Oregonian since 2005 with Midwest roots.
Hop on the MAX at the Convention Center station and ride 3 stops to the Hollywood Transit Center. The blue, green, and red lines all go from the Convention Center to Hollywood.
Killer Burger (510 SW 3rd Ave., Portland) makes a great messy burger (they all come with bacon by default). And there's Gado Gado, (1801 NE Cesar E Chavez Blvd., Portland) which is more of a dining experience—they serve amazing craft cocktails and Indonesian family-style meals ("rijsttafel"/rice table) with options for vegans, pescatarians, and omnivores. Reservations recommended.
After a movie at Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland), a historic, nonprofit-managed theater that originally opened in 1926, I almost always hit the back patio at Moon and Sixpence (2014 NE 42nd Ave., Portland), a super low-key British-style pub where you can almost always find a seat outside. If I haven't already filled up on Sizzle Pie from the pizza window inside Hollywood Theatre, I grab a pint and chips at Moon and Six.
Visiting Antique Alley always make me smile. Located in the basement of 42nd Street Station (2000 42nd Ave., Portland), which was a five-and-dime store in the 1950s, Antique Alley hosts close to 100 different antique and collectible vendors selling everything from home decor to every kind of Hawaiian shirt. Little Axe Records (4142 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland), located right next to the Hollywood Theatre, is another neighborhood gem for curated, hard-to-find vinyl.
Hollywood is a great walking neighborhood, with lots of blooming street trees in springtime. For some exercise on a nice day, I love walking the Alameda Stairs (technically in the adjacent Alameda neighborhood). You can walk the full 4.4 mile loop or just hike up a single staircase after visiting the Hollywood Library. Keep going at the top until you reach Fremont Street in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood, another fun dining and shopping area.
Wedgehead (3728 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland), is a pinball bar with unlimited pinball for $12—a fun place to duck into after karaoke nearby at Ambassador (4744 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland) or Chopsticks (3390 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland).
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