DiningPortland May 17, 2016

NoPo Restaurant Series #3: Parkside

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked through Kenton Park, saw Parkside nestled on the corner of Brandon and Willis, and thought, “I should try that place.”  It took me an embarrassing amount of time to actually make my way in the door, but once I did, I only wished that I had stopped in sooner!  Tucked under an apartment complex directly across the street from the park, it’s a quiet neighborhood pub that serves up great food and drinks in a cozy environment.

The first thing you notice even before you walk in the door is how beautiful the surroundings are.  Now, I’m a Kenton resident, so I may be a little biased, but Kenton Park is really pretty to look at.  There’s some huge, old trees, and on a particularly nice day (like today!) you can spend the whole day under the shade of one just people watching.  If you want to watch from a bit of a distance, the Parkside patio is perfect.  You can enjoy the scenery while sipping on a crisp craft beer or one of their signature cocktails.  The Bees Knees is delicious, but very pink!

parkside view

Enjoy the sunshine and views of Kenton Park from the outdoor seating area.

Once you step inside, you’ll find a fully stocked bar dimly lit with Edison bulbs, a warm, inviting atmosphere, and a gorgeous fireplace to cozy up to when it’s a little chillier outside. It is a small space to be sure, but they have made the most of the space they have, so it feels intimate, not crowded.  Once you take a seat, a friendly server will hand you a simple menu and point you in the direction of the beer list: about 6 rotating taps listed on a blackboard hanging on a post in the middle of the room.

parkside bar

Beer, wine, or cocktail…you’ll find your perfect drink!

Parkside doesn’t fuss with a complicated menu. There’s just a few items, but they’re all excellent.  The chicken pot pie has a perfectly light and flaky crust.  It comes with a side salad full of fresh greens and a light drizzle of vinaigrette. The true piece de resistance of the menu though, is the pulled pork mac and cheese.  It is really exceptional.  I can’t recommend it enough!

parkside fireplace

A cozy fireplace for when it’s cold out, and a slide-up garage for warmer weather! They’ve since added a TV on this wall, and it’s a popular spot to catch a game.

One of my favorite things about this local haunt has to be the game selection. There’s a ton to choose from and no matter if there’s 2 or 10 of you, you’re sure to find a game that will be fun for everyone.  Even better than board games? Happy hour is from 4-6 daily, and ALL DAY on Monday! Now, this isn’t a terribly expensive bar in the first place but during happy hour you can enjoy $3.50 draft beers, $5 glasses of wine, and $3 well drinks.  That’s a great deal no matter where you are!

The next time you’re in Kenton, make a point to stop by Parkside.  You’ll be glad you did!

All photos are from the Parkside Yelp page