1000 NW 17th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Business Hours: M-Sat 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Happy Hour: M-F 3 to 6:30 p.m., Sat 3 p.m. to close
Website | Twitter: @emanoncafe | Facebook Page
Menu | Lunch Money: $$ to $$$
When we tell friends weâ€™re headed to Emanon we often get a confused look, followed by â€œWhereâ€™s Emanon?â€ or â€œWhatâ€™s Emanon?â€ And, honestly, we kind of like it that way. You see, Emanon is a cozy neighborhood cafÃ©/bar tucked away on a quiet block on the outskirts of the Pearl District.
But unlike uber-trendy, sometimes-pretentious Pearl restaurants and bars, Emanon is casual and low-key. Itâ€™s the perfect place to sit outside on a sunny afternoon and partake in some happy hour-ing. A nice chilled beer or cocktail and a bite from the delightful $4 food menu (currently featuring a dozen options) can take the edge off even the toughest, roughest day.
The $4 dishes are as simple as fries or onion rings and get more substantial with nachos, sliders or crab cakes. During happy hour micro brews are $4.50, well drinks are $3.50, a glass of red or white wine is $4 and a specialty martini is $5.
Weâ€™d just finished up a grueling day of shopping at IKEA (on a Saturday, no less), so we were ready to take a seat, soak up some sun and get our grub on! We met up with friends and grabbed a sidewalk table. Our friendly lady server arrived quickly to take our drink order and returned with our adult beverages zippy-fast!
Ahhhhhhhhhhh, it was like our own little piece of paradise! Wellâ€¦as close to it as you can get in an urban NW Portland setting.
After a refreshing round of drinks we were definitely ready for some food. A certain friend (we wonâ€™t name the guilty party here) said he wasnâ€™t all that hungry. Of course, as soon as our ultra-cheesy artichoke spinach dip and grilled shrimp dish arrived he suddenly found his appetite again.
We canâ€™t blame him; the food was very good. It was better than expected for such a small neighborhood joint. The shrimp were perfectly grilled and the spicy, buttery dipping sauce was tasty. The artichoke spinach dip was AWESOME! Itâ€™s served with tortilla chips, which were very fresh and crunchy. The sliders are also highly recommended, but they were out of buns the day we were there.
Need a little more nourishment than the small HH plates offer? Emanon also has a full menu, which includes sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, seafood and their impressively large breakfast menu is served all day. We hear the wraps and the fish & chips are delightful!
If youâ€™re seated outside, Emanon is huge for people watching. Pedestrians, bicyclists, Radio Cab cabbies, skateboarders, famous Timbers players, Streetcar types, lost driversâ€”weâ€™ve seen it all! And, once youâ€™ve snagged a good sidewalk table, youâ€™ll never feel like youâ€™re being rushed to hurry up and vacate the spot.
Emanon is also entirely dog friendly, so expect to see some cute, well-behaved pooches aroundâ€”thereâ€™s even a cushy dog bed just as you enter the cafÃ©.
Overall, Emanon is a great place to grab a relaxing happy hour off the beaten path. Happy hour prices are happily not budget-breaking and splitting a few plates amongst friends can make for a terrific light meal. The service is great and orders come out quickly. Emanon is perfect for an alfresco happy hour on a sunny afternoon or enjoying the cozy inside bar area on a rainy one.
PROS: Itâ€™s a fun little chillaxing neighborhood joint.
The staff is awesome!
Theyâ€™re super-duper dog friendly.
Extended HH on Saturdays.
Parking is pretty easy to find in the area, plus thereâ€™s lots of bike racks and itâ€™s on the Streetcar line.
CONS: If you sit outside beware of bugs. (Usually this is not a big problem.)
They have a small staff, so if itâ€™s busy service might be a bit slower.