Radar’s glowing, raw-brick space, dominated by an open kitchen tucked behind a swooping bar counter, easily reels in neighbors, strolling couples, and restaurant industry vets. The maritime-tinged spot keeps its catch by serving as a relaxed-but-classy hideaway on a street that’s become increasingly rambunctious. The kitchen mingles strong Scandinavian influences with Northwest twists and Northeast seafood (they fly in smoked bluefish weekly for pâté) while the bar boasts top-notch drinks like the cocoa nib amaro-spiked Night Owl (one of our fave bourbon drinks in town). Insider tip: Broder Nord is running a 45-minute wait for brunch? Head up the hill to Radar’s warm, line-free environs.
We featured Radar in our article on Portland's Best Bars for 2014.