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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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Prasad Cuisine

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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.

Le Pigeon

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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.

5th Quadrant

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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.

Oba Restaurante

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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.

Fisherman's Porch, aka Good Neighbor Pizzeria

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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.

Pattie's Homeplate Cafe

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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.

Oblique Coffee Roasters

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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).

Slabtown

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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.

Mint 820

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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.)

Firehouse Restaurant

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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.

Around the World in 80 Plates, aka Newport Seafood Grill

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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.

Olympic Provisions

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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.

Shady Cafe, aka the Mash Tun Brew Pub

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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?"

Porch Light aka Screen Door

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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.)

Prasad Cuisine

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.

Le Pigeon

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.

5th Quadrant

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.

Oba Restaurante

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.

Fisherman's Porch, aka Good Neighbor Pizzeria

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.

Pattie's Homeplate Cafe

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.

Oblique Coffee Roasters

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).

Slabtown

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.

Mint 820

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.)

Firehouse Restaurant

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.

Around the World in 80 Plates, aka Newport Seafood Grill

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.

Olympic Provisions

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.

Shady Cafe, aka the Mash Tun Brew Pub

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?"

Porch Light aka Screen Door

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.)

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