The Hawthorne neighborhood has one of my all time favorite restaurants in Portland. No matter what you order you are guaranteed an excellent meal at 3 Doors Down. We have been dining there since it opened 21 years ago, my 2 favorite items are their steamer clams and their penne pasta with Vodka sauce, a house specialty. It’s a must try! Not only is one of my favorite restaurants there but other great spots like Harvey’s comedy club, the Bagdad Theater, Kids at Heart, other five star resturants and of course Apizza Scholls to name a few!
If you are looking for a laugh try Harvey’s, the comedy club on lower Hawthorne. Each night different comedians put on a hilarious show while you enjoy a full meal and drinks. Another spot for a night out is the Bagdad Theater located right on Hawthorne St. The theatre just underwent a new renovation, including a new sound system and larger screen and improved seating and now is playing first run movies.
Do you have a kids birthday party to go to and still haven’t gotten the present? No problem, run over to Kids at Heart. A great toy store with toys ranging for all ages, I guarantee you’ll find a great present and still keep to a small budget, win win.
A few other places that are sure to satisfy your tastebuds include Blue Star Donuts and Por Que No. Blue Star has a variety of donuts like a lavender donut or a vegan pistachio with raspberry hibiscus. Por que no is great mexican food with a variety of tacos and a great happy hour with yummy house margaritas.
One of the great local events of the year in the neighborhood is the Hawthorne Street Fair. It’s a free event on Sunday the 16th from 11am-7pm. Streets are closed between 31st-38th avenue, loads of vendors will be set up. Kids at Heart will be having different kid activities going on (35th ave.) There will also be beer gardens at two different locations and the main music stage will be located at 34th and hawthorne. Stop by for a fun filled day.
As you can imagine the real estate market has taken off in the Hawthorne area. With the fantastic walkability, access to downtown and the exciting urban lifestyle people are longing to live in this area. Bungalows and Craftsman are the predominant architectural styles in the neighborhood. A starter home in the Hawthorne area is $425,000 and up. At this price the home may still need some work but a little sweat equity goes a long way!!
Susie Hunt Moran is a Real Estate Broker with Windermere Stellar and has called PDX home for over 35 years. She is a Portland home expert and can be found working all over town with her Westie, Duffy the Real Estate Dog, always loyal by her side.