Plus: Jantzen Beach Carousel finds a new home
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54º | Overcast | 24% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:02 a.m. | Sunset 4:45 p.m.

Patios that pass the test
Sunny's Pizza front patio features picnic tables of red, yellow, and blue.

Red, yellow, or blue — what do you do?


Photo by @sunnyspizzapdx

Is it just us, or does eating outside make food taste better?

Catch some rays or laze in the shade at one of these 14 Portland patios. Pro tip: Don’t miss the shade rating we’ve included for each of these locations.


Sunny’s Pizza | 7738 SE 13th Ave. | Full sun
Park your behind on the primary-colored picnic tables and dig into delicious New York-style slices.

Phuket Cafe | 1818 NW 23rd Pl. | Fully covered
Embark on a culinary journey inside this Thai restaurant’s sidewalk seating designed to look like a train car.

Pork belly tacos at Matt's BBQ Tacos

Two hands are required for these tacos.


Photo by @mattsbbqtacos

Food truck pods

Hinterland Bar & Carts | 2216 SE 50th Ave. | Fully covered
Burger Stevens and Matt’s BBQ Tacos headline this collection of eateries, which offers permanent dishes and silverware to cut down on waste.

Lil’ America | 1015 SE Stark St. | Partially covered
While some tables are exposed, umbrellas and a large canopy provide an escape from sun or rain as you munch on lunch.

Bars and breweries

Portland Pub - Crux Fermentation Project | 2715 SE Eighth Ave., Ste. 175 | Partially shaded
Nestled in the shadow of Darigold, this outpost of the Bend brewery serves up sandwiches, burgers, and other hearty pub fare alongside their tasty beers.

Noble Rot | 1111 E. Burnside St., fourth floor | Partially shaded
Sipping vino and dining on entrees made with ingredients grown on the rooftop garden is certainly an elevated experience.

A fire pit blazes in the foreground as people enjoy outdoor dining at Flying Fish in Portland.

If the fire pit doesn’t warm you up, the clam chowder will.


Photo by Kara Stokes + @flyingfishpdx

Heated patios

Flying Fish | 3004 E. Burnside St. | Partially covered
The sustainably harvested seafood will have you hook, line, and sinker and ready to come back for more — especially when you’re cozied up next to the fire pit.

Rontoms | 600 E. Burnside St. | Partially shaded
This bar’s expansive patio out back is a great place to grab a drink and eat from a small-but-satisfying menu. Pro tip: Challenge your bestie to a round of table tennis.

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Wednesday, Sept. 13
  • Marquam Nature Park Volunteer Ivy Pull Event | Wednesday, Sept. 13 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Marquam Nature Park, Portland | Free | Roll up your sleeves and pull invasive ivy off of the park’s native trees.
  • Book & Media Sale | Wednesday, Sept. 13-Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW Fifth St., Beaverton | Free | Peruse stacks of books, CDs and DVDs, and more to help support the library; Wednesday is for members and teachers, while the general public is welcome Thursday-Sunday.
Thursday, Sept. 14
  • Black Curator and Art Administrator Panel | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland | Free | Join a discussion centered on “Black Artists of Oregon” with the new exhibit’s curator Intisar Abioto and others.
  • Let’s Dance Portland | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 7-10:30 p.m. | Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland | Free, $3 parking | No partner or previous experience is needed for this night of country two-step with an average of 180 attendees.
Friday, Sept. 15
  • Portland Juggling Festival | Friday, Sept. 15-Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | JaJa PDX, 819 SE Taylor St., Portland | $20-$60 | Think you have a lot up in the air — these talented performers can handle everything from swords to bowling pins.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Breakside Slabtown Block Party | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 12-9 p.m. | Breakside Brewery - NW Slabtown, 1570 NW 22nd Ave., Portland | Free | Enjoy good brews, live music, local vendors, a dunk tank, games like cornhole and beer pong, and more at this benefit for New Avenues for Youth.
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News Notes
  • The Jantzen Beach Carousel has finally found a new home in The Dalles. Located about 1.5 hours from Portland, the Wasco County city’s National Neon Sign Museum will become the iconic merry-go-round’s new caretaker after Restore Oregon’s years-long search. (Portland Tribune)
Coming Soon
  • Eight food trucks, ranging in fare from quesabirria to tikka masala, will debut at Chill N Fill during its grand opening party Saturday, Sept. 16. This family- and pet-friendly event will include live music, as well as fresh hop beer. More food carts will be added in the future. (Willamette Week)
  • More and more signs point toward the Portland Thorns’ sale by the end of the year. NWSL Commissioner Jessica Berman echoed the statement given recently by Thorns CEO Heather Davis, while also outlining what the league looks for in prospective buyers. The team’s estimated value is $60 million. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live + Portland Business Journal)
  • A Plaid Pantry in Northeast Portland will be the test site for Electric Era’s PowerNode, an EV fast-charging technology developed by the Seattle start-up. If their speed, reliability, and return on investment pan out as expected, the convenience store’s CEO Jonathan Polonsky could see adding them to 20-30 locations. (Portland Inno)
  • Well, it appears that our August news quiz had most of you stumped. Out of 75 participants, only two of our readers scored a score of 9/10. Congrats to Carolyn P. and Brian F. — you both really know your Portland headlines.
  • Dramatic and moody, yet tranquil and grounded. Are we describing ourselves, or Sherwin-Williams’ Color of the Month for September 2023? Discover the color for your next home project.^
  • Looking for the perfect group outing for teams, coworkers, families + more? Axe the stress of party planning, and take your crew to Blade & Timber Axe Throwing instead — you’ll enjoy delicious food, drinks, and axe-throwing fun. Book your private event for the holidays.*
  • Refinance rates are skyrocketing. But home equity rates remain relatively low — which means that now is a great time to borrow against your home. Calculate your payment.*
Today Is
🍔 Food can be fun
Kid chefs at Little Kitchen Academy prepare ingredients in a modern, industrial kitchen.
Kid chefs incorporate fresh herbs from the living food wall into their recipes. | Photo by Little Kitchen Academy
National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day (Wednesday, Sept. 13) is a great time to stir up your young chef’s passion for all things culinary.

Katie Cook, an instructor at Little Kitchen Academy in Bridgeport Village, shared four tips on how to empower and encourage them.
  • Get hands on with kitchen tools. This improves motor skills, self confidence, and so many other things.
  • Know children are capable. Adults can model the correct and safe ways to do things, but they will learn faster if they can do the problem solving on their own — even if this sometimes means a bigger mess.
  • Focus on farm-to-table food literacy. Children are more likely to taste and enjoy a recipe when they feel like a part of the process from start to finish.
  • Highlight the many life skills that can be taught. In the kitchen, they gain independence, plus math and science skills. They also learn to clean up, reinforcing respect for the workspace and themselves.
  • Put your holiday gifting headaches in the past with Six & Main’s gifting quiz. Get the perfect gift for your friends and family with just a few clicks. Start quiz.
  • Kathyphantastic items are perfect for spicing up your wardrobe, water bottle, or fridge. From unique magnets to art prints, shop the collection.
  • The internet’s favorite tumbler — the 40-oz. Stanley Quencher — is in stock in cute colors like pool, jade, and orchid.
  • Love flying first class? Snag an Elite membership from Going and get emailed when first + business class flights are 40-90% off (hello, European vacation).
  • It doesn’t get more luxurious than the Drowsy sleep mask, which is silky smooth on skin and completely light-blocking for the deepest sleep.
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*Huge sigh.* Why, oh why, did home builders of decades past insist on installing popcorn ceilings? It’s one of many trends that should never come back.

I, your friendly, neighborhood city editor, am currently in the process of having it (and the asbestos) removed from my house — your thoughts are much appreciated in this trying time. At least it will add to our resale value.
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