-point IFC show Portlandia, have long-embraced the quirks of Portland, Oregon's dining scene, from locally sourced protein to food carts (sadly, Stu's Stews is not a real thing) to getting hassled about DJ nights while in line at the Waffle Window. How to best measure the show's pop-culture impact? Brunch spots around town (and yes, the lines at some of them are insane) will encourage diners to "put an egg on it."

Many Portlandia locations, like the "Brunch Village" hotspot Fisherman's Porch, don't exist in real life, and unfortunately, the site of the show's most iconic culinary sketch — Gilt Club, home to Colin the chicken — shuttered earlier this year. But because the show returns for its fourth season this Thursday, February 27, here's a guide to the Portland dining scene, according to the folks at Portlandia.

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1. Prasad Cuisine

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925 NW Davis St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 224-3993
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The sustainable raw-food restaurant Prasad — which shares its space with a yoga studio — seems custom-made for Portlandia, but it's been serving its chipotle vegan scrambles and spirulina-spiked smoothies since 2010. Professors Malcom (Armisen) and Kris (Brownstein) marvel at how its vegan dishes taste like "real food," then relieve themselves on the Portland version of a smoker's annex: an outdoor fart patio, which combats one of the unfortunate side effects of raw bowls.

2. Le Pigeon

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738 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 546-8796
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James Beard Award-winning chef Gabriel Rucker makes a brief cameo in a season-two sketch that sees one Portlander trying to go Paleo and give up all pasta. Rucker's acclaimed French restaurant Le Pigeon is more likely to serve foie gras profiteroles and beef bourguignon than the heaping bowls of spaghetti with red sauce (as seen on the show), but Rucker mans a pasta machine for a hot minute while Armisen stares on.

3. 5th Quadrant

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3901 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 288-3996
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Ironically, a sketch skewering communal tables takes place at the one Portland restaurant that's not committed to communal dining: In real life, this North Portland outpost of Lompoc Brewing does offer more than one table, and its atmosphere is more casual-brewpub than fine-dining. It's probably still a bad place, though, to tell your significant other that you'd like to date other people, as Chloe Sevigny does to Carrie Brownstein in a season-two sketch.

4. Oba Restaurante

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555 NW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 228-6161
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The season three episode "Nina's Birthday" focuses on a birthday dinner at Pearl District restaurant Oba. Over the course of an evening, a couple who had just traveled to Spain marvel at the inauthenticity of the food, going so far as to hang out in the kitchen (where Oba chef Scott Neuman cameos as himself). The episode also features the appearance of the check-splitting "Fixer" who wrangles the bill.

5. Fisherman's Porch, aka Good Neighbor Pizzeria

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800 NE Dekum St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 285-7400
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Brunch lines are a very legitimate thing in Portland, but Fisherman's Porch — whose marionberry pancakes draw 90-minute wait times during the show's "Brunch Village" episode — isn't a real restaurant. Its facsimile is actually the Woodlawn neighborhood's Good Neighbor Pizza, which does not serve breakfast and/or brunch food. If its line stretched down "to the South of Burnside," as mentioned on the show, it'd be more than three-and-a-half miles long.

6. Pattie's Homeplate Cafe

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8501 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203
(503) 289-7285
Though Fisherman's Porch isn't a real restaurant, the weird hybrid drugstore/retail shop/cafe owned by Ed Begley Jr.'s pushy short-order cook (in the "Brunch Village" episode) is indeed a real hybrid drugstore/retail shop/cafe. Patti's Homeplate is actually located in the St. Johns neighborhood — not within line distance — but does serve breakfast specials and pie by the slice.

7. Oblique Coffee Roasters

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3039 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 901-0550
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Fred and Carrie's coffee shop of choice is Southeast's Oblique, which offers roasts like the Ethiopia Yrgacheffe Adulina and Tanzania Mondul Estate. The shop appears in a few Portlandia episodes as the spot where the "Fred and Carrie" characters catch up, get starstruck over Patton Oswalt's "Plus 97 Guy" character, or commiserate with the Mayor (Kyle McLachlan).

8. Slabtown

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1033 NW 16th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 223-0099
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NW dive bar Slabtown — known for its live music, pinball machines, and permanent falafel pop-up — is a frequent site for Portlandia's resident punk-ish couple. Most notably, it featured in the season one "Mayor is Missing" episode where the Mayor (Kyle MacLachlan) was discovered playing bass in a Reggae band.

9. Mint 820

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816 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 284-5518
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In a sketch poking fun at "mixologists," guest star Andy Samberg goes behind the bar at popular date spot Mint/820 to create a cocktail that featured (deep breath) "honey, lemon, and charred ice... Cherry tomato, lime zest... egg whites, egg shells, egg yellows, and rotten banana." There isn't a comparable drink on Mint's actual menu, but a "Lemon Drop" can be made using banana flavors instead. (The interior was actually filmed at the now-closed cocktail bar Central.)

10. Firehouse Restaurant

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711 NE Dekum St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 954-1702
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Did anyone leave their dog tied up outside NE Portland's Firehouse restaurant? In a season-one sketch, a bleeding-heart Portland couple freaks out over an unattended dog, but at least he gets served some of chef Matthew Busetto's signature dishes, like the braised meatballs ("though leave off the rosemary") and skillet mussels.

11. Around the World in 80 Plates, aka Newport Seafood Grill

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1200 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 493-0100
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In a sketch that's supposed to take place in Los Angeles — land of chain restaurants and ridiculously sprawling menus — a local outpost of the Newport Seafood Grill chain stands-in for Around the World in 80 Plates, a "culinary voyage across seven seas of flavor." Although you can "lobsterate" a meal at 80 Plates, Newport ironically doesn't offer lobster on its current menu.

12. Olympic Provisions

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107 SE Washington St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 954-3663
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The dream of the 1890s is alive in Portland, and charcuterie-makers at Olympic Provisions "welcome you to the sausage party." All meat production at OP — the first USDA-certified meat-curing facility in Oregon — has moved to a new warehouse, but the Portlandia crew made use of the open kitchen at its (original) Southeast restaurant, where the now-iconic "Meat" signage proudly hangs.

13. Shady Cafe, aka the Mash Tun Brew Pub

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2204 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 548-4491
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In real life, Portlanders flock to the Mash Tun's sunny back patio come summertime, but in Portlandia, an extreme aversion to the sun at the "Shady Cafe" makes Armisen lose his appetite: "My ears are hot. I mean, what is that?"

14. Porch Light aka Screen Door

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2337 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 542-0880
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In a season one segment revealing the ludicrous nature of chef photo shoots, uber-popular brunch restaurant Screen Door provided the exterior for the similarly named Porch Light. (There is a Porch Light in Portland, but it's a shop selling locally made jewelry and candles, not a restaurant.)

1. Prasad Cuisine

925 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209
The sustainable raw-food restaurant Prasad — which shares its space with a yoga studio — seems custom-made for Portlandia, but it's been serving its chipotle vegan scrambles and spirulina-spiked smoothies since 2010. Professors Malcom (Armisen) and Kris (Brownstein) marvel at how its vegan dishes taste like "real food," then relieve themselves on the Portland version of a smoker's annex: an outdoor fart patio, which combats one of the unfortunate side effects of raw bowls.
925 NW Davis St
Portland, OR 97209

2. Le Pigeon

738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
James Beard Award-winning chef Gabriel Rucker makes a brief cameo in a season-two sketch that sees one Portlander trying to go Paleo and give up all pasta. Rucker's acclaimed French restaurant Le Pigeon is more likely to serve foie gras profiteroles and beef bourguignon than the heaping bowls of spaghetti with red sauce (as seen on the show), but Rucker mans a pasta machine for a hot minute while Armisen stares on.
738 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

3. 5th Quadrant

3901 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227
Ironically, a sketch skewering communal tables takes place at the one Portland restaurant that's not committed to communal dining: In real life, this North Portland outpost of Lompoc Brewing does offer more than one table, and its atmosphere is more casual-brewpub than fine-dining. It's probably still a bad place, though, to tell your significant other that you'd like to date other people, as Chloe Sevigny does to Carrie Brownstein in a season-two sketch.
3901 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

4. Oba Restaurante

555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
The season three episode "Nina's Birthday" focuses on a birthday dinner at Pearl District restaurant Oba. Over the course of an evening, a couple who had just traveled to Spain marvel at the inauthenticity of the food, going so far as to hang out in the kitchen (where Oba chef Scott Neuman cameos as himself). The episode also features the appearance of the check-splitting "Fixer" who wrangles the bill.
555 NW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

5. Fisherman's Porch, aka Good Neighbor Pizzeria

800 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211
Brunch lines are a very legitimate thing in Portland, but Fisherman's Porch — whose marionberry pancakes draw 90-minute wait times during the show's "Brunch Village" episode — isn't a real restaurant. Its facsimile is actually the Woodlawn neighborhood's Good Neighbor Pizza, which does not serve breakfast and/or brunch food. If its line stretched down "to the South of Burnside," as mentioned on the show, it'd be more than three-and-a-half miles long.
800 NE Dekum St
Portland, OR 97211

6. Pattie's Homeplate Cafe

8501 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203
Though Fisherman's Porch isn't a real restaurant, the weird hybrid drugstore/retail shop/cafe owned by Ed Begley Jr.'s pushy short-order cook (in the "Brunch Village" episode) is indeed a real hybrid drugstore/retail shop/cafe. Patti's Homeplate is actually located in the St. Johns neighborhood — not within line distance — but does serve breakfast specials and pie by the slice.
8501 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203

7. Oblique Coffee Roasters

3039 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214
Fred and Carrie's coffee shop of choice is Southeast's Oblique, which offers roasts like the Ethiopia Yrgacheffe Adulina and Tanzania Mondul Estate. The shop appears in a few Portlandia episodes as the spot where the "Fred and Carrie" characters catch up, get starstruck over Patton Oswalt's "Plus 97 Guy" character, or commiserate with the Mayor (Kyle McLachlan).
3039 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214

8. Slabtown

1033 NW 16th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
NW dive bar Slabtown — known for its live music, pinball machines, and permanent falafel pop-up — is a frequent site for Portlandia's resident punk-ish couple. Most notably, it featured in the season one "Mayor is Missing" episode where the Mayor (Kyle MacLachlan) was discovered playing bass in a Reggae band.
1033 NW 16th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

9. Mint 820

816 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227
In a sketch poking fun at "mixologists," guest star Andy Samberg goes behind the bar at popular date spot Mint/820 to create a cocktail that featured (deep breath) "honey, lemon, and charred ice... Cherry tomato, lime zest... egg whites, egg shells, egg yellows, and rotten banana." There isn't a comparable drink on Mint's actual menu, but a "Lemon Drop" can be made using banana flavors instead. (The interior was actually filmed at the now-closed cocktail bar Central.)
816 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227

10. Firehouse Restaurant

711 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211
Did anyone leave their dog tied up outside NE Portland's Firehouse restaurant? In a season-one sketch, a bleeding-heart Portland couple freaks out over an unattended dog, but at least he gets served some of chef Matthew Busetto's signature dishes, like the braised meatballs ("though leave off the rosemary") and skillet mussels.
711 NE Dekum St
Portland, OR 97211

11. Around the World in 80 Plates, aka Newport Seafood Grill

1200 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232
In a sketch that's supposed to take place in Los Angeles — land of chain restaurants and ridiculously sprawling menus — a local outpost of the Newport Seafood Grill chain stands-in for Around the World in 80 Plates, a "culinary voyage across seven seas of flavor." Although you can "lobsterate" a meal at 80 Plates, Newport ironically doesn't offer lobster on its current menu.
1200 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232

12. Olympic Provisions

107 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214
The dream of the 1890s is alive in Portland, and charcuterie-makers at Olympic Provisions "welcome you to the sausage party." All meat production at OP — the first USDA-certified meat-curing facility in Oregon — has moved to a new warehouse, but the Portlandia crew made use of the open kitchen at its (original) Southeast restaurant, where the now-iconic "Meat" signage proudly hangs.
107 SE Washington St
Portland, OR 97214

13. Shady Cafe, aka the Mash Tun Brew Pub

2204 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
In real life, Portlanders flock to the Mash Tun's sunny back patio come summertime, but in Portlandia, an extreme aversion to the sun at the "Shady Cafe" makes Armisen lose his appetite: "My ears are hot. I mean, what is that?"
2204 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

14. Porch Light aka Screen Door

2337 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
In a season one segment revealing the ludicrous nature of chef photo shoots, uber-popular brunch restaurant Screen Door provided the exterior for the similarly named Porch Light. (There is a Porch Light in Portland, but it's a shop selling locally made jewelry and candles, not a restaurant.)
2337 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

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