I love coming here when I'm in Hawaii. The menu is pretty limited--hope you want pizza...or pizza!--but the beer is excellent and all brewed locally. There is local music on most evenings and it gets pretty crowded. Sitting outside on the huge patio is a must.
The lobby in the Hilton is really, really nice, but the rooms are pretty disappointing. There's no wireless Internet access as they advertise, and wired access is $10/day, billed from noon-midnight. The rooms are small and unexceptional, especially for what they charge (paid $260/night on a weekend in January). The restaurants here aren't anything that will impress. The location is decent, within (long) walking distance to much SF has to offer--especially shopping--so those not desiring to wear walking shoes will want to catch a cab. Once you're a block away (east?) from the hotel, you're in a sketchy neighborhood. Parking here is a disaster. We paid $30/night at a place across the street that didn't allow for in/out privileges, because the Hilton's garage wouldn't accommodate the large SUV. I won't be staying here again.
I was so delighted to discover this, a little piece of Oregon, on Union Street! I had no idea Rogue had a place in San Fran. The beer they serve--and brew--here is beyond excellent and there's something for every taste, ranging from a light golden ale, to the hoppier pales, to the heavier bodied ambers, to the thick stouts. You can get beer to go in growlers or regular 12-oz bottles. They have a full menu, typical pub stuff, and it's decent. They enforce their no cell-phone policy pretty seriously. It gets pretty crowded on the weekends, but I think it's worth the wait to fill up on true northwestern beer.
This is a really fun place, especially if you're a dog lover. The place is adorned with pictures of people and their dogs and canines are welcome on the patio, if they're well-behaved enough to sit through a meal without causing chaos. It gets pretty loud on weekend nights due to the music the staff plays, the Lab's large size, and the number of people who frequent it, but it's rare not to get a table within 15 minutes of arriving. The beers are great, there's always something new, and there's a ton of souvenir merchandise if you like that kinda thing. The Lab's owners are very involved in the community and do a bunch of fundraising, so come out and support their effots!
There's nothing special or unique about Rock Bottom Restaurants, but their food and beer is really good. They always have a special and at least one seasonal beer on tap, brewed on location, and their happy hour is not to be missed. Pitchers are a great deal and appetizers are $2. It's always crowded, so get there early. No matter how crazy it gets, RB's dedicated staff are prompt and courteous. Join their Mug Club to get special prices on beer all day, every day (22 oz for 16 oz price), plus they mail copuons throughout the year. The bar has recently been made smoke-free--hooray!
The Salmon Creek Brewery is largely undiscovered, save for the Downtown Vancouver legal community. Were the people who frequent this place and, I'm convinced, are the only reason its still in business. I hope this helps get the word out. The food here--nothing really surprising or different, its basic pub food--is really good. Portions are (too) big. Their French fries are excellent and go great with the sandwiches and burgers that make up the menu. They do a great beer-batter on chicken and fish (REAL halibut, not cod, and FRESH salmon, not farm-bred). And their beers are world-class; they do an IPA as good as any Ive tasted. It's seldom crowded and they have a nice patio in the summer. The staff seem to all be related and are on a first-name basis with many of the customers. They have an extended dinner menu and happy hour Monday-Thursday.
PROS: GREAT beer, quiet and intimate place
Milos is one of the best places in Portland for breakfast and lunch (I hear theyre serving dinner now, too, but I havent had the pleasure). The menus are extensive and include offerings beyond the typical. Their waffles are fantastic and theres always a daily special. Prices are reasonable but expect a crazy line for breakfast on the weekends (no reservations). The restaurant is quite small and always crowded. Grab a paper as you wait for your name to be called, or maybe stroll through the always entertaining Broadway neighborhood.
PROS: Great food, especially for breakfast
CONS: Parking is a hassle, long waits
The Greek Cusina is one of the most fun places to eat in Portland, thanks to the entertaining Greek dancing and plate-smashing that occur every weekend in the newly remodeled upstairs bar. Not really your thing? The entire bottom floor is the calmer restaurant, which serves excellent food for lunch and dinner (a full menu is available in the bar, too). The restaurant gets very noisy and is impossible to escape thanks to the music from the bar. Happy hour (4-7 M-Th, 4-6 on Fridays) in the bar is excellent, with $2 appetizers, beer on tap, and well drinks. Its never crowded during HH, which is amazing considering how great it is. The food is great and is of course, Greek, though there is a limited amount of American fare, too. Entrees are $9 and up. Weekends get crowded and they dont take reservations, which is annoying. As its in Downtown, parking is a bummer.
PROS: Great food and happy hour, huge selection of beer on tap
CONS: Crowded and loud on weekends, parking is tough
Beaches is the best restaurant in Vancouver. They have the best happy hour anywhere (and everyone knows it, because it gets extremely crowded), with $3 entrees (yes, entrees, not just appetizers, though in smaller portions) and $2 drinks. Their garlic mashed potatoes are to die for, as are their homemade salsa, wood-oven pizza, caesar salad, garlic chicken, and bread pudding (actually, their entire dessert menu is wonderful). Beaches has a varied menu--lots of seafood but a large selection of American food, too. Entrees are $12-25. It's right on the Columbia River and it's great to sit outside in the summer (though lucky you if you can get a table out there). They take reservations and you'd be smart to make one if you're planning on a weekend dinner there.
PROS: Great location on the river, excellent happy hours (4-6, 9-close)
CONS: Gets really crowded, long wait times w/o reservation
I have been going to St. Anne's since for almost ten years and I love the small-town feeling of it. Everyone is very friendly and kind. The congregation is very small and mostly elderly (we joke that my dad picked St. Annes so he could be the youngest guy in attendance). Feel free to wear jeans--it's pretty casual. Most of the repairs are done by parishioners, since the church isn't exactly rolling in the dough (for this reason, there is only a part-time minister, after our long-time minister passed away earlier this year). Communion is still given every week and services on the weeks that the minister isn't present are very short. St. Annes isn't fancy, but it's lovely old church and will always have a place in my heart.