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Live Like a Local in Portland

Portland newbies are often unaware of the many favored spots throughout town. Searching for some local favorites can help newcomers become accustomed to Portland living. Dining out should be the starting point to find valued restaurants to come back to regularly.

Dining Out in Portland

Beast has only 24 seats that are shared in a communal setting. The Oregonian chose Beast as Restaurant of the Year in 2008. Their menu changes regularly, each one including a 6 course meal with appropriate wine pairings. Seatings are available Wednesday through Saturday at 6 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. only. A 7 p.m. dinner seating is also available on Sunday nights. Patrons must reserve a spot at the communal table by calling (503) 841-6968.

Seven days a week, patrons can get breakfast, lunch, and dinner from the Screen Door. The restaurant offers the best Southern cuisine in the area. Breakfast items include popular choices like shortcakes with fruit, biscuits and gravy, and the praline bacon waffle. Dinner features foods like the buttermilk-battered chicken, pulled pork sandwich, and sweet potato fries.

HomeTown Buffet is available in Portland, where guests can pay upfront and go right up to choose their meal. It is open every day of the week for lunch and dinner, and also serves breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays. Every Thursday is Family Night, where families can partake in special events and children can receive tasty treats.

Portland Purchases

Lifestyle items, handy gadgets, travel accessories, and more can be purchased from Pioneer Place. The mall features a range of shops offering different items for the home or vehicle. Houseware stores like Bath & Body Works is a great place to start making purchases.

Washington Square is a sizable shopping facility with speciality shops and department stores included. Yankee Candle, Sears, Foot Locker, and DXL Men’s Apparel are just a few of the shops offered. Store hours vary, but the mall itself is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Perfecting Portland Style

In order for newcomers to perfect the Portland style that so many of its residents have, they need to find a talented stylist to assist them. The Ginger Salon is one option. The stylists are all Vidal Sassoon-trained. There are only two chairs available in the salon, ensuring each customer receives full attention. Specialty services include traveling to a home or other location, installing hair extensions, providing an up-do, and offering a deluxe shampoo and blow dry.

Pulse Salon & Day Spa is an alternative option, with spa services and hair stylings both top priorities. A prenatal massage is available to women who are pregnant. There is also a hot stone massage, or ½ hour, 1 hour, and 1 ½ hour massage times. A detox deluxe is a detoxifying facial, while a 25 minute express is meant for the hands. It includes soaking the hands in an energy fragrance, massaging the hands, and completing basic nail care.

Portland salons, shops, and restaurants come in a wide variety so there is something for everyone. All newcomers can quickly become accustomed to Portland selections when visiting local favorites regularly.

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