Laze a day away on Clinton Street

Offbeat shopping and standout dining in Portland's leafy neighborhood

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  • If you're craving American comfort food such as fried chicken with a side of mac 'n' cheese try Savoy Tavern [SPECIAL_CHAR {43}] Bistro.

    Dinner at Savoy Tavern + Bistro in Portland

    Rob D. Brodman

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The Press Club A comfy, cleverly named spot, with French-press coffee, panini, crêpes, and a huge selection of magazines from the mainstream and alternative press. Plus 20 wines by the glass. INFO: $; closed Mon; 2621 S.E. Clinton St.; 503/233-5656.

Vindalho It's all about the sauces at this Indian-inspired eatery; the chic interior complements the menu's modern take on spice-route cuisine. INFO: $$; closed Sun-Mon; 2038 S.E. Clinton St.; 503/467-4550.

Savoy Tavern + Bistro From the fried Wisconsin cheese curds to the Waldorf salad and grilled steak, this is American food at its best. INFO: $$; 2500 S.E. Clinton St.; 503/808-9999.

SubRosa Elegantly simple dishes, from pine nut-studded meatballs to thin-crust pizza. INFO: $; closed Mon; 2601 S.E. Clinton St.; 503/233-1955.

NEARBY

Still hungry? S.E. Division St., a busy arterial two blocks away, lacks Clinton St.'s intimacy but is becoming a bit of a restaurant row itself. Flavors from afar are reconfigured in Portland's unself-conscious style: You'll find paella and Portuguese flan at Lauro Mediterranean Kitchen ($$$; 3377 S.E. Division St.; 503/239-7000).

Nuestra Cocina ($$; closed Sun-Mon; 2135 S.E. Division; 503/232-2135) draws inspiration from central Mexico ― Yucatecan pork, shrimp sautéed with Oaxacan pasilla chiles, and a lengthy tequila list.

Pix Pâtisserie ( $; 3402 S.E. Division; 503/232-4407) is a small place with a big following for its to-die-for desserts and frosty Belgian beers.

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