We have lived in the St. Johns neighborhood of North Portland for almost a year now and in that time we have found some great places to get out and about with the kids. As with any neighborhood in Portland there are parks around every corner and great streets for biking around town. The places that we have really loved are the one where we can grab a bite or some entertainment and if that’s what your looking for here are a couple of Gems:
St. Johns Theatre and Pub: Another great McMenamins restaurant, this unique building was orginally on the other side of the river. It has been moved a couple of times and had many different occupants but now is a great place to grab dinner and a movie. On Tuesday nights they have special deals on a Burger, a movie, and a Pint for $6 and happy hour prices. The theatre has couches and tables to hold all your treats and the outside fire is a nice place sit on cool spring nights. We have gone for movie nights, caught a Timbers game there on the big screen, and enjoyed lunches with Beautiful sitting up in the balcony with all the hanging lamps. Great beer, good food, and unique atmosphere.
Giralsole: This new Brick oven fired pizza joint is a nice addition to downtown St. johns. They have a large play area for kids and an inexpensive menu full of tasty options. The pizzas are thin crust crunchy pies with a smokey taste from the brick oven. The boys immediately join the other kids there in the play area and always take time to stand at the bar and watch the pizzas cook. Jars of beer and large bottles of water on tables made from old doors lend a laid back southern vibe to this fun place. They aren’t open on Mondays so don’t try and meet your wife there for lunch on Monday when she’s having a rough day, it will only make it worse. I mean, not that it happened to us, I’m just saying.
East Side Deli: This is a new Deli in space formerly occupied by the amazing Red bike Cafe and so I didn’t want to like it. They had nothing to do with Red bike going under but it still felt wrong to go there. Huge sandwiches and hot dogs for great prices helped me get over it quickly. You come in and grab a menu and a pen and build your perfect Dagwood along with most of the nine to fivers in the neighborhood. They are hoping at lunch time and for good reason. The Roast beef is great, a barometer for great deli’s from beautiful’s point of view, and the hot dogs provide ample opportunity for creativity. It’s hard to get a table inside for lunch but if you do you will see some great images of the St. Johns bridge burned into the tops.
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