In these evenings of early spring, when the air is cool and an occasional raindrop makes its way to our green earth, there’s nothing cozier than donning a fleece and dining on comfort food.
And dare I say that the single best plate of comfort food in the entire city is found in a barely-marked watering hole in northeast Portland known as The Bye and Bye.
There on any given night – and many a weekend afternoon – you’ll find a house full of hippies, hipsters, bike riders, barflys and assorted friends seeking good drinks and a hearty plate of reasonably priced food. Some enjoy the messy, tomatoey meatball sub, others the Frito-laden chili pie. My favorite: the BBQ platter, with its chewy cubes of smoky seasoned tofu alongside creamy black-eyed peas and a heap o’ greens sautéed in just enough spice to give ‘em kick, topped with a crusty baguette. There’s no more ideal cozy meal. (more…)