today, after some work training and a visit with the teeth torcherors, i ventured home a long way. with the emerging sun, i decided to walk - yes, i'm going to walk home. i know it's been awhile, but quit picking on me..... i began in the lloyd district and ventured over to n.e. MLK and then north. in lloyd, MLK is pretty busy and dangerous. not much to report here. once i crossed n.e. broadway, i began to feel like i was entering a neighborhood. granted, i was still on MLK, but it was like crossing some sort of barrier. as i proceeded i began to thing - what is the difference between this area and my neighborhood? not much. the difference is that mlk is a busy street. no one, no matter what they say, wouldn't want to live on a busy street like mlk, powell, burnside, sandy, etc. there's just to much noise, traffic, and other crap that follows. mlk is notorious for being known in all of portland as where prostitutes hung out. when i was a teenager, it was explicitely stated - mlk and north portland are off limits- dangerous - gangland etc. i digress.
i wanted to highlight some great locales on mlk for anyone not familiar with the area. want a nice workingman's hangout? hit the Neighborhood Dive -
Echo is a new restaurant that offers a full bar and dinner at night. A and I had the vodka infused oyster shooters that were trully amazing. i also remember enjoying the atmosphere and food. most recently, i've been back for cocktails, but not for dinner. Echo too has suffered from being a gem in an area where the neighbors are craving crushed stone. up the street is one of our favorite restaurants in portland - Queen of Sheba -
as i round n. russell, i come upon Russell St. Bar-B-Que.
am i blogging to much about my 30 minute walk? tough - just deal with it.
I have not had the honor of visiting this establishment, but have heard wonderful reviews. with A being a lacto-ovo-pesca-vegatarian - i'm limited in where we can go for din din. and i respect her because she keeps my waistline in check.
down russell, i came accross a new ballroom some portland guys are working on. if my memory serves me right, i believe meow meow used to be next door and the had to close for one reason or another. the ballroom -
when i came upon n. williams, then fremont and then mississippi, i kept feeling i had already told you about this area. granted, things are changing, so i will be monitoring the change. i did come accross something i haven't blogged about in awhile - random clothes: