Dine out for Restaurants for Raphael House

Every year, I like to highlight the Restaurants for Raphael House event. For May 17, 2017, 45+ Portland area restaurants are participating in this tradition, now in its seventh year, where you can dine out for breakfast, lunch, dinner, any time on May 17 and participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to ensure our life-saving services are available to women, men, and children seeking safety from domestic violence.

Restaurants for Raphael House, enjoying a shake at Ruby Jewel
I grabbed a milkshake from Ruby Jewel last year as one of the stops to support Restaurants for Raphael House last year

You can see the full list here, divided by areas of Portland (and a few in Lake Oswego and Beaverton) but a few summaries of what each of these restaurants offer based off a version of the list I saw this week include of what each of the participating restaurants are below.

Southeast

  • Accanto | 2838 SE Belmont St Serving Italian fare for dinner like handmade pasta, and making the most of lots of local seasonal ingredients. Everything here is good!
    Accanto: potato gnocchi, lamb bolognese, mint and pecorino Accanto: capellini with samphire, garlic, chili, and fennel seed
  • Bazi Bierbrasserie | 1522 SE 32nd Ave Offering Belgian Beers and Food in a kid-friendly atmosphere and has a patio
  • Bread and Ink Cafe | 3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd Roomy, long-lived American restaurant on Hawthorne with a breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu.
  • Chiang Mai | 3145 SE Hawthorne Blvd  Dishing up traditional specialties from Northern Thailand for lunch and dinner,  look for dishes you haven’t seen at a typical Thai food menu like Gang Hung Lay and Khao Tod Naem Kook and Palo Moo.
  • Dig A Pony | 736 SE Grand Ave Cocktails, beer, wine, and a full food menu that includes my favorites, their homemade pimento cheese or their beignets.
    Dig a Pony, Portland Oregon Homemade pimento cheese snack at Dig a Pony, Portland Oregon
  • Farm Spirit | 1414 SE Morrison St Excellent vegan dining experience with a tasting menu of eight courses that I highly recommend even for those who aren’t vegan. You will need to make reservations on their website beforehand for their 6 or 8:30 PM seatings. You can see examples of what their tasting menu experience is like by seeing my recaps from last December, or February 2016 or September before that
    Farm Spirit 7:45 PM seating on December 16th dinner: Palate cleansing course of raspberry kefir
  • Fifty Licks Ice Cream | 2021 SE Clinton One of my favorite ice cream parlors in Portland with traditional as well as nontraditional flavors, including sorbets for the dairy free and cool toppings and the best sffrogato in town. Flavors I’ve enjoyed include Stumptown Coffee, Roasted Milk, Thai Jasmine Rice with Pandan, and toppings of Bee Pollen or Sweet Corn Dust or Potato Chips!
    Fifty Licks, ice cream samples for our group in little sake cup tasters, this one is Jasmine Tea with Apricot with bee pollen topping
  • Oaks Bottom Public House | 1621 SE Bybee Blvd This outpost of Lompoc Brewing is a great spot to grab a beer and a bite plus they have a a private patio out back that’s covered and heated. Don’t miss their totchos (tater tot nachos)!
  • PaaDee | 6 SE 28th Ave Authentic street food and home food from Thailand I’m a huge fan of their Peek gai tod, fried wings glazed in Sriracha fish sauce, a great option for lunch, happy hour or dinner.
    PaaDee Thai comfort food พาดี, Peek gai tod, fried wings glazed in Sriracha fish sauce. If you come here, you must get this, happy hour or not.
  • Pacific Pie Co. | 1520 SE 7th Ave  Handmade sweet and savory pies (hello Chocolate Bourbon Hazelnut pie, but also Chicken Pot Pie and Shepherd’s Pie and more),  plus other snacks and entrees like polenta with mushroom sauce, sausage rolls, chicken schnitzel, bangers and mash and more for lunch and dinner.
    Pacific Pie, Classic Chicken Pot Pie
  • ¿Por Qué No? Taquería | 4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd Cozy neighborhood taqueria with a sustainable business philosophy and featuring local ingredients in salads, ceviche, flautas and tacos, and wash it down with their refreshing aguas frescas.
  • Redwood | 7915 SE Stark St American restaurant & lounge in Montavilla offering brunch everyday along with lunch and dinner that is a mix of classic (chicken pot pie, mac and cheese, fried brussels sprouts, cheddar and corn fritters) and new (grilled eggplant sandwich, braised tongue sandwich, mussels in house curry).
  • Ruby Jewel – Hawthorne | 4703 SE Hawthorne Blvd The best ice cream sandwiches with choose your own homemade ice cream and cookies combo in Portland
    Ruby Jewel Scoops ice cream cookie sandwich
  • Taqueria Nueve | 727 SE Washington St Tasty Mexican food and margaritas with a patio
  • The Country Cat Dinner House & Bar | 7937 SE Stark  Southern food serving brunch (including classic cast iron fried chicken, or chicken fried steak or smoked bbq brisket sandwich) and dinner (from that fried chicken again to a fish fry, duck leg, lamb meatloaf or a dish of whole hog) every day.
    Ruby Jewel Scoops ice cream cookie sandwich
  • Ya Hala | 8005 SE Stark St Family owned restaurant specializing in the homey traditional Lebanese cuisine for lunch and dinner.
    Ya Hala Lebanese Brunch plate of houmous balila with garlic spiced garbanzos, classic homous, vegetarian ghee and pine nuts

Northeast

  • Acadia Bistro | 1303 NE Fremont St A New Orleans Bistro with Cajun-Creole food
    Acadia Restaurant Portland, Louisiana Barbeque Shrimp with lemon, black pepper, white wine and butter. I went back to the bowl and spooned the sauce right onto my bread.
  • Altabira City Tavern | 1021 NE Grand Ave #600 Restaurant at the Hotel Eastlund with a fabulous city view rooftop patio offering food and drink right across from the Oregon Convention Center and conveniently close to the Blazers games in Lloyd Center district
    Altabira City Tavern Altabira City Tavern's Happy Hour, Spinach, Walnut and Blue Cheese Pizza
  • Beulahland | 118 NE 28th Ave  Coffee and Alehouse offering breakfast, and then beer alongside American eats such as sandwiches & games including pinball or on the TVs (particularly futball/soccer from Europe, as well as local Timbers) during lunch and dinner.
  • Church | 2600 NE Sandy Blvd Church themed decor in a bar
    Church Bar
  • Cider Riot! | 807 NE Couch St Hard cider made with local Cascadian grown apples at this cidery room where you can order tasting trays. They offer a few snacks but there is usually a food truck parked just outside.
  • Citizen Baker | 1089 NE Grand Ave Bakery inside Hotel Eastlund offering Risterro coffee and various breakfast items including great breakfast sandwiches, fresh salads, sandwiches, soups.
  • Dove Vivi Pizza | 2727 NE Glisan St  Famous cornmeal-crust pizzas, there are also vegan pizza options from 4 PM on. Below are some slices I recently enjoyed, Pesto Pizza with spinach pesto, mozzarella, fontina, ricotta, tomatoes, basil and a slice of Blue Thyme pizza by Dove Vivi with that famous cornmeal crust and blue cheese, mozzarella, caramelized yellow onions and thyme.
    Pesto Pizza with spinach pesto, mozzarella, fontina, ricotta, tomatoes, basil by Dove Vivi with that famous cornmeal crust Blue Thyme pizza by Dove Vivi with that famous cornmeal crust and blue cheese, mozzarella, caramelized yellow onions and thyme
  • Fifty Licks Ice Cream | 2742 E Burnside One of my favorite ice cream parlors in Portland has now opened this new location with traditional as well as nontraditional flavors, including sorbets for the dairy free and cool toppings and the best sffrogato in town. Flavors I’ve enjoyed include Stumptown Coffee, Roasted Milk, Thai Jasmine Rice with Pandan, and toppings of Bee Pollen or Sweet Corn Dust or Potato Chips!
    Fifty Licks Buttermilk Fudge Ice Cream with Lime Zest, Peanuts, Candied Ginger, and Shaved bottarga
  • Good Neighbor Pizzeria | 800 NE Dekum Hearty homey from scratch pizza and calzones (which weighs in at more than a 1.5 lbs!)
  • Hale Pele | 2733 NE Broadway All you need to know is that this is a tiki bar.
  • NePo42 | 5403 NE 42nd Ave Dog friendly restaurant with a patio offering American pub fare
  • Noble Rot Wine Bar & Restaurant | 1111 E Burnside St  Fourth floor restaurant along Burnside Avenue with seasonal ingredients including from its own garden and a rooftop patio with city views
    Cocktail at Noble Rot
  • Pip’s Original Doughnuts & Chai | 4759 NE Fremont St  Fried to order mini doughnuts with chai and coffee beverages open 8 AM – 4 PM
    Pip's Doughnuts One each of their Raw Honey and Sea Salt doughnut and a Meyer Lemon and Pear Butter doughnut, with a sample of either their Smoky Robinson Chai or Heart of Gold Chai
  • Rose and Thistle Public House | 2314 NE Broadway St  Scottish pub drinks and food

North

  • Las Primas | 3971 N Williams Ave #103  Peruvian eatery serving sandwiches, empanadas & other traditional street food & cocktails for lunch and dinner. I love their happy hour with their pisco sours (the national Peruvian cocktail) and I can’t resist getting the appetizer of Tequeños (Venezuelan Cheese Sticks), a queso blanco filled fried wonton snack served with avocado-lime dip.
    Las Primas Happy Hour, pisco sour (the national Peruvian cocktail) Las Primas addictive appetizer ofTequeños (Venezuelan Cheese Sticks), a queso blanco filled fried wonton snack served with avocado-lime dip. Las Primas addictive appetizer ofTequeños (Venezuelan Cheese Sticks), a queso blanco filled fried wonton snack served with avocado-lime dip. I also endorse getting all the little sauces and using this as your vehicle for all of them
  • ¿Por Qué No? Taquería | 4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd Cozy neighborhood taqueria with a sustainable business philosophy and featuring local ingredients in salads, ceviche, flautas and tacos, and wash it down with their refreshing aguas frescas.
  • Quaintrelle | 3936 N Mississippi Ave Pacific Northwest cuisine with gorgeous cocktails and 80-85% of their food sourced locally and especially loves to show off the natural flavors when ingredients are so direct farm to table. I visited them recently and shared some of their dishes, especially I love their sheep cheese dumplings!
    Quaintrelle cocktails created by Bar Manager Camille Cavan. A Conjugal Visit cocktail with gin, calvados, apple cider, lemon, egg white, celery bitters: dry, tart, refreshing Quaintrelle, Pacific Northwest cuisine focused Portland restaurant that emphasizes 80-85% local ingredients. Vegetables dish of beets, sesame, watermelon radishes, cashews, baby greens
  • Radar Restaurant | 3951 N Mississippi Ave American style tapas and cocktails
  • Ruby Jewel – Mississippi | 3713 N Mississippi Ave The best ice cream sandwiches with choose your own homemade ice cream and cookies combo in Portland
    Ruby Jewel Scoops ice cream cookie sandwich
  • The 1905 | 830 N Shaver St Classy jazz joint with cocktails and artisan pizza
  • TILT Handcrafted Food Built For The American Workforce, Swan Island | 3449 N Anchor St  Unfussy breakfast fare, cocktails & HUGE juicy burgers for lunch and dinner, all in blue-collar industrial-themed digs on Swan Island. Get a Biscuit or Burger to fill your tummy and share a side of fries. Make sure you save room for pie for dessert.
    Tilt Restaurant, burger Island Trucker includes their fresh ground, 100% natural, local chuck patty, topped then with house baked honey cured ham, beer battered onion rings, grilled pineapple, house recipe teriyaki sauce, swiss cheese, lettuce, mayo on their house recipe bun. Also their beer battered house fries in large

Southwest

  • Aquariva at River’s Edge Hotel and Spa | 0470 SW Hamilton Ct Modern dining at the riverfront at the River’s Edge Hotel and Spa
  • GiGi’s Cafe | 6320 SW Capitol Hwy Breakfast and lunch spot offering hashes, scrambles, waffles and sandwiches
  • Mother’s Bistro & Bar | 212 SW Stark St  Cafe and bar with homey decor made a bit more fancy with beautiful chandeliers specializes in hearty comfort-food by moms (traditional, homey, comforting, made from scratch), if your mom really knew how to cook, serving breakfast lunch and dinner. They also serve great Cocktails at the bar, and fabulous French pressed coffee.
    California Avocado Commission and Chef Lisa Schroeder of Mother's Bistro & Bar celebrate June California Avocado Month with an Entree of Grilled Chicken Breast with sauteed onions and peppers topped with avocado and salsa, served with a Macaroni and Cheese with bacon, avocado, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and topped with cotija cheese and green onions
  • Nel Centro | 1408 SW 6th Ave Riviera Cuisine perfect for power lunches or drinks or eats before the theater, located inside the Hotel Modera
    Wild Mushroom and Gorgonzola Pizza at Nel Centro, available at lunch and happy hour
  • Ruby Jewel – West End | 428 SW 12th Ave The best ice cream sandwiches with choose your own homemade ice cream and cookies combo in Portland
    Ruby Jewel Scoops ice cream cookie sandwich

Northwest

  • The Fireside | 801 NW 23rd Ave gastropub with New American food and per the name, fireplaces
  • Justa Pasta Co. | 1336 NW 19th Ave Offers handmade fresh pasta since 1991
  • Pacific Pie Co. | 1668 NW 23rd Ave Handmade sweet and savory pies (hello Chocolate Bourbon Hazelnut pie, but also Chicken Pot Pie and Shepherd’s Pie and more),  plus other snacks and entrees like polenta with mushroom sauce, sausage rolls, chicken schnitzel, bangers and mash and more for lunch and dinner.
    Pacific Pie Food Blogger Event - mini pies! Pacific Pie NW 23rd, Polenta with mushroom sauce, baked polenta with creamy organic crimini mushroom sauce Pacific Pie NW 23rd, Chicken Schnitzel that is skillet fried, seasoned and crumbed chicken breast served with your choice of potato and with a small green salad. I upped it by adding ham and melted Tillamook Cheddar
  • TILT Handcrafted Food Built For The American Workforc, Pearl | 1355 NW Everett St  Unfussy breakfast fare, cocktails & HUGE juicy burgers for lunch and dinner, all in blue-collar industrial-themed digs on Swan Island. Get a Biscuit or Burger to fill your tummy and share a side of fries. Make sure you save room for pie for dessert.
    Biscuits and fries at Tilt

Elsewhere

  • Chuck’s Place 148 B Ave Suite 200 (Lake Oswego)  Neighborhood cafe with coffee, tea, and baked goods (particularly the scones) in Lake Oswego.Chuckie Pies
  • Chuckie Pies 430 5th St (Lake Oswego) Neighborhood pizzeria offers classic Neapolitan-style pies in Lake Oswego.
  • MiNGo West | 12600 SW Crescent Street Suite 120 (Beaverton) Italian restaurant right at the Beaverton Central Max stop offering lunch, really excellent happy hour, and dinner. In good weather the seats outside facing The Round are lovely.
    Biscuits and fries at Tilt

Founded in 1977, Raphael House of Portland is the largest domestic violence shelter in Multnomah County, and is dedicated to fighting the causes and effects of domestic violence. They offer emergency shelter in a confidential location, a 24-hour in-house crisis line, transitional housing and advocacy programs to hundreds of adults and children annually, non-residential advocacy in partnership with the Portland Police Bureau, and also work to bring an end to violence through community outreach and education. Raphael House of Portland has been providing life-saving services to families for more than 38 years.

So please, how about making plans next week on Wednesday for a bite of breakfast and coffee? Or do lunch with a significant other, family, friends or coworkers? And then in the evening, get together with friends after work, or family night out, or date night? There are many restaurants all over to choose from, so it’s so easy to enjoy a good meal and eat for a good cause to help others.

I know I have plans to support them, you can make a difference! Post your support on social media using the hashtag #R4RH.

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Comments

  1. Another good excuse to eat out – I’m in. I’ve never tried Chuckie’s Pies but now want to since we live near Lake Oswego. Thanks for this post – I didn’t know about this great dining event!

  2. Oh my goodness – There are so many amazing spots on this list. I love dining out for a cause!

  3. What an amazing cause with so many wonderful spots participating! I’ll have to check a few of these out that I’ve never been to!

  4. That is awesome! GREAT list, thanks for sharing!

  5. This is such a great fundraiser! And such a good excuse to get me to Quaintrelle which I still haven’t gone to yet!

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